Hawker is a great little outback town 400 kilometres north of Adelaide.
It’s the hub of the Flinders Ranges, being the junction of roads from Port Augusta, Orroroo, Leigh Creek, Marree, Wilpena and Blinman.
There are numerous heritage buildings in Hawker, dating from the 1880s, with evidence that it was once a thriving railway town before the line was relocated further west in 1956. Hawker is now an important tourist centre in the Flinders Ranges and provides all essential services to the visitor.
Hawker is a great place to base a holiday in the Flinders Ranges, and enjoy half day and day trips to popular attractions such as Wilpena Pound, the Flinders Ranges National Park, Bunyeroo Valley, Brachina Gorge, Blinman, Parachilna Gorge, Quorn, Pichi Richi Railway and the Moralana Scenic Drive.
Local accommodation includes a hotel and caravan park.
Many of the buildings around Hawker are of corrugated iron construction together with a number of the present day homes and businesses. Truly this is the first of the outback towns you will come across, on your way into the north of South Australia.
A number of small gardens along Elder Terrace have some rock carvings mounted for viewing. These carvings were made in 1997 during the Opera in the Outback week of functions, which took place at Quorn, Hawker and Blinman. Hawker staged a very well received art show during this period, along with other functions.