The local Aboriginal culture is strong in Tennant Creek. The most famous landmark in the area, the Devils Marbles, is considered a sacred site. Visit giant spherical clusters of rock and speculate how they came to be. The locals believe they are the eggs of the Rainbow Serpent, an Aboriginal Dreamtime story legend. Located only 100 kilometres south of Tennant Creek, stay for sunset at the Bill Allen Lookout and be amazed as the Devils Marbles glow a fiery red in the last moments of the day. A smaller (but no less impressive) rock formation is the Pebbles, another must-see for every traveller to Tennant Creek.
Hikers love the range of trails throughout the region, allowing travellers to experience the native wildlife, plants, birds and landscape up close for themselves. One of the most famous trails winds through the Honeymoon Ranges to a picnic spot five kilometres north of town. Lake Mary Ann is a man-made dam, a welcome surprise in the rugged Central Australian outback. Large enough for canoeing, windsurfing and other water spots, it's also an ideal spot for a swim after the hike!
Four wheel drivers are spoilt for choice in Tennant Creek, with a plethora of moderate to highly challenging tracks testing both the driver's skills and their vehicle's performance. Head to the Davenport Range National Park, and you won't run out of tracks to explore. The best attraction in the park is the Old Police Station Waterhole, put your four wheel drive skills on the line and navigate the Frew River Four Wheel Drive Loop Track, 17km of challenging action offering beautiful vistas not often seen by everyday tourists. Tennant Creek is also home to Australia's premier go-karting event, where racers battle head-to-head on a street circuit throughout the town.
Located in the Northern Territory, Tennant Creek is on the Stuart Highway, 1000 kilometres south of Darwin, and 500 kilometres north of Alice Springs. Established as an early gold mining settlement, the town today is a bustling community supported by world class cattle stations. Try your hand at fossicking for gold, battle a four wheel drive track or simply enjoy the beauty of unspoilt Australian Outback. Find your Tennant Creek accommodation today, and start planning your next trip!
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