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Hawker

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5 travelers at this place:

  • Day1

    Kanyaka

    April 16 in Australia

    After a couple of days in Merriton spending quality (boozy) time with family we headed off to our first stop on this short trip. We are currently staying in Hawker and spent our first full day exploring the ruins at Kanyaka - a cattle station (later sheep) established in 1852. Built from local stone, much of it remains and is really quite beautiful. After battling the flies during a quick morning tea it was time to get to work so we moved on to an old bottle dump which yielded an impressive haul - managed to score some fabulous china pieces and beautiful coloured glass as well.Read more

  • Day8

    Hawker

    April 23 in Australia

    A great little spot, Hawker was a true railway town, established along the Ghan railway in the 1880s and thriving until the line was moved west in 1956. The old station house now operates as a restaurant called, strangely, The Ghan.

    The town’s other main attraction is the Jeff Morgan Gallery & Panoramas. Morgan is a local artist of international standing and his gallery is amazing. Prolific artworks - notably landscapes and native animals - fill the huge shopfloor. From there, one enters a door to view four amazing panoramas depicting various local scenes from Wilpena Pound to Arkaroola. The work really takes your breath away. It also houses a huge rock, mineral and fossil collection as well. His sign out the front is a worry, though. 😁Read more

  • Day59

    Hawker SA

    September 27, 2016 in Australia

    Leaving Stansbury behind we drove to Hawker today. All the crops were looking good, didn't need much more rain. Crops are mostly Barley, Wheat, Lucerne and Broad beans. Drove past Port Pirie onto Port Augusta. Thought we would go in for a look. We found a park in the back streets and stopped for a look or what I thought would be a cuppa. Not sure why we drove in, as all we did was have a cuppa in the van and drove on. Headed to Quorn and then onto Hawker. We started driving through the picturesque rocky crags of the start of the Flinders Ranges. The colors are awesome. After we set up camp we had a look at the Jeff Morgan Gallery. Some of his artwork is something to behold. He had done a 360 deg mural looking from Mary's Peak (photos to follow) and is working on another which he started in March and is about 2/3's done.Read more

  • Day61

    Hawker SA

    September 29, 2016 in Australia

    Still no power and it's blowing a Gale and I'm not getting out of bed today. It's the only way to keep warm. No wood to burn and not allowed to collect any. Stephen has been out walking and trying to keep himself amused. Not much to do without power. I'm not moving. Hawker businesses were able to sell fuel and the like but everything else was closed. Got the car fixed today. Mechanic used the old fashioned jack to raise the car.
    While in Hawker we took in the amazing Gallery of Jeff Morgan. He was in process of painting a 360 deg Mural. Being a person who can appreciate the process of working with oils, I was blown away.
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  • Day62

    Hawker SA

    September 30, 2016 in Australia

    Still no power but at least the wind has stopped. Going to Quorn today, need to get some meds. They were lucky to have had their power restored. Called in at the butcher, supermarket and stumbled across a lovely Old Emporium which had been turned into a Cafe. They had their own bakery and displayed all manner of old clothes memorabilia and wares. We felt normal again. How stupid to think that we can't do without technology. Well in fact, not so stupid, On the way home we stopped in at the Old Kanyaka Homestead Ruins. It's pretty amazing how they used to construct houses back then. Carted a lot of rocks.
    After lunch we headed up to Jarvis Hill lookout. Tried out the new knees and climbed to the lookout. It took me 20 mins. I'm pretty impressed with myself. On the way home we stopped at the races. The track was heavy and it was pretty much a one horse race won by Clarky's Clacker. We spotted a trailer full of pidgeons. Next thing there was a dog being followed by a man. He came over for a chat. We asked him what he was up to and told us that he was watching over the pidgeons until tomorrow morning, when he would let them go. "Oh yes" we said "where are they going?" we asked and he replied "Ballarat" When he said Ballarat, I asked him if he lived in James St and he replied "I used to but now I live in Clayton St. We used to live next door to him. It's a small world. We talked about the pigeons and how far he takes them. He said he had been doing this for 20 years taking them to places like Charlieville in Qld of all places. His mate had taken another load up to Lyndhurst. He'll let them go in the morning also. He expected that the birds would arrive home in Ballarat tomorrow night, except the ones from Lyndhurst. Power came back on at about 6:00pm (52 hrs later)
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