Tennant Creek on the Tennant Creek on the Darwin to Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway travel information for self drive visitors guide

Tennant  Creek

Tennant Creek
: Access driving via the sealed Stuart Highway south from Darwin or north from Alice Springs.
Tennant Creek historic site and township with tavern and caravan park.

Tennant Creek Stuart Highway Northern Territory

Tennant Creek in Central Australia sits on the Explorer’s Way, 500 kilometers north of Alice Springs and 1000 kilometers south of Darwin.

To the east of town is the Barkly Tablelands - an expanse of land that supports some of Australia’s premier outback cattle stations.

Tennant Creek’s history is shaped by gold mining, Aboriginal culture and pastoralism. The region's rich mining history can be explored at Battery Hill Mining Centre, the site of Australia's last major gold rush in the 1930s. Visitors can even try fossicking for their own gold.

Aboriginal culture is strong in Tennant Creek. The award-winning Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre offers visitors the opportunity to learn about Aboriginal life, history and land. The mysterious rock spheres of nearby Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) are said to be the eggs of the Rainbow Serpent - a creature of a Dreamtime story.

Adventure lovers have plenty of options in the Tennant Creek area. Four-wheel-drivers in particular are spoilt for choice with moderate to challenging four-wheel drive tracks available to test skills and vehicles. Stop at character-filled outback pubs, explore the historic Overland Telegraph Line, or experience star-filled nights in a swag.

Tennant  Creek lookout

Tennant Creek Caravan Park
208 Paterson Street off Stuart Highway, Tennant Creek
Tel: +61 (0) 8 8962 2325

Tennant Creek Caravan Park offers a range of accommodation from unpowered camping sites and van sites, to fully equipped cabins with ensuite. Our friendly staff are always available to provide assistance and information to help make your stay enjoyable.

Caravan Sites - Shady with drive thru sites available. Motor Homes and RV's welcomed.

Cabins - Budget, Standard and Ensuite available.

Campers - Shaded and grassed sites available.

Our facilities include; a campers kitchen, shaded salt pool and coin operated laundry. We welcome tour and school groups.

Yes we also welcome your pets.


Fuel Stop in Tennant Creek

• United Tennant Creek Service Station. Service Stations. 222 Paterson St, Tennant Creek, NT 0860. (08) 8962 2282

Motels in Tennant Creek

• The Eldorado motel across is the street.

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Tennant Creek regional map
Tennant Creek mine historical site- visitor tour

National Trust Museum - Pine Creek Information

Pine Creek is the only original mining town remaining in the Top End from the gold rush era of the 1870s. The National Trust Museum building is the oldest surviving prefabricated structure in the Northern Territory. Originally the home of the Mining Warden in Burrundie, it was later moved to Pine Creek in 1913 and over the years it served many purposes such as; a doctors residence, clinic, dispensary, military hospital, and post office and exchange. Today the building houses the National Trust museum and town library. A browse through the building and its contents sheds light on the gold rush, local Chinese history, buffalo hunters and the Overland Telegraph Line. Pine Creek Railway Precinct Information Explore the Pine Creek Railway Precinct. The initial terminus of an uncompleted 19th century transcontinental railway system, the railway’s contribution to the development of the mining boom in the late 19th century was profound, enabling companies to transport machinery and equipment with greater ease to the mine fields than had been possible previously. It was also a catalyst for the opening of new mines in the area. Its contribution to the development of Pine Creek and other towns along its route was also important.

Pine Creek Water Gardens Information

These water gardens in the middle of town were created after the old railway tracks were uplifted, leaving a series of unsightly trenches, which were then turned into a series of attractive ponds and landscaped gardens. The area is now a pleasant shady place for a picnic or a walk.

