Walks around Hawker

Community Walking Trail.

The Community Walking Trail was established from grants received by the Healthy and Active Committee of Hawker and funds raised.  This walk and exercise trail is established on the eastern side of Hawker with accesses from Wilpena Road, corner of Chace View Terrace and Wirreanda Terrace and corner of Rawnsley Street and Chace View Terrace.  The path winds through grassland with low shrubs and has great views of the surrounding area.  You can sit on a bench and take in the views or stop and exercise on one of the pieces of equipment along the trail.

Police Hill Walk.

From the Visitor Centre, walk North along Cradock Road, past Jeff Morgan Gallery and into Wonoka Terrace.  Cross over  Wonoka Terrace  and enter by the small gate in the fence. After passing through the gate follow the track up to the top of the hill. This paddock known as Police Hill was used in the early years for the Police Horses and as the animal pound. The Hawker Rifle Club also used the Hill as their rifle range from 18th April 1913 to early 1980. Previous to this the Rifle Range was further around the hill past the rubbish dump.The rifle range stop mound or “butt” can be seen part way up the track, at the mound is also the target pit which is covered by steel lids. Do not enter the old pit as there may be snakes in there. Along the track the firing rests were located at 600, 500 and 300 yards points from the target, these are now very hard to see.

Police Hill lookout

At the top of the hill viewing: to the North, is Wonoka Bluff, to the North East Wilpena Pound Range, to the East North East, Chace Range, to the South, Hawker, to the West the Yappala Range and Yourambulla Range. It now only opens for special bookings. This a pleasant walk, allow about half an hour. IMG_2316

Camel’s Hump Lookout

The access to Camel’s Hump is from the Quorn Road one kilometre south of Hawker, past the hospital on your left hand side.  There is a sign on the gate in the fence, it is not signposted on the road. A short climb to the rock offers panoramic views of Hawker and the Central Flinders Ranges.  This is an ideal leisurely walk that takes around 20 minutes or longer if you walk from the town. It is a great place to take photographs. IMG_2218

Castle Rock

This is the noticeable rock formation when looking to the East of Hawker. The access road is via the Wilpena Road about one Kilometre from Hawker.   Turn right onto the dirt road and drive to the top of the hill. Go through the gate in the fence and follow the track to the rock formation and you will get a panoramic view of the area. The school students built the shelter there.

Castle Rock South East of Hawker

Jarvis Hill Lookout and Walking Trail

Jarvis Hill Lookout is about 7 km West of Hawker and is a popular attraction for visitors who drive up there to view the Hawker township and the ranges. Views from here include the Worumba Hills to the East, Wilpena Pound, Elder Range and Wonoka Hill to the North. From the Visitor Centre travel West on Wilpena Road and turn left towards Quorn onto the Quorn/Leigh Road, take first turn right approximately 200 metres. Follow the road for about 6km to the top of the hill, to the car park. This road should not be used when wet, as the road contains a lot of clay and you may have to abandon your vehicle until the road dries, this road is also not suitable for towing caravans. Ask at the Visitor Centre for more information on these walks.

Click on the link above to go to Jarvis Hill Walk page.