The Heysen Trail

Google Map

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.

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Heysen Trail map sheets, new September 2014


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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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


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

Wed 27 Mar 2019
Ambers Gully
(Twilight Walk)
Good evening "bush" walk in the Black Hill CP. You will be rapidly rewarded with great views of the city and maybe a sunset. Previous years have y... View event page
Thu 28 Mar 2019
The Friend's Shed Maintenance Day - Cobbler Creek.
Flushed with the success of installing the new dunny at Bundaleer Weir campsite and the first of our new camping platforms, Colin's crew are moving o... View event page
Sat 6 Apr 2019
Laura Folk Fair - Volunteers to promote the Friends
The Friends has booked an information stall at the annual Laura Folk Fair to promote the Heysen Trail and our new book "Heysen Highlights". The fai... View event page
Sun 14 Apr 2019
Hiking Expo-Opening of the 2019 Walking Season
An expo to celebrate the start of the South Australian bushwalking season. With the arrival of cooler autumn weather, hiking is an ideal outdoor activ... View event page

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Walk Programme

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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.

Join the Friends 2019

Join the Friends 2019If you join the Friends of the Heysen Trail between 1st March and 31st May 2019 your name goes into the draw to win a 2-day guided walk on the Heysen Trail and overnight accommodation at Heysen’s Rest B&B, Myponga*.

Bookings for End-to-End 14 open on Monday March 18th 2019.

Bookings for End-to-End 14 open on Monday March 18th 2019.The Friends 14th End-to-End group (E2E14) will set out from Cape Jervis on Sunday 5th May. Bookings for the first walk open on Monday March 18th. Due to the anticipated high demand for joining the group, bookings are taken on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. We expect bookings will fill very quickly.

Announcement of the Friends’ AGM

Announcement of the Friends’ AGMThe 32nd 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 22nd 2019. The venue will be the Woodville Lawn Bowling Club, Oval Avenue, Woodville. Our guest speaker will be Briony Ankor, who, in 2018 hiked the Heysen Trail solo using this challenge to raise funds and awareness of Narcolepsy.

Telowie Gorge Conservation Park closure affects access for Heysen Trail walkers.

Telowie Gorge Conservation Park closure affects access for Heysen Trail walkers.Telowie Gorge Conservation Park will be closed from 6am Saturday, 16 February 2019 until 6:00 pm on Friday 22 February 2019. As a result, walkers will not be able to access the Heysen Trail in this area.

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


Suite 212, 2nd Floor Epworth Building
33 Pirie Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Phone (08) 8212 6299
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.