The Heysen Trail is 1,200 kilometres long. It is a daunting expedition to organise, so I have split the walk into 4 different parts. Each part will cover between 300-350 kilometres and I plan to walk this in about 3 weeks. I will walk for 6 days at a time and have a recovery day each week. After each part I will have a week off to recover and get my strength back. I have planned it so each part also has a additional 4 days that can be used for extra rest or if the weather prevents me from walking for the day. I also plan to have a support vehicle following me for the 1st 3 parts but for the 4th part, I will be relying on supply drops. This will be a huge benefit as the weight in my pack will be drastically reduced and I will be largely concentrating just on the days walk, rather than everything else.

Part 1- Parachilna Gorge to Wilmington


Part 1 will see me walk 300 kilometres. This will be the most remote area in which I will be walking, which means I will have limited supplies from my support vehicle. There will be a number of days where I will be on my own carrying my gear. This is achievable as I will be at full strength for Part 1.

Week 1 highlights (100.5 kilometres)

  • Yanyanna Hut
  • Wilpena Pound
  • Red Range Camp

Week 2 highlights (102 kilometres)

  • Following Memmerna and Wonoka Creek
  • Hawker
  • Mount Arden

Week 3 highlights (90 kilometres)

  • Dutchman Stern
  • Quorn
  • Pichi Richi railway
  • Mount Brown
  • Wilmington

Part 2- Wilmington to Burra


Part 2 will see me walk 370 kilometres. I will be walking across some hilly remote areas but also some large open flat areas. My support vehicle will be accompanying me during this section but there will be some small sections where this isn’t possible. As the trail gets closer to Burra the walk is more accessible, therefore I will be able to walk with a day pack for most of this part.

Week 1 highlights (123 kilometres)

  • Mount Remarkable
  • Melrose
  • Wirrabara Forest

Week 2 highlights (140 kilometres)

  • Crystal Brook
  • Georgetown
  • Bundaleer Forest
  • Spalding

Week 3 highlights (106.5 kilometres)

  • Brown Hill Range
  • Hallett
  • Mount Bryan
  • Caroona Creek Conservation Park
  • Burra

Part 3- Burra to Kuitpo Forest


Part 3 will see me walk 351 kilometres. This will be the 2nd largest leg and the most physically challenging part of the walk. The 1st week is rather flat but as soon as I hit the Adelaide Hills it turns into unrelenting up and down climbs. Luckily for me, the closer we get to Adelaide, the easier it becomes to get supplies. There are only 2 nights in which I will be on my own for this part. I will stay In Adelaide for 3 nights on my way through, as there aren’t many camp sites between Norton Summit and Bridgewater.

Week 1 highlights (143 kilometres)

  • North Mount Lofty Rangers
  • Tothill Range
  • Marrabel
  • Kapunda

Week 2 highlights (93.5 kilometres)

  • Greenock
  • Tanunda
  • Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park
  • Mount Crawford Forest

Week 3 highlights (114.5 kilometres)

  • Mount Crawford Forest
  • Adelaide
  • Morialta Conservation park
  • Norton Summit and Mount Lofty
  • Bridgewater
  • Kuitpo Forest

Part 4- Kuitpo Forest to Cape Jervis


Part 4 will see me walk 170 kilometres. This is the smallest leg to be walked. As soon as I pass Mount Compass I have a relatively easy walk until I hit the Fleurieu Peninsula coast. The trail becomes hill climb after hill climb along the coast and it gets even worse when I hit Deep Creek Conservation Park. My very last day of the walk into Cape Jervis is nice and flat, which is ideal after walking 1,200 kilometres.

Week 1 Highlights (110 kilometres)

  • Mount Compass
  • Myponga
  • Encounter Bay
  • Waitpinga Beach

Week 2 Highlights (60 kilometres)

  • Tunkalilla Beach
  • Deep Creek Conservation Park
  • Blowhole Beach
  • Cape Jervis

The Entire Route