Heysen Trail Distances

Table of distances between Heysen Trail locations such as huts, campsites and towns.

This feature and its underlying data is under development and as such should be considered a BETA version – it should be read in conjunction with the official Guidebooks.

View notes at the bottom of the page about how these distances are calculated.

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Trail Distances, South to North

Chapter 1, Southern Guidebook
Cape Jervis Trailhead to Newland Hill 'walk-in' site
FromToMore InfoSegmentFrom Start of Chapter 1From Cape Jervis Trailhead
Cape Jervis TrailheadCobbler Hill Camp SiteView13.62 km13.62 km13.62 km
Cobbler Hill Camp SiteEagle Waterhole ‘walk-in’ siteView2.09 km15.68 km15.68 km
Eagle Waterhole ‘walk-in’ siteTrig CampgroundView5.09 km20.72 km20.72 km
Trig CampgroundTapanappa Camp SiteView8.15 km28.86 km28.86 km
Tapanappa Camp SiteBalquhidder ‘walk in’ siteView17.28 km45.99 km45.99 km
Balquhidder ‘walk in’ siteWaitpinga camp siteView11.63 km57.58 km57.58 km
Waitpinga camp siteNewland Hill ‘walk-in’ siteView15.01 km72.57 km72.57 km
Chapter 2, Southern Guidebook
Newland Hill 'walk-in' site to Rocky Creek Hut
FromToMore InfoSegmentFrom Start of Chapter 2From Cape Jervis Trailhead
Newland Hill ‘walk-in’ siteRobinson Hill ‘walk-in’ siteView12.09 km12.09 km84.64 km
Robinson Hill ‘walk-in’ siteInman ValleyView4.92 km17.00 km89.55 km
Inman ValleyMt Cone Tank (Water Location Only)View29.42 km46.42 km118.97 km
Mt Cone Tank (Water Location Only)Mt Compass (2 km off the main trail)View8.44 km54.84 km127.39 km
Mt Compass (2 km off the main trail)Chookarloo CampsiteView33.23 km88.04 km160.59 km
Chookarloo CampsiteRocky Creek Hut (0.51 km off the main trail)View15.07 km102.93 km175.48 km
Chapter 3, Southern Guidebook
Rocky Creek Hut to Centennial Drive
FromToMore InfoSegmentFrom Start of Chapter 3From Cape Jervis Trailhead
Rocky Creek Hut (0.51 km off the main trail)Mylor OvalView16.90 km16.90 km192.37 km
Mylor OvalBridgewaterView6.88 km23.74 km199.20 km
BridgewaterWoodhouse Activity CentreView4.17 km27.84 km203.31 km
Woodhouse Activity CentreMt Lofty (0.45 km off the main trail)View6.83 km34.60 km210.06 km
Mt Lofty (0.45 km off the main trail)Norton SummitView14.28 km48.84 km224.31 km
Norton SummitCudlee Creek North ‘walk-in’ site (Grandpa’s) – site closed following Dec 2019 FiresView27.38 km76.21 km251.68 km
Cudlee Creek North ‘walk-in’ site (Grandpa’s) – site closed following Dec 2019 FiresScotts ShelterView21.78 km97.94 km273.40 km
Scotts ShelterChalksView13.34 km111.25 km286.71 km
ChalksCentennial DriveView6.93 km118.15 km293.62 km
Chapter 4, Southern Guidebook
Centennial Drive to Kapunda Tourist Park
FromToMore InfoSegmentFrom Start of Chapter 4From Cape Jervis Trailhead
Centennial DriveRossiters Hut (1.1 km off the main trail)View21.37 km21.37 km314.99 km
Rossiters Hut (1.1 km off the main trail)TanundaView11.34 km32.63 km326.25 km
TanundaGreenockView12.34 km44.96 km338.57 km
GreenockKapundaView17.53 km62.45 km356.06 km
KapundaSir John Franklin HotelView0.49 km62.89 km356.50 km
Sir John Franklin HotelPrince of Wales HotelView0.43 km62.89 km356.50 km
Chapter 5, Southern Guidebook
Kapunda to Burra
FromToMore InfoSegmentFrom Start of Chapter 5From Cape Jervis Trailhead
Prince of Wales HotelLights Hummocks Reserve ‘walk-in’ siteView11.57 km11.63 km367.63 km
Lights Hummocks Reserve ‘walk-in’ siteMarschalls HutView23.71 km35.32 km391.33 km
Marschalls HutMarrabelView10.46 km45.71 km401.71 km
MarrabelSmith Hill ‘walk-in’ siteView17.30 km60.68 km416.69 km
Smith Hill ‘walk-in’ siteWebb Gap ‘walk-in’ siteView13.31 km73.98 km429.99 km
Webb Gap ‘walk-in’ siteHuppatz HutView16.15 km90.09 km446.10 km
Huppatz HutBurra Creek Gorge Reserve (Worlds End)View19.79 km109.86 km465.87 km
Burra Creek Gorge Reserve (Worlds End)Worlds End ‘walk-in’ siteView1.27 km111.10 km467.10 km
Worlds End ‘walk-in’ siteBurraView23.35 km134.30 km490.31 km
Chapter 6, Southern Guidebook
