Tennant Creek Telegraph Station

Tennant Creek Barkly Region Historical Sites and Heritage Locations

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Visit Tennant Creek Telegraph Station, once a remote refuge and supply point for travellers and an important part of the colonial telegraph system. Take the self-guided walk around the reserve and explore the historic station buildings made of local stone.


It is easy to underestimate the significance of the once remote Tennant Creek Telegraph Station. Early travellers regarded it as a refuge from the harsh and unforgiving surroundings they had travelled through. Linesmen escaped the heat of the day on the cool veranda. Supplies came by camel train and travellers brought news and letters for the inhabitants.

The Overland Telegraph Line reaches 3,600 km from Adelaide to Darwin. Completed in 1872, it was Australia's first telegraphic link to Britain through the colonial telegraph system.

The discovery of gold by a linesman in 1925 quickly led to the establishment of the Tennant Creek township. By 1935 a post office had been opened, which led to the closure of the telegraph station and ended an era of hospitality for travellers to the outback.

If you wish to explore the historic buildings, a key is available from the Battery Hill Visitor Centre on Peko Road. A self-guided walk information sheet is available on-site.

Map & Directions

Stuart Highway, Tennant Creek, Northern Territory 0860 Australia

Phone 89 518 250


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