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.

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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 1 Jul 2017
Lavender Trail - Mt Beevor - Bondleigh Rd to Diggers Rest spur trail Tungkillo Road
(End-to-End Lavender Trail)
Starting on Bondleigh Rd we follow Gum Gully Creek. There can be boggy ground and thick vegetation. From there is a slow ascent to Mt Beevor. Spect... View event page
Sun 2 Jul 2017
Chambers Gully/Cleland Conservation Park
(Trail Starter)
A loop walk covering parts of the Wine Shanty Track, Nursery Loop, Gunblower Track, Kirang Track and Bartril Spur Track. Optional lunch after the wal... View event page
Sun 2 Jul 2017
Mt Crawford to Pewsey Vale
(End-to-End 10)
A mandatory walk up to the top of Mt Crawford, then the track follows forest edges and roadsides, the trail then makes its way up over the pretty Wirr... View event page
Sat 8 Jul 2017 (2 days)
Melrose to Alligator Gorge Road to Horrocks Pass
(End-to-End 8)
SATURDAY JULY 8th This is a very long and difficult (but memorable) section of the Trail that starts with the ascent of Mt Remarkable, and continues ... 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.

Our first End to End Maintenance program weekend

Our first End to End Maintenance program weekendA team of volunteers has made a successful start to our new End to End Maintenance program, working on the Heysen Trail between Cape Jervis and Tapanappa.

It’s Volunteer Week — huge thanks to everyone that volunteers within the Friends of the Heysen Trail.

It’s Volunteer Week — huge thanks to everyone that volunteers within the Friends of the Heysen Trail.Heysen Trail volunteers - thank you for your tireless efforts helping to develop, maintain and promote our wonderful trail.

Paid help is needed! Will you be in the Flinders Ranges on May 6 & 7?

Paid help is needed! Will you be in the Flinders Ranges on May 6 & 7?Paid help is needed! If you will be near the Flinders Ranges next weekend, Ben Hockings one of our trail supporters has asked for your help.

More trees on the Heysen Trail – thank you to our volunteers.

More trees on the Heysen Trail – thank you to our volunteers.Thank you to the many volunteers who have helped plant trees on the Heysen Trail. At Duttons Trough the trees can now be seen above other vegetation.

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

Download an easy-to-print season walk programme.