Hawker | South AustraliaThis is an ideal base from which to explore the stunning scenery of the Flinders Ranges and surrounding area. The town of Hawker was proclaimed in 1880, and was once a thriving railway town, this role changed in the mid-1950s when the railway line was moved further west. Hawker then became more tourist-orientated, offering accommodation and services for people visiting the Flinders Ranges.
Main AttractionsHawker Motors Museum has information on all of the town's attractions as well as a small display of fossils, minerals and pioneer memorabilia. The historic buildings of the town are identified in the Historic Walk pamphlet, and include the Post Office, Hawker Hotel and the old Railway Station. There are also 4WD tours of the area.
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Jarvis Hill, 6km SW, has a walking track and lookout. There are fine views from the Yourambulla Caves, 11km south, which also contain Aboriginal rock art. The ruins of Hookina and the old Kanyaka Homestead are good examples of the region's abandoned settlements. Close by are the spectacular landscapes of Quorn, Pichi Richi Pass, Wilpena, Brachina and Bunyeroo gorges, the Leigh Creek Coalfields and Aroona Dam. A popular tourist route, the Moralana Scenic Drive, links the roads to Wilpena Pound and Leigh Creek. There are scenic flights from Rawnsley Park and Wilpena.
SouthAustralia | 2009-09-29 | There are three national parks in the Flinders Ranges. They are Mount Remarkable National Park, Flinders Ranges National Park and Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges National Park. Together they cover 95,000 hectares, popular accommodation options include the tourist town of Hawker, SA. | read more
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