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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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.
Melrose to Aligator Gorge Rd to Horrocks Pass
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...
End to End Maintenance 2018 - 3
Carry out maintenance on the trail between Burra and Huppatz Hut...
Tanunda to Kapunda
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 ...
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...
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Walk ProgrammeView more details about the walk programme
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.
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.