The Heysen Trail

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View Google map showing the Heysen Trail with accommodation options, re-routes, Fire Ban Districts and Tourism Regions.

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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.

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Heysen Trail map sheets, new September 2014

Maps

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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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.
GPS files of the Heysen Trail

GPS Files

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 along 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.
Re-Routes along the Heysen Trail

Re-Routes

Due to maintenance or access issues it is occassionally necessary to re-align sections of the Heysen Trail.
Huts & Camping the Heysen Trail

Huts & Camping

Scattered along the Heysen Trail are numerous campsites, huts, shelters, caravan parks, hotels and bed & breakfasts. View accommodation options.
Directory of services along the Heysen Trail

Service Directory

List of services along the Heysen Trail: supermarkets, general stores, medical services, internet access, payphones and post offices.

The Friends

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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Upcoming Walks

Sat 22 Aug 2015 (9 days)
Old Wonoka to Parachilna Trailhead
(End-to-End 5)
IMPORTANT NOTE This is a multi-day walk. Registration requires payment of the END TO END EXTENDED WALK FEE. Accommodation and meal costs are not incl... View event page
Sat 29 Aug 2015 (2 days)
Alligator Gorge Road to Broadview based in Quorn
(End-to-End 6)
These walks will be done out of sequence so that the longer day can be walked on Saturday. SATURDAY 29 AUGUST This is a tough walk starting with a... View event page
Sun 30 Aug 2015
Mylor Nature Trail
(Trail Starter)
This walk will initially take us along a narrow bush track which leads through the Valley of the Bandicoots wildlife corridor. The return leg follows ... View event page
Sun 30 Aug 2015
Mt Lofty Botanic Loop
(Trail Walker)
This walk will take in the Heysen Mount Lofty loop and Cleland tracks.... View event page

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Walk Programme

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News

Lavender Federation Trail meets the Heysen Trail, extending to Clare

Lavender Federation Trail meets the Heysen Trail, extending to ClareThe Lavender Federation Trail has been successful in gaining grant funding to extend the trail from its current trailhead at Eudunda onwards to Clare, to intersect the Heysen Trail at Webb Gab. A special event is in the planning for April 2016 to celebrate the crossing of the two long-distance trails.

Survey on the Best Walks of SA

Survey on the Best Walks of SAThe Bushwalk Australia eMagazine October's edition will focus on South Australia. They are seeking input on the best walks in South Australia. Submit the survey below and enter your 6 favourite walks.

Buckaringa Sanctuary Feral Control Closure, 28-30 August and 25-27 September 2015

Buckaringa Sanctuary Feral Control Closure, 28-30 August and 25-27 September 2015Buckaringa Sanctuary will be closed to Heysen Trail walkers on from 21-24 Aug and 25-27 Sept for the purposes of feral animal control.

Free Seminar: Why Take a Hike on a Long Distance Trail? Integrating Tourism and Recreation Through Research

Free Seminar: Why Take a Hike on a Long Distance Trail? Integrating Tourism and Recreation Through ResearchFind out about the United State’s National Scenic Trail System and the challenges of managing these trails for tourists while providing opportunities for locals. Taylor will talk specifically about the Florida National Scenic Trail, which is a similar concept to our Heyson Trail. The talk will focus on market segmentation – who’s hiking and what they want.

All 8 new sheet maps for Heysen Trail now for sale

All 8 new sheet maps for Heysen Trail now for saleThe full series of Heysen Trail map sheets have been released and are available for purchase. Buy now via our online store, for $15 with postage from $2.15.

The Friends of the Heysen Trail's Trailwalker magazine

Trailwalker Magazine

The quarterly magazine published by the Friends of the Heysen Trail. Download the latest Trailwalker issue.

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End-to-end walks along the Heysen Trail with the Friends of the Heysen Trail

End-to-End Walks

End-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.
Contact the Friends of the Heysen Trail

Contact

10 Pitt Street
Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Australia
Phone (08) 8212 6299
heysentrail@heysentrail.asn.au
Open Mon-Fri 10.30am - 2.30pm
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Print Walk Programme

Download an easy-to-print season walk programme. View online walk calendar.