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Barkly Region - Cities, Towns and Localities
South of Tennant Creek:
Tennant Creek
Devils Marbles CR
Wycliffe Well
Alice Springs

The Tablelands:

North of Tennant Creek:
Daly Waters

The Gulf:
Daly Waters

Related destination:
Central Australia

Other towns, villages and localities in the Barkly Region include:
South of Tennant Creek: Kelly West Meteorite Crater • Davenport Range National Park • Old Police Station Waterhole
• Whistleduck Waterhole • Wauchope • Barrow Creek Telegraph Station • Ti Tree
The Tablelands: The Tablelands • Lake Mary Ann • Telegraph Station • Threeways Roadhouse • Barkly Homestead
Camooweal, QLD • Mount Isa, QLD
North of Tennant Creek: Lake Mary Ann • Pebbles (Kunjarra) • Telegraph Station • Threeways Roadhouse
• Renner Springs • Lake Woods • Elliott • Newcastle Waters Historic Site • Dumarra • Hi-Way Inn • Larrimah
The Gulf: Elliot • Newcastle Waters Historic Site • Dunmarra • Hi-Way Inn • Cape Crawford • Borroloola • King Ash Bay
As you travel north of Alice Springs, you have entered the vast Barkly Region, stretching along the Stuart Highway (along the tourism route promoted as part of the Explorer’s Way), taking you all the way to Katherine. It also stretches to the eastern border taking in the Gulf and Tableland region of the Territory, that stretches across the border into Queensland.

With Tennant Creek at the centre of the region, this area captures the essence of the vast outback with some iconic geological features (the Devils Marbles / Karlu Karlu and Kunjarra / The Pebbles), Indigenous Art and Culture, and European history.

The Tablelands
The Barkly region is synonymous with the cattle industry, that is sustained by the rich grassland of the ‘Barkly Tableland’. This vast region can now be transverse by sealed road stretching just east of Tennant Creek taking you into the lush tropical coastal region of Queensland, all the way to Townsville. The drive follows the original stock route of the pioneers and stockmen, who drove their cattle from the East Kimberley in Western Australia to the east coast, giving rise to many of Australia’s premier cattle stations.

Mining also made an unique contribution to the area, starting in the 1930’s when gold was discovered, setting off Australia’s last gold rush. Mining and exploration in the region continuing to this day. Visitors to Battery Hill Mining Centres are offered an insight into the lives of those early miners.

The traditional owners of the area surrounding Tennant Creek are the Warumungu people whose culture continues today and visitors are welcomed at the Nyinkka Nyunyu Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre.

The Stuart Highway that runs through the centre of the region links South Australia’s Port Augusta in the south with the Northern Territory’s Darwin in the north.

Check out our listing of Barkly Region accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Battery Hill Mining Centre / Barkly Tourism Association - Tennant Creek

Nyinkka Nyunyu Culture Centre - Tennant Creek

Central Australian Visitor Information Centre - Alice Springs

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Barkly Region Attractions

Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve (Karlu Karlu ) © A and H Holden, 2006Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve
One of the unique geological attractions in the Barkly Region is located in the Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve, approximately 393 km north of Alice Springs. These unique formation are known by the Indigenous name of Karlu Karlu (the Kaytetye name), or Karlwe Karlwe (the Warrumungu name).

Karlu Karlu is located on a sacred ‘Dreaming’ site, of which the Kaytetye say the boulders are ‘the eggs of the rainbow serpent, who passed through the area in the Dreamtime’. The majority of the Reserve is recognised as of great cultural importance to the Warrumungu, Kaiditch, Wogaia and Alyawarre people. Many stories and traditions are associated to the area.

Access to the reserve extends along both sides of the Stuart Highway, with the nearest service town being Wauchope 9 km to the south and Tennant Creek 114 km in the north.
Kunjarra / The Pebbles
Another unique geological formation, often referred to as the smaller relatives of the Devils Marbles, is The Pebbles. Known to the Warumungu Aboriginal people as Kunjarra, these granite boulders, form the sacred site and women’s dancing place for the Munga Munga Dreaming.

Located approximately 18 kilometres north of Tennant Creek, off the Stuart Highway, the turnoff to Kunjarra is just past the Telegraph Station, on the left if you are travelling north. There is a six kilometres of unsealed road, which is usually suitable for conventional two wheel drive vehicles.

Facilities include interpretive signage, parking and toilets and visitors are asked to enjoy the view, but not to cross the fenceline. Some of the best times to take photos include sunrise and sunset. Guided tours are available by contacting staff at Nyinkka Nyunyu Culture Centre.

Lake Woods
Nyinkka Nyunyu Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre
The traditional owners of the area surrounding Tennant Creek are the Warumungu people. With a culture that is still alive and well, visitors can engage with the traditional people and learn their stories which is showcased in one of Australia’s finest cultural centres, Nyinkka Nyunyu.
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