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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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.
Mayo Gorge to Parachilna Gorge
End to End 6 commenced walking the Heysen Trail on Sunday 17 April 2011 with 49 walkers. This is the final set of walks ending at the Parachilna Trail...
Horrocks Pass to Broadview, Alligator Gorge to Horrocks Pass
Saturday - Horrocks Pass to Broadview Starting with a tough climb out of Horrocks Pass to the ridge, the Trail traverses exposed, gibber littered hil...
This is a loop walk, alternating between walking through the native flora of the Blewitt Springs and Manning Reserves and lovely overviews of the surr...
This walk takes in sections of the Mount Hayfield forest including the pine and native forest areas. It provides some stunning views over Yanakalilla ...
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Walk ProgrammeView more details about the walk programme
Friends of the Heysen Trail ambassador, Ron Kandelaars, was interviewed today by Ian Henshke on 891 ABC Adelaide. Listen to the 10 minute interview.
Much of the Heysen Trail infrastructure is now 30 years old. The Friends Trail Development Committee have plans for many upgrades to both the trail and walker facilities. We are seeking volunteers to get these projects moving, both in the field and at our Cobbler Creek shed.
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.