The Heysen Trail
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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.
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.
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
The Heysen Trail is generally open between April and November. During the summer Fire Danger Season, much of the trail is closed.
Due to maintenance or access issues it is occassionally necessary to re-align sections of the Heysen Trail.
Huts & Camping
Scattered along the Heysen Trail are numerous campsites, huts, shelters, caravan parks, hotels and bed & breakfasts. View accommodation options.
List of services along the Heysen Trail: supermarkets, general stores, medical services, internet access, payphones and post offices.
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.
Locks Ruin to Bowman Park to Mt Zion
NOTE - If you wish to walk on only one day, please contact the FOHT office (once bookings have opened) to register for that day’s walk. The online ...
Montacute Heights to Cudlee Creek
After some initial road walking the trail makes a very long and steep descent to 6th creek then climbs through Montacute CP and again to Thomas Hill.T...
An up and down walk in the Horsnell Gully Cons. Park and surrounds. There will be a number of steep ascents & descents throughout the walk....
Carrick Hill Meander
A meander around lower Carrick Hill. A relaxing walk to look for wildflowers and take in the amazing views. On our way back we will walk around the p...
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Walk ProgrammeView more details about the walk programme
Restrictions caused by early declaration of the of the Fire Danger season for the Flinders and Mid North Fire Districts. The trail north of Wirrabara will now close on October 22 and the between Tanaunda and Wirrabara on November 1, 2018.
You can now order copies of the calendar for the early bird price of $12.00 We expect to have the calendar available for delivery or pick up later this week. Order from our On-line shop or by contacting the office. We will also have the calendar for you to pick up at our End of Year Bash at Belair National Park on Sunday December 2.
Have you ever thought you'd like to become a walk leader with the Friends of the Heysen Trail? Well, here’s your chance to see what goes on, on and off the trail. Come along to the Walk Leader Training evening.
Heysen Trail walkers are well aware of the general principles related to walking which are captured by the expression “leave only footprints, take only photos”. Many sections of the trail traverse National and Conservation Parks. It is therefore a useful reminder that the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 includes regulations about activities in parks that the general public must comply with. Disregarding these regulations may result in park users being issued a fine.