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 for Environment and Water (DEW). 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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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 for Environment and Water (DEW).
A regular walking program occurs year-wide, with different grades of walks catering for beginners to experienced walkers.
Spalding to Georgetwon
Complete E2E maintenance for this section...
E2E10 Block 9 Rd - Murraytown - Melrose
Day 1: Saturday 1st June 2019 Block 9 Rd to Murraytown 21kms The trail leaves the forest via a series of graded roads, passing the White Park prope...
Cobbler Hill to Tapanappa
Although relatively short, this section of the trail offers spectacular scenery, including a magnificent waterfall, as walkers follow narrow tracks th...
Walking along well made trails with great views of Adelaide. This involves some short hill climbs. We are mostly in Shephards Hill recreation park the...
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Walk ProgrammeView more details about the walk programme
We all know how cute young animals are, especially new born lambs frolicking after their mums. It can be distressing for walkers on the Heysen Trail to see what looks like abandoned lambs, out in the fields. It is tempting to “rescue” them! Don’t! Rarely do the mothers abandon their young, however if you pick […]
During this Sunday's Hiking Expo we'll be officially launching our Heysen Highlights book. 12noon at Main Oval, Belair National Park, launch by guest John Schutz, Chief Executive of Department for Environment and Water.
The Heysen Trail through the Deep Creek Conservation Park will be closed from Monday May 13 through to 12.00 am Friday May 17, 2019. This trail closure will apply after the cessation of the Fire Danger Season for the Mt Lofty region on May 13.
The CFS has extended the Fire Danger season for the Mt Lofty Ranges District. Walker access to this section of the Heysen Trail is limited until 13 May 2019. Other sections of the trail will open progressively from April 16, 2019.