The Heysen Trail

Google Map

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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Heysen Trail map sheets, new September 2014

Maps

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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) were superseded by eight map sheets.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 $3.50.

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 for Environment and Water (DEW).

A regular walking program occurs year-wide, with different grades of walks catering for beginners to experienced walkers.

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Upcoming Walks

Walk Programme

View more details about the walk programme

News

Heysen Trail open for day walking only after Fire Danger Season ends in April

Heysen Trail open for day walking only after Fire Danger Season ends in AprilThe Department of Environment and Water has advised that in general, South Australian parks and reserves are open to local day visitors, as long as all State and Federal Government advice is followed in relation to COVID-19. All campgrounds and communal facilities in SA parks have been closed, along with hut and homestead accommodation. Upon completion of the Fire Danger Season between 15 and 30 April 2020 the Heysen Trail will be open to day walkers only - no camping or hut use until further notice.

Bookings for End to End 15 suspended

Bookings for End to End 15 walks have been suspended. The first walk that was to be held on May 9th 2020 has been cancelled.

FOHT – Response to COVID-19

After monitoring the rapidly changing developments associated with Coronavirus COVID-19, all Friends events have been cancelled until the end of May 2020.

Urgent Announcement – Postponement of Friends Annual General Meeting

The Friends of the Heysen Trail AGM scheduled for Friday 20th March 2020 has been postponed.

Cudlee Creek fire damages the Heysen Trail and other popular walking areas in the Adelaide Hills.

Cudlee Creek fire damages the Heysen Trail and other popular walking areas in the Adelaide Hills.Heysen Trail to be re-routed around the Cudlee Creek fireground, including Grandpas campsite. Forestry SA  has closed the Cudlee Creek Forest Reserve, which includes Thomas Hill and Mount Misery to the public for safety reasons.

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
View shop/office map

Walk Program calendar 287

Print Walk Programme

Download an easy-to-print season walk programme. View online walk calendar.