The Heysen Trail

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View Google map showing the Heysen Trail with accommodation options, re-routes, Fire Ban Districts and Tourism Regions.

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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.

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Guidebooks of the Heysen Trail

Maps

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

Re-Routes

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 24 Oct 2019
Friends Shed Maintenance Day – Cobbler Creek.
(Friends Shed Maintenance Day)
Maintenance Days at the Friends Shed at Cobbler Creek. Volunteers are welcome to join in. You don't have to be an expert handy person. Please re... View event page
Fri 25 Oct 2019 (3 days)
E2E Maintenance - Greenock to Huppatz Hut
(End-to-End Maintenance)
Carry out maintenance as part of our End to End Trail Maintenance program. The event continues the work on this section that was commenced in October... View event page
Fri 25 Oct 2019
Stirling Night Walk
(Trail Walker)
A night time walk in the Cleland reserves... View event page
Sat 26 Oct 2019
Willunga Basin Trail
(Trail Walker)
As the October 5th walk was cancelled, this walk on the 26th has been updated to do that missed walk: We continue to stage 5 exploring the new Will... View event page

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Walk Programme

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News

Heysen Trail north of Tanunda to close early due to changes to 2019-2020 Fire Danger Season.

Heysen Trail north of Tanunda to close early due to changes to 2019-2020 Fire Danger Season.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 21 and the section between Tanaunda and Wirrabara on November 1, 2019.

The Friends End of Year Bash is on again at Karka – December 1st 2019

The Friends End of Year Bash is on again at Karka – December 1st 2019The End of Year Bash is on again. Karka Pavillion, Sunday Dec. 1st. This year we have something special, a new band - 'The Jugglers'. Bookings are open now.

Friends of the Heysen Trail 2020 calendar available for order now. Only $12!

Friends of the Heysen Trail 2020 calendar available for order now. Only $12!You can now order copies of the calendar for only $12.00. We expect to have the calendar available for delivery or pick up in the last week of October. Order from our On-line shop or by contacting the office. If you order from the office, you can pick it up at the End of Year Bash at Belair National Park on Sunday December 1.

Trail Development News, Bulletin 12, September 2019

Trail Development News, Bulletin 12, September 2019An update on recent new trail infrastructure and trail maintenance work undertaken by our vital volunteers. Click on the 'Read More' button to see a schedule of maintenance events. Read how you can join in the next End to End Maintenance event and an update on Grandpas camp and Marschalls Hut. There are also items about the revision of the Heysen Trail maps and keeping trail information on our website up to date.

Introduction to Walk Leader Training Night. Tuesday 8th Oct 2019.

Introduction to Walk Leader Training Night.  Tuesday 8th Oct 2019.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.

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

Contact

Suite 212, 2nd Floor Epworth Building
33 Pirie Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Australia
Phone (08) 8212 6299
heysentrail@heysentrail.asn.au
Open Mon-Fri 10.30am - 2.30pm
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Walk Program calendar 287

Print Walk Programme

Download an easy-to-print season walk programme.