News and Events

Scholarship Success

We were delighted to receive advice from friends of Parks Board that our application for a scholarship was successful. A cheque for $2,500 will be presented to a staff member from Hawker Area School at the Annual General Meeting of Friends of Parks Inc. in May.

Beginning in Term 2 the school will include all students in a conservation program within Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. Elements of the program will extend across most subjects in each year level. Students will have learning opportunities in a wide range of conservation, education, and personal development practices. Park staff and members of the Friends group will advise and guide students through some activities within the program.

We are most grateful to the Friends of Parks Board for providing the opportunity to support the Hawker Area School and the wider school community in this special way.


Vale Peter Venhoek

With sadness we record the passing of veteran member Peter Venhoek on Friday April 7. Peter enjoyed a long association with the Flinders Ranges and with the Friends Group. He will be fondly remembered for his happy disposition, his unique sense of humour, and his obsession with photographing the beauty of the ranges he so dearly loved.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Peter’s wife Margo at this sad time.


In recent years the Friends group has published booklets for visitors to the Flinders Ranges that provide information on driving and walking tours, particularly to selected location within the National Park. Later this year we will launch a visitor app to compliment these publications. Details will be posted on this site and elsewhere when the app is available for free download.