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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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.
A very easy walk on the linear park, incorporating the Breakout Creek wetlands and Apex Park wetlands....
Mt Crawford to Pewsey Vale
Initially following forest edges and roadsides, the trail then makes its way up and over the pretty Wirra Wirra Peaks, before descending to creek line...
Raeville to Bowman Park
SATURDAY 16 MAY 2015 This walk follows dirt roads into the small town of Georgetown and beyond past Hiskeys Hut. The trail then follows undulating fe...
A casual stroll through pine forest, then we will take the Heysen spur trail to Mount Crawford summit. Lunch at Williamstown for those interested, su...
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The entire length of the Heysen Trail re-opens tomorrow following the conclusion of the Fire Danger Season. Two small sections of the Trail are currently closed following the January Sampson Flat Fire.
Heavy rains on Friday 17th April 2015 in the Flinders will be welcomed by hikers on the Heysen Trail. We were aware that some tanks were low. Ensure that upon entering a campsite you still have sufficient water to make it to a known water supply, should the water tank be found to be unexpectedly too low.
The State Government is still in negotiation to secure a re-route of the Heysen Trail across the spectacular headland at Balquhidder Station. A story published in the Australian Financial Review on 15th April 2015: Billionaire Kerry Stokes’ marathon land talks with SA enter sixth year Marathon negotiations between billionaire Kerry Stokes and the South Australian […]
Warren Bonython has been recognised with a new Walking Trail named after him. Robert Alcock and Andrew Robertson represented the Friends of the Heysen Trail at the opening ceremonies last Thursday and Friday at Hiltaba Nature Reserve, Gawler Ranges, 650km from Adelaide.
The Heysen Trail through Wirrabara Forest will re-open on its original alignment. We are currently undertaking re-marking works and will advise hikers when the original trail alignment is available for walking.
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.
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