The Heysen Trail passes through some of South Australia’s most diverse and breathtaking landscapes, traversing coastal areas, native bushland, rugged gorges, pine forests and vineyards, as well as rich farmland and historic towns.
Starts: Cape Jarvis, Fleurieu Peninsula
Finishes: Parachilna Gorge Trail Head, Flinders Ranges.
The southern section, from Cape Jervis to Spalding in the Mid North, is ideal for beginners and those with children, following the Mount Lofty Ranges. The northern section, from Spalding to Parachilna Gorge, is isolated and at time rugged, provides a rewarding challenge for experienced walkers.
The Trail has been designed to cater for both the serious backpacker walking the complete trail, and for the day walker who might choose to do short walks along different sections of the trail.
The Heysen Trail is only open to walkers during autumn, winter and spring, and closed during the summer Fire Danger Season, generally from November to April. The viability of the Heysen Trail is dependent on the continuing co-operation of private landholders, so the trail closure times must be obeyed at all times. The sections of the Heysen Trail that are on public roads or vacant land, in forests, national parks or reserves remain open year-round, except on days of a Broadcast Fire Ban. More details about the Fire Danger Season.
The Trail is managed by a partnership between:
- the volunteers of the Friends of the Heysen Trail,
- the Department for Environment & Water (DEW), and
- a number of volunteer walking clubs, landholders and individuals.
Check out the Heysen Trail website for more information
1100 km. Easy/Medium, Northern Section is remote and can be very hot and dry.
South Australia’s Heysen Trail extends from Cape Jervis, on the Fleurieu Peninsula, to Parachilna Gorge, in the Flinders Ranges, opening up South Australia like a zipper as it traverses coastal areas, native bushland, rugged gorges, pine forests, vineyards, rich farmland and historic towns.
The Trail passes through some of the most scenic parts of the state including national parks, state forests and internationally acclaimed tourist destinations, including the Barossa Valley and the stunning outback of Wilpena Pound.
Scattered along the Heysen Trail are numerous campsites and shelters, varying from either stone or timber settler’s cottages and old public buildings to modern shelters. Tents are permitted only in these areas. Campsite detail is in the app. Most of these facilities are very basic offering only a small sleeping shelter with a rainwater tank. Walkers should aim to be totally self-reliant. These huts incorporate facilities such as a rainwater tank, simple bunks, toilet, fireplace, tables and seats. Huts cannot be pre-booked or reserved, so you are advised to carry a tent in case shelters are fully occupied upon your arrival.
For planning your trip, food re-supply points and transport options there is excellent information at https://heysentrail.asn.au/heysen-trail/service-directory/
Thank you to Julian and the Friends of the Heysen Trail for the trail route, waypoint information and photos.
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