The Heysen Trail

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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 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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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 21 Jul 2018 (2 days)
Melrose to Aligator Gorge Rd to Horrocks Pass
(End-to-End 9)
On Saturday ... Melrose to Alligator Gorge... This is a very long and difficult (but memorable) section of the Trail that starts with the ascent of M... View event page
Sat 21 Jul 2018 (2 days)
End to End Maintenance 2018 - 3
(End-to-End Maintenance)
Carry out maintenance on the trail between Burra and Huppatz Hut... View event page
Sun 22 Jul 2018
Tanunda to Kapunda
(End-to-End 11)
A walk along back roads and road reserves past vineyards and wineries of the Barossa Valley, through the small town of Greenock then into the rolling ... View event page
Sun 22 Jul 2018
Black Hill
(Trail Walker)
This 18 km walk includes a good rocky climb, a steep slippery descent and at least 2 steady climbs requiring endurance. A good walk for developing wal... View event page

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Walk Programme

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News

Heysen Trail closure near Calabrinda Creek campsite, Saturday June 30th.

Heysen Trail closure near Calabrinda Creek campsite, Saturday June 30th.The Heysen Trail near Calabrinda Creek campsite, near Hawker, will be closed to walkers on for a few hours on Saturday June 30th 2018. A car rally is being be held there.

Heysen Trail closure through the Buckaringa Sanctuary, Friday 15th June to Monday 18th 2018

Heysen Trail closure through the Buckaringa Sanctuary, Friday 15th June to Monday 18th 2018The Heysen Trail through Buckaringa Sanctuary will be closed to walkers, Friday 15 June to Monday 18 June 2018 due to feral animal control.

Fire Danger prevents access to some sections of the Heysen Trail.

Fire Danger prevents access to some sections of the Heysen Trail.The CFS has extended the Fire Danger season for the Mt Lofty Ranges District. Walker access to this section of the Heysen Trail is limited until 15 May 2018. However the trail is now between Wirrabara and Parachilna.

Heysen Trail affected by closure of the Deep Creek Conservation Park – April 30 to May 4, 2018

Heysen Trail affected by closure of the Deep Creek Conservation Park – April 30 to May 4, 2018The Heysen Trail through the Deep Creek Conservation Park will be closed from Monday April 30 to Friday May 4, 2018.

Join the Friends of the Heysen Trail before 31st May 2018.

Join the Friends of the Heysen Trail before 31st May 2018.Join the Friends of the Heysen Trail before 31st May and you could win a 2-day guided walk on the Heysen Trail and overnight accommodation at Heysen’s Rest B&B. Financial members of the Friends of the Heysen Trail support the ongoing maintenance and greening of South Australia’s premier walking trail, participate in an extensive walks programme and receive many other benefits.

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
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Walk Program calendar 287

Print Walk Programme

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