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(the Southern Guide from Cape Jervis to Spalding and the Northern Guide from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge) will be superseded by eight map sheets.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.
Black Hill Conservation Park
A loop walk commencing around the foothills to Ambers Gully and then picking up the Yurrebilla Trail which steadily climbs to the top of the range. Fo...
Little Mount Crawford
Realign Trail at Little Mount Crawford and install platform at Grandpa's Camp Cudlee Creek. PLEASE NOTE: The Shed will be closed today - the action...
Chlorinator - Curnows Hut - Raeville
SATURDAY 24th AUGUST Skirting the Bundaleer Reservior and passing the aqueduct the trail joins the northern intake channel, travels onto the weir ...
A challenging walk around one of Adelaide's hiking gems. Taking in a number of heartstarting hills this walk will definitely test your fitness levels....
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Walk ProgrammeView more details about the walk programme
The Friends' Council has recently adopted guidelines which apply when parents wish to be accompanied by their children on walks conducted by the Friends.