The Friends End of Year Bash is on again at Belair, November 26th 2023

The Friend’s End of Year Bash – a family affair.

All Friends of the Heysen Trail are invited, with their families.

Let’s gather to celebrate a year of walking and wonder on The Trail.

Family and friends of members are welcome.

Date and Time : Sunday November 26th, 12 noon to 4.30 pm

Place: Main Pavilion, Belair National Park

What to bring: BYO food, drinks, chairs (there are some bench seats in the Pavilion), cutlery, drinkware  or anything else you need to share the day with walking friends and your families.

Cost and Booking: There is no charge for this event but you need to book so we can give Belair National Park some idea of numbers.

Bookings are now open so you can use this link to register on the Walk Calendar on our website.

Bookings close on Monday November 20th.

The 2024 Calendar will be available for collection at this event.

Park entry fees are waived for attending members and guests. On entry, just mention you are with Friends of the Heysen Trail.

We look forward to seeing you there.

New Heysen Trail Map 1, including the Wild South Coast Way.

Release of the new Heysen Trail Map 1, incorporating the Wild South Coast Way

The Friends have taken delivery of the revised version of the Heysen Trail map sheet 1.  The newly released Edition 2 map covers the Cape Jervis to Kuitpo section of the trail. It incorporates the Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail – the 74 km long series of spectacular walks between Cape Jervis & Victor Harbor.

You can purchase the new map sheet now via our online store, for $15 with postage from $3.70.

The map shows several spur and loop trails associated with the Wild South Coast Way, the new ‘walk-in’ campsites and other facilities erected on the trail. It also has information about when you can walk the Wild South Coast Way – it is open year round except on days of Cat­a­stroph­ic fire danger.

Remember, you can sign up to receive re-route notifications for your map sheet editions. All map sheets published since 2014 are available for notification.

The Friends map and book clearance sale continues

Meanwhile the Friends map and book clearance sale continues. We are running low on stock of most of our ‘to be discontinued lines’.

We’ve sold our last copy of Warren Bonython’s classic, ‘Walking the Flinders Ranges’. However, we have been advised that the Royal Geographical Society have a few remaining copies. If you missed out on reading the story that led to the creation of the Heysen Trail, you can purchase the book from the RGSSA .

The Friends Office to reopen on Tuesday 1st February, 2022 – but operations limited due to COVID.

Office Volunteers Information Day cancelled due to concerns over COVID

After a break over Christmas, our Office Volunteers were to attend our annual Volunteer’s Information Day on Monday.

However due to the current COVID outbreak we have cancelled the meeting.

The Office will re-open for restricted operations – but will remain closed to visitors

As of Tuesday we will have a limited number of volunteers in attendance at the Office.
As a further precaution against the spread of COVID, the Office will not be open to visitors or customers.

Our volunteers will be available from 10.30am to 2.30pm to undertake the following administrative tasks:

  • Attend to emails and phone calls,
  • Process On-line shop orders, Membership enquiries and renewals,
  • Answer questions about walking the Heysen Trail,
  • Walk registrations can be made using our online walk calendar but you can also contact the Office if you need assistance.

Full contact details can be found on our website at

As there will be a limited number of volunteers in attendance and we already have to deal with correspondence received over the break, please be patient if there is a delay in responding to your enquiry.

Access to the Trail over the Fire Danger period

We remind walkers that many sections of the Heysen Trail remain closed over summer and through April. You can find more information about the closures on our Fire Danger Season page.

We will be monitoring advice from SA Health as the situation develops

We trust you will understand the precautions we are taking in the interest of safeguarding the health of our volunteers and their families.

We intend to reopen the Office for ‘drop-in customer’ service as soon as it is considered safe to do so.

Now available – shirts and jackets with your End to End group logo

Friends of Heysen Trail merchandiseShirts and jackets with your End-to-End group’s logo are now available.

Order online at

Logos for all the current End-to-End groups, or the Friends round logo, are available.

Your order can be posted to you, or you can pick it up.

If you already have a favourite shirt or jacket you can be supply that to our supplied and one of the logos can be embroidered onto it. The cost for this is around $12, somewhat dependent on the garment fabric.

Pick-up address:
Sports Centre
142 Port Road, Hindmarsh
08 8346 3411

To supply a garment drop it off to the Sports Centre and pin a note to the item with:

  • Friends of Heysen Trail
  • your name
  • your phone
  • email
  • logo required

New Southern Guidebook, older guidebooks no longer supported

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The re-print of the Southern Guidebook has been released. Stocks of the 2010 edition ran out mid this year.

The new guidebook has the same cover as the 2010 edition, but includes re-routes from the previous two years like the new spur trail into Victor Harbor. A few recent re-routes have not been included, these re-routes can be viewed on our website.

With the release of this edition, support for three older guidebooks has been suspended. Re-route notifications for the original 2004 Southern Guidebook, 2005 Northern Guidebook and 2007 Southern Guidebook will no longer be posted on the website.

End-to-End 3 commemorative photo book

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We are creating a high quality printed commemorative photo book documenting End-to-End 3’s journey along the Heysen Trail.

If you have ever walked with the End-to-End 3 group, submit your photos from the experience! No minimum size requirement. Submit your photos by 19 September.

Instructions on how to submit photos, and to purchase* a copy of the photo book for only $40 visit this shop page.

*The photo book is available for pre-purchase only.

Sea to Summit Trail map available

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The George Driscoll Sea to Summit Trail

A unique trail from the beach at Kingston Park to the summit of Mount Lofty â 32km with a total height gain of 1400 metres from sea to summit. The trail passes through a series of streets and parks and encompasses some existing walking tracks. Walk it in a day or over two days.

The map brochure is now available: 9-fold, includes map, waypoint details, track notes, track distances.

View Map promo.

Available for $9 from the shop/office or leading outdoor retailers.

Trail Partners: Scout Outdoor Centre and Earth Adventure