Tennant Creek is the fifth largest town in the Northern Territory. Tennant Creek has been accessible by train since the completion of the Adelaide-Darwin railway north from Alice Springs in 2004. The Ghan, run by Great Southern Railway between Adelaide and Darwin arrives twice weekly in each direction and can pick up and set down passengers on request.

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Pull in at Tennant Creek, the fifth largest town in the Northern Territory, and a friendly hamlet on the main artery between Alice Springs and Darwin. Discover a rich history shaped by gold mining, Aboriginal culture and the NT's original cattle kings. Pan for gold and explore an underground mine in the Battery Hill Mining Centre. Visit the Telegraph Station built in 1872 to link Australia to the outside world. See the huge, precariously balanced boulders known as the Devils Marbles in the plains south of Tennant Creek.

Australia's last gold rush took place right here in the 1930s, earning the town its title of 'the Territory's heart of gold'. Relive the gold rush era on an underground tour at the Battery Hill Mining Centre, which houses Australia's last operating ten-head gold stamp battery.

The mineral collection at Battery Hill is a must see. The exhibition 'Freedom, Fortitude and Flies' in the social history museum at Battery Hill tells the story of mining in Tennant through the eyes of women and children.

Tennant Creek has been accessible by train since the completion of the Adelaide-Darwin railway north from Alice Springs in 2004. The Ghan, run by Great Southern Railway between Adelaide and Darwin arrives twice weekly in each direction and can pick up and set down passengers on request.

Listen to the local Warumungu people's legend of 'Nyinkka', the spiky tailed goanna that shaped the town, at the Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre. This centre is considered one of the best in the Territory and includes a gallery of Indigenous art from the region, cafe and opportunities to find out more about Aboriginal life, history and land. Pack a picnic and follow the walking track through the Honeymoon Ranges to Lake Mary Ann. Your reward is a cool swim in the picturesque reserve.

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