Considered a welcome oasis for travelers heading to Darwin from Alice Springs, Tennant Creek is an outback haven. Known as the Golden Heart of the Northern Territory due to the gold rush of the 1930's. Now copper, gold and silver are all mined here. Tennant Creek is a true outback town as it lies 675km South of Katherine and 507km North of Alice Springs, making this city a very handy stop over point. Nobles Creek at Tennant Creek was once the richest gold mine in Australia, now closed and not accessible.
Tennant Creek is named after the watercourse named by by John McDouall Stuart in 1860 in recognition of help given to him by John Tennant a South Australian pastoralist. A connection to the Overland Telegraph line was established in 1872 but not much happened until gold was discovered in the 1930's.
This is a great place to see how the ore was originally crushed and this 10 head battery still does the job. There is a mining museum here as well, and guided tours of a replica mine. Peko Road (08 8962 3388).
Devils Marbles Conservation Park
A collection of giant red spherical granite boulders balanced on top of each other thought by the Aboriginals of the area to be eggs of the Rainbow Serpent. They were created 1,700 million years ago when magma deep below the earth wa fractured to created blocks which then became eroded. The boulders vary in size from under a metre to over 6 metres. 100 km south of Tennant Creek.
Known to be one of Tennant Creek's oldest mines. Tours of the mine are conducted and some special night descents are done as well. Warrego Road (08 8962 2168).
National Trust Museum
Housed in an old hospital this museum has displays and memorabilia of the area and it's history. Schmidt Street (08 8962 2340).
Mary Anne Dam
Located 6km north of the township is a lovely lake that is ideal for swimming and boating. There are also walking tracks and picnic spots here.
Old Telegraph Station
The Old Telegraph station 10km north of Tennant Creek was completed in 1876 and now a conservation area and museum.
One Tank Hill
A good place for views over Tennant Creek and has a useful marker that points to local sites.
This shady reserve offers welcome relief from the heat, as there is a picnic area as well as a swimming pool. Corner of Ambrose and Peko Roads.