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.

More about the Heysen Trail

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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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

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

Sat 22 Sep 2018 (2 days)
Peters Hill to Gerkie Gap to Webb Gap
(End-to-End 11)
ON SATURDAY-A pleasant walk along back roads through undulating farmlands to the southern end of the Tothill Range taking in the town of Marrabel and ... View event page
Sat 22 Sep 2018 (2 days)
End to End Maintenance 2018 - 5
(End-to-End Maintenance)
Carry out maintenance along the trail between Spalding and Georgetown. Coordinator will contact you via email with details of meeting times, spec... View event page
Sun 23 Sep 2018
Cobbler Creek
(Trail Starter)
A short but very sweet trailstarter that has it's challenges.... The walk meanders first down into Cobbler Creek Recreation Park from Green Valley ... View event page
Sun 23 Sep 2018
Sanderston Trail
(Trail Walker)
Opened in 2016 this trail is quite different to most other walks.Situated on the Mallee side of the Adelaide Hills walkers are rewarded with rolling g... View event page

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Walk Programme

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News

Introduction to Walk Leader Training Night. Tuesday 2nd Oct 2018.

Introduction to Walk Leader Training Night.  Tuesday 2nd Oct 2018.Have you ever thought you'd like to become a walk leader with the Friends of the Heysen Trail? Well, here’s your chance to see what goes on, on and off the trail. Come along to the Walk Leader Training evening.

Leave only footprints, take only photographs

Leave only footprints, take only photographsHeysen Trail walkers are well aware of the general principles related to walking which are captured by the expression “leave only footprints, take only photos”. Many sections of the trail traverse National and Conservation Parks. It is therefore a useful reminder that the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 includes regulations about activities in parks that the general public must comply with. Disregarding these regulations may result in park users being issued a fine.

The Friends of the Heysen Trail 2019 calendar – final call for photos

The Friends of the Heysen Trail 2019 calendar – final call for photosThe Friends of the Heysen Trail 2019 calendar is currently being compiled and we need your photos. Submit some of your photos for the 2019 calendar to be in the running for a free copy.

Heysen Trail closure through the Buckaringa Sanctuary, Friday 24th August to Monday 27th August 2018

Heysen Trail closure through the Buckaringa Sanctuary, Friday 24th August to Monday 27th August 2018The Heysen Trail through Buckaringa Sanctuary will be closed to walkers, Friday 24 August to Monday 27 August 2018 due to feral animal control.

Installation of Trail Counters to Improve Data on Number of Walkers

Installation of Trail Counters to Improve Data on Number of WalkersThe Friends will be installing 3 TRAFx infrared trail counters along key sections of the Heysen Trail. The devices count the number of trail uses giving us comprehensive data about trail use. The device is very compact with an unobtrusive design, which reduces risk of vandalism. They will be concealed to further prevent them being stolen or vandalised. It only uses standard AA alkaline batteries and has very long battery life.

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.

View all Trailwalker magazines.

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
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Walk Program calendar 287

Print Walk Programme

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