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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  • Have tried a few times over the last 16 years to get here. was not disappointing. Good information and nice walk. Though it is along way "just" for this, the experience in the surrounds is amazing. we...  read more »
  • To achieve this we must travel about 150 km of the tanami road once opened 3 gates, you access the parking and camping of the crater. A distance of approximately 600 metres leads to the ridge from where you can enjoy an extraordinary view on the vast Australian outback. You can stay for free in the camping, there is no water or power but only one toilet and an incredible starry sky
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  • Eleven years ago when I was first in Australia, a great little Aussie horror film came out called Wolf Creek and it was creepy and made my date cry (probably not a good first date movie but oh well li...  read more »
  • 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.
  • I spend 2 nights there .. saw a man staring at us .. in a wierd manner.. could it be mick taylor??
  • Good camping and hiking. Was pretty windy and hot. Make sure you are 100% camp self contained with food, water etc. Magnificent desert scenery.
  • Met a good chap named Mick Taylor out there who helped us when our car broke down at the crater.