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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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 $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 2 May 2015 (2 days)
Chlorination Station to Raeville
(End-to-End 6)
SATURDAY 2 MAY 2015 Passing Bundaleer Reservoir and the permanently flowing Bundaleer Creek, the Trail joins the Bundaleer northern intake channel at... View event page
Sun 3 May 2015
Sturt Gorge West
(Trail Starter)
We walk alongside the Sturt River, ascending to higher ground to gain views from above, then descending to the Gorge to make our way along the river b... View event page
Sun 3 May 2015
Pewsey Vale to Mount Crawford
(End-to-End Minus 1)
Our first walk of the year begins with undulating back roads and tracks through farming areas. Then we get amongst the pines of Mount Crawford forest ... View event page

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Walk Programme

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Heavy Rains Filling Water Tanks

Heavy Rains Filling Water TanksHeavy 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.

Negotiation for Re-route over Headland at Balquhidder Continue

Negotiation for Re-route over Headland at Balquhidder ContinueThe 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 Recognised with a New Walking Trail at Hiltaba Station

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.

Heysen Trail through Wirrabara Forest to Re-Open

Heysen Trail through Wirrabara Forest to Re-OpenThe 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.

Public Talk: Fire – the Effect of Climate Change on the Flora and Fauna of the Mt Lofty Ranges

Public Talk: Fire – the Effect of Climate Change on the Flora and Fauna of the Mt Lofty RangesPublic lecture & discussion. Thursday 19th March 2015, 5.30pm. Goodman Lecture Theatre, Hackney Road. Mr Allan Holmes will present a discussion on the issue of fire vs natural amenity of the Mt Lofty Ranges.

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. View online walk calendar.