Barrow Creek

Telegraph Station, Tourism NT

Population 11

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.

Visitor Information

Barrow Creek Hotel; (08) 8956 9753.

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In Town

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: 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 km

On 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 km

Although 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


Wycliffe Well Holiday Park 86 km

One wonders if the fact that this is one of the highest ranking sites for reported UFO activity in the world has anything to do with the huge range of beers on offer. This well-catered park, with 24 ha of parkland, has... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Wycliffe Well Holiday Park 86 km

This park is 130 km south of Tennant Creek and an ideal stopover on this highway. The quality of the park, complete with a restaurant and a dam stocked with fish, is greater than one would expect here. There are also the... Find out more


Ti Tree Roadhouse Caravan Park 86 km

The Ti Tree area supports large commercial orchards and vegetable crops. This is a great place to stop if travelling on the Stuart Highway. The complex includes a licensed bar, motel rooms, backpacker accommodation and... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Taylor Creek rest area 36 km

39km N of Barrow Creek (R) or 51km S of Wycliffe Well (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a couple of trees.


Stuart Monument rest area 66 km

21km N of Ti Tree (L) or 69km S of Barrow Creek (R)

At the monument adjacent to the highway.


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