The Heysen Trail

Google Map

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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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

More about the Friends

Upcoming Walks

Sun 9 Apr 2017
Carrick Hill
(Trail Starter)
This area offers a number of pleasant walking possibilities for anyone wishing to walk in a group on designated tracks. I will adapt the walk dependi... View event page
Sun 9 Apr 2017
Boot Camp
(Trail Walker)
There are literally dozens of tracks in the Cleland area that see little use anymore and are now overgrown or closed. This walk links up a number of t... View event page
Sun 23 Apr 2017
Opening of the Bushwalking Season
An expo to celebrate the start of the South Australian bushwalking season. With the arrival of cooler autumn weather, hiking is an ideal outdoor a... View event page
Sun 23 Apr 2017
Hiking Expo extended walk: From Heathfield via Mark Oliphant Conservation Park
(Trail Walker)
This extended hike commences from Heathfield, walking through a mix of residential and primary production areas, and past the historic Manoah House. T... View event page

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Walk Programme

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AGM 24th March 2017 – Guest Speaker Ron Kandelaars

AGM 24th March 2017 – Guest Speaker Ron KandelaarsThe AGM of Friends of the Heysen Trail is to be held this Friday, March 24 2017. Guest speaker will be Ron Kandelaars.

Temporary closure of the Heysen Trail in Cleland Conservation Park

Temporary closure of the Heysen Trail in Cleland Conservation ParkThere will be a temporary closure of parts of the Heysen Trail in the Cleland Conservation Park due to a prescribed burn in the coming weeks.

Vale Jamie Shephard, past President of Friends of the Heysen Trail

Vale Jamie Shephard, past President of Friends of the Heysen TrailThe Friends of the Heysen Trail are saddened by the passing of our highly esteemed past President Jamie Sheppard on 27 December, 2016. Jamie was active in all facets of the walking community, and a most generous host of social functions for the members. Jamie will be remembered as a true gentleman and friend to all who knew him, and he will be very sadly missed in the wider community.

End-to-End Maintenance Weekends

End-to-End Maintenance WeekendsA major project to upgrade the Heysen Trail to a uniform high standard, including re-marking to current standard, stile work and track clearing. Huts, tanks and toilets are to be progressively improved. Weekend trips throughout the walking season of small groups of volunteers to conduct maintenance. By focusing on each end-to-end section the whole trail can be attended to over a five year cycle.

Friends Office will close for Christmas.

The Friends Office will close for Christmas on Friday Dec 18 2016 and reopen on Tuesday Jan 17 2017. We will continue to process On-line shop orders over the break.

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.