The Heysen Trail
View Interactive 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.
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.
List of services along the Heysen Trail: supermarkets, general stores, medical services, internet access, payphones and post offices.
Map sheets and guidebooks published by the Department for Environment and Water (DEW). From September 2014, the two guidebooks (the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) were superseded by eight map sheets. Buy online now from $15 with postage from $3.80.
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.
Huts & Camping
Scattered along the Heysen Trail are numerous campsites, huts, shelters, caravan parks, hotels and bed & breakfasts. View accommodation options.
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.
Walk ProgrammeView more details about the walk programme
Heysen Trail closure near the Buckaringa Sanctuary, 26th to 30th August and 7th to 11th October 2021
A guided walk on the Heysen Trail from Inman Valley to Mt Lofty. Six days of consecutive walks on some of the prettiest sections of the trail. Ideal for, but not limited to, walkers from regional areas and interstate. .
A recent change to the Heysen Trail in the former Bundaleer Forest means the original route between Curnows Hut and New Campbell Hill has been reinstated. Please note that this change was omitted from an article in the upcoming August edition of the Trailwalker magazine.
The Friends Council has decided to review our Constitution to revitalise how we manage the Friends and encourage newer members to become more involved. Information sessions for members will be held later this month to outline key proposals, answer questions and obtain your feedback.