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.
Moralana Drive to Parachilna Trailhead
End to End 8 commenced walking the Heysen Trail on Sunday May 12th 2013 with 76 walkers. This is the final set of walks ending at the Parachilna Trail...
Horrocks Pass to Broadview to Woolshed Flat
On Saturday ... Horrocks Pass to Broadview... Starting with a tough climb out of Horrocks Pass to the ridge, the Trail traverses exposed, gibber litt...
Bridgewater - Mt Lofty Summit
A hike along the Heysen Trail - starting from the Bridgewater oval, the trail takes up past the iconic Bridgewater Inn and follows the old mill run to...
Mylor to Cleland
Although the most populous section of the trail,it still retains a rural feel as walkers pass through the parks and bushland of Bridgewater,Mt George ...
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Walk ProgrammeView more details about the walk programme
Heysen Trail closure through the Buckaringa Sanctuary, Friday 24th August to Monday 27th August 2018
The Friends will be installing 3 TRAFx infrared trail counters along key sections of the Heysen Trail. The devices count the number of trail uses giving us comprehensive data about trail use. The device is very compact with an unobtrusive design, which reduces risk of vandalism. They will be concealed to further prevent them being stolen or vandalised. It only uses standard AA alkaline batteries and has very long battery life.
The CFS has extended the Fire Danger season for the Mt Lofty Ranges District. Walker access to this section of the Heysen Trail is limited until 15 May 2018. However the trail is now between Wirrabara and Parachilna.