Halls Creek sits on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, which is the closest town to the World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park – home of the curious beehive domes of the Bungle Bungle Range. It’s also where the second largest meteorite crater in the world is located – Wolfe Creek.
Heading south from Kununurra on the Great Northern Highway, you’ll hit this old gold rush town within three and three-quarter hours. Or travelling east from Broome, the journey will take you just under seven and a half hours.
Flying scenic tours of Wolfe Creek Crater and Purnululu National Park are available from the town, revealing one of the world’s best kept secrets, the 350 million year old Bungle Bungle Range, and the 880 metre wide hole created when some 50,000 tonnes of rock smashed into the ground less than 300,000 years ago.
Just east of Halls Creek lie the ruins of the first town site, marking the spot where the first gold rush hit Western Australia, following the discovery of gold in 1885. Locals refer to it as Old Halls Creek (Old Town). A touching tribute to one of the early pioneers stands cast in bronze in Halls Creek Town Park – it depicts local legend Russian Jack who pushed his sick friend over 300 miles in a wheelbarrow to Halls Creek to seek medical attention.
Gold prospectors are still making finds in this area today, although the exploration and mining of other minerals is operating on a much larger scale, which has contributed to the town’s growth and development.
Take a rest-stop at one of the two roadhouses or make Halls Creek your base and book a night or two at the hotel, motel or caravan park.