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Dec 11, 2016 - Hawker

Ian and I played tag team today so that we could each visit Wilpena Pound (Wilpena from aboriginal term for meeting place and Pound as in European for animal enclosure). I had first turn and left the van about 9am to drive the 50k to the pound.. There is only one way into the pound, and that is to walk in from the carpark at the visitor centre. You follow the path along the creek for about 3k to a small homestead, then you climb about 700 metres up a hill to magnificent views of the area. The walk to the homestead was fairly easy and quite...

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Dec 10, 2016 - Hawker

We had planned a quiet day around Hawker today, so whilst I did some washing, Ian went to have a look at the art gallery. He came back about an hour later saying that the owner of the gallery was happy for the dogs to come in and that I needed to come and have a look so as to be able to agree on which pictures to buy! Anyway, we all duly walked down to the gallery and yes, it was pretty special. The owner, Jeff Morgan, is the artist of the majority of the pictures, but what is amazing and unique to this gallery is his panorama paintings of...

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Dec 9, 2016 - Hawker

Woke up to a coolish, but fine morning, so it was perfect for a drive through the Flinders Ranges. The manager of the caravan park had given us a map of where we could go with the dogs, so that is the route we went. The road from Hawker that takes you to the National Park actually drives straight through the park and to sites beyond ie the Strezlecki track one way and the Birdsville track another, meaning that as long as the dogs stay in the car, they can pass through the park. There are a number of lookouts along the road that provide...

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Dec 8, 2016 - Whyalla to Hawker

We (dogs included!), finally got to sleep last night after midnight when the promised storm broke and the weather cooled down somewhat. Needless to say, we were a little slow in getting out of bed this morning and were still in bed when the camp caretaker dropped off a paper bag of homemade biscuits for morning tea! Apparently, she does this for everyone on the morning they leave camp. Made for a nice start to the day! We drove straight through Port Augusta without stopping this morning, thus saying goodbye to the Eyre Peninsula. The...

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Apr 24, 2014 - Port Augusta to Hawker

Not much to do or see in Port Augusta as we have seen I all over the years. We left there and drove out to Hawker. Any one traveling this way must go to Hawker. The caravan park is bush seclusion at its best. Fantastic spot. Also in Hawker is the Jeff Morgan art gallery and if you like art of any description you must go.

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Jun 11, 2013 - The beginning of the end (second-last instalment)

Due to wet weather we are now in Hawker SA, having abandoned our plan to spend two nights at Arkaroola. Highlights of the past few days were seeing water in Lake Eyre just after travelling through Curdimurka and finding out that the old bakery at the Farina ruins was in operation due to the efforts of volunteers working to stabilise the ruined buildings and we could buy some pastie rolls and scones! Lowlights were inconsiderate fellow travellers at William Creek who arrived late at 9.30 and 11.30 pm then proceeded to talk amongst their...

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Apr 27, 2011 - Rawnsley Park & Flinders Ranges

Well, we have now left Rawnsley Park and are on the road again! We had a great month working with Pete's dad Jon & his wife, Sally. There are a few photos attached of our last night working in the restaurant - we managed to find a babysitter so we could actually work together instead of tag teaming and alternating our nights! It was certainly a new experience for us both, another skill as we work our way around the country! We had a few outings to Wilpena Pound while we were here, which is just beautiful. We also scored a scenic flight...

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Apr 19, 2011 - Sophie's 5th BIrthday

Today was Sophie's 5th birthday!! We had a jam packed day, full of adventure! First thing (after the presents of course!!) we had a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound - it was absolutely amazing, you can't quite comprehend the scale until you see it from the air. Sophie liked parts of it, but it was a bit too noisy for her! Angus loved every minute as did we & Pete's dad! Then we headed to Brachina Gorge, another amazingly scenic area, plus lots of bumpy dirt roads in 4wd which the kids love! From there it was on to Parachilna which consists...

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May 10, 2009 - Hawker, SA

After we left Peterborough, we drove onto Hawker, the town that is approx 50 kms from Wilpena Pound, and is in the Shire of the Flinders Ranges. We wanted to stay here for a couple of days to explore the Flinders Ranges, but both caravan parks had their cabin sections booked out, and the Motel only had one night available, so we have decided to stay for one night only. Tomorrow we are going to go to the Wilpena Pound, and the Finders Ranges National Park.

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Nov 29, 2007 - Wilipena Pound and Rawnsley Park

We did not actually go to Hawker, it was just the nearest point we could find on the map! We headed off from Parachilna at 7.30, a pretty reasonable time, considering we would have two very early starts for the next two days. Our first stop was a small town outside Parachilna Gorge where we got a coffee in a cafe owned by a silver smith and artist lady. Good coffee too. We went on from here to Brachina Gorge which is a geological phenomenon that exists here and in Antarctica only. The track through the gorge is apparently a 4x4 track but...

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Oct 4, 2005 - Hawker (08/07/05)

This is something of a gateway town to the Flinders Ranges. The aim was to get up there and walk around the rock formation known as Wilpena Pound. However, it was still pouring with rain do the idea of walking or climbing in that held no appeal. Nor did camping in the mud. Also, I had a hangover. So after a brief discussion, it was agreed to give up on the idea and head straight to Broken Hill. Since I was going to have to double-back into South Australia anyway to go to Adelaide and Coober Pedy, I would get a second chance at Wilpena...

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