Hawkesdale is a small country town of about 200 people situated approximately 45kms north of both Warrnambool & Port Fairy along the C178 Highway, the main tourist route between the Great Ocean Road and The Grampians. The community is fiercely independent, cohesive, hard working and community minded.

The township has within its boundaries areas of land, which in the initial days were designated 'common areas' for use by the towns people. The most prominent now known as 'Apex Park' was named "The Common". Apex Park now contains a large remnant of Woolly Tea-Tree swamp scrub that is unique to our area. This area has remnant wetland species as well, which are no longer found on surrounding properties. The Nardoo Creek runs through it which is tributary of the Moyne River.


Welcome to Hawkesdale

You will love the local landmark, “the funkiest toilet in the South West” with fabulous murals designed and painted by the young people of the Hawkesdale area.

Try the outdoor pool, open in the summer months or stroll along the historic walking trail which begins at Apex Park - a great picnic spot. Hawkesdale is an ideal rest stop on your journey north to the Grampians region.

Things to see & do

Hawkesdale is a very attractive small town and has excellent recreational facilities. 

These include:

  • 150 year old Hotel
  • Historic Culvert
  • Apex Park
  • Swimming Pool
  • Football Oval / Netball Courts
  • Picnic and playground areas
  • Tennis Courts
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Services Available

  • Hotel
  • Post Office
  • P-12 College
  • Churches
  • Historical society