Barkly is a very remote, semi-arid region of the NT. The region offers an intriguing mix of Aboriginal culture and ruggedly beautiful rocky landscapes, including the famous Devils Marbles. Mining and cattle stations are of big importance to the region.


Tennant Creek is the main town in the region, located in the heart of the Barkly Tablelands.

Average temperatures range from 23°C in winter to 44°C in summer.

The Barkly region has an estimated population of 6,091 people, approximately 2.5% of the total NT population. The township of Tennant Creek has a population of approximately 3,000 people.



The region is serviced by one Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation. 

Tennant Creek hospital has 20 beds, providing acute care and general practice service.

Learn more about the Barkly region


Here you’ll find useful information on things to see and do in Barkly and the region’s local councils.

Barkly Tourism

Barkly Regional Council

Central Land Council