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 of Environment, Water & Natural Resources. 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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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 of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
A regular walking program occurs year-wide, with different grades of walks catering for beginners to experienced walkers.
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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.
Come along to the Hiking Expo to celebrate the opening of the 2018 walk season. The Friends are again joining Walking SA and other walking groups to kick off the new walking season in style. In addition to the many walks at Belair, the Friends have organised two longer walks to the Gums Oval at Belair National Park. These Trailstarter walks are listed on the Walks Programme on the Friends website.
Walkers are advised of the upcoming temporary closure of the Heysen Trail in the Montacute Conservation Park. The Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources (DEWNR) will be conducting a pest control program in the park between April 8 -14, 2018.