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

Sat 23 Jun 2018 (2 days)
End to End Maintenance 2018 - 2
(End-to-End Maintenance)
Carry out trail maintenance between Hallett and Burra... View event page
Sun 24 Jun 2018
Pewsey Vale to Tanunda
(End-to-End 11)
This is a long though comfortable section of the trail that begins through the northern section of Mt Crawford forest before venturing into the native... View event page
Sun 24 Jun 2018
Blewitt Springs
(Trail Starter)
This is a loop walk, alternating between walking through the native flora of the Blewitt Springs and Manning Reserves and lovely overviews of the surr... View event page
Sun 24 Jun 2018
Chambers Gully
(Trail Walker)
A loop walk taking in Chambers Gully, the Wineshanty track,Eagle on the Hill and the Bullock Track returning to Chambers ... View event page

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Walk Programme

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News

Heysen Trail closure through the Buckaringa Sanctuary, Friday 15th June to Monday 18th 2018

Heysen Trail closure through the Buckaringa Sanctuary, Friday 15th June to Monday 18th 2018The Heysen Trail through Buckaringa Sanctuary will be closed to walkers, Friday 15 June to Monday 18 June 2018 due to feral animal control.

Fire Danger prevents access to some sections of the Heysen Trail.

Fire Danger prevents access to some sections of the Heysen Trail.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.

Heysen Trail affected by closure of the Deep Creek Conservation Park – April 30 to May 4, 2018

Heysen Trail affected by closure of the Deep Creek Conservation Park – April 30 to May 4, 2018The Heysen Trail through the Deep Creek Conservation Park will be closed from Monday April 30 to Friday May 4, 2018.

Join the Friends of the Heysen Trail before 31st May 2018.

Join the Friends of the Heysen Trail before 31st May 2018.Join the Friends of the Heysen Trail before 31st May and you could win a 2-day guided walk on the Heysen Trail and overnight accommodation at Heysen’s Rest B&B. Financial members of the Friends of the Heysen Trail support the ongoing maintenance and greening of South Australia’s premier walking trail, participate in an extensive walks programme and receive many other benefits.

It’s on again! The Hiking Expo, Belair National Park, Sunday April 15th.

It’s on again! The Hiking Expo, Belair National Park, Sunday April 15th.Come along to the Hiking Expo to celebrate the opening of the 2018 walk season. The Friends are again joining Walking SA and other walking groups to kick off the new walking season in style. In addition to the many walks at Belair, the Friends have organised two longer walks to the Gums Oval at Belair National Park. These Trailstarter walks are listed on the Walks Programme on the Friends website.

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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Print Walk Programme

Download an easy-to-print season walk programme.