The Heysen Trail
View Google map showing the Heysen Trail with accommodation options, re-routes, Fire Ban Districts and Tourism Regions.
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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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.
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Get down and DIRTY with Raunchy Sugar at the Friend’s End of Year Bash, BBQ & Band – Sunday 4th December 2016
The Friends of the Heysen Trail End of Year Bash, BBQ + Band Raunchy Sugar are back! - come Rock and Roll, or relax amongst the lush green surroundings of Karka Pavilion in Belair National Park. Sunday 4 December, 12 - 4pm $20 per person
Park Closure – 24/11/2016 to 1/12/2016 Telowie Gorge Conservation Park and Napperby Block (Mount Remarkable National Park)
Telowie Gorge Conservation Park and Napperby Block (Mount Remarkable National Park) will be closed from 6am Friday, 24 November 2016 to 6pm Thursday, 1 December 2016. The Go Cart Track Shelter may be impacted during these times.
The Friends 2017 Calendar pre-order discount offer ends soon. Submit your order before midday on Monday, November 21 and catch the pre-publication discount price of $15/copy. Orders made after that will be at the normal price of $18.
Night time caution on the Heysen Trail due to feral cat control in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park
The Heysen Trail and a number of other tracks and trails within the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, will be closed each night over the next 11 months. The purpose of the closure is to ensure the safety of the public during a feral cat control program to be conducted after dark. The aim is to protect the populations of recently reintroduced Western Quolls and Brushtail Possums. The evening closures commence on Thursday 3 November 2016 and will continue through to to Saturday 30 September 2017.
Showcasing photographs of South Australia’s iconic hiking trail – the 1,200km Heysen Trail from Cape Jervis at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges. Pre-order now for $15, delivery available late November.