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.


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


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

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Walk Programme

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

The Friends End-to-End group 4 complete the Heysen TrailOn 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.

Walking SA 12 Month Celebration – Friday 29th August 2014

It’s 12 months since the ‘new’ Walking SA was established. Celebrate the achievements of the past year. The evening will also be a special opportunity to: Farewell and thank Brian Goodhind, Administrative Officer of Walking SA Welcome Mel Paull, new Executive Officer Briefly outline plans for future activities 6pm – 8pm Friday 29th August 2014 […]

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

Now available – shirts and jackets with your End to End group logoShirts 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 […]

Snowfall for End-to-End Minus 1 group

Snowfall for End-to-End Minus 1 groupThe End-to-End ‘Minus 1′ group experienced snow on the summit of Mt Bryan on Saturday. Check out some of the photos at (no login required). At 936 metres Mt Bryan, north of Burra, is the highest peak in the Mt Lofty Ranges and occasionally sees a snow fall. The group is spending five days hiking the trail, […]

Interview between Friends Council and ultra-marathon runner Richard Bowles

The Council of the Friends of the Heysen Trail was able to sit down and chat with ultra-marathon runner Richard Bowles, who recently completed his 15-day run of the 1,200 km Heysen Trail. In the interview he talks about his excellent experience with the Heysen Trail – the scenery, the way marking, the huts, the people. […]

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, South Australia 5000
Phone (08) 8212 6299
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Print Walk Programme

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