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 of Environment, Water & Natural Resources. 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 of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
A regular walking program occurs year-wide, with different grades of walks catering for beginners to experienced walkers.
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will be held at 7.30pm on Friday, 23rd March 2018 at Thebarton Community Centre, South Rd & Ashwin Parade, Torrensville SA 5031, Australia. Nominations are sought from you, our members, for election to the Friends Council at the Annual General Meeting, for all positions including the Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and half of the remaining […]
Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the Friends? Honorary Membership is awarded to those who have made an outstanding contribution to the Friends. Now is the time for you to make sure their efforts are recognised. Nominations of members are invited to be submitted to Julian Monfries, Chair, Honorary Membership sub-committee of the Council.
Join the Friends on their extended walk in 2018 -the iconic 250 km Great North Walk from Sydney to Newcastle. The Great North Walk is a wonderful trail through a magnificent array of natural and urban environments. The Friends will be exploring this long-distance Trail over 17 days in May 2018. Bookings open on February 1st 2018.
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The Friend's End of Year Bash, BBQ & Band is on again at the Karka Pavillion, Belair National Park. It all happens on Sunday 3 December, 12.00 – 4.30pm Raunchy Sugar are returning as The Band so this year be there and don't miss out.