Tennant Creek

Tennant Creek is a town located in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is around 1000 kilometres south of the territory capital, Darwin, and 500 kilometres north of Alice Springs.

The town is named after a nearby watercourse of the same name.

Tennant Creek is located in the middle of the Northern Territory the average maximum temperatures range from 24 degrees to 38 degrees, with an average of 22 days per year exceeding 40 degrees. Minimum temperatures range from 12 degrees in winter to 25 degrees in the hotter months.

Battery HillTennant Creek is an old gold mining town, home to the largest open-cut gold mine in Australia up until 1985 when mining stopped. The mine is Nobles Nob, which made one-eyed Jack Noble and blind partner William Weaber a small fortune.

Battery HillThere are plenty of things to do in Tennant Creek, many about gold mining. You can visit the old Gold Stamp Battery, Peko Road, and have a guided tour around at 9.30am or 5.00pm. If you want hands on experience head to the Moonlight Rockhole along Warrego Road, where you can fossick for gold yourself. You will need a permit to do this, so head for the Department of Mines and Energy first. There are also a couple of mining tours that you can take.

Battery HillOther attractions include visiting the National Trust Museum, one of the 12 remaining telegraph stations in Northern Territory, as well as horse riding or visiting Devil's Marbles. Devil's Marbles are huge boulders at the side of the road, said by Aboriginal mythology to have been put there by the Rainbow Serpent.

Devils MarblesThere is a campsite in the Devil's Marbles Conservation Park or pub accommodation at Wauchope. South from Devil's Marbles is the Stuart Memorial, and Barrow Creek where another telegraph station still stands. In August the Barrow Creek Races are very popular and something you have to see.

There is a range of accommodation in the area, from camping and hostels to hotels and motels. There are also several good places to eat out both during the day and in the evening.

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