Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve

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Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve

Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve
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Xanerin
Alice Springs, Australia1,342 contributions
Ka Boom
Jun. 2021 • Couples
This is really worth visiting if you like geology and also incredible to imagine what a meteorite can do (or four). Different than Gosse Bluff ( which I also would recommend) but if you can imagine the impact - stunning. There are toilets and camping spots (small fee) but you will find rude caravaners taking all the spots and leaving you nowhere to park. Felt sorry that a few visitors just turned around and left not enjoying the area. Maybe this should be monitored by rangers.
Written 14 June 2021
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NitroFastHarry
261 contributions
15 km dirt road driving
Jun. 2019
Took the 2WD hire car foe a go on the dirt road and it loved it and with out issue. Obviously 2WD cars are not recommended on dirt roads but it can be done to Henbury Craters, albeit slowly. The road is rough, bumpy, with many wash outs - the road was dry at the time and was in a fair condition. If it had rained I reckon I would have probably turned back or stayed on the Stuart Highwat.

Once you come to the crater site you are not greeted with a lot - there are toilet facilities. There was two picnic shelters and there are a couple of fire/bbq pits/fireplaces around. You will need to bring your own firewood and water.

Camping is permitted and the area has a turnaround loop suitable for caravans - the 15km road drive in is possible for a caravan - but take it easy.

The walk around the craters is easy - 1.5km along generally flat track - that is even, with limited stones. You can walk down into the craters if you have the desire - it is a bit steeper and one of the craters has water in it (suitably named the Water Crater). 12 craters in all ranging from 7 to 180m wide and up to 15m deep - see if you can find them all; the map at the entry shows them all, but you have to figure it out for yourself - 7 are easy to find, the remaining five are small and eroded and blended with the surrounding land. One crater is a clump of trees.

Allow 30 minute visit - you can spend more time and you can probably do it quicker.

There are no fees for visiting, but there are fees to camp. No pets are allowed around the craters - they are allowed on a lease in the carpark/camping area.

There are information boards this include geological descriptions, fauna, and historical information. It is not Wolf Creek crater but it is worth visiting.
Written 4 May 2020
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Brian M
Oxford, UK558 contributions
Interesting place but the 39 degree heat shortened our visit.
Dec. 2019
On our five hour drive from Alice Springs to Uluru at around 125 kilometres from Alice Springs there is a sign to Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve. It is a good 40 minute drive on an unpaved road from the turn off at the main road to the site , so it’s best to have a jeep. The reserve contains over a dozen craters, which were formed when a fragmented meteorite hit the Earth’s surface. Henbury is one of the world's best preserved examples of a small meteorite crater field. The site is large mainly because the meteorite broke into pieces before hitting the ground. The craters are quite small. It’s an interesting place but at 39 degrees, we did not spend too much time at the site unfortunately.
Written 2 April 2020
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Angela I
Canberra, Australia76 contributions
Unexpected outer space and geological feature - short distance from highway
Jun. 2019 • Couples
This was our first visit to a sigfificant Australian meteorite site, where about 5 impact craters were easy to find. Track is well marked, signposted and explained. The dirt road to site was in reasonable condition. Don't forget to leave a comment in the box.
Written 15 July 2019
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whitlamabroad
Clevedon, UK551 contributions
Good spot to camp
May 2019 • Couples
The road in was a little bumpy but easy. The campsite was small with one drop toilet. Low camping fees.
Short walk to the meteor crater. Easy to follow path. Information boards.
A chunk of the meteor can be seen in Alice springs museum.
Written 29 May 2019
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Sunshiine11
Busselton, Australia53 contributions
Worth a visit to learn more
Mar. 2019
Fascinating place wheret something so powerful and disruptive occurred so long ago - a meeting between the galaxy and this planet!
Written 3 May 2019
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Schony29
Wagga Wagga, Australia363 contributions
A pleasant spot to camp overnight in the cooler months
Aug. 2018
The reserve is not too far from the main highway. The dirt road to here is usually quite a good run. The camp area is basic, but adequate with a low fee.
Written 8 December 2018
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RPWMJG
Darwin, Australia102 contributions
Kaboooom!!
Oct. 2018 • Friends
The main crater is an enormous hole in the ground, and would have been amazing to witness. From the main road it looks just like the surrounding West MacDonnell ranges - except that it is by itself. A hot air balloon ride over this area would be in order. The road in is a bit rough but the scenery and information provided is worth the trip.
Written 14 November 2018
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ALAN B
Adelaide, Australia152 contributions
Take the detour
Oct. 2018 • Family
The unsealed road to the craters is about 20kms from the Stuart Highway. It is a significant and interesting site and worth spending some time exploring.
Written 15 October 2018
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Terry Lobert
St Kilda, Australia71 contributions
Well worth the visit, an impressive sight in the middle of the desert
Aug. 2018 • Couples
If you are passing this on the Stuart Highway the meteorite craters are a must see as they are not far off the road.
The craters are impressive and very beautiful set in the moon-like landscape of the desert here. You can walk around the perimeter of the largest crater and see a few other smaller craters to the side.
Walk to the craters is level and a bit up and down around the crater itself - 30 mins if you take it steady, but worth taking it slow to soak up the atmosphere.
In terms of vehicle accessibility, it is 15km each way over quite a rough unsealed road with a loose stony surface in the most part. We have driven it twice in a regular low clearance 2WD car and not had any problems - you just need to take it slow and steady, and avoid driving with a ridge of stones under the car, as the height can sometimes scrape the car's underside. It is worth stopping when you leave, just before you get back onto the Stuart Highway again, to check for punctures!
Written 24 August 2018
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