Explore the friendly town of Tennant Creek, the headquarters of the Barkly Tablelands between Alice Springs and Darwin, and discover a rich history shaped by gold mining, a strong Aboriginal culture and the Northern Territory’s original cattle kings. Here are 10 of the top things to do in and around Tennant Creek.
1. See Karlu Karlu (the Devils Marbles) at sunset
Camp at sacred Karlu Karlu (the Devils Marbles), an hour’s drive south of Tennant Creek, where hundreds of granite boulders, some up to six metres tall, are scattered. The best times to visit are sunrise and sunset, when the morning and evening sun highlights their deep red colour. Learn about the Dreamtime story of the site on an interpretive walk or from a ranger during the cooler months.
2. Meet local artists at Aboriginal art galleries
Hear the local Warumungu legend of ‘Nyinkka’, the spiky tailed goanna that shaped the town, at the Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre (considered one of the best in the NT). Then meet the clever women of Julalikari Arts, just north of the town, who welcome visitors to watch them create their art—paintings, pottery, screen-printing and sewing—using bright colours and amazing textures.