The Heysen Trail

Google Map

View Google map showing the Heysen Trail with accommodation options, re-routes, Fire Ban Districts and Tourism Regions.

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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.

More about the Heysen Trail

Heysen Trail map sheets, new September 2014

Maps

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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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.

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

Re-Routes

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 for Environment and Water (DEW).

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

More about the Friends

Upcoming Walks

Thu 19 Sep 2019
The Shed, Cobbler Creek Conservation Park
(Friends Shed Maintenance Day)
Maintenance Days at the Friends Shed at Cobbler Creek. Volunteers are welcome to join in. You don't have to be an expert handy person. Please re... View event page
Thu 19 Sep 2019 (4 days)
Flinders Region
(End-to-End Maintenance)
Carry out trail maintenance. The jobs to be undertaken may include replacing trail markers, repairing stiles and pruning. Volunteers will receive a... View event page
Sat 21 Sep 2019 (2 days)
Raeville to Locks Ruin to Bowman Park
(End-to-End 11)
NOTE - If you wish to walk on only one day, please contact the FOHT office (once bookings have opened) to register for that day’s walk. The online r... View event page
Sun 22 Sep 2019
Tugwell Rd to Inman Valley
(End-to-End 14)
A Gentle undulating walk. This section follows country roads, farm fencelines and attractive road reserves and a short but lovely walk through a pine ... View event page

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Walk Programme

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News

Introduction to Walk Leader Training Night. Tuesday 8th Oct 2019.

Introduction to Walk Leader Training Night.  Tuesday 8th Oct 2019.Have you ever thought you'd like to become a walk leader with the Friends of the Heysen Trail? Well, here’s your chance to see what goes on, on and off the trail. Come along to the Walk Leader Training evening.

Access to off-track walking may be under threat in the Flinders Ranges and beyond – Pastoral Act Review

Access to off-track walking may be under threat in the Flinders Ranges and beyond  – Pastoral Act ReviewThe Pastoral Act is to reviewed. Walkers ability to access pastoral leases may change. You can comment. Online survey extended to 5pm Monday 30 Sept. 2019.

Heysen Trail closure through the Buckaringa Sanctuary, Friday 13th September to Monday 16th September 2019.

Heysen Trail closure through the Buckaringa Sanctuary, Friday 13th September to Monday 16th September 2019.The Heysen Trail through Buckaringa Sanctuary will be closed to walkers, Friday evening 13th September to Monday morning 16th September 2019.

Trail Development News, Bulletin 11, August 2019

Trail Development News, Bulletin 11, August 2019An update on recent new trail infrastructure and trail maintenance work undertaken by our vital volunteers. Click on the 'Read More' button to see a schedule of maintenance events. Read that new volunteers are welcome, an update on Little Mt Crawford trail, trail work north of Wilpena Pound, volunteer training and the new Black Jack Cabin.

Tanks-the unreliable water supply for walkers

Tanks-the unreliable water supply for walkersHeysen Trail walkers need to be aware that water quantity & quality cannot be guaranteed along the Trail. Plan your walk and check the condition of tanks.

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

Contact

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