Hawker a great place to holiday and live.
—Hawker Visitor information Centre—
We are open 7 days (except Christmas Day) 8:am to 5:00pmfor INFORMATION, FUEL, TYRES, GROCERIES, CAMPING, and other GENERAL ITEMS.
Fuel Grades, Unleaded, PULP95, PULP98, Diesel and Autogas
Welcome to Hawker, a great place to make your holiday base when next visiting the Flinders Ranges.
Hawker is an ideal base to see the Central Flinders Ranges. Hawker, is known as the hub of the Flinders Ranges, is an easy 4 – 5 hour drive north of Adelaide. Hawker is approximately 110 kms from Blinman, and approximately 90 Kms from Parachilna. The Hawker township has good water, shopping and eating out , caravan park and hotel and motel. Hawker is friendly place and all you need for a relaxing and pleasant holiday. Hawker is 64 kms north of Quorn and 110 kms from Port Augusta and accessible by sealed road from all capital cities in Australia and is approximately 5 hours drive from Adelaide, the population of Hawker is approximately 300. Hawker is located about 70 kms east of Lake Torrens and 64 Kms from the iconic Wilpena Pound. Hawker was a thriving railway town from the 1880s until 1956 as it was on the famous Ghan railway line, until the route was moved further west when the line was upgraded from a narrow gauge to a broad gauge line. Hawker is now a tourist hub for the Flinders Ranges.
Things to do.
The Heysen Trail and the Mawson Trail pass through or close to Hawker. Many walkers experience the Heysen Trail and cyclists enjoy riding the Mawson Trail. Hawker has walking trails around the edge of the town.
Hawker is a good base to explore the Central Flinders Ranges, an excellent location for photographers, bush walkers or people who want to self drive or take a tour. Many enjoyable day trips can be made from Hawker to Quorn and Pichi Richi Pass, Wilpena Pound, Brachina, Bunyeroo and Parachilna Gorges, Parachilna, Blinman including the Blinman Mine tour, Leigh Creek and Aroona Dam.
Hawker is a great place to live, work and play. It has a relaxed life-style and is a vibrant community. Hawker has a Doctor, Hospital, Police, Volunteer Ambulance Service, CFS and SES. Hawker has a Hotel Motel, a Motel and Caravan Park. Hawker is also home of Self contained accommodation, three fuel outlets, three mechanical repairs, electricians, plumbers, earthmovers, cafe’s, grocery suppliers. Eating out is available at The Old Ghan Restaurant (seasonal) and Hawker Hotel Motel or take a drive south for 28km to visit the Cradock Hotel.
While you are in Hawker take a look at “Fred Teague’s Museum” in the Hawker Visitor Information Centre, Corner Cradock & Wilpena Road, view the Hawker SEISMOGRAPH station in Hawker Motors, visit the Panoramas at Jeff Morgan’s Art Gallery, take a 4 wheel drive tour and scenic flight. Hawker’s War Memorial at the Eastern entrance to Hawker on Wilpena road is a must visit and I am sure you will be impressed. It is a place that you can sit, relax and reflect on the service the young men and women from around Hawker gave to their country.
From Hawker to the North
Northern roads pass through Hawker to Lyndhurst and Marree. From Lyndhurst take the Strzelecki Track to Innamincka and Southwest Queensland. From Marree (for info Marree Hotel or Marree Roadhouse) travel on the Oodnadatta Track to Oodnadatta or turn off at William Creek to travel to Coober Pedy. Also from Marree travel to Birdsville along the Birdsville Track.
The spectacular country of Arkaroola is north of Hawker in the Northern Flinders Ranges, to get there turn off the Hawker to Lyndhurst road at Copley. Arkaroola is approximately one and a half to two hours travel east of Copley. It is worth a visit when visiting the Flinders Ranges, a visitor should allow about 2-3 days for a visit to this part of the Flinders.