Tennant Creek to Darwin (subject to being updated)

Long distances between ‘watering holes’ is the endearing feature of the Stewart Highway. Officially starts in Adelaide and finishes in Darwin, or vice versa. Bustout joined the Stewart Highway at Tennant Creek. That was after joining the Barkly Highway at Cloncurry. The Barkly Highway has its beginnings in Townsville.

Sprinkled along the highway are small settlements, historic and scenic landmarks, and slowly changing vistas. These short stops help makes the trip a little more pleasurable than it might have been. There is very little traffic so the odd road train and upcoming landmarks helps to look forward to the next thing.

For us 100k per hour, at 2,500 revs and cruise control. Then sit back and relax.

After Tennant Creek there are the Pebbles. Some 5k of gravel to negotiate, but worth the visit.

The Stuart Memorial about 50k north.

The John Flynn Memorial.

Larrimah is the purple pub and caravan park and museum then the famous Daly Waters Hotel

Elliot is the first small hamlet with a hotel. Police are based at Elliot.

Newcastle Waters was bypassed when the ‘new’ highway was laid. This now an historic ghost town with a fabulous tribute the ‘stockman’. This alone makes the short diversion worthwhile.

Always give the many Road Trains full respect.

The Dunmarra Roadhouse is a recommended stopover. An interesting wall mural and B52 bomber and road train will most likely be an only time ever photo to look at.

Diary notes


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course