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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) were superseded by eight map sheets.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

The Friends Office Closure

The Friends Office ClosureThe Friends of the Heysen Trail office will close over the Christmas and New Year period at 2.30pm on Friday, December 9th 2022. Office Volunteers will return for an Information Day on Monday, February 6th 2023 with normal office operations commencing the following day, Tuesday, February 7th 2023 from 10.30am. If you contact the office (by email or telephone) over the closure period, it is unlikely that we will respond to your enquiry until the office reopens. We recommend that you refer to the website for any information you may need.

The Heysen Trail is currently closed due to the Fire Danger Season

Most of the Heysen Trail is currently closed due to the Fire Danger Season, however sections through parks, reserves and […]

Heysen Trail Calendar 2023 available now. Only $12!

Heysen Trail Calendar 2023 available now. Only $12!Just a reminder that copies of the Heysen Trail Calendar 2023 are in the Office and available for immediate pick up or delivery.

Fire Danger Season closes some sections of the Heysen Trail north of Tanunda

Fire Danger Season closes some sections of the Heysen Trail north of TanundaSome sections of the Heysen Trail north of Tanunda are now closed because of the danger of fire

Feral animal control program affects Heysen Trail at Jupiter Creek – Nov 14th to 18th 2022

A temporary re-route of the Heysen Trail at Jupiter Creek will be in place during the week of 14 – 18 November, 2022. SA Water will be undertaking a feral animal control program.

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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Print Walk Programme

Download an easy-to-print season walk programme. View online walk calendar.