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.

More about the Heysen Trail

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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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

Wed 25 Nov 2015
(Twilight Walk)
Rocky beach, tidal pools, sea cliffs, lighthouse, cliff top path, secret gullies, conservation park, seaside sculptures and art, historic house and gr... View event page
Wed 2 Dec 2015
(Twilight Walk)
A loop walk in the Mount Osmond Reserve incorporating part of the Pioneer Women's Trail and Burnside Walking Trails. This walk will give spectacular... View event page
Wed 9 Dec 2015
Chambers Gully
(Twilight Walk)
TBA... View event page
Wed 16 Dec 2015
Black Hill
(Twilight Walk)
A circular walk around the lower slopes of Black Hill Conservation Park, if the weather is warm an alternate route will be taken. ... View event page

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Walk Programme

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Pre-Order now – 2016 Heysen Trail Calendar

Pre-Order now – 2016 Heysen Trail CalendarShowcasing photographs of South Australia’s iconic hiking trail – the 1,200km Heysen Trail from Cape Jervis at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges. Pre-order now for $15, delivery available late November.

We’re moving shop/office to Pirie Street, Adelaide – some closure dates

We’re moving shop/office to Pirie Street, Adelaide – some closure datesWe're moving to Suite 212, 2nd Floor, Epworth Building, 33 Pirie Street, Adelaide SA 5000. Our office will be closed this Friday 20th November and be fully open on Tuesday 24th November 2015.

This Sunday 8th November – Morialta Centenary Picnic. 2 x Walks. Bid on Historic Images Auction

This Sunday 8th November – Morialta Centenary Picnic. 2 x Walks. Bid on Historic Images AuctionJoin in the community events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Morialta Conservation Park. Two free guided walks for the public to check out the Morialta Conservation Park.

Wednesday evening Twilight Walks begin this week

With the warmer weather and daylight savings, our Wednesday evening walks have started. Check out some of the upcoming walks below, or download the full program.

Fire Danger Season Brought Forward 2015/16

Fire Danger Season Brought Forward 2015/16The dates for the 2015/2016 Fire Danger Season have been brought forward. The Heysen Trail is closed during these high risk times.

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.