The Heysen Trail

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View Google map showing the Heysen Trail with accommodation options, re-routes, Fire Ban Districts and Tourism Regions.


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.

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Heysen Trail map sheets, new September 2014


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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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 $1.45.
GPS files of the Heysen Trail

GPS Files

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 along 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.
Re-Routes along the Heysen Trail


Due to maintenance or access issues it is occassionally necessary to re-align sections of the Heysen Trail.
Huts & Camping the Heysen Trail

Huts & Camping

Scattered along the Heysen Trail are numerous campsites, huts, shelters, caravan parks, hotels and bed & breakfasts. View accommodation options.
Directory of services along the Heysen Trail

Service Directory

List of services along the Heysen Trail: supermarkets, general stores, medical services, internet access, payphones and post offices.

The Friends

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.

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Upcoming Walks

Sat 25 Oct 2014 (2 days)
To Hamilton, Peters Hill, Based in Kapunda
(End-to-End 7)
Saturday 25th Oct 2014 Kapunda to Hamilton A pleasant walk following backroads, tracks and fence lines through the undulating farmland of the Lower N... View event page
Sat 25 Oct 2014 (2 days)
To Pewsey Vale, Mt Crawford
(End-to-End Minus 1)
Theme for the Weekend: We will have a German theme this weekend as we walk in areas influenced by the first German Settlers, we pass by Bethany which ... View event page
Sun 26 Oct 2014
Sturt Gorge for Wimps
(Trail Starter)
A walk many wimps may enjoy due mainly to its mixture of wild and tame scenery. We will walk along some of the trails along Sturt River and return to... View event page
Sun 26 Oct 2014
Kuitpo Forest
(Trail Walker)
An easy walk but quite long... mostly on tracks through the pine forest but with some sections through the bush. ... View event page

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Walk Programme

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Proposed 400km Walking Trail along River Murray

Proposed 400km Walking Trail along River MurrayA new 400km walking and riding trail along the River Murray is being considered by three regional councils. This feedback survey allows people to view the preliminary trail alignment prior to the land survey commencing.

Pre-Order now – 2015 Heysen Trail Calendar

Pre-Order now – 2015 Heysen Trail CalendarPre-Order now for $15 per copy. Showcasing photographs of South Australia’s iconic hiking trail – the 1,200km Heysen Trail from Cape Jervis at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges.

End of Year Bash, BBQ + Band – Sun Nov 30

End of Year Bash, BBQ + Band – Sun Nov 30Sunday 30 November, 12-5pm. $20 per person. Paxton Winery, McLaren Vale. Come and see your President boogie to the tune of the foot-tapping Bogaduck Band.

Art Exhibition: Echoes of the Heysen Trail

Art Exhibition: Echoes of the Heysen TrailExhibition 1 Nov - 30 Nov 2014. Opening 2.30pm Saturday 1 November 2014 at Robin Hood Hotel, Norwood. Paintings on the Heysen Trail available for purchase.

New Heysen Trail Maps for Sale

New Heysen Trail Maps for SaleA new series of Heysen Trail maps have been released. Over the next 12-18 months the Southern and Northern Guidebooks are being gradually replaced with fold-out map sheets. The first two map sheets are available for purchase now via our online store, for $15 with postage from $1.45. The maps are double sided and printed […]

The Friends of the Heysen Trail's Trailwalker magazine

Trailwalker Magazine

The quarterly magazine published by the Friends of the Heysen Trail. Download the latest Trailwalker issue.

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End-to-end walks along the Heysen Trail with the Friends of the Heysen Trail

End-to-End Walks

End-to-end walks are for those wishing to complete the entire Heysen Trail. As the schedule and trail logistics are done by the Friends they are easy for walkers to participate in.
Contact the Friends of the Heysen Trail


10 Pitt Street
Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Phone (08) 8212 6299
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Print Walk Programme

Download an easy-to-print season walk programme.