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.
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.
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.
Hermans hut site clean up. Mt Crawford.
Herman’s hut is planned to replace Freemans hut. The objective is to clean up the site of the ruined hut, to prepare for construction. The main tas...
This area offers a number of pleasant walking possibilities for anyone wishing to walk in a group on designated tracks. I will adapt the walk dependi...
There are literally dozens of tracks in the Cleland area that see little use anymore and are now overgrown or closed. This walk links up a number of t...
Opening of the Bushwalking Season
An expo to celebrate the start of the South Australian bushwalking season. With the arrival of cooler autumn weather, hiking is an ideal outdoor a...
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Walk ProgrammeView more details about the walk programme
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.
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.
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.