One of the world’s great long distance walking trails, South Australia’s 1,200km Heysen Trail extends from Cape Jervis, on the rugged south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, to Parachilna Gorge, in the Flinders Ranges. It passes through some of SA’s most diverse & breathtaking landscapes, traversing coastal areas, native bushland, rugged gorges, pine forests and vineyards, as well as rich farmland and historic towns. Taken from http://www.heysentrail.asn.au/ .
I walked the first leg from Cape Jervis to Cobbler Hill with 2 good friends. The scenery is stunning, the trail being 90% along coastal cliffs. Kangaroo Island can be seen across the ocean from most parts, there’s rugged rocks, beach alcoves, awesome green fields and plenty of wildlife.
The going isn’t too tough, the climbs are fairly short lived and the paths are mostly well walked/signed. At one point we did reach a ‘do not enter’ sign guarded by a fierce-looking sheep. But the sheep eventually let us through and we soon found the official ‘Heysen’ arrows again.Once you get to Blowhole Beach, however, the walk becomes quite tough – first scaling cliffs and then a solid climb up to Cobbler Hill Campsite.
My guidebook (the official Heysen one) states this leg is 10km, however signs along the way argue it’s more like 16km.
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