Tennant Creek & the Barkly
There are large cattle stations, fascinating wayside inns, historic stock routes, gold mining history, Aboriginal culture, interesting flora and fauna and the iconic Karlu Karlu/Devils Marbles – which are all not to be missed. Located 500 kilometres north of Alice Springs and 1000 kilometres south of Darwin, with Tennant Creek its Golden Heart, is the Barkly.
Tennant Creek is rich in history, culture and outdoor activities and is an ideal spot to spend a day or two.
The ancient culture of the local Aboriginal people is very much alive and the fascinating art, cultural and interpretive centre, Nyinkka Nyunyu Art & Cultural Centre offers you the opportunity to learn about Aboriginal life, history and their connection with the land in the region.
Learn about the early days of European settlement in the Barkly on a self-guided walking tour at the Tennant Creek Telegraph Station. Discover the era of drovers on horseback establishing widespread pastoral leases. Hear the stories of the mining heritage of Tennant Creek at the Battery Hill Mining Centre, the gold rush of the 1930’s resulted in the establishment of the current township of Tennant Creek.
For those interested in the great outdoors take a picnic at Tingkkarli/Lake Mary Ann and swim or canoe in the man-made lake. Walk the self-guided trails of the many parks and reserves and catch a glimpse of local fauna and flora. The Dreamtime stories of Karlu Karlu/Devil Marbles, large round granite boulders scattered across the landscape, are definitely not to be missed.
Explore the four-wheel drive tracks as you wind your way through the Davenport Range National Park with incredible view across rocky ridgeline or on the Binns Track, the Northern Territory’s newest four-wheel drive route. Set-up camp at Banka Banka, a 11,600 square-km working cattle station and enjoy a cool drink from the balcony of the historic brick homestead or sit around the campfire with the night skies as you overhead view.
Break your journey and stay in one of the local accommodation properties on offer in Tennant Creek from self-contained apartments, motor inns to the local caravan park.