The Heysen Trail

Google Map

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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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 25 May 2019 (2 days)
Wandallah to Newikie Creek to Dares Hill Summit Rd
(End-to-End 11)
These are 2 wonderful testing and rewarding walks. SATURDAY 25th MAY This is a remote and very undulating section of the trail providing walkers... View event page
Sun 26 May 2019
Carrick Hill - Brown Hill Summit
(Trail Starter)
This walk is listed on www.walkingsa.org.au as .... Waite Conservation Reserve & Brownhill Creek Walk 9.5km circuit, moderately difficult, undulat... View event page
Sun 26 May 2019
Mt Pleasant
(Trail Starter)
Circular walk from Glen Devon Trail Head through forest land, remnant woodland and native scrub. Finishing at Mt Pleasant Summit a great place to stop... View event page
Mon 27 May 2019 (2 days)
Spalding to Georgetwon
(End-to-End Maintenance)
Complete E2E maintenance for this section... View event page

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Walk Programme

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News

Animals are Cute, especially New Born Lambs

Animals are Cute, especially New Born LambsWe all know how cute young animals are, especially new born lambs frolicking after their mums. It can be distressing for walkers to see what looks like abandoned  lambs, out in the fields. It is tempting to “rescue” them! Don’t! Rarely do the mothers abandon their young, however if you pick them up, they almost […]

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.

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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Print Walk Programme

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