Things to do, Tennant Creek & Barkly Region, Northern Territory, Australia

Camping, Tennant Creek & Barkly

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Camping, Frew River Waterholes, Davenport Ranges, Davenport Range National Park, Tennant Creek and Barkly Region, Northern Territory, Australia

There are plenty of caravan parks and camp grounds in the town of Tennant Creek, but for true isolation and serenity, pack up the car and try the region's more remote bush camping sites in the peace and quiet of the outback.

Devil inside

The Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve is home to a wide variety of unique desert flora and fauna, including goannas and finches. The famous boulders (or 'marbles') are a must-see when visiting the Tennant Creek region. One of the best times to explore or photograph the scenery is at sunrise or sunset, so pitch a tent within the reserve to really appreciate this stunning ancient landscape.

Dead centre

Visit the real 'central Australia' at Central Mount Stuart. The mountain is the approximate geographic centre of Australia, and nearby is the small Central Mount Stuart Historical Reserve, commemorating explorer John McDouall Stuart's reaching the point in 1860. The dark red sandstone peak has an elevation of 846 metres, and the camping spot has (hikers and campers will be glad to hear) a water supply.

On the homestead

The historic Banka Banka Station was the first operational pastoral lease in the region, and a supply camp during World War II.  While still being part of an 11,600 square-km working cattle station it also operates as a campground. Enjoy a cold beer on the verandah of the historic mud brick homestead, and cook up dinner on the barbecue while swapping yarns around the campfire.

Range life

Bring your tent and set up camp in the Davenport Range National Park, an important refuge for fauna, especially water birds, due to its extensive network of waterholes. Enjoy the quiet beauty of the Davenport Ranges, a picturesque spot for campers. Camp sites are available at the Old Police Station Waterhole or Whistleduck Creek.

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