Wolfe Creek Crater National Park, Halls Creek

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Wolfe Creek Crater is a well-preserved meteorite impact crater (astrobleme) in Western Australia.DescriptionIt is accessed via the Tanami Road 150km south of the town of Halls Creek. The crater is central to the Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater National Park.The crater averages about 875 metres in diameter, 60 metres from rim to present crater floor and it is estimated that the meteorite that formed it had a mass of about 50,000 tonnes, while the age is estimated to be less than 300,000 years (Pleistocene). Small numbers of iron meteorites have been found in the vicinity of the crater, as well as larger so-called 'shale-balls', rounded objects made of iron oxide, some weighing as much as 250 kg.It was brought to the attention of scientists after being spotted during an aerial survey in 1947, investigated on the ground two months later, and reported in publication in 1949. The European name for the crater comes from a nearby creek, which was in turn named after Robert Wolfe (early reports misspell the name as Wolf Creek), a prospector and storekeeper during the gold rush that established the town of Halls Creek.Aboriginal significanceThe local Djaru (Jaru) Aboriginal people refer to the crater as Kandimalal. There are multiple Dreaming stories about the formation of the crater. One such story describes the crater's round shape being formed by the passage of a rainbow snake out of the earth, while another snake formed the nearby Sturt Creek. Another story, as told by an Elder, is that one day the crescent moon and the evening star passed very close to each other. The evening star became so hot that it fell to the ground, causing an enormous explosion and flash, followed by a dust cloud. This frightened the people and a long time passed before they ventured near the crater to see what had happened. When they finally went there, they realised that this was the site where the evening star had fallen to the Earth. The Djaru people named the place "Kandimalal" and it is prominent in art from the region.
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  • August 10, 2017
    To be honest I'd never heard of this place until the horror movie was released and since then I've had it on my bucket list. A bit of a grind to get to it along the Tanami from Halls Creek then turned...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Quiet camp site, with drop toilets. Easy walk up to the Crater, and what an awesome view from the top. Clear skies so you can see every star. Information bay us very informative. Make sure you close t...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    We travelled to Wolfe Creek from Halls Creek, it took us 2 hours averaging 80-90 km all the way in a 4wd. The Tanami was in fairly good condition. The road was a bit rougher once you got into the Nati...  more »
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  • It's the place where a big chunk of rock ran into the ground really really fast! We camped over night. BYO everything, there are long drop toilets available that are maintained but they're still long drop toilets. Well worth the drive!
  • Stunning. Peaceful. Lovely place
  • The soil and rocks inside the crater differ from those outside it. The ground is more porous and the rim offers much more shade then is typical in the desert, allowing for something of a small oasis. Should you not feel up for the long trip out to the crater and the desert hiking that exploring the crater would provide, you can also view the crater from the air on a scenic flight out of Halls Creek.
  • Mick Taylor's a real good bloke. Great camping experience. Would certainly visit again.
  • One of my favourite places on Earth

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