Park the car and tie those shoelaces – Tennant Creek is home to a number of walking trails that take you to the heart of this beautiful region.
Travellers taking the Explorer's Way visit the Barkly region and stretch those legs on a number of short nature walks around the stunning countryside. Formed by millions of years of erosion, the incredible Devils Marbles include a 15-minute self-guided walk exploring the ancient Aboriginal mythology surrounding this fascinating geological marvel.
Completed in 1872, the Overland Telegraph Line was a 3200 km line running from Darwin to South Australia, allowing fast communication between Australia and the rest of the world. Serving as a tribute to Sir Charles Todd, builder of the Overland Telegraph Line, the Frew Ponds Overland Telegraph Line Memorial Reserve commemorates the joining of the two ends of the line. A 1.5 kilometre walking trail with informative signage takes visitors along the fifty two original Oppenhiemer poles remaining in the reserve today.
Elliott is the traditional home of the Jingili people and their name for the town is Kulumindini. The town lies on important Dreaming tracks, and the Jim Rennie Memorial Park has fascinating guided tours along tracks in the park, including a 45-minute interpretive walk showcasing local plants and habitats, and their traditional uses by local Aboriginal people.
In the water
Have a swim and a picnic at Lake Mary Ann, just five kilometres from Tennant Creek. The lake can be reached from the township by a walking and cycling track. There are walking paths all around the lake, one of which winds its way through the beautiful Honeymoon Ranges to the lake where hikers can sit down and make use of the barbeque facilities, swimming areas, and wildlife watching areas.