The Heysen Trail
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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.
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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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.
The Friends Shed Maintenance Day at Cobbler Creek.
We need help at the Shed. Our shed is not just a 'Men's Shed'. We need helpers to sort our supplies, keep the shed in good order and prepare mat...
A comfortable walk around the back streets of Summertown at the top of Greenhill Road,a short stint on the Heysen trail and a brief time along the nor...
The Friends Shed Maintenance Day - Cobbler Creek
We have another Shed day planned and we need your help. We need helpers to sort our supplies, keep the shed in good order and prepare materials fo...
Barcoo Inlet / Patawalonga
Coastal fringe with dinner at the Adelaide yacht squadron...
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Early seasonal closure of the Heysen Trail with Fire Danger season for Mt Lofty Ranges brought forward.
The SA Country Fire Service (CFS) has declared an early start to the fire danger season for the Mount Lofty District. As a result the Heysen Trail south of Tanunda will now close on Saturday November 17th, 2018. Previous announcements resulted in the the trail north of Tanunda being closed to walkers since 1 November 2018. Therefore, the entire length of the Heysen Trail from Cape Jervis in the south to Parachilna in the north, will be closed from November 17th, 2018.
The End of Year Bash is now also a Book Bash! The Friend's End of Year Bash is on again. Make sure you are at Karka Pavilion, Belair National Park for lunch and fun on Sunday December 2nd 2018. This year we have something special - we are also launching a book about the Heysen Trail.
The Friends of the Heysen Trail 2019 calendar has been delivered to our Office and is now available for immediate delivery. Make sure you order your copy of the calendar before December 1 to qualify for the discounted price of $12.00. Order from our On-line shop or by contacting the office. We will also have the calendar for you to pick up at our End of Year Bash at Belair National Park on Sunday December 2.
Restrictions caused by early declaration of the of the Fire Danger season for the Flinders and Mid North Fire Districts. The trail north of Wirrabara will now close on October 22 and the between Tanaunda and Wirrabara on November 1, 2018.