Channel Seven's award winning Australian police drama series, Blue Heelers returns for its final season starting Saturday, April 1 at 8.30pm and will celebrate its milestone 500 th episode on Saturday, April 8.

From its premiere in 1994, the group of 'coppers' stationed at Mt Thomas led by Senior Sergeant Tom Croydon have held a special place in the hearts of Australian audiences.

The remaining 11 episodes of the series will complete the journey that has made household names of actors John Wood, Lisa McCune and Martin Sacks and pay tribute to the show's stellar acting, writing and directing talent.

In a season with many twists and turns, faced with his own mortality, Tom Croydon sheds responsibility and unwittingly becomes a player in what could be his ultimate downfall. The repercussions of his actions are felt throughout the station and relationships are pushed to breaking point.

Original cast member Sacks returns to direct his third episode of the series titled "Moonlighting", while former cast member Damian-Walshe Howling reprises his role as Adam Cooper.

Guest stars appearing this season include Marcus Graham, Jacinta Stapleton and Ian Roberts in his first dramatic role.

During its 12 years of production, Blue Heelers achieved 24 Logies and numerous o the r awards and also launched the careers of William McInnes, Grant Bowler, Tasma Walton and current cast members Ditch Davey, Rachel Gordon, Charlie Clausen and Samantha Tolj.

Season Premiere: Saturday, April 1 at 8.30pm
500 th Episode: Saturday, April 8 at 8.30pm