The Heysen Trail, the longest walking trail in South Australia, stretches for a distance of 1200km, from the trailhead at Cape Jervis, the southern end in Fleurieu Peninsula, to Parachilna in Flinders Rangers.
The coastal way, along the Southern Ocean is one of the spectacular sections of the Heysen Trail. The Heysen Trail takes you to picturesque beaches, native bushland, conservations parks and steep cliffs. The draw card is the stunning views over the Southern ocean, with occasional spotting of seals, dolphins or whales. Every year a new End to End Heysen Group begins the journey of completing the Heysen trail with The Friends of Heysen Trail, the journey taking 6 years. The advantage of walking as part of the group is the support provided by The Friends of the Heysen Trail regarding transport, accommodation as well as being part of a social community with same interests and hobbies.
It does not mean that you can’t walk the Heysen trail on your own but the logistic is more complicated. It will take you about 2 months and you require good planning and organisation. The Friends of The Heysen Trail website is a good resource regarding Heysen Trail sections, re routes, accommodation on the trail and GPS tracks.
The website address is http://heysentrail.asn.au
Best time to walk the Heysen trail is from autumn to spring. In summer the trail is closed during the fire danger season.
Cape Jervis to Cobbler Hill
The walk starts at the Trailhead in the car park at the Sealink Ferry Terminal. After the compulsory photo follow the signed trail marked with large red arrows on white marker plates.
The trail follows the coast to Fishery Beach to Blowhole Beach. From Blowhole Beach the trail enters Deep Creek Conservation Park and is climbing inland to Cobbler Hill campsite. The coastal views are spectacular and on a clear day you can see as far as Kangaroo Island. Another surprise on the trail as you approach Blowhole Beach is the UFO House.
The Futoro House belonged to Derek Jolly and was initially located in Adelaide in 1970, on the Melbourne Street. Later was moved to Blowhole, Deep Creek. Adelaide Council placed a commemorative plaque in Adelaide in the honour of Derek Jolly.
This section of the Heysen Trail is a 14.26 km route with a total ascent of 382.17 m and has a maximum elevation of 264.66 m and it takes 5.5 hours to complete. It has one climb rated grade 2 at 11 km for a length of 3.24 km with an average grade 8.4%.
Waitpinga to Tugwell Road
A spectacular coastal walk. The walk starts with a gradual climb through Newland Head Conservation, then follows Waitpinga coastal cliffs, reaching King Beach. From King Beach the trail goes inland on minor roads to Tugwell Road.
This section of the Heysen Trail is a 18.22 km route and it takes 5.5 hours to complete. From map my fitness data, the route has a total ascent of 402.6 m and has a maximum elevation of 156.68 m.