The Heysen Trail

Google Map

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.

More about the Heysen Trail

Heysen Trail map sheets, new September 2014


Map sheets and guidebooks published by the Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources. 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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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


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 of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.

A regular walking program occurs year-wide, with different grades of walks catering for beginners to experienced walkers.

More about the Friends

Upcoming Walks

Fri 23 Mar 2018
AGM Friends of the Heysen Trail
Friends of the Heysen Trail and Other Walking Trails Inc AGM 2018 7.30pm on Friday 23rd March 2018. Thebarton Community Centre cnr Ashwin Parade ... View event page
Sun 1 Apr 2018
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Sun 8 Apr 2018
(Trail Walker)
On this walk there will be (unfortunately) a few hills to climb, but fear not, your caring walk leader will leave his whip at home! A bit of soreness ... View event page
Sun 15 Apr 2018
Hiking Expo, Opening of the Bushwalking Season
An expo to celebrate the start of the South Australian bushwalking season. With the arrival of cooler autumn weather, hiking is an ideal outdoor activ... View event page

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Walk Programme

View more details about the walk programme


Bookings for End to End 13 are filling fast

Bookings for End to End 13 are filling fastBookings for the first End to End 13 walk on Sunday May 6th 2018 are filling fast. If you want to join the group, now is the time to register.

31st AGM Friends of the Heysen Trail

31st AGM Friends of the Heysen Trail  will be held at 7.30pm on Friday, 23rd March 2018 at Thebarton Community Centre, South Rd & Ashwin Parade, Torrensville SA 5031, Australia. Nominations are sought from you, our members, for election to the Friends Council at the Annual General Meeting, for all positions including the Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and half of the remaining […]

Honorary Membership – know someone who has served the Friends well?

Honorary Membership – know someone who has served the Friends well?Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the Friends? Honorary Membership is awarded to those who have made an outstanding contribution to the Friends. Now is the time for you to make sure their efforts are recognised. Nominations of members are invited to be submitted to Julian Monfries, Chair, Honorary Membership sub-committee of the Council.

The Great North Walk – May 2018.

The Great North Walk – May 2018.Join the Friends on their extended walk in 2018 -the iconic 250 km Great North Walk from Sydney to Newcastle. The Great North Walk is a wonderful trail through a magnificent array of natural and urban environments. The Friends will be exploring this long-distance Trail over 17 days in May 2018. Bookings open on February 1st 2018.

Friends Office will close this Friday for Christmas.

The Friends Office will close for Christmas on Friday Dec 15th 2017 and reopen on Monday Feb 5th 2018. We will continue to process On-line shop orders over the break.

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


Suite 212, 2nd Floor Epworth Building
33 Pirie Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Phone (08) 8212 6299
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.