Halls Creek

Purnululu National Park, Don Skirrow / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 1209

In the heart of the Kimberley region and on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, Halls Creek is the site of the first payable gold discovery in Western Australia. In 1885 Jack Slattery and Charlie Hall (after whom the town is named) discovered gold, thereby sparking a gold rush that brought over 15,000 people to the area. In 1917 a seriously injured stockman named James 'Jimmy' Darcy was taken into Halls Creek. With neither doctor nor hospital in the town, the local postmaster carried out an emergency operation using a penknife as instructions were telegraphed by morse code from Perth. The Perth doctor then set out on the ten-day journey to Halls Creek via cattle boat, model-T Ford, horse-drawn sulky and, finally, on foot, only to discover that the patient had died the day before his arrival. The event inspired Reverend John Flynn to establish the Royal Flying Doctor Service in 1928, a development that helped to encourage settlement throughout the outback.

Visitor Information

Hall St; (08) 9168 6262


Nearby national parks

  • Purnululu National Park

    Lying deep in the rugged east Kimberley region, Purnululu National Park protects one of the world’s natural wonders, the Bungle Bungle...more

  • Geikie Gorge National Park

    Set in the far north of the Kimberley, the focus of this national park is the spectacular 30-metre-deep Geikie Gorge, with its colourful...more

Nearby towns

  • Fitzroy Crossing

    Fitzroy Crossing is in the heart of the Kimberley region. As its name suggests, the original townsite was chosen as the best place to ford...more

In Town

Russian Jack Memorial: tribute to a prospector who pushed his sick friend in a wheelbarrow to Wyndham for medical help; Thomas St.

Trackers Hut: restored original hut of Aboriginal trackers; Robert St, behind police station.

Warlayirti Artists Art Centre: contemporary Indigenous art centre and gallery; Tanami Rd.


Wolfe Creek Crater National Park Wolfe Creek Crater is the second-largest meteorite crater in the world. Named after Robert Wolfe, a Halls Creek prospector, it is 870–950 m across and was probably formed by a meteorite weighing at least several thousand tonnes crashing to earth a million years ago. In Aboriginal legend, it is said to be the site of the emergence of a powerful rainbow serpent from the earth. Scenic flights afford magnificent views; contact visitor centre for details.148 km S. Read More

Purnululu National Park This World Heritage Area in the outback of the east Kimberley is home to the Bungle Bungle Range, a remarkable landscape of tiger-striped, beehive-shaped rock domes intersected by narrow, palm-lined gorges where pools reflect sunlight off sheer walls. A scenic flight is the best way to gain a perspective of the Bungle Bungles' massive size and spectacular scenery (details from visitor centre). The most visited site in Purnululu is Cathedral Gorge, a fairly easy walk. A couple of days and a backpack allow you to explore nearby Piccaninny Creek and Gorge, camping overnight. On the northern side of the park is Echidna Chasm, a narrow gorge totally different from those on the southern side. Purnululu is also rich in Aboriginal art, and there are many traditional burial sites within its boundaries. Purnululu is open to visitors (Apr–Dec) and is accessible by 4WD. There are few facilities and no accommodation; visitors must carry in all food and water and notify a ranger. 160 km E.

China Wall: white quartz formation said to resemble Great Wall of China; 6 km E.

Caroline's Pool: deep pool ideal for swimming (in wet season) and picnicking; 15 km E.

Old Halls Creek: remnants of original town including graveyard where James Darcy is buried; prospecting available; 16 km E.

Palm Springs: fishing, swimming and picnicking; 45 km E.

Sawpit Gorge: fishing, swimming, picnicking; 52 km E.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Indigenous tour - Mimbi Cave 222 km

An hour from Fitzroy Crossing you can take a three-hour guided tour with the traditional owners of Mimbi Cave. You will see fossils of ancient creatures and rock art on this recently developed tourism venture. Bookings... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Russian Jack’s Restaurant

The Halls Creek motel’s Russian Jack’s Restaurant serves hearty fare in the midst of the spectacular Kimberley region and the motel’s landscaped gardens. The bar is a great way to meet the locals, and... Find out more

Kimberley Hotel

www.kimberleyhotel.com.au The Kimberley Hotel has two options for hungry travellers. Gabi’s is an a la carte restaurant serving breakfast and dinner (seasonal trading hours). For something a little more casual,... Find out more

Campsites around town

Halls Creek Caravan Park

This caravan park offers visitors basic facilities near the site of the first gold rush in WA, back in 1855.... Find out more

