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Halls Creek Visitor Centre
Phone: 08 9168 6262
Cost and BookingPermits may apply
Halls Creek to Alice Springs (1053km) crossing the expanse of the Tanami Desert, the Tanami Road is actually a fairly well-formed earth/gravel road, that is maintained by Shire of Halls Creek until the NT Border.
The shortest route from Halls Creek to Alice Springs is via the Tanami Road 4WD track. It takes two days to cross the vast expanse of the Tanami Desert, allowing time for you to take in a few awe-inspiring surprises along the way, including the second largest meteorite crater in the world, freshwater wetlands filled with birdlife and one of the most remote art galleries on Earth.
The first surprise lies 145 kilometres south of Halls Creek in Wolfe Creek Crater National Park, accessed via a 23km unsealed road through Carranya Station. Standing on the rim of this 880-metre-wide meteorite crater is quite an incredible sight, especially at sunrise and sunset. Known as Karntimarlarl to the local people, the crater is believed to be over 300 thousand years old. Spend the night at the basic camp site maintained by the Department of Parks and Wildlife and watch the desert light play on this unique landscape. ( Call the Halls Creek Visitor Centre for up to date road reports)
The second highlight will delight nature lovers and bird watchers. Take a short detour to Lake Gregory and Lake Stretch via the northern section of the Canning Stock Route to visit the permanent inland wetlands. Internationally renowned for its incredible birdlife, more than 73 species of waterbirds have been recorded at these wetlands. Choose from one of three campsites (no facilities) for views across the lake at sunset and sunrise.
Permits required when camping at Lake Stretch or Gregory. Permits can be obtained at the communities of Billiluna, Balgo and Mulan. Please note that the Halls Creek Visitor Centre do not have permits.
Your third extraordinary encounter is at the Warlayirti Artists Aboriginal Corporation of Balgo Aboriginal Community – possibly one of the most remote art galleries you will ever experience. Here, approximately 300 Indigenous artists from the local communities of Wirrimanu, Mulan and Kururrrungku (Billiluna) publicly exhibit their fine art paintings, etchings, photography, film and music.
From Balgo, you’re approximately 86 kilometres from the Northern Territory border. A further 701 kilometres will bring you to the Stuart Highway junction, 20 kilometres from Alice Springs.
It is, however, an isolated route, that is closed for much of the wet season. It is recommended that 4WD vehicles are used for the road and outlying areas, and you will need to be well-prepared and self-sufficient. It is not recommended for caravans or trailers. Rain can close parts of the road at short notice.