The Heysen Trail

Google Map

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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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


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 20 Aug 2016 (9 days)
Mayo Gorge to Parachilna Gorge
(End-to-End 6)
End to End 6 commenced walking the Heysen Trail on Sunday 17 April 2011 with 49 walkers. This is the final set of walks ending at the Parachilna Trail... View event page
Sat 27 Aug 2016 (2 days)
Horrocks Pass to Broadview, Alligator Gorge to Horrocks Pass
(End-to-End 7)
Saturday - Horrocks Pass to Broadview Starting with a tough climb out of Horrocks Pass to the ridge, the Trail traverses exposed, gibber littered hil... View event page
Sun 28 Aug 2016
Blewett Springs
(Trail Starter)
This is a loop walk, alternating between walking through the native flora of the Blewitt Springs and Manning Reserves and lovely overviews of the surr... View event page
Sun 28 Aug 2016
Mt Hayfield
(Trail Walker)
This walk takes in sections of the Mount Hayfield forest including the pine and native forest areas. It provides some stunning views over Yanakalilla ... View event page

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Walk Programme

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Walkers be warned – Bees!

Walkers  be warned – Bees!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.

Listen to Radio Interview with Ron Kandelaars on 891 ABC Adelaide, 13 July 2016

Friends of the Heysen Trail ambassador, Ron Kandelaars, was interviewed today by Ian Henshke on 891 ABC Adelaide. Listen to the 10 minute interview.

Volunteers Sought for Trail Development

Volunteers Sought for Trail DevelopmentMuch 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.

Buckaringa Sanctuary Closure due to Feral Control, Friday 1st July to Monday 4th July 2016

Buckaringa Sanctuary Closure due to Feral Control, Friday 1st July to Monday 4th July 2016Buckaringa Sanctuary closed to walkers, Friday 1 July to Monday 4 July 2016 due to feral animal controls

Heysen Trail GPX files update for GPS: 6 re-routes and corrections

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.

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


Suite 212, 2nd Floor Epworth Building
33 Pirie Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Phone (08) 8212 6299
Open Mon-Fri 10.30am - 2.30pm
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Walk Program calendar 287

Print Walk Programme

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