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Tennant Creek & The Barkly

Devils Marbles at Sunset

Located 500 kilometres north of Alice Springs and 1000 kilometres south of Darwin, with Tennant Creek at its golden heart, is the Barkly. Its 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 make up this beautiful outback region of the Red Centre.

Spend a day or two in Tennant Creek exploring its rich history and culture and enjoying the vast array of outdoor activities. The Barkly region is the outback Australian landscape you've always imagined: endless blue skies, vast desert horizons, and that electrifying sense that an adventure could be just around the corner. This part of Australia will show you just how enormous this beautiful country really is: the Barkly region alone is 323,514 square kilometres, which makes it bigger than Italy, the United Kingdom or New Zealand! 

Art, Culture & History

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The ancient culture of the local Aboriginal people is very much alive. 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. Hear the stories of drovers on horseback who established widespread pastoral leases. Learn about the mining heritage of Tennant Creek at the Battery Hill Mining Centre, the gold rush of the 1930s resulted in the establishment of the current township of Tennant Creek.

Nature, Wildlife and the Great Outdoors

 

Relaxing at Lake Maryann

For those interested in the great outdoors, take a picnic at Tingkarli/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 native fauna and flora. Don't miss a chance to wander through the incredible Devils Marbles. Also known as Karlu Karlu, these large, round granite boulders are scattered mysteriously across the landscape. They balance precariously, seeming to defy logic and gravity, and glow a fiery, orange-red at sunrise and sunset. Karlu Karlu is a deeply culturally signficant meeting place for four different indigenous tribes and language groups, the Kaytete, Warumungu, Warlpiri and Alyawarra. 

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 starry night skies of the outback above you.

Take the tour

Check out the video to go on a virtual tour of Tennant Creek and see what the Barkly region has to offer, or download the brochure.

  

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Tennant Creek Attractions

 

Connells Lagoon Conservation Reserve

Parks and Reserves
Tennant Creek Barkly Region NT
Connells Lagoon Conservation Reserve, situated in the heart of the Barkly Tablelands, is a haven for native wildlife, and is the only reserve in Australia established pri... show more

Devils Marbles Hotel

Caravan Parks & Camping
North of Alice NT
Devils Marbles Hotel is the closest accommodation to the Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles and provides comfortable cabins or caravan park accommodation, food and refreshment... show more

Frew Ponds Overland Telegraph Line Memorial Reserve

Parks and Reserves
Tennant Creek Barkly Region NT
Located 640 kilometres south of Darwin and approximately 35 kilometres south of Dunmurra, is Frew Ponds Overland Telegraph Line Memorial Reserve. This heritage-listed att... show more

Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre

Attractions
Tennant Creek Barkly Region NT
Nyinkka Nyunyu (pronounced ny-ink-a ny-oo ny-oo) is a fascinating and unique art, culture and interpretive centre, which offers visitors the opportunity to learn about Ab... show more

Tennant Creek Telegraph Station

Attractions
Tennant Creek Barkly Region NT
Visit Tennant Creek Telegraph Station, once a remote refuge and supply point for travellers and an important part of the colonial telegraph system. Take the self-guided w... show more

Arlpwe Art and Culture Centre

Artisans
Tennant Creek Barkly Region NT
Arlpwe is both an art gallery and art centre.Great art, “friendly people”, this phrase encapsulates the story behind the Arlpwe Art Gallery. This is the story of an exci... show more

Tennant Creek Airport

Transport
Tennant Creek Barkly Region NT
Tennant Creek Airport is available to light aircraft 24 hours per day with pilot operated lighting (PAL + AFRU 126.7.) Avgas is provided by Shell fixed bowser (call 08 89... show more

Tennant Creek VIC - Battery Hill

Tours
Tennant Creek Barkly Region NT
Tennant Creek's unique gold mining history is brought to life. Heritage equipment and vehicles in the grounds. Three Museum exhibits - Social History, Borella ANZAC story... show more

Newcastle Waters Historic Township

Attractions
Tennant Creek Barkly Region NT
Newcastle Waters is a ghost town that attracts large flocks of water birds after rain. Explore the remains of the 1960s buildings.Newcastle Waters has a rich, vibrant his... show more

Tingkkarli (Lake Mary Ann)

Parks and Reserves
Tennant Creek Barkly Region NT
Tingkkarli/Lake Mary Ann is a cool oasis, located five kilometres north of Tennant Creek. This man-made lake was created to provide a water supply for the local town of T... show more

Tennant Creek Visitor Information Centre

Tours
Tennant Creek Barkly Region NT
The Tennant Creek Visitor Information Centre is your one stop shop for information on Tennant Creek and the Barkly region. Offering a range of information about accomm... show more

Native Gap Conservation Reserve

Parks and Reserves
Tennant Creek Barkly Region NT
Native Gap Conservation Reserve is a sacred site to Arrernte and Anmatyerr Aboriginal people. It also stands as a memorial to the Overland Telegraph Line, which was const... show more

Bill Allen Lookout

Attractions
Tennant Creek Barkly Region NT
For sweeping 360-degree panoramic views of Tennant Creek and this unique, Central Australian district, make a stop at Bill Allen Lookout, named after a well known local i... show more

Outback Caravan Park

Caravan Parks & Camping
Tennant Creek NT
Set among glorious shady trees and tropical gardens, Outback Caravan Park in Tennant Creek is a great stopover destination after a long drive through the breathtaking out... show more

Central Mount Stuart Historical Reserve

Parks and Reserves
Tennant Creek Barkly Region NT
The small Central Mount Stuart Historical Reserve, approximately 212 kilometres north of Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway, commemorates the discovery of the centre of ... show more
Jones Store

Jones Store

Attractions
Tennant Creek Barkly Region 0871
Museum depicting life of the outback drover in one of the oldest structures in historic Newcastle Waters. show more

Iytwelepenty/ Davenport Range National Park

National Parks
Tennant Creek Barkly Region NT
A place of quiet beauty, the Davenport Ranges National Park (Iytwellepenty) encompasses 1,120 square kilometres of the Davenport Range, North- East of Alice Springs.The p... show more

Barrow Creek Telegraph Station

Attractions
Tennant Creek Barkly Region NT
A beautifully restored Barrow Creek Telegraph Station is located in Barrow Creek, set against the backdrop of the picturesque Forster ranges. This historical reserve is o... show more

Kunjarra/ The Pebbles

Parks and Reserves
Tennant Creek Barkly Region NT
Kunjarra/The Pebbles is an outcrop of mysterious granite boulders located 11 kilometres north of Tennant Creek. Known to the Warumungu Aboriginal people as Kunjarra, The ... show more

Attack Creek Historical Reserve

Parks and Reserves
Tennant Creek Barkly Region NT
The Attack Creek Memorial is situated on the Attack Creek Historical Reserve, located on the Stuart Highway 74 kilometres north of Tennant Creek.The memorial recalls that... show more

Karlu Karlu/ Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve

Parks and Reserves
Tennant Creek Barkly Region NT
Discover ancient formations that seem to have dropped from the wide blue skies of the Barkly Tablelands. Wander around the Karlu Karlu/Devils Marbles, huge granite boulde... show more

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