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.

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Guidebooks of the Heysen Trail

Maps

Two guidebooks have been released by the Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources. Book One, the Southern Guide, covers Cape Jervis to Spalding. Book Two, the Northern Guide, covers Spalding to Parachilna Gorge.

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

Sat 30 Sep 2017 (3 days)
Kapunda to Hamilton to Peters Hill to Gerkie Gap
(End-to-End 10)
This is E2E10's first Weekend Away of Walking, its a 3 day Event. Walking from Kapunda to Gerkie Gap: Day 1: Saturday 30th September 2017 - Kap... View event page
Sun 1 Oct 2017
Trott Park
(Trail Starter)
We start from the midst of the suburbs, before descending into a hidden gully and along the Field River. Our journey then leads us through some little... View event page
Sun 1 Oct 2017
Mt Pleasant
(Trail Walker)
A walk through some of the eastern areas of the Mt Crawford Forest Reserve. Beginning with a circuit of the Mt Pleasant Summit Trail it then ventures ... View event page
Tue 3 Oct 2017
Walk Leader training night
Ever thought you might like to have a go at becoming a walk leader with the FOHT, then come and join us for a look at what goes on ,on and off the tra... View event page

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Walk Programme

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News

Response from the Friends of the Heysen Trail about the Proposed Bundaleer and Wirrabara Greenways

Response from the Friends of the Heysen Trail about the Proposed Bundaleer and Wirrabara GreenwaysThe State Government is proposing to use the Recreational Greenways Act 2000 to protect the Heysen and Mawson Trail networks for recreational access in perpetuity for use by walkers and/or cyclists. This will create a greenway over sections of the Heysen and Mawson Trails within Wirrabara and Bundaleer Forests that are proposed to be sold to private parties. Our main concerns relate to the proposed change to the route in Bundaleer that removes the section walked from Curnow’s Hut to New Campbell Hill and consequently removes the extensive views across the Spencer Gulf as well as extending the distance.

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.

Proposed Upgrade of South Coast Heysen Trail – Feedback Sought

Proposed Upgrade of South Coast Heysen Trail – Feedback SoughtA proposal is under consideration to upgrade the Heysen Trail on the southern Fluerieu Peninsula (67km / 5 days), which will encourage walkers to visit the area, in particular tourists from outside the region. Feedback is being sought from the public, walkers and potential tourism and adventure operators. Walk options will allow for day walkers, 1-2 day walkers, 5-day walkers and a 1-day Accessible trail, with walkers camping on the trail or staying in accommodation nearby. Tourism operators will be able to offer transport services, either daily or the start and end of multi-day walks. Sections of trail and exclusive walkers-campsites will be constructed or upgraded.

Changes to walk booking arrangements – Golden Boots and Multiwalk Cards

Changes to walk booking arrangements – Golden Boots and Multiwalk CardsWe have recently made changes to our walk booking arrangements. The major change made was to discontinue the sale of Multiwalk passes. When registering for walk, walkers now have the choice of using the casual walk fee option of $8 per walk or a Golden Boots pass (unlimited walks over 12 months at a cost of $60). Golden Boots will now be accepted for our Wednesday Twilight walks.

Temporary Re-Route around Giles Conservation Park – until 9 July 2017

Temporary Re-Route around Giles Conservation Park – until 9 July 2017Due to repairs resulting from damage caused by the September 2016 floods, the Heysen and Yurebilla trails in Giles Conservation Park will be closed from Tuesday June 27th until Sunday July 9th 2017.

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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Print Walk Programme

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