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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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 $1.45.
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.
Wild Dog Glen
A walk into the hills above Mitcham. Steep and challenging in parts...
Montacute Heights To Cudlee Creek
After an initial road walk, the trail makes a very long and steep descent to Sixth Creek before climbing again through Montacute Conservation Park and...
Torrens Linear Park - Western End
This walk takes us along the River Torrens linear path. ...
Inman Valley to Myponga
Majestic gums line roadsides leading to the climb up Sugarloaf Hill where walkers are rewarded with spectacular rural views. The trail then leads into...
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Walk ProgrammeView more details about the walk programme
Art Exhibition: Echoes of the Heysen Trail – starting this weekend
Exhibition Opening this Saturday 1 November 2014. Free entry. 2.30pm Robin Hood Hotel, 315 Portrush Rd, Norwood. Exhibition 1 Nov - 30 Nov 2014. A range of paintings on the Heysen Trail available for purchase, varying sizes.
Fire Danger Season Brought Forward 2014/15
Pathway along Adelaide’s beaches – have your say
Have your say on a final 4.8km section of Adelaide's 70km Coast Park walking and cycling trail. Four options have been identified in the Grange, through Tennyson, to Semaphore Park section and your views are being sought.
Walking SA AGM + Annual Report published
Walking SA's AGM is 7pm this Thursday, 30 October 2014, at the Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur Street, Unley. View their Annual Report. Hear guest speaker Mark de Lange, from Adelaide Hills Council, give a short presentation on the Adelaide Hills 20 Year Trail Strategy.
End-to-End WalksEnd-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.
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Adelaide, South Australia 5000
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