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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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.
Walk in Humbug Scrub culminating in Mack Creek. Golden wattle now in bloom. See areas recovering from Sampson Flat fire. Lunch at Tenafete Creek Wi...
A challenging walk involving some interesting tracks around the Morialta Conservation Park....
Balquhidder to Waitpinga
Passing Balquhidder Station, named after the birthplace of Rob Roy, we make our way down to the coast while taking in the views offered by the Souther...
Kapunda to Peter's Hill
SATURDAY: From Kapunda we head northwest along backroads and tracks to Black Joes Road, then mainly north along fence lines and tracks to the old tele...
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Come hike Kangaroo Island with a fun-filled bus of hikers, over the October long weekend. Three walks in different areas of the island show off the varied scenery, flora and fauna of this special island.
The Heysen Trail has been restored and re-marked to the original route through Wirrabara Forest. This removes the 44km temporary re-route, however there are two small re-routes. Down south, the Heysen Trail has been re-marked through the Sampson Flat fireground, with a temporary re-route in place from Chain of Ponds to Kersbook.
The Flinders Ranges National Park Draft Management Plan has been released for public consultation. We at the Friends of the Heysen Trail consider that the plan is well presented but disagree on the suggestion to re-align the Heysen Trail.
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.