The Heysen Trail

Google Map

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.

More about the Heysen Trail

Heysen Trail map sheets, new September 2014


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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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


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.

More about the Friends

Upcoming Walks

Thu 27 Jun 2019
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. ... View event page
Sat 29 Jun 2019 (2 days)
Hallett to Spalding
(End-to-End Maintenance)
Carry out trail maintenance on the trail - various tasks will be allocated once participants are registered. ... View event page
Sun 30 Jun 2019
Mt Crawford to Pewsey Vale
(End-to-End 12)
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... View event page
Sun 30 Jun 2019
Mack Creek
(Trail Starter)
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... View event page

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Walk Programme

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Heysen Trail closure – Caroona Creek Conservation Park: June 4-7 2019.

Heysen Trail closure – Caroona Creek Conservation Park: June 4-7 2019.The Heysen Trail through the Caroona Creek Conservation Park will be closed from 6.00 am Tuesday 4th June to 6.00 pm on Friday 7th June, 2019.

The Friends’ Walking with Children Policy

The Friends' Council has recently adopted guidelines which apply when parents wish to be accompanied by their children on walks conducted by the Friends.

Grounded in Truth Walking Together.

Grounded in Truth Walking Together.The Friends is proud to commence a process of re/learning stories of Aboriginal connection along the 30+ years of the Heysen Trail.

Heysen Trail closure through the Buckaringa Sanctuary, Friday 31st May to Monday 3 June 2019.

Heysen Trail closure through the Buckaringa Sanctuary, Friday 31st May to Monday 3 June 2019.The Heysen Trail through Buckaringa Sanctuary will be closed to walkers, Friday evening 31st May to Monday morning 3rd June 2019.

Animals are Cute, especially New Born Lambs

Animals are Cute, especially New Born LambsWhen hiking, please leave all livestock alone. Interfering with them, even with good intentions, may be detrimental.

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


Suite 212, 2nd Floor Epworth Building
33 Pirie Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Phone (08) 8212 6299
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.