The Heysen Trail

Google Map

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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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 11 Aug 2018 (8 days)
Moralana Drive to Parachilna Trailhead
(End-to-End 8)
End to End 8 commenced walking the Heysen Trail on Sunday May 12th 2013 with 76 walkers. This is the final set of walks ending at the Parachilna Trail... View event page
Sat 18 Aug 2018 (2 days)
Horrocks Pass to Broadview to Woolshed Flat
(End-to-End 9)
On Saturday ... Horrocks Pass to Broadview... Starting with a tough climb out of Horrocks Pass to the ridge, the Trail traverses exposed, gibber litt... View event page
Sun 19 Aug 2018
Bridgewater - Mt Lofty Summit
(Trail Walker)
A hike along the Heysen Trail - starting from the Bridgewater oval, the trail takes up past the iconic Bridgewater Inn and follows the old mill run to... View event page
Sun 19 Aug 2018
Mylor to Cleland
(End-to-End 12)
Although the most populous section of the trail,it still retains a rural feel as walkers pass through the parks and bushland of Bridgewater,Mt George ... View event page

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Walk Programme

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News

Heysen Trail closure through the Buckaringa Sanctuary, Friday 24th August to Monday 27th August 2018

Heysen Trail closure through the Buckaringa Sanctuary, Friday 24th August to Monday 27th August 2018The Heysen Trail through Buckaringa Sanctuary will be closed to walkers, Friday 24 August to Monday 27 August 2018 due to feral animal control.

Installation of Trail Counters to Improve Data on Number of Walkers

Installation of Trail Counters to Improve Data on Number of WalkersThe Friends will be installing 3 TRAFx infrared trail counters along key sections of the Heysen Trail. The devices count the number of trail uses giving us comprehensive data about trail use. The device is very compact with an unobtrusive design, which reduces risk of vandalism. They will be concealed to further prevent them being stolen or vandalised. It only uses standard AA alkaline batteries and has very long battery life.

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.

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.