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.

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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.
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.

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.

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.

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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) were superseded by eight map sheets.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

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.

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.

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.

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Upcoming Walks

Walk Programme

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News

Heysen Trail through the Buckaringa Sanctuary Closed in August and October

Heysen Trail through the Buckaringa Sanctuary Closed in August and OctoberThe Heysen Trail through the Buckaringa Sanctuary will be closed to walkers in August and in October 2024. The closure is due to a feral animal control program being conducted in the area.

Heysen Trail closure – Deep Creek – June 30th-July 5th, 2024

Heysen Trail closure – Deep Creek – June 30th-July 5th, 2024The Heysen Trail through the Deep Creek Conservation Park will be closed from mid­day Sun­day 30 June until mid­day Fri­day 5 July 2024.

Heysen Trail closure – Northern Adelaide Hills – June 17th-30th 2024.

Heysen Trail closure – Northern Adelaide Hills – June 17th-30th 2024.The Heysen Trail from Kaiserstuhl in the north to the Millbrook Dam in the south will be closed Monday 17th to Sunday 30th June, 2024. This is due to a feral animal control program being conducted in the area. Walkers are advised to avoid the area.

Heysen Trail closure – Mid North – May 28th-June 2nd 2024.

Heysen Trail closure – Mid North – May 28th-June 2nd 2024.The Heysen Trail from Gerkie Gap to Dares Hill Summit Road will be closed from 6.00 pm Tuesday 28th May to 6.00 pm on Sunday 2nd June, 2024. This is due to a feral animal control program being conducted by Parks SA. Walkers are advised to avoid the area.

Heysen Trail governance review consultation

Heysen Trail governance review consultationThe Friends are involved in a project to develop a best-practice governance model to give the Heysen Trail a continuing and successful future. Landowners and other stakeholder are invited to participate in consultation that will take place in the near future.

The Friends of the Heysen Trail's Trailwalker magazine

Trailwalker Magazine

The magazine published by the Friends of the Heysen Trail in April, August & December. 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 203, 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.