Some 1200 kms long, this renowned walking track stretches from Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula all the way to Parachilna Gorge in the northern Flinders. It covers a vast range of scenery from coastal cliffs and sandy beaches to grazing pastures, pine forests, vineyards, bushland and the rugged peaks of the Flinders Ranges. The whole, superb track takes about six to eight weeks to walk. There are campsites, shelters and huts along the way, and the track passes near several towns if you want to stock up on supplies or rest in a comfy bed. There are also plenty of places to get on or off the track for shorter walks or day walks. The track is usually closed from 1 November to 30 April because of fire risk.
Several organisations run guided walks along parts of the track. Ecotrek runs catered five-night excursions along the northern sections, through the Flinders Ranges, and World Expeditions do a seven day highlights package. The Friends of the Heysen Trail conduct twilight walks and treks along the whole trail, and have a wealth of information about current conditions. They may even be able to help find you a walking partner if you are on your own.
Friends of the Heysen Trail: (08) 8212 6299comments powered by Disqus