I am a...

The Heysen Trail

Google Map

View Google map showing the Heysen Trail, photos, huts & campsites, re-routes, Fire Ban Districts and Tourism Regions.

View Google Map of Heysen Trail map

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.

More about the Heysen Trail

Google Map

View Google map showing the Heysen Trail, photos, huts & campsites, re-routes, Fire Ban Districts and Tourism Regions.

View Google Map of Heysen Trail map

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.

More about the Friends

Upcoming Walks

Sat 23 Aug 2014 (2 days)
Gerkie Gap - Peters Hill - Hamilton. Based in Riverton
(End-to-End Minus 1)
Theme for the weekend is Marrabel, (take this however you like- its' history, what happens there, your choice, surprise us,) Easy walking this weeken... View event page
Sun 24 Aug 2014
Cox's Scrub
(Trail Starter)
Interesting walk looking at a variety of native trees, Tall sugar Gums, Young Red Gums, Pink Gums, Wattle. Walk approx. 11ks. Their will be the oppor... View event page
Sun 24 Aug 2014
Onkaparinga River National Park
(Trail Walker)
A loop walk combining several of the trails in the Onkaparinga National Park Upper Gorge. Trails include the Nature Trail, Bakers Gully Track and Sund... View event page
Sun 24 Aug 2014
Pewsey Vale To Tanunda
(End-to-End 7)
This is an easy section of trail that runs through the northern section of Mt Crawford forests and through the native bushland of Kaiser Stuhl Conserv... View event page
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

View full walk programme

Walk Programme

Aug 2014

View full walk programme


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

Interview between Friends Council and ultra-marathon runner Richard Bowles

Posted Wed May 28, 2014 10:19 am
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. Read full story

View all news articles.

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.

View all Trailwalker magazines.

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
View shop/office map

Download an easy-to-print walk programme

Print Walk Programme

Download an easy-to-print season walk programme.