For Bustout Halls Creek was our launch pad for an aerial tour too and over the Bungle Bungles. Turtle Creek was our first choice for the trip but was grounded through an intense pre-season wet cell that passed through twelve hours earlier. Our Bungle Bungles synopsis is a separate review.
Halls Creek moved 12 km west from its original location in 1949 because the new Great Northern Highway did not follow the route of the old Duncan Road. The town would have ended had it not moved to its current location. Halls Creek was initially a gold mining town, named after prospector Charles Hall. In 1885, he and others in his prospecting party found the alluvial gold that led to the Kimberley gold rush, the first gold rush in Western Australia.
Today, some gold mining is still carried out by local prospectors; however, large-scale mining has ceased with the closure of the White Elvire River Mine.
Traveling west from Kunnunrra to the west coast of OZ on the Great (and interesting) Northern Highway passing through Halls Creek to refill or stay over is a must. Bustout recommends a stopover. A nice surprise awaits.