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The memorial to John McDouall Stuart’s 1860 expedition to traverse the continent south to north.
Dedication plaque, Attack Creek
Detail of high quality interpretive signage at Attack Creek Memorial.

Attack Creek Historical Reserve Memorial

The Attack Creek Memorial is situated on the Attack Creek Historical Reserve, located on the Stuart Highway 74 kilometres north of Tennant Creek.

The memorial recalls that 'On 25 June 1860 John McDouall Stuart and his two companions William Kekwick and Benjamin Head reached Attack Creek the most northerly point of that expedition. Hostile natives and illness forced the party to return'. A short walk down the creek from the monument you can see where the old Stuart Highway once ran to the east of the current road.

Named by John McDouall Stuart following a rare confrontation with Warumungu Aboriginal people over dwindling water supplies in 1871. Attack Creek is marked by a road-side memorial stonework cairn surrounded by a steel post and chain fence.

A rest/camping area with toilets, bins and picnic shelters has been established near the memorial for travellers along the Stuart Highway.

Opening times

Open daily, 24 hours.

Entry cost

Free entry


  • Caravan / Camper Trailer / Campervan Sites / Campsites
  • Carpark
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet


  • Camping
  • Scenic Drives


Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids) Caters for people who are deaf or have hearing loss. Caters for people who are blind or have vision loss.


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