Tennant Creek The Golden Heart of the Northern Territory


Tennant Creek is a lively hub that offers visitors a fascinating range of local attractions. With all modern services and facilities needed for a comfortable rest, combined with the traditional friendliness of a small town it is an ideal location to spend a couple days. Make your first stop the Tennant Creek Visitor Information Centre at Battery Hill Mining Complex 1.5km east of the town centre. The centre will delight and surprise, there are brochures, films, rustic displays, and so much more. The staff welcome your interest and provide all details about tours and attractions locally and beyond. The parking is caravan friendly and facilities include public toilets and a covered area with picnic seating.


Karlu Karlu/Devil’s Marbles

The Devils Marbles are huge granite boulders scattered across a wide, shallow valley, 100 kilometres south of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory.

The Devils Marbles are located in the traditional country of the Warumungu, Kaytetye, Alyawarra and Warlpiri people. They call the Devils Marbles Karlu Karlu, which literally translates as ‘round boulders’.

Formed by erosion over millions of years, the Devils Marbles are made of granite, which surfaces like an island in the desert. They vary in size, from 50 centimetres up to six metres across.

Many of the giant stones are precariously balanced on top of one another, appearing to defy gravity. They continue to crack and erode today, creating an ever-changing landscape.

The Devils Marbles have great significance for the Aboriginal people. Most of the conservation reserve is protected under the Northern Territory Aboriginal Sacred Sites Act.

Ancient creation legends surrounding Karlu Karlu are passed from generation to generation by the traditional owners. Many of these stories are secret and only a few can be shared with visitors.

At sunrise and sunset, the boulders appear to glow and change colour, from pink to bright red, similar to the other geological wonders in the Northern Territory

Devils Marbles NT

Photo Credit: Jemloco Images Mount Isa & Northwest Queensland 

Ask a Local

Tennant Creek Visitor Information Centre
Battery Hill Mining Centre Complex Peko Road Tennant Creek NT 0860
Free Call: 1800 500 879 Fax: (08) 8962 2022

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Battery Hill Mining Centre

The Battery Hill Mining Centre overlooks the town and the surrounding countryside and is named after the original 1930’s No. 3 Government gold stamp battery. The Battery is for the present a static display that can be viewed by a self guided walk. The Underground Mine tour has working machinery, authentic sounds and displays.

Nyinkka Nyunyu Aboriginal Art & Culture Centre

This multi-award winning Art and Culture Centre gives visitors an opportunity to experience the culture of the local Warumungu people. The displays and exhibitions provide an insight into the Warumungu’s strong connection with the land. You can wander through the gallery and gift shop, then relax in the café, renowned for the ‘best coffee along the track’.
The Centre sets new benchmarks in a multi faceted precinct in which visitors have the opportunity to:
* Shop at the Retail Shop featuring local art and craft works, gifts, books, etc;
* Obtain information from the local Indigenous experts at the Information Centre;
* Sit and enjoy a fresh juice or coffee at the Jajjikari Café;
* Visit the Museum and Gallery, entry fees apply
* Watch traditional and contemporary performances in either of the two performance areas; AS Scheduled.
* Explore the landscaped garden of indigenous plants and bush tucker.

Nyinkka Nyunyu is fully owned and operated by aboriginal people from Tennant Creek.

Please visit Nyinkka Nyunyu Aboriginal Art & Culture Centre for more information.