Halls Creek

Travel Guide Oceania Australia Western Australia Kimberley Halls Creek

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Introduction

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Halls Creek provides a genuine insight to the Australian Outback. This remote town is about 2,500 kilometres north east from Perth and 1200 kilometres west of Darwin in the East Kimberley region. Originally a gold mining settlement it has now assumed importance as the only major town on the Great Northern Highway and the gateway to the Great Sandy Desert.

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Sights and Activities

  • China Wall is located about 6 kilometres out of town. This natural formation of dazzling white quartz stones rises from the creek and continues over the surrounding hills and looks strikingly similar to the Great Wall of China.
  • Old Halls Creek is the site of the first gold discovery in Western Australia, located 16 kilometres from the current town. This picturesque setting is located along a shady creek and features the remains of old mud brick buildings as well as a graveyard where many pioneers, at relatively young ages, ended their days.
  • Wolfe Creek Crater, a 90 minute drive from Halls Creek, is the second largest meteor crater in the world with a diameter of approximately 950 metres and dates back around 300,000 years.
  • The Bungle Bungle Range, also known as the Bungle Bungles, is the most outstanding tourist spot in the area. Formed over 360 million years of erosion, the unique striped domes form the major part of the 2.5 million hectare Purnululu National Park. The park was declared a world heritage site in 2003 and is closed between December and April during the wet season.

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Eat

As you can imagine the dining options are limited, however what is available will keep you going.

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Sleep

There is a hotel, motel and caravan park in Halls Creek and the Old Halls Creek area is serviced by a lodge and caravan park.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet caf├ęs are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.

To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.

Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:

  • 02 - New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory (Sydney, Canberra)
  • 03 - Victoria & Tasmania (Melbourne, Hobart)
  • 07 - Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 08 - Western Australia, South Australia & Northern Territory (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin)

000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.

Post

Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.[1]. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.

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References

  1. 1 Australia Post. Sourced 10 May 2013

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