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.
The first 80km section of the Heysen Trail between Cape Jervis and Victor Harbor (the new Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail) is open all year round, except that it will be closed on days of catastrophic fire danger. The Parks website should also be checked on days of extreme fire danger or total fire bans.
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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) were superseded by eight map sheets.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
The Friends of the Heysen Trail 2023 calendar is currently being compiled and we need your photos. Submit some of your photos for the calendar to be in the running for a free copy. Get your entry in before the closing date of Monday 26th September.
With the increasing risk of F&MD being introduced to Australia, it is essential that walkers take precautions to combat the potential spread of this and other soil borne diseases. Walkers are asked to clean footwear and equipment to eliminate the chance of spreading disease.
Walkers are advised of the upcoming temporary closure of the Heysen Trail in the Montacute Conservation Park. A pest control program will be undertaken in the park and on adjoining private propertyon Monday 25th to Friday July 29th 2022.
The Heysen Trail through the Buckaringa Sanctuary will be closed to walkers from the evening of 26th August to 8.00am on 29th August 2022. The closure is due to a feral animal control program being conducted in the area.
The Heysen Trail through the Caroona Creek Conservation Park will be closed from 6.00 am Wednesday 25th May to 6.00 pm on Friday 27th May 2022. This is due to a feral animal control program being conducted by Parks SA. Walkers are advised to avoid the area.