Newcastle Waters


Newcastle Waters township (no longer inhabited) is located 269 kilometres north of Tennant Creek just off the Explorers Way. It is part of the vast, historic Newcastle Waters Station in the Barkly Tablelands. The explorer John McDouall Stuart reached the area in 1861 and was excited to find large body of water in Lake Woods nearby and named it after the Duke of Newcastle, the then Secretary for the Colonies.

Stuart established a base camp near the present site of the station. With the development of the pastoral industry, a small township sprang up and thrived as a supply point at the junction of major droving routes. The introduction of the road train in the 1960s, however rendered droving obsolete and Newcastle Waters quickly became a ghost town. The National Trust has preserved several buildings and created the Drovers Memorial Park (its centrepiece being a life sized bronze statue of a drover). It is a worthwhile stop for those travelling the Explorers Way as an insight into a way of life long past.

Quick Facts

Newcastle Waters is a small Northern Territory Rural Location within the local government area of Barkly, it is located approximately 612kms from the capital Darwin covering an area of 4.357 square kilometres. Newcastle Waters has a recorded population of 64 residents and is within the Australian Central Standard Time zone Australia/Darwin.

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