Tennant Creek Telegraph Station Historical Reserve

To access the Tennant Creek Telegraph Station, you will need to collect the key from the Battery Hill Mining Centre.

The Tennant Creek Telegraph Station was built in 1872 from stone quarried from a site nearby.

If you visit the station, you will get a glimpse of the hardship, suffering and camaraderie of those who built the Overland Telegraph Line.

The telegraph line changed the Northern Territory (NT) forever and provided Australia with its first line to Britain.

It was 3,600km long and follows the steps taken by John McDouall Stuart in 1862.

On a walk through the station buildings, you'll also learn of the discovery of gold in the area in 1925 and how thousands flocked to Tennant Creek.

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All year round.

The most comfortable time of the year to visit is during the cooler months from April to September.

The reserve is 10km north of Tennant Creek on the Stuart Highway.

You can go on a self-guided walk and look at historical buildings at the Telegraph Station.

Get the Tennant Creek Telegraph Station self-guided walk information sheet PDF (1.5 MB).

Tennant Creek Telegraph Station Historical Reserve has all of the following facilities:

  • information signs
  • public toilets
  • walking tracks
  • historical ruins.

When visiting the historical reserve, remember all of the following:

  • cultural items and wildlife are protected
  • observe park safety signs
  • beware of theft, lock all vehicles and secure valuables
  • a permit is required for drone use – conditions apply and it must be obtained prior to your arrival in the reserve.

Tennant Creek Ranger Station phone: 08 8962 4599

For more visitor information, contact Parks and Wildlife Alice Springs.

Last updated: 23 February 2022

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