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Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve

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Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve

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Ernest Giles Road Ernest Giles Road, 145 kilometres south of Alice Springs, Alice Springs, Northern Territory Australia
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NitroFastHarry wrote a review May 2020
262 contributions69 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Brian M wrote a review Apr 2020
Oxford, United Kingdom558 contributions221 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Angela I wrote a review Jul 2019
Canberra, Australia77 contributions18 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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whitlamabroad wrote a review May 2019
Clevedon, United Kingdom557 contributions110 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Sunshiine11 wrote a review May 2019
Busselton, Australia50 contributions12 helpful votes
Fascinating place wheret something so powerful and disruptive occurred so long ago - a meeting between the galaxy and this planet!
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Date of experience: March 2019
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