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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) were superseded by eight map sheets.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 Heysen Trail through the Buckaringa Sanctuary will be closed to walkers from the evening of 1st July to 8.00am on 6th July 2022. The closure is due to a feral animal control program being conducted in the area.
This is a major update: the downloadable GPX file and Interactive Map have been updated to include 13 trail re-routes, minor corrections and improvements since the last bundled update in February 2021.
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.
The next series of the Friends 'End to End' walks along the Heysen Trail is scheduled to commence from Cape Jervis on Sunday May 8th 2022. Registrations for the first walk open at 7.00am sharp tomorrow (Tuesday April 5th).
Rossiters Hut will be closed to walkers for approximately one week commencing 30th March 2022 due to extensive renovation work being undertaken on the building. A further closure is also planned for a similar period towards the end of April.