The Friends of the Heysen Trail

The Friends of the Heysen Trail is a voluntary organisation established in 1986, whose members are involved in both the development and maintenance of walking trails; and the recreational and social aspects of South Australian walking trails.

The organisation works in conjunction with other voluntary organisations and Government Departments, and a primary function is to help maintain the Heysen Trail. The organisation is a member of WalkingSA, South Australia’s peak body representing bushwalkers.

Activities & Walks

The Friends of the Heysen Trail comprise families, walking groups, schools and individuals, working together to achieve the common objectives of the organisation.

A comprehensive walking programme with various grades of walks is organised, social gatherings are held, and members are kept up to date with activities by means of the Trailwalker magazine which we publish three times a year.

Working groups carry out routine trail maintenance activities, as well as approved special projects such as installation of water tanks, and structures such as boardwalks.

Shop & Office

The Friends of the Heysen Trail maintain a shop and office at Suite 203, 2nd Floor Epworth Building, 33 Pirie Street, Adelaide.


The objectives of the Friends of the Heysen Trail include:

(a) contribute to developing the Trail as a world class adventure hike;
(b) partner with the Department to develop, maintain and promote the Trail, including engagement with landowners, communities and service providers;
(c) encourage and support volunteer participation in the Friends;
(d) promote walking, environmental awareness and First Nation reconciliation, through information, education and guided organised
walks; and
(e) represent the interests of walkers to preserve access, amenity and the environment along the Trail and in support of other trails.