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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia. https://www.facebook.com/paula.mcmanus1
Published July 18th 2020
A hidden treasure in Hawker
Jeff Morgan's panorama gallery in Hawker is an amazing place that you should rate highly on the things to do while in the Flinders Ranges. It really has to be seen to be believed.

Jeff Morgan Gallery Hawker
Jeff Morgan OAM (İpaula mcmanus)


We wandered in after knowing a little of what to expect after reading recommendations, but we were truly blown away by the experience. The gallery and all within is world-class.

Inside this huge building is a series of galleries, all filled with Jeff's incredible paintings including two stunning panoramas - one of Wilpena Pound and the other of Arkaroola. They are not just panoramas but huge canvases.

The centrepiece of the gallery is the 360-degree panorama of Wilpena Pound, as viewed from St Mary Peak/Ngarri Mudlanha. It's a circular painting that allows you the viewer to be in the scene.

Jeff Morgan Gallery Hawker
Jeff Morgan Gallery, Hawker (İpaula mcmanus)


For hikers, the climb to the summit at 1171 metres is a challenging one. The peak is also central to the Adnyamathanha creation story and visitors are asked to refrain from climbing beyond Tanderra Saddle. By visiting Jeff's gallery, you can get the same rewarding panoramic views - all you need to do is climb 14 steps to the viewing platform. The views are realistic and the detail in the painting is amazing. There are signs and compass points to guide you to landmarks. You'll become totally immersed in the view, especially with the special background music by Bruce Emsley. This one painting took 4000 hours to complete.

We spent an hour or so exploring the rooms. We sat and relaxed and enjoyed the vistas before us. There's a lot to see and everything is on a grand scale.

Jeff Morgan Gallery Hawker
Jeff Morgan Gallery, Hawker (İpaula mcmanus)


The paintings you'll see are:

Circular paintings
Wilpena Panorama - 30 metres long, 3 metres high.
Arkaroola Waterhole - 46 metres long, 5.5 metres high.

Straight paintings:
Sillers Lookout - 8.5 metres wide, 3 metres high.
Coopers Creek - 6 metres wide, 3 metres high
Ron's Creek - 15 metres wide, 4 metres high

The artworks are quite exceptional as is the enormous collection of minerals, semi-precious stones, gems and fossils. There's room after room of incredible things to look at. A visit to Jeff's gallery is an exploration of the Flinders Ranges. You'll be amazed!

Jeff Morgan Gallery Hawker
Jeff Morgan Gallery, Hawker (İpaula mcmanus)


We didn't feel rushed as we moved through the building. There are chairs and complimentary tea and coffee for those who are browsing. There's even little quizzes to spot specific flora and fauna in the artworks. Can you find everything?

In 2020, Jeff was awarded an OAM in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his service to visual arts and the community.

After viewing the gallery, spend a while looking at all the prints and gifts in the shop. There's definitely something there for everyone.

The Jeff Morgan Gallery is located in the South Australian outback town of Hawker, 400 Km from Adelaide. The gallery is open 6 days a week from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. Closed on Sundays.

Jeff Morgan Gallery Hawker
Jeff Morgan Gallery, Hawker (İpaula mcmanus)
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Why? Jeff Morgan's panorama gallery in Hawker is an amazing place that you should rate highly on the things to do while in the Flinders Ranges. It really has to be seen to be believed.
When: Open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. Closed on Sundays
Phone: 8648 4071
Where: Hawker, Flinders Ranges
Cost: General Admission $10
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