Heysen Trail

Heysen Trail, Cape Jervis: Tickets, Tours, Address, Heysen Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Heysen Trail
4.5
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South Australia’s 1,200km Heysen Trail extends from Cape Jervis, on the Fleurieu Peninsula, to Parachilna Gorge, in the Flinders Ranges, traversing coastal areas, native bushland, rugged gorges, pine forests, vineyards, rich farmland and historic towns. It caters for both the serious backpacker hiking the entire trail and for walkers doing day walks along shorter sections.
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BitterHops
Brisbane, Australia129 contributions
Well marked
Jan 2019
My partner have done bits and pieces of the Heysen trail throughput South Australia and have always found it well maintained and sign posted.
Written January 31, 2019
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Liisa and Dave B
Adelaide, Australia2,333 contributions
Not for bikes!
Aug 2017 • Couples
We saw the sign said 'Walking' trail but it didn't state 'no bikes/riding' so we figured we'd give it a go with our mountain bikes.
Some sections were ok for riding but the section from the bottom of tent rock rd to the start of tapanappa rd was adventurous to say the least! We had to carry our bikes across a waterfall and down steep steps and rocky single tracks.
Was well worth it for the experience and the amazing views though next time we will hike it.
Written August 22, 2017
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Steve W
Adelaide, Australia3,277 contributions
Best way to see SA
Oct 2016 • Friends
Have walked it end to end, plus many of the special parts twice or three times, and just can't get enough. Great signage throughout which takes you to many of the best high points in the Mt Lofty and Flinders Ranges. Also through plenty of great little country towns where the hospitality is second to none
Written December 6, 2016
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Cat A
Adelaide, Australia194 contributions
Butterfliesforbarbra is half way on the Heysen.
Sep 2016 • Friends
We have been just about completed book 1 southern. Great scenery and such an unique way to see south australia. Plan plan plan and always be aware of the signs. Bring plenty of water and encourage people to see this wonderful trail.
Written September 14, 2016
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David R
Adelaide, Australia692 contributions
The trail is excellent for walking and bush & nature lovers
Apr 2016 • Friends
The Heysen Trail is a long distance walking trail in South Australia. It runs from Parachilna Gorge, in the Flinders Ranges via the Adelaide Hills to Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula and is approximately 1,200 kilometres (750 mi) in length. From north to south, the route of the trail may be summarised by the following landmarks in order: Parachilna Gorge - Flinders Ranges National Park - Hawker - Quorn - Mount Remarkable National Park - Melrose - Crystal Brook - Spalding - Burra - Kapunda - Adelaide Hills - Deep Creek Conservation Park - Cape Jervis.

Some of the walking sections are fantastic with great views of hills and the ocean plus encounters with native animals and flora. There are sections of remnant native bush which are stunning - the best time to see these are in winter when the native australian bush is in flower.

Take a group of friends and walk a section to see how good it is. Plenty of good information available on the website and you can purchase books and maps from the shop in Adelaide and get helpful information.
Written April 24, 2016
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Axiomwatson
Torquay, Australia372 contributions
A nice walk, but poor signage
Apr 2016 • Couples
We enjoyed walking part of this trail, but the lack of signage was a real problem. Walkers need to know distances etc.
Written April 8, 2016
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Robin K
Port Hedland, Australia594 contributions
A mix of relaxing, meandering trail, to treacherous in nature
Sep 2015 • Solo
Starting from Cape Jervis (gateway to the ferry across to Kangaroo Island). I did 60km to Parsons Beach. Huts in places, but not consistent.
Many people in some places at official camp sites. not many places with tables, water tanks along the way, but know where they are. Some areas very steep, slippery, and downright dangerous. Signage can be either absent, or misleading. Especially in the farmers fields. There are fences to climb, some with barb wire. There are some very difficult climbs and it can be wet and very very windy. Sometimes had to be very close to the ground! there is a water crossing, but easy enough. The full length is 1300 -1400 km . This is only the Coastal part.
Written March 31, 2016
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Jodes
Cape Jervis, Australia52 contributions
The End or Start of the Haysen Trail
Jun 2015 • Friends
One of the worlds great walks, this one is 1200 km long running from Cape Jervis to Parachilna in the Flinders Ranges. I have been to both ends by car but not waking it. This month I met a family of 5 that walked end to end 4 made Mother and 3 children aged 11, 10, 9 the youngest person (son) 9 and the youngest girl 10 (Daughter) Dad injured after 800 km or so Fantastic views of Backstairs Passage and Kangaroo Island along the 1st section from Cape Jervis next to KI ferry terminal.
Written July 17, 2015
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