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 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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) were superseded by eight map sheets.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.
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.
Walk ProgrammeView more details about the walk programme
The 33rd Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Heysen Trail and Other Walking Trails Inc. will be held at 7.30 pm on Friday March 20th 2020. The venue will be the Woodville Lawn Bowling Club, Oval Avenue, Woodville. Our guest speakers will be Paul Nicholas and Eric Felgate, hut renovators extraordinaire!
An update on recent trail maintenance work undertaken by our volunteers including the recent recce trip to Eyre Depot & Mount Arden Creek. There is also news about the Cudlee Creek fire. See our work program for the first few months of the year.
We are just about ready to launch a new version of the Friend's website. As a part the upgrade of our membership and walk registration system we will be temporarily suspending online walk registrations from late Monday 17th February. Over the week prior to this our Office Volunteers will be undertaking training in using the new system. If you try to contact the Office during this period, we may not be able to help you immediately but will get back to you as soon as we can.
We have a limited supply of the Friends of the Heysen Trail 2020 calendar. If you haven't got one yet, get in quick to purchase your copy for $12.00 plus postage. Proceeds support the maintenance and development of the trail. Order from our On-line shop.