The Lavender Federation Trail

Most weekends you’ll find groups of hikers out on a trail somewhere… brought together by a common interest – walking. We can thank an English migrant, the late great Terry Lavender for this picturesque track. His wife Ann – still a keen walker – remembers the wild and wintry day her husband abandoned one walk on and hit upon the idea of a trek from Murray Bridge to Clare in the mid-north.

Terry certainly embraced his new home of South Australia, creating a trail celebrating the Federation of a nation. He convinced landowners to provide access to spectacular country. He had plenty of experience having already mapped out the epic Heysen Trail, or as some have called it the ‘world’s longest footpath’, all twelve hundred kilometres from Cape Jervis to the Flinders Ranges.

A mosaic of old rail lines and the secret and forgotten road reserves of SA bring you to ridgelines where the scenery is breathtaking. And that’s just as Terry Lavender planned it. His idea – to create a trail of memories… now available to us all as part of the Lavender Federation Trail. For information head to the trail website.