Tennant Creek, the major service centre for the Barkly Region, and is located on the Stuart Highway 500 kilometres north of Alice Springs and 1000 kilometres south of Darwin with a population of 7944*. Tennant Creek is also the regional service hub for the huge pastoral stations producing premium beef cattle on sweeping grasslands.
The quest for gold is the key element in Tennant Creek’s history. Mining companies still produce gold, copper and manganese throughout the region. The mineral-rich region is a hive of exploration activity.
Tennant Creek residents are fiercely proud of their town, once named the friendliest in Australia. They revel in a relaxed lifestyle supported by modern facilities including sporting grounds and venues, recreation reserves, art and craft galleries, a civic hall and library.
Indigenous people are an important part of Tennant Creek’s community, and continue to maintain their identity and traditions. Renowned local artists produce traditional paintings, carvings and other crafts and sell them through galleries in the town.
Mary Ann Dam is a popular spot for swimming, barbecues, picnics or bush walks and is easily accessible from town by road or bicycle track. Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles), south of Tennant Creek, is among the Territory’s most photographed features - and the perfect place to catch a real outback sunset. The Iytwelepenty (Davenport Ranges) National Park is another popular camping destination.
General information on Tennant Creek and the Barkly Region
Health services in Tennant Creek
Things to do