Distance from Adelaide 374km.

typical outback town, Hawker is the hub of the Flinders Ranges, being the junction of roads from Port Augusta, Orroroo, Leigh Creek/Marree and Wilpena/Blinman. 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.

Tourist Information: Is available from Hawker Motors at the corner of Cradock Road and Wilpena Road, this is the South Australian Accredited Hawker Visitor Information, a tourist information bay is on Elder Terrace near the public toilets.

Facilities: Include a hotel/motel, motel, caravan parks, holiday units and several nearby stations provide a variety of accommodation. The town has a bank, general stores, hospital, post office, laundromat, airstrip, police station, doctor, and service stations for fuel and mechanical repairs. Meals are available at the hotel and restaurant and takeaway food from various stores.

Points of Interest: Many easy day trips can be made from Hawker; to Quorn and Pichi Richi Pass, Wilpena, Brachina and Parachilna Gorges, Leigh Creek Coalfields and Aroona Dam.
Yourambulla Caves, a few kilometres south of Hawker, have a number of Aboriginal paintings as well as a fine panoramic view for you to enjoy.

A walking trail and scenic lookout has been established at Jarvis Hill which is 6.5 km south west of Hawker. The Lookout provides a spectacular panorama of the surrounding country.
Among the many scenic drives of varying length available from Hawker, a favourite is the Leigh Creek Roads. It offers fine scenery, particularly from the Black Gap lookout. A more rugged drive through Yappala and past Middle and Buckaringa Gorges to Gordon provides a remarkable mixture of outback pastoral country, rugged hills, creeks and flora and fauna. Always check local road conditions before attempting these drives.

The railway reached Hawker in 1880. A bullock Jinker, used to cart sleepers (cut locally) to the old line, is on display at the Outback Chapmanton Motel. The ruins of Hookina, 18km to the north, and the old railway bridge are remains of the era when wheat was grown in the area, as are the old pug and pine Willow Waters Homestead, 20km to the east. Wilson to the south and the historic Kanyaka Ruins are just off the main road to Quorn.

Historic Buildings: The Railway Station Complex 1885, Hawker Hotel (formerly Royal Hotel) 1882, Sightseers Cafe 1880, Bush Pilots Office (former Post Office) 1882, Institute Building 1893.
Museums: Hawker Motors, cnr Wilpena and Cradock Roads, have a display of fossils, minerals, artifacts and pioneer relics.
Walking Trails: An Historic walk of Hawker provides an insight into the towns early history.
Recreation and Sport: Include a Swimming pool, tennis courts, oval, golf course and synthetic bowling greens are located at the sports centre.
Events: The Hawker Cup Carnival is held in May.
Tours: 4WD tours are operated from Hawker.
Hookina (ruins)
The ruins are 18km north of Hawker on the Leigh Creek Road. First settled in 1863 as a stopover for the overland teams. Consisting mainly of a hotel, store and blacksmith shop, the town declined and the hotel closed in 1892. Wheat-farming was established in the area during the 1870's.
Moralana Scenic Drive
42km north of Hawker on the Leigh Creek Road, the Moralana Scenic Drive meanders its way through the spectacular landscape of river red gums following the southern wall of Wilpena Pound through to the Hawker/Wilpena Road. The drive is a must for all those who visit the Flinders and is best east to west in the morning and west to east in the afternoon.
Brachina Gorge
A further 28km north is the turnoff to the spectacular Brachina Gorge which is part of The Flinders Ranges National Park. The road proceeds through the gorge and there are turnoffs to Bunyeroo Gorge and Valley as well as Aroona Valley. Continuing on, the road joins the Wilpena to Blinman road, just north of the old Oraparinna H.S.
A book and brochure on fossils is available locally.

Useful links for visiting the Hawker region