Maps of the Heysen Trail

There are various maps available, including two official guidebooks. The Heysen Trail can also be viewed in Google Maps, and GPX files are available to download to use on a handheld GPS unit.

Official Guidebooks

official Heysen Trail guidebooks coverTwo guidebooks have been released by the Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources. Book One, the Southern Guide, covers Cape Jervis in the south to Spalding in the Mid-North. Book Two, the Northern Guide, covers Spalding in the Mid-North to Parachilna Gorge in the north. These books supersede the previous fifteen strip maps. From time to time, it is necessary to re-route sections of the Heysen Trail.

These guidebooks are available for purchase online. The guidebooks are also available from leading outdoor stores and map retailers.

Google Map Interface

View Google map interface showing the Heysen Trail, photos, accommodation options, re-routes, Fire Ban Districts and Tourism Regions, updated 12/04/2014 v3.12.

Google Earth file

Download the KML file for use in Google Earth, updated 12/04/2014 v3.12.

GPX File for GPS Units

GPS files for the Heysen TrailDownload the GPX file for use with handheld GPS units, updated 12/04/2014 v3.12. Use the file as a navigational aid when walking the Heysen Trail (we strongly recommend also still carrying the guidebook or the relevant pages from it).

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About Using the GPX Files


Newer GPS units: A video tutorial showing how to load the GPX file onto newer handheld GPS units, such as the Garmin Oregon series, Garmin Dakota series and the new Garmin eTrex 10, 20 and 30.

Older GPS units: A video tutorial showing how to load the GPX file onto older handheld GPS units, such as the Garmin eTrex series (the older series) or Garmin GPSmap 60CX GPS.

The GPX file may be too large for some older GPS units. You may want to check the specifications of your GPS unit. It needs to be able to accept:

  • 31 tracks (12 main tracks for each guidebook chapter, 19 tracks for alternative routes or spur trails)
  • up to 5,000 points per track
  • 150 waypoints

If your unit only accepts 20 tracks, the first 11 tracks uploaded will be overwritten. To reduce the number of tracks to 20 you will need to delete or combine some tracks, this can be done via a program like Garmin Basecamp. These files may need some manipulation in order to reduce the amount of data available, as the file may be too large or cumbersome for your GPS unit, or contain a lot of data not relevant to your walk.

Most newer GPS units will accept the GPX file directly when saved into the GPS unit’s internal memory when connected via USB, or sometimes the memory card (often the memory card is dedicated to topographic base maps rather than tracks, routes and waypoints.) For older GPS Garmin units use a program like Garmin Basecamp to transfer the GPX file onto your GPS unit.

Useful links

  • Garmin Basecamp (free software for manipulating and loading GPX files onto Garmin GPS units)
  • GPSBabel (free/donation software for converting files from KML files to almost any GPS file type)
  • GPS Utility (free software for converting file types and manipulating data – pay for full features)
  • OziExplorer (software for converting files and manipulating data)

How-to Guide for Using a GPS Hiking

Article on How-to use a GPS hikingGPS units have become quite affordable over the past few years. They can be a useful tool for hiking, but they can also be a little overwhelming. What are they useful for? Can they be useful along the Heysen Trail?

View the How-to Guide for Using a GPS Hiking (an article from our Spring 2011 Trailwalker magazine).

Simple Overview Trail Maps

There are a number of simple overview maps available showing different aspects of the Heysen Trail:

Map of the Heysen Trail showing terrain, roads and towns.1. Map of the Heysen Trail

Map showing terrain, roads and towns.

Relief map of the Heysen Trail showing the trail and nearby towns.2. Map of the Heysen Trail

A simple map showing the trail and nearby towns.

Map showing relevant tourist regions the Heysen Trail passes through.3. Tourist Regions

Map showing relevant tourist regions the Heysen Trail passes through.

Use the map here to visit the South Australian Tourism Commission’s accommodation websites (divided into the Tourist Regions).

Map of the Heysen Trail showing Fire Ban Districts, including the Flinders Fire Ban District, Mid North Fire Ban District, Mt Lofty Ranges Fire Ban District.4. Fire Ban Districts

Map showing relevant Fire Ban Districts the Heysen Trail passes through.

Use the map here to view relevant Fire Ban information on the Country Fire Service’s (CFS) websites.

The Heysen Trail Google Map has a layer showing the Fire Ban Districts, if more accurate information is required of the district boundaries.