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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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.
Raeville to Locks Ruin to Bowman Park
Saturday This walk follows dirt roads into the small town of Georgetown and beyond past Hiskeys Hut. The trail then follows undulating fencelines thr...
Worlds End to Burra to Wandallah Based in Burra
SATURDAY 7th MAY Although primarily a long, flat, treeless walk, along dirt roads and road reserves, this section provides walkers with a perspective...
11km circuit walk from Blackwood to the flood control dam in Sturt Gorge. Return trip along a section of Sturt Gorge then north to Magpie Creek back t...
Bootcamp - Cleland/Mt Lofty
Get a good walk under your belt early in the season. We will walk about 20 km and tackle some climbs....
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Walk ProgrammeView more details about the walk programme
RAA Southern Rally – Sunday 1st May 2016 – Temporary Road Closures affecting Heysen Trail – Southern Fleurieu
On Sunday 1st May 2016 road closures will close access to the Heysen Trail between Callawonga Creek Rd & Mount Scrub Rd, shown on Map 1.4 of the HT Southern Guide and HT Sheetmap 1B.
7.30pm on Friday 18th March 2016 at a new venue: Plympton Community Centre, 34 Long Street, Plympton. Guest Speaker: Erina Sipos will address the meeting at the conclusion of the AGM. Erina is the mother of the family of '5 ordinary people', talking about the Heysen Trail trek they undertook in 2015.
The office will now be open on Monday Dec 14th, closing from Tuesday. It will reopen on Tuesday 19th January 2016. Monday Dec 14th will be your last chance to call into the office to purchase a copy of our new calendar. While the office is closed, our online shop will remain open for business. If you want to shop for last minute Christmas purchases we will process and despatch any orders received by midday Friday December 18th, on that day.