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Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride - John F. Kennedy

Arguably South Australia's most famous trail, the Heysen Trail runs for 1,200 kilometres from Cape Jervis on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges. The trail passes through some of South Australia's most scenic areas, including national parks, state forests and popular tourism destinations including the Adelaide Hills, Barossa and Wilpena Pound.

The trail is ideal for all levels of walkers, with sections of the trail suitable for shorter walks. Though mainly a walking trail, there are multi-use sections where cycling and horseriding are permitted.

Some of the more popular sections of the trail are:

  • South Coast
    • Cape Jervis to Victor Harbor
  • Mt Lofty Ranges
    • Fleurieu to Barossa
  • Flinders Ranges
    • Melrose to Woolshed Flat
    • Hawker to Parachilna

The trail also passes through many national parks and, in many cases, merges with other shorter walking trails.

The Heysen Trail Southern and Northern Guidebooks are now available from leading walking, outdoor and map retailers as well as selected bookstores. For further details you can contact The Map Shop, 6 Peel Street Adelaide, +61 8 8231 2033.

For more information on the Heysen Trail Heysen Trail (38kb PDF) or visit

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