The Heysen Trail

The Heysen Trail is one of the world's great walking trails and the longest dedicated walking trail in Australia.

The 1,200 km trail starts at Cape Jervis and winds along the beaches and sea cliffs of the south coast before passing over rolling hills and rural landscapes of the Fleurieu Peninsula and Mt Lofty Ranges. Beyond Mt Bryan, the trail crosses over to the rugged peaks and valleys of the Flinders Ranges as it heads to Parachilna Gorge where it ends.

The trail provides something for every walker, from a short stroll through the Adelaide Hills to a 60-day hike along its entire length.

Walking the Heysen Trail is free. However, fees may apply if you camp or park your vehicle in one of the state forests, national parks and reserves along the trail.

For maps of the trail and information on trip planning and trail facilities (including accommodation and camp sites) purchase a Heysen Trail guide (Southern Guide and Northern Guide). Guides are available from South Australian walking and camping stores, at bookstores and at:

Friends of Heysen Trail Shop
10 Pitt Street
Adelaide, South Australia
Phone: (+61 8) 8212 6299

The Map Shop
6 Peel Street
Adelaide, South Australia
Phone: (+61 8) 8231 2033).

DEWNR is responsible for the management and maintenance of the Heysen Trail which is governed by the goals and strategies in the Heysen Trail Strategic Plan 2007 -2017 (488kb pdf).

Important information

  • The Heysen Trail route may change due to weather, safety or management. 
  • The Heysen Trail is closed during the fire danger season each year (usually 1 December to 30 April).

More information:

  • Visit the regional Visitor Centres for more information about accommodation, services and attractions along the trail.