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.
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.
The first 80km section of the Heysen Trail between Cape Jervis and Victor Harbor (the new Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail) is open all year round, except that it will be closed on days of catastrophic fire danger. The Parks website should also be checked on days of extreme fire danger or total fire bans.
Due to maintenance or access issues it is occassionally necessary to re-align sections of the Heysen Trail.
List of services along the Heysen Trail: supermarkets, general stores, medical services, internet access, payphones and post offices.
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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) were superseded by eight map sheets.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.
Huts & Camping
Scattered along the Heysen Trail are numerous campsites, huts, shelters, caravan parks, hotels and bed & breakfasts. View accommodation options.
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
Notice of Annual General Meeting 2023
The 36th Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Heysen Trail and Other Walking Trails Inc will be held at 6.30pm Wednesday 5 April 2023 at the Torrens Rowing Club Functions Centre, Victoria Drive, Adelaide.
Posted in AGM & other organisation meetings
Registration for our next ‘End to End’ walks from Cape Jervis open at 7.00am on Monday, March 20th 2023.
The next series of the Friends 'End to End' walks along the Heysen Trail is scheduled to commence from Cape Jervis on Sunday May 14th 2023. Registrations for the first walk open on Monday March 20th.
Posted in Events, Hiking the Trail
The Friends Office reopens on Tuesday 7th February, 2023.
The Friends Office reopens on Tuesday February 7th 2023. We are also pleased to announce the release of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park map.
Posted in Merchandise
The Heysen Trail is currently closed due to the Fire Danger Season
Most of the Heysen Trail is currently closed due to the Fire Danger Season, however sections through parks, reserves and […]
Posted in Trail Status (Open/Close)
Heysen Trail Calendar 2023 available now. Only $12!
Just a reminder that copies of the Heysen Trail Calendar 2023 are in the Office and available for immediate pick up or delivery.
Posted in Merchandise
The magazine published by the Friends of the Heysen Trail in April, August & December. Download the latest Trailwalker issue.
End-to-End WalksEnd-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.
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