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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) were superseded by eight map sheets.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 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.
The Friends are seeking a volunteer to help with our bookkeeping. Our small team of bookkeepers meet at the Friends Office on Friday mornings. If you can help, we'd be delighted to see you.
This is a major update: the first 185km of the trail path in the downloadable GPX file and Interactive Map has been updated to have 10x more detail; includes 12 trail re-routes, minor corrections and improvements since the last bundled update in August 2020.