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.

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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.

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Heysen Trail map sheets, new September 2014

Maps

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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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

Re-Routes

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

Sun 2 Aug 2015
Mack Creek
(Trail Starter)
Walk in Humbug Scrub culminating in Mack Creek. Golden wattle now in bloom. See areas recovering from Sampson Flat fire. Lunch at Tenafete Creek Wi... View event page
Sun 2 Aug 2015
Morialta
(Trail Walker)
A challenging walk involving some interesting tracks around the Morialta Conservation Park.... View event page
Sun 2 Aug 2015
Balquhidder to Waitpinga
(End-to-End 10)
Passing Balquhidder Station, named after the birthplace of Rob Roy, we make our way down to the coast while taking in the views offered by the Souther... View event page
Sat 8 Aug 2015 (2 days)
Kapunda to Peter's Hill
(End-to-End 8)
SATURDAY: From Kapunda we head northwest along backroads and tracks to Black Joes Road, then mainly north along fence lines and tracks to the old tele... View event page

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Walk Programme

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News

Kangaroo Island Long Weekend FoHT Trip, October

Kangaroo Island Long Weekend FoHT Trip, OctoberCome hike Kangaroo Island with a fun-filled bus of hikers, over the October long weekend. Three walks in different areas of the island show off the varied scenery, flora and fauna of this special island.

Heysen Trail returns to Wirrabara Forest & Sampson Flat Fireground

Heysen Trail returns to Wirrabara Forest & Sampson Flat FiregroundThe Heysen Trail has been restored and re-marked to the original route through Wirrabara Forest. This removes the 44km temporary re-route, however there are two small re-routes. Down south, the Heysen Trail has been re-marked through the Sampson Flat fireground, with a temporary re-route in place from Chain of Ponds to Kersbook.

Proposed Heysen Trail Realignment in Flinders Ranges Draft Management Plan – Have Your Say

Proposed Heysen Trail Realignment in Flinders Ranges Draft Management Plan – Have Your SayThe Flinders Ranges National Park Draft Management Plan has been released for public consultation. We at the Friends of the Heysen Trail consider that the plan is well presented but disagree on the suggestion to re-align the Heysen Trail.

End-to-End 5 group to finish Heysen Trail in August

End-to-End 5 group to finish Heysen Trail in AugustThe End-to-End 5 group is about to embark on its final walks during the last week of August. Registration will open to all-comers next Monday 6 July for anyone who would like to join the End-to-End 5 group as it takes its final walks and celebrates with dinner on Saturday evening.

5 Ordinary People finish 1,200km hike of Heysen Trail 2pm Saturday 20th June 2015

5 Ordinary People finish 1,200km hike of Heysen Trail 2pm Saturday 20th June 20155 Ordinary People finish of their extraordinary 1,200km through hike of The Heysen Trail at Cape Jervis this at 2pm Saturday 20th June 2015.

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

Contact

10 Pitt Street
Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Australia
Phone (08) 8212 6299
heysentrail@heysentrail.asn.au
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.