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.
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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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.
Dutchman's Stern to Old Wonoka
IMPORTANT NOTE This is a multi-day walk. Registration requires payment of the END TO END EXTENDED WALK FEE. This fee assumes that registrants have pu...
Webb Gap to World's End Based at Burra
Saturday The trail continues along the Tothill Range, providing expansive views over the surrounding farmland and Apoinga Lagoon. Sunday The trai...
Circular walk from Piccadilly to Cleland Conservation Park and returning via the Heysen Trail through the picturesque Mt Lofty Botanical Gardens back...
Following some interesting bushwalking tracks we will see some of the last remaining vegetation associations that were once widespread throughout the ...
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The entire length of the Heysen Trail re-opens tomorrow following the conclusion of the Fire Danger Season. Two small sections of the Trail are currently closed following the January Sampson Flat Fire.
Heavy rains on Friday 17th April 2015 in the Flinders will be welcomed by hikers on the Heysen Trail. We were aware that some tanks were low. Ensure that upon entering a campsite you still have sufficient water to make it to a known water supply, should the water tank be found to be unexpectedly too low.
The State Government is still in negotiation to secure a re-route of the Heysen Trail across the spectacular headland at Balquhidder Station. A story published in the Australian Financial Review on 15th April 2015: Billionaire Kerry Stokes’ marathon land talks with SA enter sixth year Marathon negotiations between billionaire Kerry Stokes and the South Australian […]
Warren Bonython has been recognised with a new Walking Trail named after him. Robert Alcock and Andrew Robertson represented the Friends of the Heysen Trail at the opening ceremonies last Thursday and Friday at Hiltaba Nature Reserve, Gawler Ranges, 650km from Adelaide.
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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