Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The Heysen Trail is a long distance walking trail in South Australia. It runs from Parachilna Gorge, in the Flinders Ranges via the Adelaide Hills to Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula and is approximately 1200 km in length.
The trail was first suggested by Warren Bonython in 1969 but design was stalled by several years due to Government politics and issues with private land owners. The first 50 kilometres of the track was laid out through the Mount Lofty Ranges in 1978 after responsibility for the track was handed to the Department of Recreation and Sport. Terry Lavender was the main designer for the track, and oversaw the majority of its construction until it was completed in 1992. The trail is named after Sir Hans Heysen.