One of Australia's most remarkable outback landscapes, massive Wolfe Creek Crater National Park, lies on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert in the East Kimberley. Wolfe Creek Crater is the second largest crater in the world, measuring 880 metres across and to a depth about 60 metres below the rim. Go bushwalking and see the crater from the rim - you'll feel dwarfed by its size. There's also an information shelter where you can learn about the landform. The Aboriginal Dreamtime story tells of two rainbow snakes crossing the desert and creating Sturt and Wolfe Creeks by emerging from the ground. For a true taste of the wilderness there's a camp ground with basic facilities. Wolfe Creek Crater National Park is about a two to three hour drive from Halls Creek via the Tanami Road which accessible by conventional vehicles.
The Canning Stock Route was originally created by Albert Canning in 1908 for Kimberley cattlemen to take their stock to the southern markets. Covering some 51 wells and stretching 2,013 kilometres from Halls Creek to Wiluna, the Canning Stock Route now forms one of the most remote and challenging four wheel drive tracks in the world. Those wishing to tackle the route should be extremely well prepared before setting out. Outback travel experience is required in conjunction with a very reliable and capable vehicle that has been specifically prepared for remote, long distance desert travel. Your vehicle will need to be extensively prepared for remote area travel, with all fuel, water, food, vehicle repair equipment and spare parts. The route can be traversed either way from June to September, but access is totally weather dependant. All vehicles, whether private or in commercial tours, are required to hold permits for travelling on the Canning Stock Route. Travellers should note that even with a permit, access is restricted to several sites, some located within the Canning Stock Route reserve. Permits are available through the Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation and the Australian National Four Wheel Drive Council (ANFWDC).
The Russian Jack Memorial is a popular tourist attraction in Halls Creek, which captivates visitors with a story of camaraderie and selfless bravery. Photograph the charming statue depicting a man carrying his friend in a wheelbarrow, which stands outside the town's shire office. Discover the legendary story of the gold miner who pushed a gravely ill fellow miner 300 kilometres in his wheelbarrow. His determination to get him to the nearest medical facility in Wyndham made him a hero amongst his fellow miners during the 1885 gold rush. This momentous feat demonstrates the endurance levels the pioneers of the region had. Halls Creek is a four hour drive south of Kununurra which offers direct flights to and from Perth. Halls Creek is surrounded by stunning countryside including one of the most photographed national parks in Australia, Purnululu National Park, home of the Bungle Bungles.
The moderate four kilometre return Cathedral Gorge walk trail is located in Cathedral Gorge, an astonishing geological formation with amazing acoustics, located within the ranges of Purnululu National Park or the Bungle Bungle Ranges. The Top Trail features unusual bee hive striped formations and deep gorges, making it one of the most fascinating geological landmarks and one of two World Heritage sites in Western Australia. To enter the Bungles requires a two to three hour, 52 kilometres, four wheel drive journey or a flight in by helicopter or small plane. The Bungles are a hub of walks including Mini Palms, Echidna Chasm, Piccaninny Creek and Cathedral Gorge (including Beehives walk). From Piccaninny car park, the walk winds its way through the iconic bee hives, heading down between two walls of rock before opening up into Cathedral Gorge. Water pounding through here in the wet season has created a huge amphitheatre of red rock with a pool of water in the middle (bring a wide angle lens for your camera). The acoustics are so good that music has been played within the gorge. On the return journey to the car park be sure to take the alternative route through the beehives.
The China Wall is a natural white stone wall which looks just like a miniature 'Great Wall of China'. It is located just outside of the town of Halls Creek, and is a great stop off for a picnic lunch. Enjoy a swim in the shady stream below before exploring this interesting limestone formation, which features a vein of white quartz. The wall rises from the creek up over the hill, and you can see it in the distance as it winds its way over the rugged landscape for fifteen kilometres. It has a beautiful outlook and certainly makes an interesting photograph. Halls Creek is a seven hour drive from Broome. Old Halls Creek is a 15 minute drive from the new township. Camping is available at Old Halls Creek, and it is a popular overnight stop midway between Derby and Kununurra
One of the most popular places in the Kimberley town of Halls Creek to go swimming is Palm Springs, a short drive away. Palm Springs is an outback oasis of palm trees, abundant wildlife surrounding a fresh water spring. Once used as a water supply by cattle drovers, these days it's where the locals go to relax. Pack a picnic and enjoy the peaceful tranquillity. Palm Springs is about a 40 minute drive from Halls Creek. You can get to Halls Creek by travelling along the Great Northern Highway between Broome and Kununurra.
Old Halls Creek is a picturesque deserted township where the ruins of several old mud brick buildings remain as testament to what was once a booming town, with a population of over 3,000 people. Check out the fascinating ruins of the old Post Office and wander through the old cemetery. Enjoy a picnic and a swim at Black Elvire River and soak up the tranquil surrounds. Try your hand at prospecting for gold in what was the site of Western Australia's first main gold rush in 1885. Local prospectors still find gold there today. In 1955, the Halls Creek town site relocated 15 kilometres to the northwest, to less rugged terrain and adjacent to the then newly constructed Great Northern Highway. There is a small caravan park in the old township which offers basic accommodation. Halls Creek is a seven hour drive east of Broome or four hours from Kununurra. The drive from Halls Creek out to Old Halls Creek is an enjoyable journey with some lovely scenery along the way. There are a number of creek crossings where care should be taken.
Caroline Pool is a picturesque natural waterhole amidst a tranquil setting which is great for a refreshing swim. Take advantage of the pleasant surroundings to enjoy a swim in the cool clear waters and enjoy a picnic on the shore. Situated a five minute drive from Old Halls Creek, the pool was the town's main recreational site up until the town site moved to its current location in the 1950s. Many Halls Creek locals still frequent the swimming spot. Located on the Black Elvire River ten minutes drive from Halls Creek, Caroline Pool is an ideal location during the wet season and early into the dry season to relax and take a break on the long drive from Broome to Kununurra. Later in the dry season the pool can dry up. Halls Creek is a four hour drive south of Kununurra. Kununurra is a three hour flight north of Perth.
Sawpit Gorge is a picturesque waterhole ideal for swimming amidst the lovely natural surrounds near Halls Creek in the Kimberley region. Float in the peaceful waters and enjoy the backdrop of tall native trees and the striking rocky outcrop climbing out of the pool. The gorge has been formed by the Black Elvire River carving a ridge through the land and creating several deep pools. Sawpit Gorge, also known as Sawtooth Gorge, sits just off the Duncan Road, which is one of the most scenic roads in the Kimberley region. A four wheel drive is recommended for the drive. Sawpit Gorge is a half hour drive south of Halls Creek, and four and a half hours drive south of Kununurra. Kununurra is well serviced with direct flights to and from Perth, taking just three hours each way.