Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail

Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail

Aerial Deer control undertaken by PIRSA and Hills & Fleurieu Landscapes Board will occur between 19 September and 30 September 2022. No shooting will occur in any of the parks or the Heysen Trail corridor however visitors may hear helicopters in the area (primarily dawn and dusk), or hear gunshots. Details

Park fees:
Accommodation: $28.00 per night
Fees must be paid before entry to the park. Campsite fees are per night, subject to availability.
106km from Adelaide
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The Wild South Coast Way on the Hey­sen Trail (WSCW) is a ful­ly cus­tomis­able, mul­ti-day walk­ing expe­ri­ence between Cape Jervis and Vic­tor Har­bor on the Fleurieu Penin­su­la, South Australia. 

Walk the Wild South Coast Way your own way – any day, any direc­tion, any sec­tion. From day vis­its with short loop walks to the full five-day four-night expe­ri­ence and every­thing in between, the WSCW allows walk­ers to choose their own adventure. 

The walk­ing expe­ri­ence offers some of the state’s most spec­tac­u­lar and awe inspir­ing coastal walk­ing imag­in­able. The WSCW pro­vides vis­i­tors a gen­uine sense of wilder­ness, fea­tur­ing remote beach­es, native bush­land, rugged cliffs, First Nations’ his­to­ry, breath­tak­ing vis­tas, deep gul­lies and a rich diver­si­ty of native birds, bush and wildlife, in fact more species than any­where else on the coast.

Each day of the walk deliv­ers a new expe­ri­ence and chal­lenge, start­ing with views across to Kan­ga­roo Island before the full nature expe­ri­ence begins, encour­ag­ing the walk­er to tune in’ to nature and tune out’ of stress.

The trail con­nects the parks along our breath­tak­ing south­ern coast­line from Cape Jervis to Vic­tor Har­bor includ­ing Deep Creek Nation­al Park, Bal­la­parud­da Creek Recre­ation Park and New­land Head Con­ser­va­tion Park. If doing a mul­ti-day walk, camp at one of the park camp­grounds along the way: there are four walk-in only camp­grounds and four dri­ve-in camp­grounds on or near the trail.

Inter­ac­tive map

View an inter­ac­tive map of the Wild South Coast Way, includ­ing camp­ground locations. 

Park maps

Camp­ground maps

Maps of the Hey­sen Trail

There are var­i­ous maps avail­able, includ­ing a series of eight offi­cial Hey­sen Trail sheet maps. Map 1: Cape Jervis to Kuit­po For­est includes detailed 1:50000 topo­graph­ic maps of the Wild South Coast Way. These map sheets are avail­able for pur­chase online from Map­land, the Friends of the Hey­sen Trail, lead­ing out­door stores and map retail­ers. Dig­i­tal ver­sions of these maps are also avail­able via the Aven­za Map app — see below.

To view the Hey­sen Trail in inter­ac­tive maps or to down­load GPX files to use on a hand­held GPS unit, vis­it the Friends of the Hey­sen Trail.

Maps on mobile

If you have a smart­phone or tablet you can down­load the free Aven­za Map app and have inter­ac­tive nation­al park maps on hand when you need them.

The app uses your device’s built-in GPS to plot your real-time loca­tion with­in the park onto a map. The app can be used with­out a net­work con­nec­tion and with­out roam­ing charges. You can also mea­sure area and dis­tance, plot pho­tos and drop place­mark pins.

How to get it work­ing on your device:

1. Down­load the Aven­za Maps app from the app store (iOS/Android) whilst you are still in range (it’s free!).

2. Open up the app and click the shop­ping cart icon.

3. Click Find’ and type the name of the nation­al park or reserve you are look­ing for.

4. Click on the map you are after and install it (all our maps are free).

5. You will now find a list of your installed maps on the home page of the Aven­za Maps app.

6. Use our maps through the Aven­za Maps app while in the park and nev­er take a wrong turn again.

The topo­graph­ic Hey­sen Trail Map 1: Cape Jervis to Kuit­po For­est is avail­able to pur­chase on Aven­za for a small fee. Depend­ing on the sec­tion you require, search for:

  • Hey­sen Trail Map 1’ (Cape Jervis to Kuit­po Forest)
  • Hey­sen Trail map 1a’ (Cape Jervis to Tunkalilla)
  • Hey­sen Trail map 1b’ (Tunkalil­la Beach to Vic­tor Harbor)

Google Street View

Want to explore a trail before you leave home or use Google Maps to nav­i­gate straight from your door to the trailhead?

We’ve worked with Google to film more than 600km of walk­ing trails, park roads, camp­grounds and water­ways in some of our most beau­ti­ful places. Click to see what the parks offer and the avail­able facil­i­ties before you go. This is an espe­cial­ly great tool if you have acces­si­bil­i­ty needs, are vis­it­ing with peo­ple of vary­ing ages or fit­ness lev­els or are push­ing a pram and want to view a trail before leav­ing home.

You can start explor­ing some sec­tions of the Wild South Coast Way on Google Street View using the links below.

Walk­ing trails

Camp­grounds