The Heysen Trail

Google Map

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.

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Guidebooks of the Heysen Trail


Two guidebooks have been released by the Department for Environment and Water (DEW). Book One, the Southern Guide, covers Cape Jervis to Spalding. Book Two, the Northern Guide, covers Spalding to Parachilna Gorge.

GPS files of the Heysen Trail

GPS Files

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 along 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.

Re-Routes along the Heysen Trail


Due to maintenance or access issues it is occassionally necessary to re-align sections of the Heysen Trail.

Huts & Camping the Heysen Trail

Huts & Camping

Scattered along the Heysen Trail are numerous campsites, huts, shelters, caravan parks, hotels and bed & breakfasts. View accommodation options.

Directory of services along the Heysen Trail

Service Directory

List of services along the Heysen Trail: supermarkets, general stores, medical services, internet access, payphones and post offices.

The Friends

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.

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Upcoming Walks

Thu 12 Dec 2019
Shed Volunteers Xmas lunch
(Friends Shed Maintenance Day)
A thank you celebration for our hard working shed volunteers Colin will be in touch with you to pass on details for the event.... View event page
Wed 18 Dec 2019
Brownhill Creek & Mitcham
(Twilight Walk)
A challenging start, road walking up to McElligotts quarry, near Carrick Hill, to enjoy some great views. We will then descend on a dirt track to the ... View event page
Wed 8 Jan 2020
Port Noarlunga Sunset Stroll
(Twilight Walk)
A wander through the local area: a place that retains a village feel, then follow the Onkaparinga River, across a footbridge to the mouth and concludi... View event page
Wed 15 Jan 2020
Torrens Loop
(Twilight Walk)
A gentle loop through Botanic Park and around the Torrens in the city. Dinner at the British Hotel in North Adelaide afterwards (within walking dista... View event page

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Walk Programme

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Friends Office Closes for Holidays

Friends Office Closes for HolidaysThe Friends of the Heysen Trail office will close for the Christmas period at 2:30pm Friday, December 13th 2019, reopening Tuesday 4th February 2020

Heysen Trail closing early due to 2019-2020 Fire Danger Season being brought forward

The SA Country Fire Service (CFS) has declared the Fire Danger Season will start early in the Mt Lofty Ranges, Mid North and Flinders Fire Ban Districts. This means that access to most sections of the Heysen Trail have closed to walkers earlier than expected. A dry winter and increased temperatures for spring has brought the fire season forward in these areas.

Our Twilight Walks Have Commenced

Our Twilight Walks Have CommencedDaylight saving is here and with the approach of warmer weather, our Wednesday/Thursday evening twilight walks are in full swing.

Trail Development News, Bulletin 13, October 2019

Trail Development News, Bulletin 13, October 2019An update on recent new trail infrastructure and trail maintenance work undertaken by our volunteers including the recent trip to the Flinders. See our work program for the rest of the year.

Heysen Trail Closure – Southern Flinders Ranges

Heysen Trail Closure – Southern Flinders RangesAccess to the Heysen Trail in the Southern Flinders Ranges will be restricted  from 6 am  Saturday, 23 November 2019 until 6pm Friday, 29 November 2019.

The Friends of the Heysen Trail's Trailwalker magazine

Trailwalker Magazine

The quarterly magazine published by the Friends of the Heysen Trail. Download the latest Trailwalker issue.

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End-to-end walks along the Heysen Trail with the Friends of the Heysen Trail

End-to-End Walks

End-to-end walks are for those wishing to complete the entire Heysen Trail. As the schedule and trail logistics are done by the Friends they are easy for walkers to participate in.
Contact the Friends of the Heysen Trail


Suite 212, 2nd Floor Epworth Building
33 Pirie Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Phone (08) 8212 6299
Open Mon-Fri 10.30am - 2.30pm
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Print Walk Programme

Download an easy-to-print season walk programme.