Halls Creek is on Great Northern Highway (6)
The Canning Stock route is considered one of the world’s great four-wheel drive adventures. It runs from Halls Creek in the north to Wiluna in the south a distance of 1,850 kilometres. The route is not maintained and is only practical during the cooler months of the year. Take plenty of water as some water wells are in ruins and unusable. The trip requires substantial planning and a convoy of well-equipped 4WD or equivalent vehicles is mandatory. Fuel drops need to be organised in advance and you should allow two to three weeks to complete the journey.
To start this amazing journey turn off the Great Northern Highway, 17 kilometres west of Halls Creek and 273 kilometres east of Fitzroy Crossing, onto Tanami Road.
This is a permanent waterhole on the Black Elvire River. You can picnic, swim and bush walking amongst shady trees and wide sandy creek banks. Swimming is best following rains when the water level is high. Older residents fondly remember Caroline Pool as the place where families would go on the weekend to swim and play sport on the river sand. It was also an important water source in the days of the early gold rush.
Turn south off the Great Northern Highway in the centre of Halls Creek onto the Duncan Highway. Travel 13 kilometres then turn left where it is signposted to the pool which is another 2 kilometres from the turnoff. There is a small car parking area near the pool.
This is a strange limestone formation which rises from a creek and up over a small hill. It is a natural formation of white quartz protruding up to 6 metres from the surrounding surface and with a bit of imagination it does look like a small version of the famous Great Wall of China. This quartz substance is hard and remains resistant to weathering. The China Wall is on private property so PLEASE shut the gate when entering and exiting the area.
Turn south off the Great Northern Highway in the centre of Halls Creek onto the Duncan Highway. Travel 5.5 kilometres then turn left where it is signposted. The wall is 1.5 kilometres from the turnoff.
Old Halls Creek is now a picturesque but deserted place where ruins of several old mud brick buildings remain to remind visitors that this was once a lively town with a population of over three thousand and the site of Western Australia's first main gold rush in 1885. The township of Halls Creek was relocated in 1955 to its present site, to less rugged terrain and adjacent to the then newly constructed Great Northern Highway and the old site was left to deteriorate and decay. Visit the remnants of the old mud Post Office and the pioneer cemetery containing the graves of many Kimberley pioneering families.
Turn south off the Great Northern Highway in the centre of Halls Creek onto the Duncan Highway. Travel 6 kilometres and Old Halls Creek is on the right.
This is a spring fed pool complete with palm trees and an abundance of wildlife especially birds. Turn south off the Great Northern Highway in the centre of Halls Creek onto the Duncan Highway. Travel 39 kilometres and you will come to the spot where the river crosses the Duncan Highway. A short walk to the northeast of this crossing takes you to the spring-fed pool. Swimming is not allow here because of the presence of crocodiles.
Within this National Park is the Bungle Bungle Ranges which rise as high as 578 metres above sea level. They are well known for their sandstone domes and their unusual and visually striking appearance of alternating orange and grey strips. Other features of the park is Cathedral Gorge with its huge natural amphitheatre and Echidna Chasm which is a gap between the boulders that is less than 1 metre wide, with walls so tall that it's nearly completely dark at the bottom. There are several walking trails too such as the Domes Walk and the Picaninny Creek Walk. For more information on these amazing landmarks call into the Purnululu National Park Visitor Information Centre. National Park passes are mandatory and can be picked up at the Information Centre.
To get to the Purnululu National Park Information Centre, turn east off the Great Northern Highway, 108 kilometres north of Halls Creek and 52 kilometres south of Turkey Creek (Warmun) where it is signposted to Purnululu National Park. Travel approximately 53 kilometres on this unsealed road to the Information Centre. This road can only be accessed in the dry season (1 April to 31 December), and only by 4WD vehicles. It is notorious for flat tyres, broken springs, bent chassis and other lesser mechanic problems. Access by air is a better option with helicopter flights available from both Turkey Creek (Warmun) and Kununurra.
This memorial statue is a tribute to gold miner Ivan Fredericks (known locally as Russian Jack), a famous figure of the 1885 gold rush whose real name was Ivan Fredericks, and his compassion for a fellow digger. In 1885, while working in the Halls Creek goldmines, he pushed his sick friend in a wheelbarrow 300 kilimetres through the Great Sandy Desert to Wyndham, the nearest town with medical help. In spite of his noble deeds he never struck it rich. He was 40 when he died in Fremantle, a victim of a hard life and hard drinking his last years spent in prison and a shelter for the homeless.
Located in Memorial Park which is in the centre of town, adjacent to the Information Centre and the Halls Creek Shire Council Office.
This gorge is located on the Black Elvire River and the tranquil waters of the river is surrounded by towering rock walls on one side and sandy shaded banks on the other side. It was formed when the river forced its way through the rocky ridge. It is a popular swimming and fishing spot but be aware that fresh water crocodiles have been seen here.
Turn south off the Great Northern Highway in the centre of Halls Creek onto the Duncan Highway. Travel 40 kilometres then turn left onto Sawtooth Gorge Road (signposted to Sawpit Gorge), 1 kilometre past the Palm Springs crossing. Follow this winding dirt road for approximately 3 kilometres to the river and not suitable for caravans.
This crater lies on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. It is a spectacular and well-preserved landform that displays clearly all the classic features of a large meteorite impact crater. It measures approximately 875 metres in diameter, 60 metres from the rim to the crater floor and it is estimated that the meteorite that formed it had a mass of about 50,000 tonnes.
To view this crater, turn off the Great Northern Highway, 17 kilometres west of Halls Creek and 273 kilometres east of Fitzroy Crossing, onto Tanami Road. Travel 106 kilometres along this unforgiving road, then turn left onto Wolf Creek Crater Road. It is signposted to the crater. Travel approximately another 25 kilometres to the crater.