Backpacking Tennant Creek

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    GET UP CLOSE TO THE FASCINATING DEVILS MARBLES: Photo courtesy Tourism NT
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    THESE SPECTACULAR ROCK FORMATIONS ARE LOCATED 104KM SOUTH OF TENNANT CREEK: Photo courtesy of Tourism NT
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    HEAD TO THE NYINNKA NYUNYU CULTURAL CENTRE TO LEARN ABOUT THE CULTURE OF THE LOCAL WARUMUNGA PEOPLE: Photo courtesy Tourism NT
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Tennant Creek Highlights

  • 104km south are the Devil's Marbles, a collection of giant boulders scattered on either side of the Sturt Highway. Aboriginal legend says they were placed there by the Rainbow Serpent and are a sacred site.

  • Explore the Battery Hill Mining Centre, where you can tour through an underground mine tunnel, pan for gold, or watch ore being crushed and gold being poured.

  • Visit the Nyinnka Nyunyu Cultural Centre to experience the culture of the local Warumungu people and gain an understanding about their strong connection with the land.

About Tennant Creek

Population 3,500

Tennant Creek is the only other town of real size other than Katherine, between Darwin and Alice Springs. Tennant Creek was established as a gold mining town and has unearthed an incredible four billion dollars worth of gold. Mining is still carried out today and you can experience some of this and find out about the mining history through the Battery Hill Mining Centre. Here you can tour through an underground mine tunnel, pan for gold, or watch ore being crushed and gold being poured.

The town is also a good base to visit the Devil's Marbles, located 104km to the south. The Devil's Marbles are a collection of giant boulders scattered on either side of the Sturt Highway. Aboriginal legend says they were placed there by the Rainbow Serpent and are a sacred site.

The town itself has a variety of shops, services, places to eat and drink and other attractions worth a visit.

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Tennant Creek Barkly Visitor Information Centre

Battery Hill Mining Centre
Peko Road
Tennant Creek, Northern Territory
Phone 1800 500 879
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