Population 225

This small outback town was once a thriving railway centre, and historic buildings are still well preserved in its streets. Hawker was also once an agricultural region producing bumper crops of wheat. Serious drought sent the crops into decline and the industry died. Today Hawker is the place to begin exploring the fantastic natural attractions of the southern Flinders Ranges.

Visitor Information

Cnr Wilpena and Cradock rds; (08) 8648 4022 or 1800 777 880


Nearby national parks

  • Flinders Ranges National Park

    Flinders Ranges National Park covers a vast ancient landscape of rippled outback terrain and exposed ridges, culminating in the striking...more

  • Lake Torrens National Park

    The 250-kilometre-long ephemeral Lake Torrens is timeless, wild and starkly photogenic. Protected within Lake Torrens National Park, this is...more

  • Mount Remarkable National Park

    Mount Remarkable National Park, in the southern reaches of the Flinders Ranges, is a beautiful bushland park with pretty creeks, steep...more

Nearby towns

  • Wilpena

    Wilpena consists of a resort and caravan/camping park on the edge of Wilpena Pound, in Flinders Ranges National Park. In 1902 the Hill...more

  • Quorn

    Nestled in a valley in the Flinders Ranges, Quorn was established as a town on the Great Northern Railway line in 1878. The line was built...more

  • Blinman

    During the 19th century numerous mining townships dotted the northern Flinders Ranges. Blinman is the sole surviving town surveyed at the...more

In Town

Fred Teague's Museum: local history displays; Hawker Motors, cnr Wilpena and Cradock rds.

Jeff Morgan Gallery: including a 30 m painting of the view from Wilpena Pound; Cradock Rd.

Heritage walk: self-guide walk on numbered path; brochure from visitor centre.

Scenic flights and 4WD tours: contact visitor centre for details.


Jarvis Hill Lookout: walking trail with views over the countryside; 7 km SW.

Yourambulla Caves: Aboriginal rock paintings in hillside caves; 12 km SW.

Willow Waters: popular picnic spot with a short walk to Ochre Wall; 20 km E, off Cradock Rd.

Moralana Scenic Drive: 22 km drive with superb views of Wilpena Pound and the Elder Range; leaves Hawker–Wilpena Rd 23 km N.

Cradock: a tiny town with National Heritage–listed St Gabriel's Church (1882); 26 km SE.

Kanyaka Homestead Historic Site: ruins of the homestead, stables and woolshed once part of a large sheep run, with informative displays explaining the history of each ruin; 28 km SW.

Kanyaka Death Rock: once an Aboriginal ceremonial site, it overlooks a permanent waterhole; near Kanyaka Homestead ruins.

Long-distance trails: close to Hawker you can pick up sections of the Heysen (walking) and Mawson (cycling) trails; information from visitor centre.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Heysen Trail 44 km

Some 1200 kms long, this renowned walking track stretches from Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula all the way to Parachilna Gorge in the northern Flinders. It covers a vast range of scenery from coastal cliffs and... Find out more

Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden 91 km

Located at Port Augusta West (at the head of Spencer Gulf) and spread over 200 hectares, this centre showcases the Australian arid landscapes and their vegetation. There are 12 kilometres of walking tracks, guided tours... Find out more

Campsites around town

Willow Waters camping area (bush camping) 19 km

A popular picnic spot on private land, 20 km east of Hawker, the camping area has a pleasant waterhole nearby. Campers need to be self-sufficient, use public access roads only, and observe minimum impact camping... Find out more

Cooinda camping area (walk-in camping) 42 km

This sheltered but no-frills walk-in site tucked within Wilpena Pound is 12 km from the visitor centre; a permit is required. This camping area serves as a base for bushwalks to St Mary Peak and Edeowie Gorge. The views... Find out more

Wilpena Pound Campground 44 km

This is the main hub for visitors and bushwalkers exploring Wilpena Pound. The extensive facilities, easy access to the nearby resort and the magnificent river red gums along Wilpena Creek make this a very popular haunt... Find out more

Warren Gorge camping area 51 km

A popular haunt for self-sufficient travellers touring the Flinders Ranges, this area has eye-catching rock formations and classic groves of native pines to wander through. It’s 20 km north-west of Quorn via Arden... Find out more

Acraman camping area 55 km

Nestled in the ranges, this area for self-sufficient campers is a handy base for exploring the Heysen Trail, Bunyeroo Gorge and the scenic majesty of Bunyeroo Valley and Wilpena Pound. From the visitor centre it’s... Find out more

Willow Springs camping area (bush camping) 59 km

This family-run sheep property just north-east of Wilpena offers a range of camping options as well as cottage accommodation. It’s also a popular destination for remote camping, bushwalking and  adventure 4WD... Find out more

Cambrian camping area 61 km

Self-sufficient campers will find 13 sites at this 4WD-access campground off Bunyeroo Valley Rd, 37 km north-west of the park HQ. This is a pleasant campground and is near the western end of Bunyeroo Gorge. The drive... Find out more

Teamsters camping area 62 km

Teamsters is at the western entrance to Brachina Gorge, a short walk from some of the steepest and most colourful gorge faces. It is 42 km from Wilpena, not far from the Hawker–Leigh Creek Rd, and suits off-road... Find out more

Brachina Gorge camping area (bush camping) 62 km

Through the twists and turns of the gorge there are several designated nooks for bush camping. Many have fine views of features like Heysen Hill and The Guardian, though in peak sightseeing times there can be a lot of... Find out more

Brachina East camping area 63 km

The gateway to all the Brachina action, this campground for self-sufficient campers is accessible from the east by 2WD and is pleasantly situated on the banks of Brachina Creek. Signposted along Brachina Gorge Rd, 48 km... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Shoreline Caravan Park 90 km

This park has good facilities in a quiet, off-the-highway location. It has sea frontage and views of the Flinders Ranges. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Port Augusta Big4 Holiday Park 91 km

With very good facilities, this park is strategically based at the junction of the Eyre, Princes and Stuart highways. It can get quite busy here, even in the low season. The park is about 1.5 km from the town centre.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Meaney’s Rest

This quaint sandstone cottage dates from 1883, back when Hawker was a busy railway and farming hub. Restored and updated, the cottage is close to the galleries, cafes and museums that now make this a traveller’s... Find out more

Arkaba Station

The mighty Elder Range towers above this famed sheep station, 20 kilometres north of Hawker. There’s much to enjoy at this atmospheric and diverse property, including the glorious rolling hills that merge into... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Rawnsley Park Station 31 km

Eight modern strawbale eco-villas with grand views perch on this sheep station, on the southern slopes of Wilpena Pound. Tourism is now the main industry on the property, and the one- and two-bedroom eco-villas are the... Find out more

Willow Springs Station, near Wilpena Pound 59 km

Another working sheep station, Willow Springs on the edge of the national park is home to the legendary six-hour 4WD route Skytrek, passing through Bunkers Conservation Reserve and culminating at the 921-metre-high... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Wilmington park area 90 km

At Wilmington

Just off the highway. On the south side of town.

Tent Hill rest area 91 km

36km N of Port Augusta (R) or 137km S of Pimba (L)

Just off the highway and surrounded by scrub.

Hancocks Lookout rest area 98 km

T/O 18km SE of Princes Hwy (R) or 4km W of Wilmington (L)

At the lookout 7km (unsealed) south of the highway.

What's on around town

Horseracing: May.

Art Exhibition: Sept/Oct.

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