The Heysen Trail
View Google 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.
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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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.
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
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.
Huts & Camping
Scattered along the Heysen Trail are numerous campsites, huts, shelters, caravan parks, hotels and bed & breakfasts. View accommodation options.
List of services along the Heysen Trail: supermarkets, general stores, medical services, internet access, payphones and post offices.
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.
A short but challenging walk with some steep ups and downs in Cleland Conservation Park - up to Mt Lofty and back down. We will stop during the walk ...
The Shed, Cobbler Creek Conservation Park
(Friends Shed Maintenance Day)
Maintenance Days at the Friends Shed at Cobbler Creek. Volunteers are welcome to join in. You don't have to be an expert handy person. Please re...
Carry out trail maintenance. The jobs to be undertaken may include replacing trail markers, repairing stiles and pruning. Volunteers will receive a...
Raeville to Locks Ruin to Bowman Park
NOTE - If you wish to walk on only one day, please contact the FOHT office (once bookings have opened) to register for that day’s walk. The online r...
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Walk ProgrammeView more details about the walk programme
Access to off-track walking may be under threat in the Flinders Ranges and beyond – Pastoral Act Review
Heysen Trail closure through the Buckaringa Sanctuary, Friday 13th September to Monday 16th September 2019.
An update on recent new trail infrastructure and trail maintenance work undertaken by our vital volunteers. Click on the 'Read More' button to see a schedule of maintenance events. Read that new volunteers are welcome, an update on Little Mt Crawford trail, trail work north of Wilpena Pound, volunteer training and the new Black Jack Cabin.