The Heysen Trail
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The Heysen Trail
South Australia’s 1,200km Heysen Trail extends from Cape Jervis, on the Fleurieu Peninsula, to Parachilna Gorge, in the Flinders Ranges, traversing coastal areas, native bushland, rugged gorges, pine forests, vineyards, rich farmland and historic towns.
It caters for both the serious backpacker hiking the entire trail and for walkers doing day walks along shorter sections.
Map sheets and guidebooks published by the Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources. From September 2014, the existing two guidebooks (the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets. Buy online now from $15 with postage from $2.15.
Download the GPX or KML waypoint data files to load onto your GPS unit for use as a navigational aid when walking the Heysen Trail.
When to Hike
The Heysen Trail is generally open between April and November. During the summer Fire Danger Season, much of the trail is closed.
Due to maintenance or access issues it is occassionally necessary to re-align sections of the Heysen Trail.
Huts & Camping
Scattered along the Heysen Trail are numerous campsites, huts, shelters, caravan parks, hotels and bed & breakfasts. View accommodation options.
List of services along the Heysen Trail: supermarkets, general stores, medical services, internet access, payphones and post offices.
The Friends of the Heysen Trail
The not-for-profit organisation the Friends of the Heysen Trail maintains the Heysen Trail in partnership with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
A regular walking program occurs year-wide, with different grades of walks catering for beginners to experienced walkers.
Marino not Merino
This walk explores what the seaside suburb of Marino has to offer such as secret gullies, cliff top paths, artworks, parks, lighthouse, amazing rocky ...
Maintenance Shed Open Day, Cobbler Creek Recreation Park, Salisbury East.
Come along to a 'behind the scenes' inspection of the Trail Development project work being undertaken at the Cobbler Creek shed. Please help give...
Yes we walk both ways. Start at Brighton Road Tram stop, where there is plenty of parking. Along the Sturt linear park to the river outlet and sout...
End of Year Bash, BBQ + Band at Belair National Park
Come and Rock and Roll to foot-tapping band "Raunchy Sugar" at the green surroundings of Karka Pavilion in Belair National Park, Upper Sturt Road, B...
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The Friend's End of Year Bash, BBQ & Band is on again at the Karka Pavillion, Belair National Park. It all happens on Sunday 3 December, 12.00 – 4.30pm Raunchy Sugar are returning as The Band so this year be there and don't miss out.
Order your copy at the pre-publication discounted price of $15/copy. After then, limited numbers will be available at $18 each. You can order from our on line shop to have a copy posted to you. Alternatively phone (08) 8212 6299 to arrange to pick up your copy either at the Office or the End of Year Bash at Belair on December 3.
Following a temporary closure, the Heysen Trail has reverted to the original route through the Jupiter Creek Gold Diggings near Echunga. The closure was caused by flooding and subsidence following storms last year. While the trail has reopened, walkers can no longer enter the New Phoenix mine tunnel.