Camping on the Heysen Trail
Huts vary from either stone or timber settler’s cottages and old public buildings. Water is available at most, but not all, campsites and huts. Specific detailed information about each campsite, shelter and hut is available below. Most of the huts are basic, offering only a small sleeping shelter with a rainwater tank. Walkers should aim to be self-reliant. The huts incorporate facilities such as a rainwater tank, simple bunks, toilet, fireplace, tables and seats.
Many of the shelters are primarily constructed to capture rainwater rather than provide sufficient space to sleep – these are noted as small shelters. Medium and large shelters usually have three walls with one open side, suitable for sleeping during inclement weather.
Generally there are no fees for using the huts, shelters and campsites. Most huts cannot be pre-booked or reserved, so you are advised to carry a tent in case they are fully occupied upon your arrival. Huts and campsites in national parks and forests incur a fee. Huts in forests need to be booked in advance. Private campsites such as caravan parks require payment.
Caravan Parks, Hotels, Motels, B&Bs and Self-Contained Cottages
There are many commercial accommodation options available near the trail, or in towns the trail passes through or near to. Information about many of these is provided below.