Other local attractions in Pine Creek

• Mine lookout
• Copperfield Dam
Umbrawarra Gorge
Original Heritage Buildings
Old goldmine diggings
Railway Precinct
National Trust Museum
MacDoanld WWII Airstrip

Bioregion Features
The Pine Creek bioregion comprises foothill environments below and to the west of the western Arnhem Land sandstone massif. Its main defining feature is the highly mineraliferous Pine Creek Geosyncline, comprising Archaean granite and gneiss overlain by Palaeoprotozoic sediments. The major vegetation types are eucalypt tall open forests, typically dominated by Darwin woollybutt (Eucalyptus miniata) and Darwin stringybark (E. tetrodonta), and woodlands (dominated by a range of species including E. grandifolia, E. latifolia, E. tintinnans, E. confertiflora and E. tectifica), with smaller areas of monsoon rainforest patches, Melaleuca woodlands, riparian vegetation and tussock grasslands. Characteristic species include the granivorous birds Gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae), hooded parrot (Psephotus dissimilis) and partridge pigeon (Geophaps smithii). This relatively small bioregion has not been divided into subregions. The bioregion includes relatively large populations of some threatened species, most notably the gouldian finch, and one of the largest known colonies of ghost bat.

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Darwin to Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway travel information for self drive visitors guide. 1500 klm a jouney to remember and you have never really known Australian until you visit both Uluru (Ayers Rock), Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) and Kakadu.

  • Travel from Darwin to Litchfield National Park back track to the Arnhem Highway onto Jabiru and then down the Kakadu Highway onto Pine Creek then Katherine and straight through another approximate 1200klm to Alice Springs stopping at Katherine and Katherine Gorge, Tennant Creek, Devils Marbles and the many road houses, wayside inns, hotels and fuel stops along the way and really enjoy true outback hospitality and the flavour of our territory. Option 2 do the reverse from Alice Springs to Darwin and which is better the choice is yours.

  • • Tropical Darwin capital city

    Once a sleepy outback town now a small city now a thriving industrial and tourism hub. Darwin city sits on a peninsula, next the outer city of Palmerston 30klm away and outer Darwin small farm lots of 5 acres to 320 acres agricultural lands.

    Darwin Australia

  • • Kakadu National Park

    Visit Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia. 2 different access sealed highways into Kakadu it's a desintaion for tourists on vacation seeking a 5 day experience. Visit pristine waters, wildlife cruises and ancient Aboriginal rock art.

    Kakadu National Park

  • • Litchfield National Park

    Visit Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory, Australia. Visit nearby Litchfield National Park and see stunning waterfalls and amazing termite mounds – and swim safely in crystal-clear swimming holes such as Buley Rock Holes and Lower Cascades.

    Litchfield National Park

  • Katherine Gorge Nitmiluk

    Visit Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park,Northern Territory, Australia. The most comfortable months to visit the Park are from May to September. The wet season causes flooding of the Katherine River and restrictions on some of the activities available.

    Katherine Gorge
  • Katherine south of Darwin

    Visit Katherine in Northern Territory, Australia! With a population of over 9,804 people Katherine is a modern thriving regional center and excellent town to setup your camp at with it's caravan parks in the town and at Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park.

  • Mataranka Thermal Springs

    Visit Mataranka township and just off Stuart Highway in Elsey National Park.the famous Mataranka Thermal Springs is fed by spring water from the Daly and Georgina basins ata volume of 30.5 million litres per day. Surrounded by a palm forest 34C degrees.

    Mataranka Thermal Springs
  • The Devils Marbles

    Karlu Karlu known Devils Marbles. The Karlu Karlu Conservation Reserve, stretches 1,802 hectares and is home to a wide variety of desert flora and fauna, including goannas and finches. Located just approximately 100 kilometers south of Tennant Creek.

    Devils Marbles
  • Town of Alice Springs

    Alice Springs known just as Alice has both western and Aboriginal influences. The town's central Todd Mall has numerous Aboriginal art galleries. Alice Springs desert lifestyle has several unique events such as the Camel Cup and Henley-on-Todd Regatta.

    Alice Springs
  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Tourism
    Uluru Kata Tjuta Park

    Uluru wasn't always known as Uluru actually it was named Ayers Rock and the same for Kata Tjuta was The Olgas. Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park though around 6 hours comfortable 2wd drive from Alice Springs is 452km away southwest of the town.

    Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park