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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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Trail Status

Some sections of the Heysen Trail are open, and others are opening soon due to the finish of the Fire Danger Season. This is a transition time when the Fire Danger Season ends, and sections of the Trail are reopening depending on the Fire Ban District dates. Some years, the Fire Ban Season is extended beyond these dates.

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

Sun 27 Apr 2014
Sturt Gorge, western end
(Trail Starter)
The western end of Sturt Gorge is like a bit of the outback tucked down below the suburbs and it is great fun to explore the various-pads and perhaps... View event page
Sun 27 Apr 2014
(Trail Walker)
Plenty of humour and stamina is required for this walk of about 22.7 kms which will take us over and along the Big Range, Thomas Hill and Mt Misery re... View event page
Sat 3 May 2014 (2 days)
Mt. Zion to Wirrabara (reroute Bangor fire area)
(End-to-End 5)
SATURDAY To avoid the extensive area burned by the Bangor fire, we make our way from last year's finishing point to join the End to End 5 reroute. T... View event page
Sat 3 May 2014 (2 days)
Curnow's Hut to Chlorinator to Marble Hill Road. Based in Spalding
(End-to-End Minus 1)
The theme for the weekend is "Never Never" Sat.3rd: We begin where we left off last year with some road walking to the Yandowie homestead and then... View event page
Sun 4 May 2014
Para Wirra National Park
(Trail Walker)
This is a bush-walk through very picturesque country linking the major features in the park. The scenery rivals some areas of the Flinders Ranges with... View event page
Sun 11 May 2014
Chamber's Gully
(Trail Starter)
Commencing in Chambers Gully Reserve, we will walk up towards Mt Lofty (without going to the summit) for approx. 6km. Great uninterrupted views of the... View event page

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Walk Programme

Apr 2014

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Heysen Trail GPX files update for GPS: 6 re-routes and corrections

Posted Sat Apr 12, 2014 2:52 pm
The GPS files for use for navigation in handheld GPS units have been updated. These are the first updates since 12 months ago. The updates includes 6 re-routes and corrections. Read full story

Tree planting for 2014

Posted Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:57 pm
Our Greening Committee is doing more tree planting along the trail this year. 600 trees Worlds End to Burra, 120-150 trees at Worlds End Hike-In Campsite, July 2014. Read full story

AGM this Friday -

Posted Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:26 pm
Guest speaker Chris Halstead, from the DENWR (Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources) will speak on the topic of of "Let's Make a Trail". 7.30pm this Friday 21st March, Woodville Lawn Bowling Club, Oval Avenue, Woodville South. Read full story

Walking SA - new website + Walking Expo + April 10 General Meeting

Posted Fri Mar 14, 2014 3:35 pm
Click on image to view larger image Walking SA's new website launched at www.walkingsa.org.au. Walking Expo 10am-3pm Sunday 6 April 2014 - Walk, Explore, Discover. General Meeting 10th April. 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.