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Tennant Creek, Northern Territory

Tennant Creek, Northern Territory
Main Street Tennant Creek
Australian Place
NameTennant Creek
StateNorthern Territory
Population3,500 (2005)
Time zoneACST (UTC+9:30)
State DistrictBarkly
Federal DivisionLingiari

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Tennant Creek is a town located in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is the fifth largest town in the Northern Territory and it is located on the Stuart Highway, just south of the intersection with the western terminus of the Barkly Highway.

Tennant Creek is approximately 1000 kilometres south of the territory capital, Darwin, and 500 kilometres north of Alice Springs. The town is named after a nearby watercourse of the same name. At the 2001 census, Tennant Creek had a population of 3,185, of which 1,176 identified themselves as Aboriginal.

Tennant Creek is near well-known attractions including the Devils Marbles, Mary Ann Dam, Battery Hill Mining Centre and the Nyinkka Nyunyu Culture Centre and is the hub of the sprawling Barkly Tableland, vast elevated plains of black soil with golden Mitchell grass, that cover more than 240,000 square kilometres.

The Barkly Tableland runs east from Tennant Creek towards the Queensland border and is among the most important cattle grazing areas in the Northern Territory. Roughly the same size as the United Kingdom or New Zealand, the region consists largely of open grass plains and some of the world’s largest cattle stations. It runs as far south as Barrow Creek, north above Elliott and west into the Tanami Desert.

The region encompasses the junction of two great highways, the Barkly and the Stuart, also known as the Overlander and Explorer’s Ways. The Overlander's Way (Barkly Highway) retraces the original route of early stockmen who drove their cattle from Queensland through the grazing lands in the Northern Territory.

