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 a quarterly magazine entitled Trailwalker.

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.