The Heysen Trail

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View Interactive 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.

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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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) were superseded by eight map sheets.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 $3.50.

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.

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Upcoming Walks

Walk Programme

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News

Heysen Trail now closed over the Fire Danger Season 2020/21

Heysen Trail now closed over the Fire Danger Season 2020/21With today's commencement of the Fire Danger Season in the Mt Lofty Ranges Fire Ban District, the Heysen Trail is now closed. The trail will progressively open during April/May 2021. Walkers are requested to not to access the trail where it traverses private property. Some other sections of the trail will remain open provided there is not a total fire ban in operation.

Get your Friends Calendar before the Office Closure.

Get your Friends Calendar before the Office Closure.The Friends 2021 Calendar is now available at the Office. You can still purchase a copy for $12. The Office will be closed from Dec 11th and reopen on Tuesday 2nd February 2021. Our online shop will remain open but deliveries may take longer.

Trail care – the Heysen Trail needs our attention

Trail care – the Heysen Trail needs our attentionWith the easing of COVID-19 restrictions many people have tried bushwalking and camping for the first time. Some people have camped wherever they can find a spot. This type of behaviour has understandably upset some owners of land on or near the trail. We all need to remember to follow good bushwalking and camping etiquette.

Heysen Trail closure dates announced for Mt Lofty Fire Danger Season – 2020/21

Heysen Trail closure dates announced for Mt Lofty Fire Danger Season – 2020/21The CFS has announced the dates of the Fire Danger Season for the Mt Lofty Ranges region. This completes the full list of dates for 2020/21 for the Fire Ban Districts in SA. The Heysen Trail is closed during the Fire Danger Season. The trail north of Wirrabara is already closed. The closure of the Mid North District commences on 15th November 2020.

Heysen Trail Closure – Southern Flinders Ranges

Heysen Trail Closure – Southern Flinders RangesAccess to the Heysen Trail in the Southern Flinders Ranges will be restricted  from 6 am Saturday, 21 November 2020 until 2pm Friday, 27 November 2020.

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 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.