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Where is the branch located?
We are located at 59 Paterson St, Tennant Creek.
Tennant Creek is in the heart of the Australian outback, 500 kilometres north of Alice Springs and nearly 1,000 kilometres south of Darwin and the north coast. Tennant Creek Airport is attached to the main CBD and just a two-minute walk from the main section of town. It is the seventh largest town in the Northern Territory, with a population of just over 3,000 people. With the Stuart Highway running directly through the centre of town, many people drive through Tennant Creek, but few stop to take in the town and its surroundings.
The area surrounding Tennant Creek is known as the Barkly Tableland, known for some of the largest cattle stations on earth. This, along with the gold rush of the 1920s, shaped the town into what it is today, with mining and cattle attractions acting as popular tourism drawcards for the area. Here, you will find a supermarket, shops, clubs, restaurants, a regional hospital and airport and several camping grounds, such as the iconic Devil’s Marbles camping area, a 100 kilometres drive south of town.
Learn about the mining history of the region, as well as Aboriginal culture while you’re in town. While many wouldn’t think of Tennant Creek in the same way they do other Northern Territory attractions, the town has enough to offer if you’re passing through to pull your rental car over and have a look around. Situated between Alice Springs and the lush north of the Northern Territory, many travellers will drive through it on their way from one location to the other.
As you might expect, given its rural location, to get around anywhere in or outside of town, you need a car. Starting off in the centre of town, the Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre is the place to learn about Aboriginal Australian art and culture. An initiative of the Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation, the site is home to a diverse range of Indigenous artefacts as well as unique hand-made dioramas depicting the story of the region. Learn about bush food and medicines through the display, as well as several taxidermy animals. See a range of permanent and travelling art exhibitions in the White Wall gallery space. Take a look online to see what exhibitions are on during your time in town. Stop in at the café and shop on site for something to eat and a unique gift to take home.
Another major activity is the Battery Hill Mining Centre. Take a tour of the mine underground and wander through three museum exhibits. The centre overlooks Tennant Creek and provides great walks above ground with static machinery displays and nature surrounding the site. See the Mclaughlin Mineral Collection and other displays. The site is also home to the Visitor Information Centre, which can provide you with all the pamphlets and brochures you need to enjoy the surrounding nature.
Head just north of town, and you will arrive at Lake Mary Ann, just 7-minutes from town by car. Walk around the lake on a self-guided bush walk or hop in for a dip. With ample parking and picnic areas, it’s a great place to spend an afternoon.
The main natural attraction nearby is the Devils Marbles or Karlu Karlu, where large ancient granite boulders are scattered across a wide shallow valley. A sacred Aboriginal site of the Warumungu people, these odd geographic features formed over millions of years and continue to break and crack in interesting ways, including one that is split directly down the centre in a way that looks almost unnatural. With information boards, set walking paths, camping sites and stargazing opportunities, it is well worth the 95-kilometre drive south from Tennant Creek.