Spotlight on the Stops: Tennant Creek
26 Aug 2019
From Daly Waters the teams will make their way towards Tennant Creek, just another 400km down the road, home to one of the most iconic rock formations on the Highway.
Known for its million-acre cattle station, gold mining heritage, iconic rock formations and Aboriginal Culture, Tennant Creek is as genuine outback Australia as it gets!
Many followers of BWSC teams will recognise the iconic Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles, a unique and mesmerizing rock formation many teams make sure to capture along the route. Formed over millions of years and standing at up to 6 metres, the massive granite boulders are strewn across a valley just south of Tennant Creek. The Warmungu Aboriginal people believe the formation to be the fossilised eggs of the Rainbow Serpent.
The best times to visit - if you have a bit more time than the teams on your hands! - is sunrise and sunset. The morning and evening light brings out the most incredible colours, making for a truly immersive experience. During the cooler months, you can also take an interpretive walk and learn about Dreamtime story of the site from a ranger.
Just outside of Tennant Creek you can also find the Battery Hill Mining Centre – the historic site of the No 3 Government Gold Stamp Battery, which has its origins in the 1930s outback gold rush. The centre is a gem for history buffs – take an underground mine tour through three incredible exhibits. You can also take self-guided nature walks, and check out some of the machinery displays.
There is also plenty of rich Aboriginal history to explore and immerse yourself in around Tennant Creek. Nine Aboriginal groups call the area home, offering visitors a unique opportunity to learn about Aboriginal life and their connection to the land.
Outback adventurers may be interested in local trails, which you can tackle on 4 wheels, or just your two feet. Camp overnight on a cattle station, or base yourself around the town centre. It's the perfect stop for those big on camping and adventure, or just a quick photo op at Karlu Karlu!
Kilometres Travelled on the BWSC: 990
Header image via Tourism NT / Jason Van Miert