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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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.
Wandallah to Newikie Creek to Dares Hill Summit Road
Saturday 27th May 2017 This remote section of the Heysen Trail gives walkers their first introduction to the grazing lands beyond Goyders Line. Aft...
May is South Australia's History festival month, and this walk allows us to enjoy the historic township of Willunga. We start at the old courthouse ...
Enjoying the views from Adelaide.s inner foothills. Incorporating Shepherds Hill Rec park, Waitiparinga and Mitchum trails. Not a long walk, but plent...
Mt Compass to Kyeema
Starting from the Old Dairy Factory, 1.5 south of Mt Compass the trail crosses the Victor Harbor Rd before moving through the dairy pastures of Mt Com...
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It’s Volunteer Week — huge thanks to everyone that volunteers within the Friends of the Heysen Trail.
The Heysen Trail through the Deep Creek Conservation Park will be closed from Monday May 1 to Friday May 5, 2017. The purpose of the closure is to protect public safety during an Aerial feral animal control program. Campsites and other walking trails in The Deep Creek Conservation Park will also be closed during this time.