For Bustout Tennant Creek is our first Northern Territory town. Tennant Creek is a long way from Camooweal (440k) and nearly 400k north of Alice Springs. The next ‘town’ north of Tennant Creek is Mataranka which is nearly 600k north. Tennant Creek is a long way from everywhere, and is the Territory’s most central town.

The proximity to the Barkly Ranges and the establishment of the Telegraph gave cause to Tennant Creek's beginnings.

Tennant Creek, given its size  is also one of those few places in Australia, where the Aboriginal population is approaching one third of the whites.

European history of this area began in 1860 when explorer Stewart passed this way on his unsuccessful first attempt to cross the continent from South to North. He named a creek to the north of town after John Tennant, a financier of his expedition.

The Overland Telegraph was constructed in the 1870s and forged a corridor through the middle of the continent that the Explorer’s Way and Ghan train now travel. A temporary building for a telegraph repeater station was erected near the watercourse of Tennant Creek in 1872.

 Tennant Creek was the site of Australia’s last gold rush during the 1930s and at that time was the third-largest gold producer in Australia and quickly caused the population to grow to 600. “Battery Hill” still overlooks the town of Tennant Creek and is the site of one of the last two mines. Now a museum.

Tennant Creek has all of the major services and is a draw card town for this vast region.

Tennant Creek has many churches.

The very tasteful War Memorial is near the RSL.

There are two busy hotels in the main street.

Given distances traveled Tennant Creek is a stop-over town. There plenty of accommodation options.

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