Although its appearance today is that of a small wayside stop on the highway, Barrow Creek was originally an important telegraph station. It was also the site of an 1874 punitive expedition against the Kaytej people by police after a telegraph station master and linesman were killed during an assault by 20 Kaytej men. This attack (thought to have been a reaction to the abuse of an Aboriginal woman) is the only known planned attack on staff of the Overland Telegraph.
Barrow Creek Hotel; (08) 8956 9753.
Nearby national parks
Old Telegraph Station This restored stone building (1872) is set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Forster Ranges. It is 1 of 15 telegraph stations that formed the original network from Port Augusta to Port Darwin. A key is available from the hotel for those who wish to look inside. Stuart Hwy.
Barrow Creek Hotel:
Barrow Creek Hotel:outback pub (1932), with original bar, cellar and tin ceilings, and memorabilia of the area on display; Stuart Hwy.
Cemetery: graves of early settlers and local characters; information available at the hotel.
Campsites around town
Barrow Creek Hotel 4 kmOn the Stuart Hwy, about 290 km north of Alice Springs, this historic building was the earliest hotel constructed along the north–south road between Alice Springs and Tennant Creek. Its original features include... Find out more
Ti-Tree Roadhouse 86 kmAlthough mainly a stop for people passing through, there are a few attractions in the local area, including a mango farm, tea-tree farm, grape farm, gem prospecting and an Aboriginal art gallery. Central Mt Stuart is... Find out more
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Caravan parks around town
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