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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.

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Google Map

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Trail Status

The Heysen Trail is currently open. It will close at the start of the Fire Danger Season, scheduled for November & December.

More details about when to hike the Heysen Trail and the Fire Danger Season.

Recent Updates

The latest trail conditions and incidents are published via our Twitter account @HeysenTrail.

Guidebooks of the Heysen Trail


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.

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


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 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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Upcoming Walks

Sat 30 Aug 2014 (2 days)
Dares Hill Summit Road to Hallett and EE George Quarry to Spalding Road. Based in Burra
(End-to-End 6)
Due to the road conditions the walk on 17 August had to be abandoned. In its place the group did the Hallett to EE George Quarry walk. Hence the walk... View event page
Sun 31 Aug 2014
(Trail Starter)
This walk follows narrow bush tracks through generally low woodlands containing an understory of native shrubs and a variety of ground covers. Some wi... View event page
Sun 31 Aug 2014
Para Wirra
(Trail Walker)
This should be a lovely walk thru lots of native scrub with early spring flowers. The trail could be slippery if the rain continues, but mostly it sho... View event page
Sat 6 Sep 2014 (2 days)
Woolshed Flat to Quorn to Dutchmans Stern
(End-to-End 5)
SATURDAY 6 SEPTEMBER A steady climb to start the day takes walkers to the top of the range and views over Pichi Richi Pass. After descending into the... View event page
Sun 7 Sep 2014
Newland Head
(Trail Starter)
September is the month to see rare coastal flora at its best. Some areas were bunt in the last few years and the regrowth should hold a few surprizes... View event page
Sun 14 Sep 2014
Mylor to Mt Lofty
(Trail Walker)
This is a walk of about 21 kms which follows the Heysen Trail via Cox Creek, Old Bridgewater Mill, Mount George Conservation Park, Woodhouse (Scouts A... View event page

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Walk Programme

Aug 2014

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The Friends End-to-End group 4 complete the Heysen Trail

Posted Sat Aug 23, 2014 11:04 am
Click on image to view larger image On Saturday 16th August the Friends End-to-End group 4 completed the Heysen Trail. Congratulations to the 38 walkers who completed the 1,200km Trail on that day. Five walkers had walked each of the 61 End-to-End 4 walking days over 6 walk seasons, a Read full story

Walking SA 12 Month Celebration - Friday 29th August 2014

Posted Tue Aug 5, 2014 4:47 pm
It's 12 months since the 'new' Walking SA was established. Celebrate the achievements of the past year. Friday 29th August 2014, Caledonian Hotel, North Adelaide. Read full story

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

Posted Thu Jul 17, 2014 3:55 pm
Shirts and jackets with your End-to-End group's logo are now available. Read full story

Snowfall for End-to-End Minus 1 group

Posted Mon Jun 30, 2014 8:46 am
Click on image to view larger image The End-to-End 'Minus 1' group experienced snow on the summit of Mt Bryan on Saturday. Read full story

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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


10 Pitt Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone (08) 8212 6299
Open Mon-Fri 10.30am-2.30pm
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Download an easy-to-print walk programme

Print Walk Programme

Download an easy-to-print season walk programme.