Heysen Trail
  • Length: 1200km

  • Duration: 60 days

  • Grade: 4-5

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: Cape Jervis

  • End: Parachilna Gorge

  • Closest Town: Cape Jervis

  • Location: South Australia

  • Distance from state capital: 108km

  • State: SA

  • Latitude: -35.606085

  • Longitude: 138.095626

Trail Access

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Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

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Steep Road

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Vehicle Ford

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Entry Fee

Ample Parking

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Wheelchair Toilet

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Camping Available

Drinking Water

Picnic Shelter

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Trail Features

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Prams and Strollers

Bike Friendly

Overnight Campsites

River Crossings

Rock Scrambling

Bush Bashing

Exposed Ledges

Trail Markers

Drinking Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Dog Friendly

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The Heysen Trail is a 1200km, multi-grade one-way hike located in South Australia. The trail provides something for every walker, from a short stroll through the Adelaide Hills to a 60-day hike along its entire length.


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 MtLofty Ranges.

Beyond Mt Bryan, the trail crosses over to the rugged peaks and valleys of theFlinders Ranges as it heads to Parachilna Gorge where it ends. The 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.

The iconic trail passes through some of the most scenic parts of the state including nationalparks, state forests and internationally acclaimed tourist destinations, including the BarossaValley and the stunning Wilpena Pound.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, which is isolated and at times 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 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.

Getting there

There is a twice daily bus service between Adelaide and Cape Jervis operated by Sealink Ferries, visit www.sealink.com.au or phone 13 13 01. Sealink also operates a bus service 5 days a week between Victor Harbor and Cape Jervis.


  • 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 30April).
  • The Heysen Trail is a long distance walking trail that crosses numerous landscapes and environments. Although walkers of all ages can enjoy the Heysen Trail you are advised that the majority of the trail corresponds within grades 4-5 of the Australian Walking Tracks–Classification and signage.
  • Track conditions are generally distinct with limited modification to natural surfaces. Minimal clearing of debris along the track. Gradient is limited to environmental and maintenance considerations. May include steep sections of unmodified surfaces.
  • Minimal signs are for management and directional purposes.
  • Facilities are generally not provided except for specific safety and environment purposes.
  • Users require a moderate to high degree of specialised skills such as navigation skills. Users may require maps and navigation equipment to successfully complete the track.
  • Users need to be self reliant, particularly in regard to emergency first aid and possible weather hazards.

For more information, visit the The Friends of the Heysen Trail

Total distance: 1172094 m
Max elevation: 698 m
Min elevation: 1 m
Total climbing: 1950 m
Total descent: -2244 m
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