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Straddling the Stuart Highway just north of the famous Karlu-Karlu (Devils Marbles) Conservation Reserve, the Northern Territory's Tennant Creek encapsulates the true spirit of the Outback. Here, Aboriginal art, culture and traditions are mixed with a diverse mining history and exploration heritage. Both the town and surrounding Barkly region are home to about nine Aboriginal groups including the Anmatyerre, Warumungu, Warlpiri, Kaytetye and Alyawarre, and you can learn the story of the Devils Marbles and other significant sites at the award-winning Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre in Tennant Creek. For a more contemporary take on Aboriginal culture, visit the Winanjjkari Music School where you can join in a jam, or just listen to the music being made. Translated to "singing for belonging", the school was developed for local Aboriginal people to express, make and record music, and covers all genres from hip-hop to country.
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Four-wheel driving, bushwalking, swimming, camels walking down the street - nothing is ordinary in this area of Australia's Outback. Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory's rugged Barkly Tablelands, is the gateway to exciting outback adventures in the Davenport Range National Park, Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve and at The Pebbles, a sacred site and women's dancing place for the Munga Munga Dreaming. Swim at the inviting Old Police Station Waterhole and drive the technically challenging Frew River four-wheel drive loop.
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Welcome to Country performed in Warumungu language by Junior Franks
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Savour the Serenity of Kakadu, relax in the Crystal clear plunge pools of Litchfield National Park, Bath in the warm waters of Mataranka Thermal Pool. Journey from Darwin to Alice Springs and discover the many wonders of this remarkable landscape.
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Roadtrip Australia: Van-Tastic Adventures Northern Territory On their roadtrip through the Northern Territory of Australia with Van-Tastic Adventures, Andrew and Willie take cowboy lessons at Kelly's Ranch in Tennant Creek. Follow the adventures at, or on Twitter @Van_Tastic. courtesy of
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613nm Leg from Tennant Creek NT to Longreach QLD. Sunset arrival in Longreach with taxi past the Qantas Museum Static Aircraft 747 and 717. Note temp at 3.30pm departure out of Tennant Creek 48 Degrees Cel.
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This is a song and video that the children of Tennant Creek Primary School wrote and performed with Shellie Morris for the Amsant health food summit. Thanks to everyone at Tennant Creek Primary & Amsant. Song and Video production Glen Heald. All instruments Glen Heald Shellie Morris is and Australian Aboriginal-indigenous singer songwriter. Visit Shellie Morris at her official website or see Shellie Morris' work with children in remote Australian Aboriginal communities at http and also Shellie's Guitar player Glen Heald at
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322 nm leg from Katherine to Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. Nothing out of the box on this flight other than a very hot day.
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Tennant Creek - Northern Territory. 2004
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Driving Our Future - Tennant Creek A multi-lingual interactive DVD used for driver education. Developed by OT3 with the support of Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) and Papulu Apparr-Kari (PAK).
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Land council quizzed over nuclear dump - Herald Sun Tweet this news
Herald Sun--The Gillard Government plans a dump site for low-level nuclear waste, most of which will stem from nuclear medicine, at Muckaty Station, near -Tennant Creek- in the -Northern Territory-. Australian Greens senator Scott Ludlam asked Mr Hill and - Date : Fri, 03 Jun 2011 07:01:07 GMT+00:00
Motor dealer quits town because of vandals - ABC Online Tweet this news
ABC Online--Vandalism is cited as one of the reasons the only car dealership at -Tennant Creek- in the -Northern Territory- will close its doors next month. Seven employees will lose their jobs when Peter Kittle Motors shuts down at the end of June. ... - Date : Thu, 12 May 2011 05:15:43 GMT+00:00
NT Rover gold project subject of new major drill out by Adelaide Resources - Mineweb Tweet this news
Mineweb--Adelaide Resources Limited ("Adelaide Resources") is pleased to announce that drilling is underway at the Rover Gold-Copper Project, located southwest of -Tennant Creek- in the -Northern Territory-. Commencement of the 2011 expl - Date : Tue, 24 May 2011 08:19:55 GMT+00:00
Local bowlers hold their own - Katherine Times Tweet this news
Katherine Times--Members said the local club is represented at the Top End Shield pennants comp, the -NT- Titles, -Tennant Creek- Masters and the Country Championships. The thriving club is cementing a future with more young members, and 16-year-old Kaitl - Date : Wed, 02 Mar 2011 05:32:13 GMT+00:00
Rail link could 'open up' north mine development - ABC Online Tweet this news
ABC Online--An infrastructure company says it is still pushing for a proposed rail line between Mount Isa in north-west Queensland and -Tennant Creek- in the -Northern Territory- to expand industrial growth in the region. ... - Date : Fri, 11 Feb 2011 01:19:12 GMT+00:00
Brown's new bill to boost NT's power - Tweet this news National Radioactive Waste Management Bill, which would allow a national nuclear waste dump to be built at Muckaty Station, north of -Tennant Creek-, last week passed through the Lower House. Mr Ludlam said nuclear waste had been in the - Date : Wed, 02 Mar 2011 01:24:17 GMT+00:00
Guestroom - Mick Smith - ABC Local Tweet this news
ABC Local---...- -NT- Police Force. In 1963, he stepped off the plane and started work as a constable in Darwin, but later took on posts in Pine -Creek-, Katherine, -Tennant- ... - Date : Tue, 01 Feb 2011 13:13:33 GMT+00:00
Schools are not good enough - Tweet this news"The -NT- Government claims bush and remote schools are pulling us down but people who participated in the Property Council of Australia survey were talking ... - Date : Tue, 25 Jan 2011 00:56:01 GMT+00:00
cameras hailed as road toll falls - The Australian Tweet this news
The Australian--A 13-year-old is believed to have been driving a ute when it rolled near Elliott, 250km north of -Tennant Creek-, and killed two boys, aged six and 14. ... - Date : Sun, 02 Jan 2011 13:03:50 GMT+00:00
Abbott blasts 'pernicious' NT truancy culture - ABC Online Tweet this news
ABC Online--Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott has called for a crackdown on parents from remote -Northern Territory- communities who fail to send their children to ... - Date : Wed, 08 Dec 2010 21:04:46 GMT+00:00

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