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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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.
Koala Walk (Now Morialta Conservation Park)
(The walk was going to be in Belair National Park, but a similar walk is programmed a few weeks earlier.) A loop walk up past Third falls to Moores...
Lavender Federation Trail Bondleigh to Mount Beevor
From Rams Road the trail passes abandoned ruins before following Gum Gully Creek. This is a steady climb. There are some awkward spots at times, som...
Tanunda to Kapunda
This section takes walkers along back roads and road reserves past vineyards and wineries of the Barossa Valley, through the small town of Greenock an...
Wirrabara Forest to Murraytown. Based in Melrose
SATURDAY 18 JULY 2015 This section provides a very diverse range of scenery, beginning with the dense natural scrub, ridgelines and spectacular vista...
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Walk ProgrammeView more details about the walk programme
The End-to-End 5 group is about to embark on its final walks during the last week of August. Registration will open to all-comers next Monday 6 July for anyone who would like to join the End-to-End 5 group as it takes its final walks and celebrates with dinner on Saturday evening.
The Australian Wildlife Conservancy will be undertaking feral animal control in Buckaringa Sanctuary during coming months, affecting map 4.6 of the Northern Guidebook. The next planned closure is evening of 19th June through to the morning of 22nd June 2015.
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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