Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve

When a meteor crashed into the earth 4,700 years ago it left 12 craters in the Central Australian desert that can be explored today at the Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve.

The Henbury meteor weighed several tonnes and hurtled to earth at 40,000km per hour before fragmenting on impact.

Scattered fragments of the meteor can be seen at the Museum of Central Australia.

Each of the 12 craters is quite different, some barely noticeable.

The largest crater is 180m wide and 15m deep and best seen in the early morning or late afternoon.

Take a walk around the craters for the best views.

You can camp in the reserve. You will need to bring your own firewood and water.

Get the Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve fact sheet and map PDF (1013.5 KB).

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Ranger Station: 08 8952 1013

Park sitesStatusComments Forecast opening
Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve OpenRecommended for 4WD vehicles only -
Campground Open  -

All year round, but roads may close after heavy rain.

The best time to visit is during the cooler months from April to September.

The park is 145km south-west from Alice Springs and is accessible by two-wheel drive vehicles along the Stuart Highway and the unsealed Ernest Giles Road.

Check road conditions before you go.

You can do all of the following activities in the reserve:

  • short walks
  • camping
  • wildlife spotting.

Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve has all of the following facilities:

  • information signs
  • fire pits
  • public toilets
  • picnic area
  • campsites
  • walking tracks.

When visiting the reserve, remember all of the following:

  • stay on designated roads and tracks
  • historic, cultural items and wildlife are protected
  • firewood collection is not permitted in the reserve
  • fires are only permitted in designated fire pits
  • bins are not provided, so take your rubbish with you
  • pets are permitted on a leash in the car park area only
  • generators are not permitted
  • a permit is required for drone use – conditions apply and it must be obtained prior to your arrival in the reserve.

You can have a safe and comfortable trip to Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve by doing all of the following:

  • observe park safety signs
  • carry and drink plenty of water
  • wear a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, suitable clothing and footwear
  • avoid strenuous activity during the heat of the day
  • think about your health and fitness when choosing a walk.

Alice Springs Telegraph Station ranger station phone: 08 8952 1013

Contact Parks and Wildlife Alice Springs for more tourist information.

Last updated: 07 June 2022

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