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.

Heysen Trail sheet maps and guidebooks provide essential information on trip planning and trail facilities. To purchase your copy contact Mapland or find a retailer near you (106kb pdf).

Mapland*
Level 1, 100 Pirie Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: (+61 8) 8463 3999
Fax: (+61 8) 8115 5594
Email: dewnr.mapland@sa.gov.au
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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.