Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail

Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail

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.

The Wild South Coast Way on the Hey­sen Trail has been sup­port­ed by the South Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment through the Nation­al Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice and with project part­ners, Friends of the Hey­sen Trail, Yankalil­la Dis­trict Coun­cil and the City of Vic­tor Har­bor.

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