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 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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) were superseded by eight map sheets.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 $3.50.
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.
Walk ProgrammeView more details about the walk programme
The Department of Environment and Water has advised that in general, South Australian parks and reserves are open to local day visitors, as long as all State and Federal Government advice is followed in relation to COVID-19. All campgrounds and communal facilities in SA parks have been closed, along with hut and homestead accommodation. Upon completion of the Fire Danger Season between 15 and 30 April 2020 the Heysen Trail will be open to day walkers only - no camping or hut use until further notice.
Bookings for End to End 15 walks have been suspended. The first walk that was to be held on May 9th 2020 has been cancelled.
After monitoring the rapidly changing developments associated with Coronavirus COVID-19, all Friends events have been cancelled until the end of May 2020.
The Friends of the Heysen Trail AGM scheduled for Friday 20th March 2020 has been postponed.
Heysen Trail to be re-routed around the Cudlee Creek fireground, including Grandpas campsite. Forestry SA has closed the Cudlee Creek Forest Reserve, which includes Thomas Hill and Mount Misery to the public for safety reasons.