Heysen Trail
Heysen Trail
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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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Robin K
Port Hedland, Australia567 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Cat A
Adelaide, Australia189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Australia714 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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kezlee67
Victoria, Australia74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
I walked a short 11km out-and-back section of the Wild South Coast Way starting at Cape Jervis at the Sealink Ferry Terminal. The trail head is easy to find and is well marked. The path is a variety of rocky and sandy and some parts are a bit overgrown, having to push through some bushes from time to time. The coastal scenery is spectacular, along with the wildflowers and birdlife. A pod of dolphins was swimming up and down the coast as I walked, which made it quite special.
Written January 30, 2023
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BitterHops
Brisbane, Australia126 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Australia4,146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Australia3,270 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Axiomwatson
Torquay, Australia353 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Jodes
Cape Jervis, Australia47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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