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Hawker
South Australia
Hawker Hotel-Motel.JPG
Hawker Hotel-Motel
Population 246 (2011 census)
Established 1880
Postcode(s) 5434
Elevation 315 m (1,033 ft)
Location 365 km (227 mi) N of Adelaide
LGA(s) Flinders Ranges Council
State electorate(s) Electoral district of Stuart
Federal Division(s) Division of Grey
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
25.1 °C
77 °F
10.6 °C
51 °F
307.5 mm
12.1 in
Suburbs around Hawker:
Flinders Ranges Flinders Ranges Flinders Ranges
Barndioota Hawker Shaggy Ridge
Worumba
Kanyaka Kanyaka
Cradock
Cradock
Footnotes Adjoining localities

Hawker is a town in the Flinders Ranges area of South Australia, 365 kilometres (227 mi) north of Adelaide. It is in the Flinders Ranges Council, the state Electoral district of Stuart and the federal Division of Grey. At the 2006 census, Hawker had a population of 229.

History

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.

Heritage listings

Hawker has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

  • 20 Cradock Road: St Philip and St James Catholic Church
  • Hawker-Wilpena Road: Mount Desire Dyke
  • Wonoka-Hawker Road: Hawker railway station
  • 1885 Hawker Dam

Tourism

Hawker Racing Club holds a once a year Thoroughbred horse racing meeting which includes the Hawker Cup in late May which attracts many people from around the area.

Climate

Hawker has a semi-arid climate with hot summers and cool winters. Rainfall is very sparse throughout the year, but more reliable in the winter months.

Climate data for Hawker
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 46.0
(114.8)
44.5
(112.1)
41.5
(106.7)
37.0
(98.6)
29.4
(84.9)
25.3
(77.5)
26.9
(80.4)
30.0
(86)
36.3
(97.3)
39.2
(102.6)
44.0
(111.2)
44.5
(112.1)
46.0
(114.8)
Average high °C (°F) 34.3
(93.7)
33.4
(92.1)
30.1
(86.2)
25.5
(77.9)
20.0
(68)
16.4
(61.5)
15.9
(60.6)
17.8
(64)
21.7
(71.1)
25.7
(78.3)
29.3
(84.7)
31.8
(89.2)
25.2
(77.4)
Average low °C (°F) 18.0
(64.4)
18.0
(64.4)
14.9
(58.8)
11.0
(51.8)
7.1
(44.8)
4.4
(39.9)
3.7
(38.7)
4.3
(39.7)
6.8
(44.2)
9.8
(49.6)
13.6
(56.5)
15.8
(60.4)
10.6
(51.1)
Record low °C (°F) 5.6
(42.1)
9.4
(48.9)
5.1
(41.2)
0.9
(33.6)
-2.7
(27.1)
-3.7
(25.3)
-4.7
(23.5)
-2.8
(27)
-3.0
(26.6)
-0.2
(31.6)
2.0
(35.6)
6.2
(43.2)
-4.7
(23.5)
Precipitation mm (inches) 19.9
(0.783)
21.0
(0.827)
16.7
(0.657)
19.4
(0.764)
30.6
(1.205)
38.2
(1.504)
33.9
(1.335)
31.7
(1.248)
27.6
(1.087)
24.6
(0.969)
23.0
(0.906)
22.0
(0.866)
308.6
(12.15)
Avg. precipitation days 2.7 2.7 2.6 3.4 5.5 7.2 7.8 7.2 5.6 5.1 4.0 3.6 57.4
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