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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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 4 Jun 2016
Lavender Federation Trail Dutton to Brownlow Road
(End-to-End Lavender Trail)
We skirt around the foot of Mt Rufus before climbing to the summit of Leake Lookout (526m. The 360 degree views from here make it a memorable feature... View event page
Sat 4 Jun 2016 (10 days)
Quorn to Mayo Gorge
(End-to-End 6)
This is a multi-day walk. Registration requires payment of the END TO END EXTENDED WALK FEE. If you don't have a Golden Boots card you will also be r... View event page
Sun 5 Jun 2016
(Trail Starter)
An easy walk through several back streets of Bethany before joining the Little Kaiser Stuhl loop walk. Weather permitting, there are beautiful views ... View event page

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Walk Programme

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Walk for the Heysen, inaugural fundraising event, 22nd May 2016 Mt Crawford Forest

Walk for the Heysen, inaugural fundraising event, 22nd May 2016 Mt Crawford ForestPlease join us for the Warren Bonython Heysen Trail Foundation’s inaugural fundraising event. 2016 Walk for the Heysen, Sunday 22 May 2016 from 9.30 am, Fromm’s Farm, Mount Road, Mount Crawford.

RAA Southern Rally – Sunday 1st May 2016 – Temporary Road Closures affecting Heysen Trail – Southern Fleurieu

On Sunday 1st May 2016 road closures will close access to the Heysen Trail between Callawonga Creek Rd & Mount Scrub Rd, shown on Map 1.4 of the HT Southern Guide and HT Sheetmap 1B.

AGM – 18th March 2016 – Guest speaker: 5 Ordinary People

AGM – 18th March 2016 – Guest speaker: 5 Ordinary People7.30pm on Friday 18th March 2016 at a new venue: Plympton Community Centre, 34 Long Street, Plympton. Guest Speaker: Erina Sipos will address the meeting at the conclusion of the AGM. Erina is the mother of the family of '5 ordinary people', talking about the Heysen Trail trek they undertook in 2015.

Walk the Yorke Official Opening 13 December 2015

Walk the Yorke Official Opening 13 December 2015The Friends of the Heysen Trail were represented at the successful opening to the Walk the Yorke at Port Vincent on Sunday 13 December 2015.

Christmas Closure – Open Monday 14th December – Online Sales Over Christmas

The office will now be open on Monday Dec 14th, closing from Tuesday. It will reopen on Tuesday 19th January 2016. Monday Dec 14th will be your last chance to call into the office to purchase a copy of our new calendar. While the office is closed, our online shop will remain open for business. If you want to shop for last minute Christmas purchases we will process and despatch any orders received by midday Friday December 18th, on that day.

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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Print Walk Programme

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