Cradock: The Legend Grows

The South Australian village of Cradock (near Hawker in the Flinders Ranges) never fails to leave a lasting impression on those who visit. For example, Issue #23 of the Bobby Dazzler Newsletter back in March 2007 was devoted to an article about Cradock ( ), and recounts a little of the early history of the hotel there, and how yours truly’s first visit there certainly left a lasting impression, but mainly along the lines of why I wouldn’t go there again.

But then it was dramatically improved by new owners, and in due course the Cradock Hotel was featured in Vogue Entertaining and Travel magazine. It became a much anticipated feature of Bobby Dazzler trips. Present owners Peter and Sheree Holden continue to provide a very warm and friendly welcome.

The Cradock Hotel has featured prominently in the annals of Bobby Dazzler ever since that first visit. See Newsletter #51 (  about the Cradock Wildlife Reserve. In this blog, you can read a post from June 2013 called “Outback Pub #2: Cradock”  (, and another from December 2013 called “Big News from Cradock”  about the remarkable Big Hat ( By the way, in case you didn’t know, you can find the posts for any month in the past by clicking on that month in the Archives over in the right-hand column.

As you might imagine, things don’t stand still for long in Cradock. As anyone who has been to the Australian Outback knows, there are many creatures out there just waiting to pounce on the unwary tourist and inflict awful injuries. (It’s been more by good luck than by good management that we’ve never actually lost anyone on a Bobby Dazzler trip.)  Now an official sign has been erected in Cradock to warn people about the risk of attack by crocodiles. This is why we never camp in Cradock. It’s much safer (and more comfortable) to stay at the hotel. We understand that since the sign was erected, most people who were planning to camp in Cradock have opted to stay at the hotel instead.

So why not pay a visit to Cradock? Tell ’em Bobby Dazzler sent you. But don’t camp. Stay at the hotel.


PS: As if climate change sceptics are not bad enough, now it seems we have crocodile sceptics! I’m adding this little picture to this post to show you a photo of a crocodile nest, which as you can see, is not far from Cradock. Sorry about the poor photo quality, but as you would understand, you don’t stop to adjust your camera when you’re standing near a crocodile nest.

crocodile nest


About dazzlerplus

Writing about the things that interest me helps me to discover what I think. One of my loves is the Australian Outback, and I travel out there often, and when possible take friends with me.
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7 Responses to Cradock: The Legend Grows

  1. roobark says:

    Crocs in Cradok? Hope they are on the menu but they might be a bit tough after walking all that way.

  2. Seems might far inland for a crocodile. But then, you did use the word “legend” in the title. 🙂

    • dazzlerplus says:

      Oh, ye (roobark and the waltzing one) of little faith! The website contains this paraqraph:

      “The name saltwater crocodile is misleading. Salties can live in the brackish waters along the coastlines but are just as happy in freshwater rivers, swamps and billabongs many hundred kilometres inland.”

      The Wikipedia article on the freshwater croc tells us: In May 2013, a freshwater crocodile was seen in a river near the desert town of Birdsville.

      Having been invited to the flamingo races in Cradock a few years ago, I’m prepared to believe that almost anything can happen there. (I was unfortunately unable to attend, so don’t have any photos, but would you doubt the word of a Cradockian?.)

  3. Sue Emeleus says:

    It’s always good to read about a place I’ve been to. Thank you for all the blogs. Love from Sue

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