Halls Creek

Halls Creek sits on the northern edge of the Great Sandy Desert, 289 kilometres east of Fitzroy Crossing. The site of Western Australia’s first gold discovery in 1885, for a brief period Halls Creek became prospecting grounds to more than 15,000 people from all over the world.


On Christmas Day in 1885 a prospector named Charles Hall struck gold at the edges of the Great Sandy and Tanami Deserts in remote North West Australia – a huge 28 ounce gold nugget. It was the first discovery of payable gold in WA and the beginning of a short lived but important gold rush, leading to the development of a small centre for commerce and trade just 15 km from the current site of Halls Creek.

By 1954, old Halls Creek was all but abandoned as people moved to the new town site, and now stands in ruins. Today you can see the foundations of the old mine shaft, sections of the old post-office and the cemetery, where many Kimberley pioneers were buried. 

Today, Halls Creek in WA is home to successful farming and mining industries and is a great base for exploring the area’s natural and historical attractions. Halls Creek was also the last stop for farmers driving cattle along the legendary Canning Stock Route.


  • Take a tour or scenic flight from Halls Creek to the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park and Bungle Bungle Range.
  • Visit the second largest meteorite crater in the world at Wolfe Creek Crater National Park.
  • Marvel at the China Wall, a six-metre high wall of quartz rock believed to be part of the longest single fault of its type in the world.
  • Check out the old Halls Creek town site, a reminder of the town’s mining history.
  • Enjoy the peace and beauty of the fresh water springs at Palm Springs or Caroline’s Pool.
  • Head out to Sawpit Gorge for a swim, picnic and a spot of fishing.

For detailed information on Halls Creek and its attractions including maps view the Halls Creek Travel and Tourism Guide. The guide provides further detail on  the Duncan Road, Tanami Track and also rest areas along the Great Northern Highway. It also includes Bungle Bungle walks.

For more information about tours from Halls Creek, local attractions and road conditions, contact the Halls Creek Visitor Centre or click on Halls Creek Accommodation and Tours. Our thanks to Shire of Halls Creek for providing images for this web page.

Canning Stock Route

The Canning Stock Route is a 2000km long cattle-droving route extending from Halls Creek all the way south west to Wiluna.

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