If the name Wolfe Creek sounds familiar to some of you, it could be down to the horror movie, released not that long ago. Allegedly the movie was based on true events and was entitled Wolf Creek (we’re not sure why there was an E missing). Don’t worry however, the movie was actually based on events that happened in other parts of Australia, and is certainly not factually accurate.
If you happen to be in Western Australia and are looking for an exciting day out that will keep you and the family entertained from sunrise to sunset, a visit to the Wolfe Creek Crater should be right at the top of your to-do list. Visiting the site however, is not something that should be done on a whim, as there is a great deal of planning and preparation involved. To help make your trip easier, here are some handy tips on how to prepare for a day at the Wolfe Creek Crater.
What is the Wolfe Creek Crater?
300,000 years ago or so, a meteorite crashed directly into our planet. Any guesses as to where it may have landed? Yes, the Wolfe Creek Crater is a crater caused via a 50,000 tonne meteorite. Once upon a time, the crater itself was over 100 metres in depth, but due to sand, dust, and dirt blowing into it over the decades, the depth is now 20 metres or so.
Tips on getting the most out of your trip to the Wolfe Creek Crater
Now that you’ve been briefly brought up to speed on the crater, we’ll now share a few tips with you to help you get the most from your trip to Wolfe Creek:
Visit during the dry season
The dry season in Western Australia falls roughly from May through to October, so rainfall levels are much lower during these months. The reason why you should visit during this time however, is because the road to the crater itself, and the surrounding area, is a dusty dirt road, which, in heavy rain, becomes a flooded sludge-filled mess that is very difficult to access. It’s best to keep an eye on the weather forecasts a day or so before your trip.
Bring plenty of food and water
As you may be aware, much of Western Australia is very rural and so as you might imagine, there aren’t shops, cafes, and restaurants near the crater. The nearest supplies are roughly 145km away, so pack plenty of food and water to get you through the day.
Hire a 4×4
If you don’t own a 4×4, ideally you should hire one because gaining access to the crater and navigating the surrounding areas is far from simple. The road is pure dirt and dust, and in the event of rain, will be mud. There are also rocks and other obstacles that could damage a regular vehicle.
Don’t climb into the crater
Though a lot of people climb into the crater when they arrive, doing so is extremely dangerous as there are loose rocks. Look and admire by all means, but don’t be tempted to go climbing.