Wolfe Creek Crater
Nestled in the heart of the Kimberley, Wolfe Creek Crater came to the attention of the nation in 1947, and soon after to the world, thanks largely to its vast and breathtaking meteorite crater. This astrological landmark has gained international recognition for being one of the most well-preserved impact zones ever found. Today, Wolfe Creek crater is the primary focus of Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater National Park.
The crater itself was once more than 120 metres deep, but over time, wind-blown sand has slowly filled in the bottom layer. Nowadays, it is still 50 metres below the rim’s surface, which provides spectacular views of the 850-metre wide crater. While at the site, bushwalking and photography are the two main activities for tourists. There is desert wild-life lurking throughout the crater too, including the loud yet beautiful Major Mitchell cockatoos.
This fascinating landmark is located some 145kms to the southeast of Halls Creek, a small town on the eastern edges of the Kimberley. Access is most commonly made by car, along Tanami Road. This route is mostly gravel and dirt, and can be extremely corrugated in places. Therefore, using a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended, and driving with caution is always advised. Even though there are toilet facilities at the national park, there is no source of water. Therefore, motorists must prepare enough for the duration of the journey.
Exploring Wolfe Creek Australia on foot is a great way to see the crater up close. There is a walking route from the rim to the heart of the meteorite crater, although this can be steep and rocky in places. For a more relaxed experience, visitors can always choose to see the site via a scenic air flight from Halls Creek. A bird’s eye view of this phenomenon cannot be beaten.