Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve - NT

  National Parks,Reserves


DEG: -24.572474 133.146255
DMS: 24º 34' 20.9" S 133º 08' 46.52" E
UTM: 53 J 7281127mN 312275mE
Altitude: 458.18m


Place Type

Reserves - National Parks,Reserves


79.14kms SouthEast of Hermannsburg - Driving 262 km (3 hours 30 mins)
133.64kms West of Santa Teresa - Driving 199 km (4 hours 58 mins)
141.12kms North of Kulgera - Driving 154 km (2 hours 14 mins)
231.13kms East of Yulara - Driving 324 km (4 hours 43 mins)

Address & Contact

Erldunda NT
Phone: (08) 8951 8211
Email: N/A
Web: N/A


Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve contains twelve craters which were formed when a meteor hit the earth’s surface. The Henbury Meteor, weighing several tonnes disintegrated before impact, and the fragments formed the twelve craters.

The scattered fragments of the Henbury Meteorite are extremely heavy since they consist mainly of the metals. Over 500 kilograms of metal have been found and removed, with few specimens now remaining. Removing material from the site is now illegal.

The Henbury Meteorites are located 145 kilometres south west of Alice Springs. Turn off the Stuart Highway onto the Ernest Giles Road 132 kms south of Alice Springs. Travel along this gravel road for eight kms, then turn north for five kms to the Reserve’s entrance. The Reserve can be reached by conventional 2WD vehicle however care should be taken after heavy rains as gravel roads may become impassable. 4WD is recommended if planning to continue on the Ernest Giles Road to Watarrka National Park.

Although accessible all year round, the cooler months from April to September is the best time to visit. Visit in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun will clearly defines the craters.

Wood barbecues, shaded picnic tables and a pit toilet are available. Firewood should be collected before entering the Reserve. There is no drinking water available in the area.

There is a self guided walking track around the craters, and a camping area with basic facilities adjacent to the car park.

See the website for a downloadable fact sheet:http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/parks/find/henbury.html

NT Parks and Wildlife Alice Springs (08) 8951 8211
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Closest Climatic Station

Alice Springs Airport
Distance from Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve 114.59km NE
Mean Max. °C36.435.132.628.223.019.819.722.627.230.933.635.4
Mean Min. °C21.520.717.512.
Mean Rain mm38.643.832.316.318.913.615.09.28.521.429.136.9

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