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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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.
Lavender Federation Trail Scenic Road to Webb Gap
(End-to-End Lavender Trail)
Continuing north on Scenic Road we come to Inspiration Point Lookout with great views. We move down and on through Peppermint Springs Station. Just ...
Mt Lofty circle
A comfortable walk across Cleland Conservation Park following contour paths below the summits of Mount Lofty and Bonython. There will be views looking...
Mylor to Cleland
Although the most populous section of the trail, it still retains a rural feel as walkers pass through the parks and bushland of Bridgewater, Mt Georg...
Raeville to Locks Ruin to Bowman Park
SATURDAY 10 September 2016 This walk follows dirt roads into the small town of Georgetown and beyond past Hiskeys Hut. The trail then follows undulat...
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Walk ProgrammeView more details about the walk programme
From August to October, walkers in South Australia need to be careful of dangers posed by bees. You may find bee hives around canola and other flowers. Avoid walking close to the hives. View our tips for hiking near bees.
Friends of the Heysen Trail ambassador, Ron Kandelaars, was interviewed today by Ian Henshke on 891 ABC Adelaide. Listen to the 10 minute interview.
Much of the Heysen Trail infrastructure is now 30 years old. The Friends Trail Development Committee have plans for many upgrades to both the trail and walker facilities. We are seeking volunteers to get these projects moving, both in the field and at our Cobbler Creek shed.
The GPS files for use for navigation in handheld GPS units have been updated. These are the first updates since April 2014. The updates includes 6 re-routes and corrections.