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Hawker, SA

A great little outback town 400 kilometres north of Adelaide. Hawker is 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 here, 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.

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 you 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.

Where to stay?


  • Nature based

Popular Activities

  • Sightseeing
  • Outback

About Hawker

  • Locality: Urban locality
  • Hawker Postcode: 5434
  • State: South Australia
  • Latitude: -31.88806
  • Longitude: 138.42173
  • Elevation: 319m
  • Population: 341
  • Median Income: $31824
  • Area (Sq/km): 928.356
  • Timezone: Australia/Adelaide

Tours In Hawker

Discover some of the tours options around Hawker

Explore The Outback

Australia has a vast remote interior, much of it largely untouched. By night, the outback is deathly quiet, with the only light provided by the stars and the moon - a perfect oportunity for stargazing. Explore the isolated heart of the country, meet and connect with Aboriginal people and experience one of the oldest living cultures in the world. Go ‘walk-about’ and immerse yourself with Australia’s endless outback horizons.

Outback Experiences

Luxe Accommodation

Enjoy a distinctly Australian luxury experience, such as the unforgettable reefs, islands, beaches and coast; rugged mountain ranges, rainforests and vast national parks; and the many vibrant food and wine regions. Take a once in a lifetime adventure and discover the sheer indulgence of experiencing the wonders of Australia in style and stay in total luxury.

Australia has wide variety of accommodation options to suit most budgets and travelling preferences. Choose from luxury lodges, boutique hotels, serviced apartments, motels, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks as well as youth and backpacker hostels.


Glasshouse Mountains

The Glasshouse Mountains in the hinterland of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast are actually the cores of 20 million year old volcanoes. The sides of the volcanoes have eroded away leaving only the hardened rock spiremountain cores we see today. Learn more about this awe-inspiring landscape.

Glasshouse Mountains