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Living in Tennant Creek

Hikers at the Devils Marbles

Vast elevated plains of golden grass stretch towards the horizon earning Tennant Creek the nickname - the golden heart.This is cattle country.

Tennant Creek is home to 3000 people and is your authentic Outback town.

The one main street down the centre of town is lined with trees and locally owned stores. A quick trip to the supermarket turns into a community catch-up because everyone knows everyone and the town is flush with utes and Troopys.

Locals like to spend their weekends taking it slow in the great outdoors: Swimming at Mary Ann Dam, four-wheel-driving through the Davenport Ranges and exploring some of Australia’s most natural beauties.

The Devil’s Marbles are a major tourist attraction for the area. Local aboriginal mythology holds that the boulders are the eggs of the rainbow serpent.

Tennant Creek sits at the intersection of two main highways and can be easily accessed via road, rail and air. Residents have access to all of the standard trimmings of a country town including supermarkets, cafes and pubs, hostels and motor inns.

The regional hospital is a 20-bed acute care centre offering modern facilities for the treatment of short-term illnesses and injuries, an emergency department, a 16-chair renal unit and a variety of visiting support services.

Tennant Creek has one primary school and one high school. To see a list of childcare services in the area visit

Download the 2019 Calendar for Northern Territory Schools PDF (589.2 KB)

For information on the real estate market in the Northern Territory read the REINT’s Real estate local market publication. Check your favourite online real estate website for accommodation options.

Hikers at the Devils Marbles

The Weather

A warm desert climate, Tennant Creek experiences only two seasons.

From May through to October sunshine and cool mornings reign supreme with little rainfall and temperatures ranging from 12-25°C. As November rolls in the temperatures begin to rise as high as 40°C, humidity increases and rainfall becomes more frequent.

Whilst Tennant Creek has The Dry and The Wet, the seasons are dissimilar to the tropical seasons experienced a little further north (Read more about the tropical Top End of Darwin).

The Culture

The Barkly Region is some of the most important cattle grazing land in the Northern Territory and these open grass plains and large cattle stations cover an area the size of the United Kingdom (or New Zealand!).

Tennant Creek has come a long way since its droving and gold mining days and is now a modern community with a growing tourism sector. A patchwork of residents from across the world now call this outback gem home.

The town is enriched by the comforts of country culture and locals are known for their friendly and relaxed approach to the daily grind (and keen for a good camp draft and rodeo).

The Barkly Region is also steeped in the ancient traditions and beliefs of its traditional custodians. Tennant Creek is Warramungu country; however, nine Aboriginal groups call the area home. The strong Aboriginal presence makes Tennant Creek one of the best places to learn about Aboriginal life, history and land.

Campers by a billabong

Working in Tennant Creek

Tennant Creek offers a variety of career opportunities for those seeking a challenging and rewarding career.

To learn more about what opportunity looks like in Tennant Creek explore some of our first-hand accounts from those who have made the leap and experienced career advancement.

Find out more about careers