The Heysen Trail
View Google 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 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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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.
The Friends Shed Maintenance Day - CANCELLED WORKING ON THE Trail
(Friends Shed Maintenance Day)
The Shed will not be be open this Thursday. The Friends are installing a new cabin at Black Jack, north of Burra. ...
Hallett to Spalding
Carry out trail maintenance on the trail - various tasks will be allocated once participants are registered. ...
Mt Crawford to Pewsey Vale
A climb over Mt Crawford followed by more forest walking and another climb over Wirra Wirra peaks gets this walk off to a flyer.Due to recent re-route...
Circular walk through a valley of magnificent Red River Gums. Following Mack Creek and a meandering bush track. Could have some challenges for new wa...
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Walk ProgrammeView more details about the walk programme
The Friends' Council has recently adopted guidelines which apply when parents wish to be accompanied by their children on walks conducted by the Friends.