Hawker is the next town encountered after Quorn when heading to the Flinders Ranges. Without the Ranges there would not be a town of Hawker. Hawker is the springboard to Wilpena Pound; a bit of a mystery of a place in Australia.
Hawker is 55 km south of Wilpena Pound, a unique natural dish-shaped range of hills popular with tourists, as well as the spectacular scenery of the Southern Flinders Ranges.
Hawker is the town of the Flinders Ranges area of South Australia that is the selling point, plus the fallback destination after visiting ‘the pound’. For visitors visiting either Hawker or Wilpena a visit to the ‘panorama painting’ is an absolute must. The art displays and military regalia should also be admired.
The main economic activities in the area are tourism and pastoral runs of sheep and increasingly cattle. Due to the arid environment, the stocking rates are low, at about one sheep per three to four hectares.
Hawker was a thriving railway town from the 1880s until 1956 as it was on the famous Ghan railway line, until the route was moved further west when the line was upgraded. The Hawker Hotel is a century plus pub that to this day has a story to tell.