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.


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


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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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 $1.45.
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


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

Wed 5 Nov 2014
Wild Dog Glen
(Twilight Walk)
A walk into the hills above Mitcham. Steep and challenging in parts... View event page
Sun 9 Nov 2014
Montacute Heights To Cudlee Creek
(End-to-End 8)
After an initial road walk, the trail makes a very long and steep descent to Sixth Creek before climbing again through Montacute Conservation Park and... View event page
Wed 12 Nov 2014
Torrens Linear Park - Western End
(Twilight Walk)
This walk takes us along the River Torrens linear path. ... View event page
Sun 16 Nov 2014
Inman Valley to Myponga
(End-to-End 9)
Majestic gums line roadsides leading to the climb up Sugarloaf Hill where walkers are rewarded with spectacular rural views. The trail then leads into... View event page

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Walk Programme

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Art Exhibition: Echoes of the Heysen Trail – starting this weekend

Art Exhibition: Echoes of the Heysen Trail – starting this weekendExhibition Opening this Saturday 1 November 2014. Free entry. 2.30pm Robin Hood Hotel, 315 Portrush Rd, Norwood. Exhibition 1 Nov - 30 Nov 2014. A range of paintings on the Heysen Trail available for purchase, varying sizes.

Fire Danger Season Brought Forward 2014/15

Fire Danger Season Brought Forward 2014/15The dates for the 2014/2015 Fire Danger Season have been brought forward. The Heysen Trail is closed during these high risk times.

Pathway along Adelaide’s beaches – have your say

Pathway along Adelaide’s beaches – have your sayHave your say on a final 4.8km section of Adelaide's 70km Coast Park walking and cycling trail. Four options have been identified in the Grange, through Tennyson, to Semaphore Park section and your views are being sought.

Walking SA AGM + Annual Report published

Walking SA AGM + Annual Report publishedWalking SA's AGM is 7pm this Thursday, 30 October 2014, at the Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur Street, Unley. View their Annual Report. Hear guest speaker Mark de Lange, from Adelaide Hills Council, give a short presentation on the Adelaide Hills 20 Year Trail Strategy.

Proposed 400km Walking Trail along River Murray

Proposed 400km Walking Trail along River MurrayA new 400km walking and riding trail along the River Murray is being considered by three regional councils. This feedback survey allows people to view the preliminary trail alignment prior to the land survey commencing.

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


10 Pitt Street
Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Phone (08) 8212 6299
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Print Walk Programme

Download an easy-to-print season walk programme.