Day 37 – Purnulula to Wolfe Creek Crater

Day 37 – Purnulula to Wolfe Creek Crater
Sturt Creek, Australia

Sturt Creek, Australia

Another perfect morning weather wise and we were up, fed, packed and on the road by 8 am heading out of the National Park. It was to take us an hour and half to drive the 53 km of corrugated roads to get out and head south toward Halls Creek with was 110 km away. The drive was very uneventful (which is good) but the scenery was incredible. There were so many volcanoes and bolder strewn valleys. I had no idea that this area was so volcanic in its day but I made a note to google and learn more when we get home. We pulled in Halls Creek with hardly any fuel left in the tank and stopped at the Shell Service Station. The local indigenous community were all in town for the day and were enjoying the beautiful weather, sitting in gutters, against shop walls and some were even having a midday nap in the sun lying down beside their friend sitting on the kerbs. As I went to put fuel in I noticed that all the diesel pumps were out of order – oh no, no fuel! We found another service station around the corner being an old Caltex where they still serve you. So the tanks and jerry cans were filled with as much fuel as I could carry for the desert journey and as I pulled out of the servo a kangaroo bounded into town up the road. I reckon he must have turned the corner and seen the locals because he came bounding back past a minute later heading for the safety of the scrub.

Kathy and I decided that it was a good idea to have lunch out of town today so we casually drove away quite content that we had survived what was an experience in the day of an indigenous community.

We commenced our 1050 km drive down the Tanami Road for 110 kms before turning off to Wolfe Creek. The camp sites here were big, spacious, level and clean. The area itself is very very dry and a real fire hazard. After having some late lunch and setting camp we drove the 400 meters to the meteorite crater and hiked to the top of the ridge. The crater has slowly been filling up with sands blown into the middle to the extent that it is only 20 meters deep now as opposed to the 120 meters on impact. It was is a spectacular sight and so distinct to the eye. The second largest crater in the world in our own backyard. We spent a bit of time mesmerized by what lay before our eyes before heading back to camp for the afternoon and night. Hope we survive the night and a quick check of my car batteries show they still have heaps of charge in them (for those who have seen the movie).

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