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
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 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
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.