The Heysen Trail
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.
MapsMap 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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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.
GPS FilesDownload 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 HikeThe Heysen Trail is generally open between April and November. During the summer Fire Danger Season, much of the trail is closed.
Re-RoutesDue to maintenance or access issues it is occassionally necessary to re-align sections of the Heysen Trail.
Huts & CampingScattered along the Heysen Trail are numerous campsites, huts, shelters, caravan parks, hotels and bed & breakfasts. View accommodation options.
Service DirectoryList 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.
Lavender FederationTrail Brownlow Road to Eudunda
(End-to-End Lavender Trail)
Points of note include; Narcoota Springs - a rare source of permanent water at the brink of the waterless Murray Plains. Coming out of this reserve ...
Starting from the car park, we will amble up to Rockdale Hill, joining the Heysen walking southward, then turning along a ridge downhill to the start....
Kyeema to Dashwood Gully
The dense native bushland of Kyeema Conservation Park, the plantations of Kuitpo Forest and pretty back roads make this a pleasant winter walk....
This walk will take in a number of the established Sturt Gorge Recreation Park walking trails. The park offers a range of trail types, scenery and ter...
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Walk ProgrammeView more details about the walk programme
The GPS files for use for navigation in handheld GPS units have been updated. These are the first updates since April 2014. The updates includes 6 re-routes and corrections.
We welcome Ron Kandelaars as our new Friends of the Heysen Trail Ambassador. At the recent Walk for the Heysen event President Robert welcomed Ron into the role, and presented him with an Ambassador certificate. We all welcome Ron into the Friends family.
The temporary re-route put in place following the January 2013 Bundaleer Forest fire has been removed, and the Heysen Trail is now back on its original alignment. The trail has been re-marked. In October 2015 Curnows Hut was reopened to walkers. Last week some of our volunteers installed a new toilet at the hut, as the […]