The outback township has two caravan parks, one in the centre of town and the old lodge located approximately 16km along Duncan Rd at the old town site.
Halls Creek is rich in gold history, the first gold in Western Australia being discovered here in 1885. Gold fossicking is common in the area and there is much to explore along Duncan Road where gold was originally struck.
The first point of interest 6km along the scenic Duncan Road is the China Wall. This long narrow vein of quartz protruding vertically from the surrounding landscape is quite unusual. The rock wall is right near the car park and no camping is permitted here.
A further 8km down the track finds Caroline Pool, a free 24 hour camping spot overlooking a rugged red rock face and water holes ideal for swimming in after the wet season rains has filled them.
Old Halls Creek town site is another 2km along. There isn’t much left of it but there are still street signs, commemorative plaques and the old mud slab post office constructed from spinifex and ant bed mix. The Old Lodge out here is a good base camp for keen gold fossickers wanting to explore the area.
Palm Springs is 24km on and the drive through the Albert Edward Range is very scenic. The palm fringed spring provides a picturesque setting for picnicking or taking advantage of the free 24 hour camping permitted.
Saw Pit Gorge is a further 4km and features a freshwater swimming hole bordered by towering rock walls. Free 24 hour camping is also permitted here.
Duncan Road is unsealed and corrugated with loose surfaces. All of the aforementioned attractions are within 43km of town and it makes a great day out exploring if you have the time to do so. Note there are no facilities on this drive and dogs are permitted.
Wolfe Creek is located 152km south of town along the Tanami Road. This impressive meteorite crater is the second largest in the world and amongst some of the most unique landforms. The short walk up the rim on a moderately steep gradient provides awe inspiring views into the crater.
Purnululu National Park is located 160km from the township via the Great Northern Highway and open to high clearance four wheel drives and off road campers only due to the rugged corrugated track. The impressive sandstone beehive-like domes of the Bungle Bungles are a natural wonder of Australia and World Heritage listed. These stripy orange and black sandstone towers rising over 250 metres in height have formed over millions of years and are truly spectacular.
There is plenty to explore around Halls Creek and the surrounding area. If you do make the journey to this part of the Kimberley take the time to look around and enjoy the outback.
Note takeaway alcohol is not available here due to government restrictions.