The Heysen Trail

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View Google 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 existing two guidebooks (the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets. Buy online now from $15 with postage from $2.15.

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

Sat 27 Apr 2019
Willunga Basin Trail
(Trail Walker)
This walk is an exploration along the new Willunga Basin Trail - yet to be marked - 120km loop around the basin south of Adelaide. Today we walk fro... View event page
Sun 28 Apr 2019
Mount Lofty Summit & Gardens
(Trail Starter)
A loop walk including sections of the Heysen Trail taking in Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens, tracks within the Cleland Conservation Park and the summit o... View event page
Sun 28 Apr 2019
Adelaide Hills
(Trail Walker)
This walk is ideal for walkers who need to get a few kms into their legs. It is about 26kms and includes a few hills and rough tracks to improve your ... View event page
Tue 30 Apr 2019 (9 days)
Highlights of the Great South West Walk
(Extended Walk)
Nine days, using Rufus bus to explore the Great South West Walk from Nelson to Portland. Leaving from the Rufus depot, Strathalbyn Tuesday 1000am (... View event page

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Walk Programme

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News

Trail Development volunteers putting your walk fees to work.

Trail Development volunteers putting your walk fees to work.Volunteers have used walk fees to complete several recent Trail Development projects. Work was undertaken at the Hallett Railway Station & several campsites.

Book Launch: Heysen Highlights Sunday 14 April

Book Launch: Heysen Highlights Sunday 14 AprilDuring this Sunday's Hiking Expo we'll be officially launching our Heysen Highlights book. 12noon at Main Oval, Belair National Park, launch by guest John Schutz, Chief Executive of Department for Environment and Water.

Heysen Trail affected by closure of the Deep Creek Conservation Park – May 13 to May 16, 2019

Heysen Trail affected by closure of the Deep Creek Conservation Park – May 13 to May 16, 2019The Heysen Trail through the Deep Creek Conservation Park will be closed from Monday May 13 through to 12.00 am Friday May 17, 2019. This trail closure will apply after the cessation of the Fire Danger Season for the Mt Lofty region on May 13.

Mt Lofty Ranges Fire Danger Season extended to May 12, 2019.

Mt Lofty Ranges Fire Danger Season extended to May 12, 2019.The CFS has extended the Fire Danger season for the Mt Lofty Ranges District. Walker access to this section of the Heysen Trail is limited until 13 May 2019. Other sections of the trail will open progressively from April 16, 2019.

Friends of the Heysen Trail – Walk Fee increase 2019

Friends of the Heysen Trail – Walk Fee increase 2019For well over 10 years the Friends has maintained a standard walk fee for its End to End, Trail Walker and Trail Starter walks. However increased costs of running the organisation are having an impact. Council has approved the following fees for 2019: Casual walk fee – new rate of $10 will apply to walks scheduled on or after 1 May 2019. Golden Boots Card – new fee of $75 will apply to any purchase on or after 1 May 2019.

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 212, 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.