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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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 $2.15.

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 12 Aug 2017 (9 days)
Mt Little Stn (Mayo Gorge) to Parachilna Gorge
(End-to-End 7)
Six days walking from Mayo Gorge to Parachilna. See Heysen Trail Northern Guide Maps 5.3 to 6.8. NOTE - If you wish to walk on only some of the day... View event page
Sat 19 Aug 2017 (2 days)
EE George Quarry to Spalding Road to Chlorinator
(End-to-End 9)
On Saturday... Most of this section is spent walking south, initially along the crest of Brown Hill Range, following the remnants of an old 1840s sto... View event page
Sun 20 Aug 2017
Willunga to Old Noarlunga
(Trail Starter)
The original title of this walk: Willunga to Old Noarlunga, would have made this walk a Trailwalker walk of about 24 kms. In order to remain within t... View event page
Sun 20 Aug 2017
(Trail Walker)
one of the most popular areas in Adelaide,for a week end walk.This time we will be doing 12 kms aprox.,in an unusual seccion of Morialta,about 2.5 k... View event page

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Walk Programme

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Response from the Friends of the Heysen Trail about the Proposed Bundaleer and Wirrabara Greenways

Response from the Friends of the Heysen Trail about the Proposed Bundaleer and Wirrabara GreenwaysThe State Government is proposing to use the Recreational Greenways Act 2000 to protect the Heysen and Mawson Trail networks for recreational access in perpetuity for use by walkers and/or cyclists. This will create a greenway over sections of the Heysen and Mawson Trails within Wirrabara and Bundaleer Forests that are proposed to be sold to private parties. Our main concerns relate to the proposed change to the route in Bundaleer that removes the section walked from Curnow’s Hut to New Campbell Hill and consequently removes the extensive views across the Spencer Gulf as well as extending the distance.

Proposed Upgrade of South Coast Heysen Trail – Feedback Sought

Proposed Upgrade of South Coast Heysen Trail – Feedback SoughtA proposal is under consideration to upgrade the Heysen Trail on the southern Fluerieu Peninsula (67km / 5 days), which will encourage walkers to visit the area, in particular tourists from outside the region. Feedback is being sought from the public, walkers and potential tourism and adventure operators. Walk options will allow for day walkers, 1-2 day walkers, 5-day walkers and a 1-day Accessible trail, with walkers camping on the trail or staying in accommodation nearby. Tourism operators will be able to offer transport services, either daily or the start and end of multi-day walks. Sections of trail and exclusive walkers-campsites will be constructed or upgraded.

Changes to walk booking arrangements – Golden Boots and Multiwalk Cards

Changes to walk booking arrangements – Golden Boots and Multiwalk CardsWe have recently made changes to our walk booking arrangements. The major change made was to discontinue the sale of Multiwalk passes. When registering for walk, walkers now have the choice of using the casual walk fee option of $8 per walk or a Golden Boots pass (unlimited walks over 12 months at a cost of $60). Golden Boots will now be accepted for our Wednesday Twilight walks.

Temporary Re-Route around Giles Conservation Park – until 9 July 2017

Temporary Re-Route around Giles Conservation Park – until 9 July 2017Due to repairs resulting from damage caused by the September 2016 floods, the Heysen and Yurebilla trails in Giles Conservation Park will be closed from Tuesday June 27th until Sunday July 9th 2017.

Our first End to End Maintenance program weekend

Our first End to End Maintenance program weekendA team of volunteers has made a successful start to our new End to End Maintenance program, working on the Heysen Trail between Cape Jervis and Tapanappa.

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


Suite 212, 2nd Floor Epworth Building
33 Pirie Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Phone (08) 8212 6299
Open Mon-Fri 10.30am - 2.30pm
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Walk Program calendar 287

Print Walk Programme

Download an easy-to-print season walk programme. View online walk calendar.