Burra to Spalding
FromToMore InfoSegmentFrom Start of Chapter 6From Cape Jervis Trailhead
BurraWandallah Creek ShelterView14.79 km14.79 km505.02 km
Wandallah Creek ShelterBlack Jack HutView16.53 km31.27 km521.50 km
Black Jack HutCaroona Creek ‘walk-in’ siteView15.00 km46.21 km536.45 km
Caroona Creek ‘walk-in’ siteOld Mt Bryan East SchoolView16.42 km62.59 km552.82 km
Old Mt Bryan East SchoolHallett Railway StationView15.95 km78.34 km568.58 km
Hallett Railway StationWhistling Trig TankView22.92 km101.19 km591.43 km
Whistling Trig TankSpaldingView26.14 km127.32 km617.55 km
Chapter 1, Northern Guidebook
Spalding to Crystal Brook
FromToMore InfoSegmentFrom Start of Chapter 1From Cape Jervis Trailhead
SpaldingBundaleer Weir ‘walk-in’ siteView18.83 km18.83 km636.36 km
Bundaleer Weir ‘walk-in’ siteCurnows HutView13.62 km32.41 km649.93 km
Curnows HutGeorgetownView24.83 km57.22 km674.75 km
GeorgetownHiskeys HutView3.18 km60.26 km677.79 km
Hiskeys HutCrystal BrookView19.72 km79.78 km697.31 km
Chapter 2, Northern Guidebook
Crystal Brook to Melrose
FromToMore InfoSegmentFrom Start of Chapter 2From Cape Jervis Trailhead
Crystal BrookBowman Hut & ‘walk-in’ siteView5.72 km5.72 km702.98 km
Bowman Hut & ‘walk-in’ siteBeetaloo Creek ‘walk-in’ siteView20.23 km25.89 km723.16 km
Beetaloo Creek ‘walk-in’ siteGo-Cart Track ShelterView19.80 km45.67 km742.93 km
Go-Cart Track ShelterMurray Town (2 km off the main trail)View26.34 km72.00 km769.27 km
Murray Town (2 km off the main trail)MelroseView16.53 km88.49 km785.76 km
Chapter 3, Northern Guidebook
Melrose to Quorn Caravan Park
FromToMore InfoSegmentFrom Start of Chapter 3From Cape Jervis Trailhead
MelroseGrays HutView12.30 km12.30 km798.06 km
Grays HutStony Creek ‘walk-in’ siteView13.98 km26.18 km811.94 km
Stony Creek ‘walk-in’ siteWilmington (4 km off the main trail)View3.79 km29.90 km815.66 km
Wilmington (4 km off the main trail)Catninga ShedView29.80 km59.64 km845.40 km
Catninga ShedWaukarie Creek/Mt Brown North ‘walk-in’ siteView7.56 km67.15 km852.91 km
Waukarie Creek/Mt Brown North ‘walk-in’ siteQuorn (2 km off the main trail)View19.27 km86.37 km872.13 km
Quorn (2 km off the main trail)Savings Bank of South Australia – Old Quorn BranchView0.14 km86.51 km872.27 km
Chapter 4, Northern Guidebook
Quorn to Hawker
FromToMore InfoSegmentFrom Start of Chapter 4From Cape Jervis Trailhead
Savings Bank of South Australia – Old Quorn BranchThe Dutchman HutView9.85 km9.85 km881.98 km
The Dutchman HutEyre DepotView16.22 km26.03 km898.15 km
Eyre DepotMt Arden South ‘walk-in’ siteView11.87 km37.79 km909.92 km
Mt Arden South ‘walk-in’ siteBuckaringa North ‘walk-in’ siteView22.05 km59.78 km931.91 km
Buckaringa North ‘walk-in’ siteCalabrinda Creek ‘walk-in’ siteView19.03 km78.75 km950.88 km
Calabrinda Creek ‘walk-in’ siteMt Elm ‘walk-in’ siteView16.14 km94.83 km966.96 km
Mt Elm ‘walk-in’ siteHawker (6.6 km off the main trail)View3.24 km98.05 km970.18 km
Chapter 5, Northern Guidebook
Hawker to Wilpena Caravan Park
FromToMore InfoSegmentFrom Start of Chapter 5From Cape Jervis Trailhead
Hawker (6.6 km off the main trail)Mayo HutView21.99 km21.99 km992.11 km
Mayo HutRed Range ‘walk-in’ siteView16.99 km38.90 km1,009.02 km
Red Range ‘walk-in’ siteWilpena Caravan ParkView28.98 km67.84 km1,037.96 km
Chapter 6, Northern Guidebook
Wilpena Caravan Park to Parachilna Gorge Trailhead
FromToMore InfoSegmentFrom Start of Chapter 6From Cape Jervis Trailhead
Wilpena Caravan ParkWilcolo campgroundView5.84 km5.84 km1,043.70 km
Wilcolo campgroundYanyanna HutView16.26 km21.98 km1,059.83 km
Yanyanna HutMiddlesight Water HutView8.57 km30.48 km1,068.33 km
Middlesight Water HutTrezona CampsiteView3.09 km33.55 km1,071.41 km
Trezona CampsiteAroona Ruins ‘walk-in’ siteView13.75 km47.29 km1,085.15 km
Aroona Ruins ‘walk-in’ sitePigeon BoreView5.18 km52.38 km1,090.24 km
Pigeon BoreParachilna Gorge ‘walk-in’ siteView12.73 km65.00 km1,102.86 km
Parachilna Gorge ‘walk-in’ siteParachilna Gorge TrailheadView0.65 km65.53 km1,103.39 km

