The Heysen Trail
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.
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.
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...
E2E Maintenance - Greenock to Huppatz Hut
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...
Stirling Night Walk
A night time walk in the Cleland reserves...
Willunga Basin Trail
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...
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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 21 and the section between Tanaunda and Wirrabara on November 1, 2019.
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.
An 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.
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.