Halls Creek is one of the most isolated towns in WA. Despite being on highway one it is located on the edge of the Tanami Desert and is used mainly as an overnight stop by travellers. The present town was established in 1955, 15 kms from the old site. Halls Creek is roughly 2,800 kilometres from Perth (to the south west) and 1,200 kilometres from Darwin (to the north east). The nearest towns are Fitzroy Crossing (288 km west) and Turkey Creek otherwise known as Warmun (160km north).
The town has a population of approximately 1,266 people. The closest large regional centre is Kununurra (359km north east). Halls Creek lies on the northern edge of the Tanami Desert in a hot arid region where outside temperatures in summer can reach 52ºC. The average daily minimum temperature is 19.9ºC while the average maximum stands at 33.6ºC. Average annual rainfall is 498mm, most of which falls over a period of 25 days in January and February.
The population fluctuates but on average is about 1,300 people. Most rainfall occurs from December to February known as ‘The Wet’. At this time of year it is very hot and most visitors tend to arrive in ‘The Dry’ which is from April to September. This is a pity because the countryside only really comes alive after the rains and a flight over the Bungles during the wet season is a real treat.
Despite having all the modern conveniences and services that you would expect in any country town, Halls Creek still has a frontier atmosphere and is a real part of the wild west.
Health Services in Halls Creek include:
- Halls Creek Hospital
- Population Health (located at the Hospital)
- Mental Health (visits to the town every 2 weeks)
- Allied Health (visits from Kununurra on a regular basis)
- Aged Care