The Heysen Trail
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.
MapsMap 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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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 FilesDownload 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 HikeThe Heysen Trail is generally open between April and November. During the summer Fire Danger Season, much of the trail is closed.
Re-RoutesDue to maintenance or access issues it is occassionally necessary to re-align sections of the Heysen Trail.
Huts & CampingScattered along the Heysen Trail are numerous campsites, huts, shelters, caravan parks, hotels and bed & breakfasts. View accommodation options.
Service DirectoryList of services along the Heysen Trail: supermarkets, general stores, medical services, internet access, payphones and post offices.
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.
Lavender Federation Trail Murray Bridge to Monarto
A walk along the Murray where we may see The Murray Princess moored, around reclaimed wetlands then off to the scrub. Pass by Mobilong Low security p...
The walk starts on Bandicoot track on the Eastern side of the Scott Creek Conservation Park. Following fire tracks for most of the walk in and around...
Belair RW to Mount Lofty
A lovely walk, beginning from Belair Railway Station and climbing up to Mt Lofty Summit via the Yurrabilla Trail and the less frequented tracks of Cle...
Starting at the historic township of Willunga, we follow the Shiraz trail for a while, before wending our way through vineyards and farmland. Mostly l...
View full walk programme
Walk ProgrammeView more details about the walk programme
The 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 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.
7.30pm Friday March 27 2015, at the Woodville Lawn Bowling Club, Oval Ave, Woodville South. Guest Speaker Sandy Pitcher, CEO of DEWNR (Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources) will address the meeting at the conclusion of the AGM.
A family of five, including Eli, 12, Emily, 10, and Noah, 9, will skip Term 2 of school in favour of hiking the 1,200km Heysen Trail. Their 56-day plan begins at the northern trailhead at Parachilna Gorge, trekking south through the Flinders Ranges and Adelaide Hills to Cape Jervis.
End-to-End WalksEnd-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.
10 Pitt Street
Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Phone (08) 8212 6299
View shop/office map