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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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

Wed 11 Oct 2017 (17 days)
Great North Walk
(Extended Walk)
The Great North Walk is a walking track which runs from Sydney to Newcastle in New South Wales. The main track, 250 kilometres in length, runs betwee... View event page
Sat 21 Oct 2017 (2 days)
Raeville to Locks Ruin to Bowman Park
(End-to-End 9)
On Saturday... This walk follows dirt roads into the small town of Georgetown and beyond past Hiskeys Hut. The trail then follows undulating fencelin... View event page
Sun 22 Oct 2017
Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park
(Trail Starter)
A lovely walk through this significant area of nature conservation. Great views of the coast and Willunga hills. If time permits we may exit the park... View event page

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Walk Programme

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News

Prescribed burn to cause temporary closure of the Heysen Trail and tracks in the Cleland Conservation Park

Prescribed burn to cause temporary closure of the Heysen Trail and tracks in the Cleland Conservation ParkParts of the Heysen Trail and other tracks in the Cleland Conservation Park will be temporarily closed in the next couple of weeks. The Department of Environment Water & Natural Resources (DEWNR) will be conducting a prescribed burn in the area. The timing of the prescribed burn will depend on suitable weather conditions but DEWNR have advised it may happen as early as today, Tuesday 10th October 2017. The burn off should happen before Monday 30th October.

The Friends of the Heysen Trail 2018 calendar photos and orders.

The Friends of the Heysen Trail 2018 calendar photos and orders.Win a free Friends of the Heysen Trail 2018 calendar! Submit some of your photos for the 2018 Calendar for a chance to win a free copy. Closing date for contributions is this Sunday, October 15 2017. You can now order copies of the calendar for the pre-publication price of $15.00 We expect to have the calendar available for delivery or pick up at the end of November. Order from our On-line shop or by contacting the office. We expect to have the calendar for delivery at our End of Year Bash at Belair National Park on Sunday December 3.

Continuation of feral animal control affects tracks in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

Continuation of feral animal control affects tracks in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National ParkA number of tracks within the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, will be closed at night over the next 12 months. The Heysen Trail will remain open.

Buckaringa Sanctuary closure due to feral animal control, Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October 2017

Buckaringa Sanctuary closure due to feral animal control, Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October 2017The Heysen Trail through Buckaringa Sanctuary will be closed to walkers, Friday 29 September to Monday 2 October 2017 due to feral animal control.

Heysen Trail reroute around Sampson Flat fireground removed.

Heysen Trail reroute around Sampson Flat fireground removed.The reroute of the Heysen Trail between Chain of Ponds and Kersbrook due to the Sampson Flat fire has finally been removed.

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

Suite 212, 2nd Floor Epworth Building
33 Pirie 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.