Photos of the north of Western Australia

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The Duncan Highway runs from the Northern Territory border at Nicholson to the town of Halls Creek, where it links up with the Great Northern Highway. Old Halls Creek grew up after gold was discovered here in 1885. A gold rush by about 10 000 prospective miners ensued, but this didn't last long; the old place is now crumbling away, 15 kilometres from the present town, that serves the cattle stations in the region. Halls Creek moved 12 kilometres west from its original location in 1949 and the present town is home to the indigenous Jaru and Kija peoples as well as some Tjurabalan peoples from the desert to the south of the town. They represent over 60% of the town's population.

Northern Western Australia
Duncan Highway
Palm Valley Station
Waterhole, Palm Valley
Duncan Road
Old Halls Creek
Street in Halls Creek
Children playing
West of Halls Creek
Typical tree
Large termite mound
Row of hills
Fitzroy Crossing
Fitzroy Crossing town
After the floods
Moss vegetation
Fitzroy River
Geiki Gorge
Fitzroy Crossing school
Corkwood tree
Corkwood tree fruits
Boab tree
Balgo elder
Football in Balgo
Old Mission Dam
Five Mile, Balgo
People of Balgo
Children playing
Balgo Hills
Simple housing, Balgo
Iron housing
On the Balgo Hills
Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater
Across Wolfe Creek crater
Walking in Purnululu

The Fitzroy River region in the southern Kimberley started to become occupied by white settlers after 1880, to start cattle stations here. This was fiercely resisted by the local Bunuba Aboriginal people, who would spear the pastoralists' stock and definitely didn't want to work for the invaders. Jandamarra, or "Pigeon", as he was known to the whites, led his people in guerilla warfare against the invaders until he was shot by one of his own people who worked for the white police.

Balgo, formerly known as Balgo Hills, in the dry and remote outback of Western Australia, is a former Catholic mission and set among hills and spinifex grass on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. The about 400 people, speakers of the Kukatja language are still very traditional and are related to people living on cattle stations towards the border with the Northern Territory. It now has a thriving artists' cooperative. About 100 kilometres north of Balgo and 145 kilometres south of Halls Creek is Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater, with 850 metres in diameter and 50 metres deep one of the world's largest. It was formed more than a million years ago when a large meteorite fell to earth here. In Aboriginal mythology it is associated with "Ngarrinti", fly-dreaming. Native trees now grow in the well preserved circular crater.