Wolfe Creek Crater is located 152km south of Halls Creek in Western Australia’s desert region. This impressive meteorite crater is the second largest in the world and amongst some of the most unique landforms. The meteorite is estimated to have crashed into Earth 300,000 years ago.
The outer rim of the crater is approximately 30 metres high and the crater floor descends about 50 metres. The short 5 minute walk up the rim is relatively easy climbing up loose rock on a moderately steep gradient. The view into the crater is awe inspiring and honestly not what we were expecting. It is pleasantly surprising. You can scramble down the crater’s inner walls to reach the floor however it is advised not to due to much loose rock and slippery surfaces. You can also hike around the rim of the crater and investigate it from all angles.
The national park is accessible via the Tanami Road 16km southwest of Halls Creek or via the Buntine Hwy if coming from the Northern Territory.
The four-wheel drive track to reach the crater is heavily corrugated with sharp rocks in some sections, so admittedly it is a bit of a mission to get there and view a hole in the ground, but if you never never go you’ll never never know. We’re glad we did.
Facilities are very basic at the crater. There is a camping area with pit toilets however there is no shade or water available. The climate can get extremely hot here so come prepared with plenty of water and shelter if you decide to camp.
If you’ve seen the Australian thriller movie “Wolfe Creek” which put this national park on the tourism map, then no doubt you will be doing exactly what we did…exploring the crater by daylight and hightailing it out of there by nightfall. Just pray your car starts when you’re ready to leave!
On a serious note, the Wolfe Creek Crater is an interesting and intriguing consequence of natural forces and one of those places you’ll wonder about until you explore it for yourself.