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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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.
The walk starts at the Belair Country Club car park. We walk past Old Government House, through ECHO tunnel to lower and upper waterfall returning aft...
Check out the Torrens River linear park into to the Zoo and return - time and length will be weather dependent. Optional dinner at the Sussex Hotel af...
Exploring the lower reaches of the First Creek, beginning and ending at Botanic Hotel...
Annual General Meeting
Friends of the Heysen Trail and Other Walking Trails Inc AGM 2015 7.30pm Friday March 27 2015, at the Woodville Lawn Bowling Club, Oval Ave, Woodvi...
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Walk ProgrammeView more details about the walk programme
A family of five, including Eli, 12, Emily, 10, and Noah, 9, will skip Term 2 of school in favour of hiking the 1,200km Heysen Trail. Their 56-day plan begins at the northern trailhead at Parachilna Gorge, trekking south through the Flinders Ranges and Adelaide Hills to Cape Jervis.
One of our chief maintenance and constructions volunteers is featured on the front page of today's The Advertiser. As well as volunteering on the Heysen Trail, John Potter is a volunteer with his local Cudlee Creek CFS, and is among an army of volunteers doing 12-hour shifts to protect life and property in the Adelaide Hills bushfire.
Our office is closed over the Christmas period, from Dec 12th and reopening Tuesday 20st January 2015. Our online shop remains open. Orders will be despatched within 5 working days. Orders placed before midday Saturday December 20th will be despatched on that Saturday. You can register for walks online during the break.
End-to-End WalksEnd-to-end walks are for those wishing to complete the entire Heysen Trail. As the schedule and trail logistics are done by the Friends they are easy for walkers to participate in.
10 Pitt Street
Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Phone (08) 8212 6299
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