The Heysen Trail
View Interactive Map showing the Heysen Trail with accommodation options, re-routes, Fire Ban Districts and Tourism Regions.
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 two guidebooks (the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) were superseded by eight map sheets. Buy online now from $15 with postage from $3.80.
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.
Walk ProgrammeView more details about the walk programme
With today's commencement of the Fire Danger Season in the Mt Lofty Ranges Fire Ban District, sections of the Heysen Trail are now closed. The closed sections will progressively open during April/May 2021. Walkers are requested to not to access the trail where it traverses private property. Some other sections of the trail will remain open provided there is not a total fire ban in operation.
The Friends 2021 Calendar is now available at the Office. You can still purchase a copy for $12. The Office will be closed from Dec 11th and reopen on Tuesday 2nd February 2021. Our online shop will remain open but deliveries may take longer.
With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions many people have tried bushwalking and camping for the first time. Some people have camped wherever they can find a spot. This type of behaviour has understandably upset some owners of land on or near the trail. We all need to remember to follow good bushwalking and camping etiquette.
The CFS has announced the dates of the Fire Danger Season for the Mt Lofty Ranges region. This completes the full list of dates for 2020/21 for the Fire Ban Districts in SA. The Heysen Trail is closed during the Fire Danger Season. The trail north of Wirrabara is already closed. The closure of the Mid North District commences on 15th November 2020.