- Off the beaten track
Halls Creek is a small town of around 1200 inhabitants, in the heart of the desert, in the North West of Australia. It houses an important aborigine community.
The only inhabited place for many hundreds of kilometres in all directions, Halls Creek seems to play the role of the desert metropolis for people in transit, tourists and aborigines from the surrounding area. It's here that you can stop after hours of disorientating driving through the heart of desert scenery, that you can get something to eat, fill up with petrol, stop over at the town pub or at the motel.
Even though the town of Halls Creek doesn't offer anything that interesting like any other stopping town in the direction of Broome, I do particularly remember the two geological marvels close to the place.
First of all is what the locals call the "China Wall", a rocky step formation, which can resemble, with a little bit of imagination, the great Chinese construction. Then, there's the impressive meteorite impact crater, Wolfe Creek Crater, which although situated 150km south of the town, is like a stone's throw away due to the scale of the region!
105 km to the south of the town, the Wolfe Creek meteorite crater gave its name to the Wolfe Creek Crater National Park. The crater's diameter is 875 metres and it has a depth of 60 metres. It was formed around 300,000 years ago by a meteorite weighing about 50,000 tonnes. I don't really recommend watching 'Wolf Creek', a bad horror film released in 2005, before you go. That is to say, the inspiration that Australians take from this place...
Near the border between the Northern Territory and Western Australia, the Duncan Road turns off towards Victoria Highway. This non-tarmacked road goes through the pretty, rolling and hilly landscapes of Lake Argyle before it rejoins the motorway at Halls Creek. The road crosses rivers and streams which are lovely spots for a swim, while the area boasts some natural swimming pools and beautiful gorges. I found the region to be lovely for camping and walking.