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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  • Would have to be the worst road in Australia to get to this place. The camping area is less than average.  more »
  • To begin with - neither of the wolfe creek movies had anything to do with this area at all. Wolfe Creek Crater is a must see for anyone passing this way ( I Live in Halls Creek ) The crater has its ow...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Known as Wolfe Creek Crater, this imposing feature is located 168km from Halls Creek in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. It can be reached after a two to three-hour drive down the Tanami Road, only accessible to conventional vehicles during the dry season. There's camp nearby, and some great walks to be had around the crater.
  • It was worth the long drive to visit this beauty. It’s the second biggest meteorite crater in the world!!! Once there, we didn’t stay long as all you can do is look but we’ll all remember the massive hole in the desert forever!
  • The crater in the middle of the desert is an amazing site and well worth seeing. The facilities are basic, just a long drop toilet and obviously not a lot of shade. It is a short walk up the rim of the crater and hiking in and around is good but you need to be well prepared. The road in is terrible and not a great idea to tow anything in. It is not really 4WD, just endless corrugations the size of the grand canyon. The night sky is spectacular.
  • Run like the wind when you see the blue truck
  • 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!

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