Destination Guide: Tennant Creek

Tennant Creek

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Things to do in Tennant Creek

Enjoy a genuine Outback Australia experience in the Northern Territory’s ‘Heart of Gold’, Tennant Creek.

Places to visit in Tennant Creek

Bordered to the east by the Barkly Tablelands, Tennant Creek is a popular stop along the Stuart Highway with its rich gold mining heritage, iconic rock formations and Aboriginal culture.

Karlu Karlu the devils marbles

Karlu Karlu

Also known as The Devils Marbles, these iconic granite boulders are scattered one hour south of Tennant Creek. Believed by the Warumungu Aboriginal people to be the eggs of the Rainbow Serpent, they glow red in the sun and appear to change colour at sunrise and sunset.

Kunjarra The Pebbles


Also known as The Pebbles, this rock formation can be found 15km (9mi) north of Tennant Creek. Surrounded by local myth and legend, the Warumungu Aboriginal people believe this site is related to Karlu Karlu, and carry out dancing and healing rituals here.

Tingkkarli Lake Mary Ann


An Outback oasis located 5km (3mi) north of Tennant Creek, Tingkkarli – also known as Lake Mary Ann – is a great place to swim, fish, canoe and feed friendly ducks. You’ll also find excellent bushwalking tracks and wildlife watching areas here.

Battery Hill Mining Centre

Battery Hill Mining Centre

Relive Australia’s last gold rush on an underground tour of the Battery Hill Mining Centre, less than 2km (1.2mi) from the centre of Tennant Creek. A converted mine, this popular tourist attraction offers insights into the industry that built Tennant Creek in the 1930s.

Tennant Creek Telegraph Station

Tennant Creek Telegraph Station

Built in 1872, the Tennant Creek Telegraph Station was an essential part of the Overland Telegraph Line that once linked Australia to the outside world. Located 12km (7.5mi) north of town, you can take a self-guided walk of the stone buildings here.

Battery Hill Mining Centre

Nyinkka Nyunyu Art & Cultural Centre

Owned and operated by local Aboriginal people, Nyinkka Nyunyu is the place to learn more about the region’s culture. Located right in the middle of town, the cultural centre offers interactive displays, rare artwork and masterful storytelling.

How to get to Tennant Creek

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How to get around Tennant Creek

Your Greyhound bus to Tennant Creek stops at the BP service station at 216 Patterson Street, at the north end of town.

The town of Tennant Creek is small, and can easily be navigated on foot. To reach attractions outside town, however, you’ll need to either hire a car or book a tour.

The Tennant Creek Visitor Information Centre (at the Battery Hill Regional Centre on Peko Road) is the place to go to book local tours, accommodation and activities. Free WiFi is also available at the Visitor Information Centre, which is open daily from March to October, and most days from November to February.

Like many destinations in the Northern Territory, Tennant Creek has both a wet and a dry season, but the difference between the two is not as severe as it is further north, meaning you can experience blue skies all year round, and there are fewer chances of flooding and disrupted travel.

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