In the heart of the Kimberley region of Western Australia, on the northern edge of the Great Sandy and Tanami Deserts lies Halls Creek. This vast outback wilderness covers almost 143,000 square kilometres of primarily desert and pastoral country. Halls Creek has a rich Aboriginal and European history and culture and is the site of WA’s first gold discovery in 1885.
From Halls Creek, you can tour some of the most spectacular natural formations. Take a flight over the World Heritage-listed Bungle Bungle Range, its striking orange and black striped rock towers rising above the green forest. The limestone and quartz ‘China Wall’ resembles a miniature ‘Great Wall of China’ and Wolfe Creek Crater, formed by a meteorite 300,000 years ago.
Australia's Top End and the Kimberley await with adventures to be had, dreamtime culture to enlighten and glorious nature to explore. Marvel at the termite mounds of Litchfield National Park, see Rock Art and cruise the Yellow Water wetlands in Kakadu, discover Katherine Gorge and the Ord River, soar above the Bungle Bungles, see the Derby Boab Tree for yourself, then finish with a camel ride on stunning Cable Beach.
Ivan Fredericks, A.K.A. ‘Russian Jack’ was a pioneering hero. In 1885, while working in the goldmines, he wheeled his sick friend a long distance through the Great Sandy Desert to receive medical treatment. His statue represents the spirit of mateship and heroism and is located at the Halls Creek Shire Office.
Another statue recognises Djaru elder, Jack Jugarie. Prior to 1964 when Aboriginal people had no voting rights, Jugarie was active in giving his people a voice. His fame rose when, aged 70, he participated in ‘The Human Race,’ a documentary following three men as they trekked 350 km through the harsh desert. Jugarie navigated by the stars, using his knowledge to find food and water. His statue stands in the Town Park.
Halls Creek is popular with tourists as the closest town to the awe-inspiring beehive-shaped rocks of the Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park. These 350-million-year-old formations are best viewed from the air with flights available from Halls Creek. You can also take a scenic flight over the incredible Wolfe Creek Crater. At 880 metres wide, it’s the second-largest meteorite crater in the world and was created approximately 300,000 years ago.
Take a trip to Halls Creek and fly over the amazing Bungle Bungles on a Western Australian adventure.
Explorer, Charles Hall, started the first gold rush in 1885 when he and his party discovered a sizable amount of alluvial gold along the nearby creek, which came to be known as "Halls Creek" in his honor. The discovery sparked a gold rush, leading to the establishment of a town in the region. The town of Halls Creek played a vital role in the early development of the Kimberley region and became a hub for miners and settlers seeking their fortune.
Keen prospectors are still discovering gold in the area, but the mining of other minerals today is on a larger scale and contributes to Hall Creek’s development. The ruins of Old Halls Creek are east of the current town.
Halls Creek experiences a tropical savannah climate characterised by distinct wet and dry seasons. During the dry season (April to September), average day temperatures range from 26°C to 33°C with minimal rainfall. The wet season brings higher humidity, occasional thunderstorms, and hot temperatures, with some days exceeding 40°C.
Halls Creek is connected to the Great Northern Highway, which runs from Perth in the south to Kununurra in the north. If you're coming from Perth, the drive is approximately 2,600 kilometres and takes around 27-30 hours. You can also catch a domestic flight into Halls Creek Airport (HCQ).
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