The Heysen Trail
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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.
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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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.
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
The Heysen Trail is generally open between April and November. During the summer Fire Danger Season, much of the trail is closed.
Due to maintenance or access issues it is occassionally necessary to re-align sections of the Heysen Trail.
Huts & Camping
Scattered along the Heysen Trail are numerous campsites, huts, shelters, caravan parks, hotels and bed & breakfasts. View accommodation options.
List 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.
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South Eastern Parklands
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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...
A pleasant loop walk on trails through the Lynton and Sleeps Hill Reserves offering some enjoyable little climbs and rewarding views to the gulf & ove...
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Walk ProgrammeView more details about the walk programme
A major project to upgrade the Heysen Trail to a uniform high standard, including re-marking to current standard, stile work and track clearing. Huts, tanks and toilets are to be progressively improved. Weekend trips throughout the walking season of small groups of volunteers to conduct maintenance. By focusing on each end-to-end section the whole trail can be attended to over a five year cycle.
Get down and DIRTY with Raunchy Sugar at the Friend’s End of Year Bash, BBQ & Band – Sunday 4th December 2016
The Friends of the Heysen Trail End of Year Bash, BBQ + Band Raunchy Sugar are back! - come Rock and Roll, or relax amongst the lush green surroundings of Karka Pavilion in Belair National Park. Sunday 4 December, 12 - 4pm $20 per person
The Friends of the Heysen Trail are saddened by the passing of our highly esteemed past President Jamie Sheppard on 27 December, 2016. Jamie was active in all facets of the walking community, and a most generous host of social functions for the members. Jamie will be remembered as a true gentleman and friend to all who knew him, and he will be very sadly missed in the wider community.
The Friends Office will close for Christmas on Friday Dec 18 2016 and reopen on Tuesday Jan 17 2017. We will continue to process On-line shop orders over the break.
Park Closure – 24/11/2016 to 1/12/2016 Telowie Gorge Conservation Park and Napperby Block (Mount Remarkable National Park)
Telowie Gorge Conservation Park and Napperby Block (Mount Remarkable National Park) will be closed from 6am Friday, 24 November 2016 to 6pm Thursday, 1 December 2016. The Go Cart Track Shelter may be impacted during these times.
The Friends 2017 Calendar pre-order discount offer ends soon. Submit your order before midday on Monday, November 21 and catch the pre-publication discount price of $15/copy. Orders made after that will be at the normal price of $18.