Barkly

Area

The vast Barkly Tablelands stretch east of Tennant Creek into Queensland and, at more than 280,000 square kilometres, cover about 20 per cent of the Territory’s land mass.

The Barkly is known for its golden grasslands and wide blue skies that give it that distinctive sense of the space and freedom of the outback. Vast cattle stations are located on the Tablelands, some as large as European countries, and this region is well known for the epic cattle drives of yesteryear that passed through en route to Queensland.

One of the biggest events on this region’s calendar is the Brunette Downs Races, a bush race meet held in June on a station 350 kilometres north east of Tennant Creek. Visitors fly in from all over Australia for the four-day bush race meet that has a distinct outback flavour.

The Barkly Homestead at the junction of the Barkly and Tablelands highways is the only service centre in the tablelands and provides a welcome respite on the long drive to or from Queensland.

Quick Facts

The Barkly area is a local government area (LGA) in Northern Territory. This area is home to 19 locations and/or suburbs which you can explore in more detail by selecting from the list  below. The Barkly area is located approximately kms from the capital Darwin.

If you are planning a visit to this area we’ve put together some of the things you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one ofthe buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know the area and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.

Barkly

Area Regional Council

Ali Curung

Urban

Population: 494 | Barkly

Alpurrurulam

Urban

Population: 420 | Barkly

Ampilatwatja

Urban

Population: 418 | Barkly

Canteen Creek

Urban

Population: 184 | Barkly

Elliott

Urban

Population: 339 | Barkly

Elliott, the halfway point between Darwin and Alice Springs, 250 kilometres north of Tennant Creek, is...

Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, Australia

Tennant Creek

Urban

Population: 2991 | Barkly

From its humble beginnings as a gold rush and cattle town, Tennant Creek has grown into...

Wutunugurra

Urban

Population: 166 | Barkly

Renner Springs

Place Of Interest

Barkly

Renner Springs Roadhouse is located 150 kilometres north of Tennant Creek along the Stuart Highway. It...

Tennant Creek Telegraph Station

Tennant Creek

Place Of Interest

Barkly

Tennant Creek is known for its gold mining history. The surrounding region, the Barkly Tablelands, is...

Threeways

Place Of Interest

Barkly

‘Threeways’ is a roadhouse located at the junction of the Stuart and Barkly Highways, 25 kilometres...

Wycliffe Well

Place Of Interest

Barkly

Wycliffe Well, located 130 kilometres south of Tennant Creek and 380 kilometres north of Alice Springs,...

Costello

Rural

Population: 12 | Barkly

Creswell

Rural

Population: 45 | Barkly

Davenport

Rural

Population: 178 | Barkly

Newcastle Waters

Rural

Population: 64 | Barkly

Newcastle Waters township (no longer inhabited) is located 269 kilometres north of Tennant Creek just off...

Nicholson

Rural

Population: 60 | Barkly

Pamayu

Rural

Population: 33 | Barkly

Ranken

Rural

Population: 44 | Barkly

Sandover

Rural

Population: 634 | Barkly

Tablelands

Rural

Population: 210 | Barkly

Tanami East

Rural

Population: 33 | Barkly

Tara

Rural

Population: 89 | Barkly

Warumungu

Rural

Population: 157 | Barkly