Tennant Creek Information
Tennant Creek is the fifth largest town in the Northern Territory. This remote township has a population of around 3,500 people with almost 40% identifying themselves as of Aboriginal origin.
To the east is the incredible landscape of the Barkly Tableland, a huge area of vast elevated plains of black soil and golden Mitchell Grass, which is roughly the size of the UK.
Tennant Creek is the place to experience adventure and culture. The award winning Nyinkka Nyunyu Cultural Centre houses exhibitions of local history and artwork from the Aboriginal community.
One of the most popular sights in the region is the ‘Devils Marbles’ or ‘Karlu Karlu’ as the traditional land owners know the site. These remarkable Granite Boulders look as though they have been placed on purpose but are in fact a reminder of the turmoil the planet went through in its early days to produce the spectacular landscapes we see today. With thousands of visitors each year it is one of the most popular attractions in the Northern Territory.
Other noticeable attractions are the old Telegraph Station about 11 kilometres north of the town. Further west, about 6 kilometres is ‘The Pebbles’ another example of huge granite boulders although not on the same par as their famous cousins further south. There is also Lake Mary Ann, a man made oasis 5 kilometres north of the town, perfect for Swimming, Canoeing or a relaxing Picnic.
One way to see the region is by 4WD and there are many tracks through the rugged countryside. But beware; some are for serious off-road enthusiasts only.
Tennant Creek was also famous for Mining and in particular, Gold. It was the third largest gold producer in the state and even today, mining is still a vital part of the region’s economy. There are even areas where people can fossick for gold and keep what they find. You never know, a trip to Tennant Creek might pay for itself, if you’re lucky.
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