Walardi camping area 102 km

Walardi makes a good base for exploring the amazing geological features of the area and gaining an appreciation of the ecological importance of the park. On-site water must be boiled before drinking, or bring drinking... Find out more

Wolfe Creek Crater camping area 106 km

This camping area has only minimal facilities in a barren and desolate landscape. Check the road conditions before heading here with a trailer or caravan, and bring a gas/fuel stove and drinking water. The national park... Find out more

Piccaninny Gorge camping area 111 km

If you are an experienced and self-sufficient camper, go camping along the Piccaninny Gorge walking trail; a 30 km return walk of moderate to difficult standard, where the deeper you go the more spectacular it gets.... Find out more

Kurrajong camping area 116 km

Explore the fascinating geological features by day, and relax under a canopy of millions of stars by night. Bring your own drinking water to this campsite, which is north of the visitor centre and 53 km east of the Great... Find out more

Nyarna–Lake Stretch camping area 161 km

Visitors will find a large, open area on the banks of a lagoon at this camping area, 2.4 km south-east of the route. Bring your own drinking water to camp under the shade of the trees by day and millions of stars by... Find out more

Mornington Wilderness Camp 183 km

Mornington Wilderness Camp is 95 km south-east of the Gibb River Rd. The turn-off is 53.7 km south-west of Mt Barnett Roadhouse and 25.5 km north-east of Imintji Roadhouse. The camping area is set in a wildlife... Find out more

Fitzroy River Lodge camping area 220 km

Fitzroy River Lodge camping area is on the Great Northern Hwy, 2.3 km east of Fitzroy Crossing. Visitors here will find a good range of facilities spread around shady, grassed sites on the bank of the Fitzroy River,... Find out more

Tarunda Caravan Park 222 km

Visitors to Fitzroy Crossing can explore the nearby national park at Geike Gorge or access the Fitzroy River for fishing and swimming. The small town on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert is between Derby and Halls Creek... Find out more

Well 50 (bush camping) 232 km

Camp in the shade at Well 50, 2 km south of the route. Find it 20.2 km south-west of Weriaddo Well and 26.2 km east of the 'Notice to Travellers' sign. GPS S:20 12.531 E:126 58.079... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Halls Creek Caravan Park

Just a short walk from the middle of town and close to the hotel, this park has a wellstocked shop, a nicely shaded lawn area for camping, a popular pool and a good amenities block. Pets are allowed but a bond is... Find out more

Warmun Roadhouse Caravan Park 146 km

This park is part of the roadhouse complex, very close to Purnululu National Park. Caravan storage is available for people visiting the Bungle Bungles and helicopter flights also operate from alongside the roadhouse. It... Find out more

Fitzroy River Lodge 220 km

The Fitzroy River Lodge is a quality accommodation complex that includes a comfortable caravan park. The park has very good amenities and a tennis court, and is a convenient overnight stop or base from which to explore... Find out more

Doon Doon Roadhouse Caravan Park 221 km

This is a new park adjoining the roadhouse and appears well laid out and competitively priced. The roadhouse sells a range of products including takeaway food. Only approved pets are allowed.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Best Western Halls Creek Motel

The rooms at the Best Western Halls Creek Motel are set within beautifully landscaped gardens. All 30 of the rooms have been recently upgraded, and some include family facilities and spas. The motel is ideally situated... Find out more

Kimberley Hotel

Retaining the colonial character of Halls Creek’s gold-rush heyday, the Kimberley Hotel is one of the largest motels in the Kimberley. The spacious rooms are surrounded by green lawns and the hotel is a short walk... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Mornington Wilderness Camp - Central Kimberley 183 km

All proceeds from this comfortable camp go to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. The site is primarily solar-powered and on a 3000-square kilometre private wildlife sanctuary that includes some of the best remaining... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Little Panton River rest area 42 km

47km N of Halls Creek (R) or 117km S of Warmun (L)

Just off the highway on an old road.

Ord River rest area 87 km

101km N of Halls Creek (R) or 63km S of Warmun (L)

Just off the highway via an old road.

Spring Creek rest area 94 km

108km N of Halls Creek (L) or 56km S of Warmun (R)

Under shady trees on the banks of the creek.

Mary Pool rest area 101 km

181km SE of Fitzroy Crossing (R) or 108km SW of Halls Creek (L)

Secluded area well off the highway on the banks of the Mary River.

Muluks rest area 106 km

122km N of Halls Creek (R) or 42km S of Warmun (L)

Surrounded by scrub at Fletchers Creek.

What's on around town

Rodeo: July. 

Nguyuru Warringarrem Halls Creek Music Festival: Sept.

Picnic Races: Oct.

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