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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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.
Melrose to Alligator Gorge Rd, Murraytown to Melrose
Saturday - Melrose to Alligator Gorge Rd This is a very long and difficult (but memorable) section of the Trail that starts with the ascent of Mt Rem...
Cudlee Creek to The Nugget Road to Mt Crawford
SATURDAY 23rd JULY 2016 The trail leads walkers through the rolling hills of the South Mt Lofty Ranges and sections of Mt Crawford Forest. The clim...
Scott Creek Conservation Park
The walk starts on the Bandicoot Track on the eastern side of Scott Creek C\P.Following fire tracks for most of the walk in and around beautiful nati...
This is a challenging walk which will start at 8.30 am and include at the start a car shuttle from our meeting point. The walk is challenging because ...
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Walk ProgrammeView more details about the walk programme
Friends of the Heysen Trail ambassador, Ron Kandelaars, was interviewed today by Ian Henshke on 891 ABC Adelaide. Listen to the 10 minute interview.
Much of the Heysen Trail infrastructure is now 30 years old. The Friends Trail Development Committee have plans for many upgrades to both the trail and walker facilities. We are seeking volunteers to get these projects moving, both in the field and at our Cobbler Creek shed.
The GPS files for use for navigation in handheld GPS units have been updated. These are the first updates since April 2014. The updates includes 6 re-routes and corrections.
We welcome Ron Kandelaars as our new Friends of the Heysen Trail Ambassador. At the recent Walk for the Heysen event President Robert welcomed Ron into the role, and presented him with an Ambassador certificate. We all welcome Ron into the Friends family.