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.


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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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

Sun 5 Jul 2015
(Trail Starter)
This walk is in the South Eastern side of Cleland National Park, using mainly service tracks and a few walking trails. There are a couple of hill clim... View event page
Sun 5 Jul 2015
Glen Osmond / Cleland
(Trail Walker)
After climbing Mt Osmond , we will head down the Davenport Track, towards Chambers Gully then and up and down various tracks in the Cleland Conservati... View event page
Sun 5 Jul 2015
Tapanappa to Balquhidder
(End-to-End 10)
This walk starts with spectacular views to Tunkalilla Beach, followed by a picturesque route through dense bushland before a steep descent to Boat Har... View event page
Sun 12 Jul 2015
Koala Walk (Now Morialta Conservation Park)
(Trail Starter)
(The walk was going to be in Belair National Park, but a similar walk is programmed a few weeks earlier.) A loop walk up past Third falls to Moores... View event page

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Walk Programme

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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.

Welcoming our 1,000th Member

Welcoming our 1,000th MemberWe've welcomed our 1,000th member. The End-to-End 5 group caught up with the member, Rachel Faulkner, in Port Augusta earlier this month.

Walking With Warren Bonython 2015 Brock Lecture, 18th June 2015

Walking With Warren Bonython 2015 Brock Lecture, 18th June 2015Terry Kreig, author of Walking With Warren, will give a lecture at the Royal Geographical Society on Thursday 18th June, 5:30pm.

Buckaringa Sanctuary Feral Control Closure, 19-22 June 2015

Buckaringa Sanctuary Feral Control Closure, 19-22 June 2015The Australian Wildlife Conservancy will be undertaking feral animal control in Buckaringa Sanctuary during coming months, affecting map 4.6 of the Northern Guidebook. The next planned closure is evening of 19th June through to the morning of 22nd June 2015.

Problems with NAB Payment System

UPDATE: 3pm Thursday 4th June: There have been significant issues with our online payment system during May, until 2pm Thursday 4th June. Whilst we think these issues have now been resolved, we are monitoring the situation. Payment processing affecting walk registrations involving payments, and online store payments. Our e-commerce provider NAB has been experiencing ongoing issues. This has meant that customers have been experiencing difficulties submitting payments online. NAB recognises the impact this is having on customers and apologies for the inconvenience. NAB is working to resolve these ongoing issues as soon as possible.

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


10 Pitt Street
Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Phone (08) 8212 6299
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Print Walk Programme

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