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.
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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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.
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Prescribed burn to cause temporary closure of the Heysen Trail and tracks in the Cleland Conservation Park
Parts of the Heysen Trail and other tracks in the Cleland Conservation Park will be temporarily closed in the next couple of weeks. The Department of Environment Water & Natural Resources (DEWNR) will be conducting a prescribed burn in the area. The timing of the prescribed burn will depend on suitable weather conditions but DEWNR have advised it may happen as early as today, Tuesday 10th October 2017. The burn off should happen before Monday 30th October.
Win a free Friends of the Heysen Trail 2018 calendar! Submit some of your photos for the 2018 Calendar for a chance to win a free copy. Closing date for contributions is this Sunday, October 15 2017. You can now order copies of the calendar for the pre-publication price of $15.00 We expect to have the calendar available for delivery or pick up at the end of November. Order from our On-line shop or by contacting the office. We expect to have the calendar for delivery at our End of Year Bash at Belair National Park on Sunday December 3.