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.
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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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.
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
The Heysen Trail is generally open between April and November. During the summer Fire Danger Season, much of the trail is closed.
Due to maintenance or access issues it is occassionally necessary to re-align sections of the Heysen Trail.
Huts & Camping
Scattered along the Heysen Trail are numerous campsites, huts, shelters, caravan parks, hotels and bed & breakfasts. View accommodation options.
List 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 Trail - Mt Beevor - Bondleigh Rd to Diggers Rest spur trail Tungkillo Road
(End-to-End Lavender Trail)
Starting on Bondleigh Rd we follow Gum Gully Creek. There can be boggy ground and thick vegetation. From there is a slow ascent to Mt Beevor. Spect...
Chambers Gully/Cleland Conservation Park
A loop walk covering parts of the Wine Shanty Track, Nursery Loop, Gunblower Track, Kirang Track and Bartril Spur Track. Optional lunch after the wal...
Mt Crawford to Pewsey Vale
A mandatory walk up to the top of Mt Crawford, then the track follows forest edges and roadsides, the trail then makes its way up over the pretty Wirr...
Melrose to Alligator Gorge Road to Horrocks Pass
SATURDAY JULY 8th This is a very long and difficult (but memorable) section of the Trail that starts with the ascent of Mt Remarkable, and continues ...
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The State Government is proposing to use the Recreational Greenways Act 2000 to protect the Heysen and Mawson Trail networks for recreational access in perpetuity for use by walkers and/or cyclists. This will create a greenway over sections of the Heysen and Mawson Trails within Wirrabara and Bundaleer Forests that are proposed to be sold to private parties. Our main concerns relate to the proposed change to the route in Bundaleer that removes the section walked from Curnow’s Hut to New Campbell Hill and consequently removes the extensive views across the Spencer Gulf as well as extending the distance.