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.
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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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.
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
The Heysen Trail is generally open between April and November. During the summer Fire Danger Season, much of the trail is closed.
Due to maintenance or access issues it is occassionally necessary to re-align sections of the Heysen Trail.
Huts & Camping
Scattered along the Heysen Trail are numerous campsites, huts, shelters, caravan parks, hotels and bed & breakfasts. View accommodation options.
List 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.
Bridgewater /Mt George
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Lavender Federation Trail - Webb Gap to Manoora
(End-to-End Lavender Trail)
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Dutchmans Stern to Eyre Depot, and Quorn to Dutchmans Stern
Saturday 6th - Dutchmans Stern to Eyre Depot We do the long day today! After leaving the cars at Dutchmans Car Park, we walk around the Stern, then h...
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Walk ProgrammeView more details about the walk programme
The Heysen Trail through the Deep Creek Conservation Park will be closed from Monday May 1 to Friday May 5, 2017. The purpose of the closure is to protect public safety during an Aerial feral animal control program. Campsites and other walking trails in The Deep Creek Conservation Park will also be closed during this time.
There is a temporary re-route of the Heysen Trail at the Jupiter Creek Diggings site near Echunga.