Wauchope (pronounced 'walk-up') was established to cater for the wolfram mining and cattle-farming communities nearby. Today it is a service town and tourist stopover thanks to its proximity to the popular Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Park.
Wauchope Hotel, Stuart Hwy; (08) 8964 1963.
Nearby national parks
Wauchope Hotel Once catering to workers at the old wolfram mines, this desert oasis now offers fuel, meals (licensed restaurant and takeaway), various standards of accommodation and an adjacent campground. The walls of the pub are adorned with signed bank notes (a 'bush bank' where customers pin deposits to the wall to be retrieved on a later visit) and photographs of patrons. The landscaped beer garden features native birdlife including Bill the talking cockatoo. Stuart Hwy.
Wycliffe Well This roadhouse was the first in the NT to be allowed to sell water (at a penny a gallon). Once a market garden supplying troops during WW II, it now features pleasant picnic lawns surrounding Wycliffe Lake. The area is said to be at a cross-section of energy lines and has had many alleged UFO sightings (ranked 5th in the world for the number of sightings). Wycliffe Well also claims to have Australia's largest range of beers, but any connection between that and the UFO sightings is yet to be proven. Accommodation available. 17 km S.
Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) Conservation Reserve: an iconic outback destination, where massive red and orange boulders sit precariously atop each other in a broad desert playground. A network of informal tracks meanders through the rock formations; 8 km N; Read More.
Davenport Range National Park: isolated area with important Aboriginal heritage and waterhole ecology sites; high clearance vehicles or 4WD access only; advise travel plans at the Wauchope Hotel; (08) 8962 4599; 118 km E.
Campsites around town
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Caravan parks around town
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Wycliffe Well Holiday ParkWycliffe has the dubious honour of being Australia’s UFO capital, with more sightings in this area than any other in the country. Wycliffe Well Holiday Park has a variety of cabins available, plus an indoor... Find out more
Rest areas around town
T/O 9km N of Wauchope (R) or 105km S of Tennant Creek (L)
Among unusual granite boulder formations 1km east of the highway in Devils Marbles Conservation Park. Dogs are allowed, but only at the campground, not on walking tracks.
Bonney Well rest area 24 km
24km N of Wauchope (L) or 90km S of Tennant Creek (R)
Adjacent to the highway at a windmill site.
Taylor Creek rest area 68 km
39km N of Barrow Creek (R) or 51km S of Wycliffe Well (L)
Adjacent to the highway among a couple of trees.