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.
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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) were superseded by eight map sheets.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 Friends Council has decided to review our Constitution to revitalise how we manage the Friends and encourage newer members to become more involved. Information sessions for members will be held later this month to outline key proposals, answer questions and obtain your feedback.
Walkers leaving the metro area should be sure they do not take fruit fly with them. There is a fruit fly infestation in metropolitan Adelaide, and there are penalties for moving potentially infected fruit from an affected to an unaffected region. Please check which region ( green, orange or red) you live in, and act accordingly, after viewing the regulations on the SA govt fruit fly web site.
The Ranges Rallysprint event will be underway on the Moralana Scenic Drive on the 5-6th of June 2021. This will affect access to and along a section of the Heysen Trail in the Flinders Ranges. As the Heysen Trail crosses the Moralana Scenic Drive all walkers are advised to take extreme care over the weekend of the 5-6th of June. The Heysen Trail will remain open, but there will be no vehicle access along the road to drop off or pick up walkers.
The Heysen Trail reopens this weekend with the end of the Fire Danger Season in the Mt Lofty & Mid North districts. The trail through the Cudlee Creek Forest will also reopen but there are changes in the former Bundaleer Forest and to the trail north of Bowman Park (Crystal Brook). The Balquhidder campsite is also being redeveloped (and temporarily relocated) as part of the Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail development.