Notes About this Distance Data

1. BETA Version

This feature and its underlying data is under development. As such it should be read in conjunction with the official Guidebooks.

2. Origin of Data

This data originates from our GPS data of the Heysen Trail, version 7/7/2016 v3.14. and was updated on 21/6/2018 to fix some minor inaccuracies, particularly in Section 1 (in total 1.22km was added to the overall 1,102km length).

This data is redacted from an official survey undertaken in 2000. It has been maintained and updated to include all current re-routes. It does not account for temporary re-routes.

The original data file contained over 247,000 latitude and longitude points. This has been redacted to show only every tenth latitude and longitude point – this was required to allow for the file to manageable for web display, and for display and processing on a handheld GPS units. Many units would be detrimentally affected by processing and displaying such a large GPX file. Many units, especially older units, are unable to display more than 10,000 points per track. Due to the detail of the original survey this redaction has minimal impact on the display of distances, both on-screen and in the field.

Due to the technology at the time the survey was undertaken this data did not include elevation data. Re-routes often include elevation data.

3. Trail Distances

Distances from the start or end of chapter or trailhead are measured on the main trail, and do not include alternate routes or spur trails. Spur trails add an additional 17.5km (one-way) to the overall trail length, and alternate routes add an additional 42km to the overall trail length.

Temporary re-routes are not factored in. Trail distances remain along the original permanent route. If a temporary re-route eventually becomes permanent the distances will be adjusted.

Errors do not accumulate, by which we mean that if a campsite is misplaced on the trail it does not impact on the the stated overall chapter trail length or the stated overall length of the Heysen Trail.

Displayed distances are rounded to two decimal places. On the webpage table above, rounding omissions do not accumulate. In the CSV file rounding in the segment field accumulates to an error factor of about 7km over the 1,100km+ trail.

4. Distances in the Field

When hiking in the field actual trail distances measured on a handheld GPS unit are very unlikely to exactly match the figures in the above table.

A number of factors determine the accuracy of a handheld GPS unit, including but not limited to:

  • accuracy of the unit
  • satellite coverage on the day
  • interference by trees, gorges and buildings
  • battery charge
  • optimal placement on a pack or body
  • settings affecting the frequency of data being saved

Walkers rarely remain true and straight on the trail at all times. Resting for breaks, entering buildings and making short trips off the trail will increase the reported distance travelled. If a device’s coverage reduces during a break or entering a building accurate coverage may reduce and the unit may mis-report data recorded during this time, possibly adding a several hundred metres to the reported distance.

In most cases a handheld GPS unit will report a slightly higher figure – a figure of +- 500m in every 10km would be reasonable.

5. Locations Off the Main Trail

When a location is off of the main trail (it may be on a spur or alternative route part of the trail), the off-trail section is not included in the trail distances.

For instance, Hawker is 6.6km off the mail trail on an alternative route. Walking from Mt Elm Camp Site to Hawker is the segment of 3.24km (to the point where you leave the main trail for Hawker) + 6.6km = 9.84km.