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Located on the Stuart Highway, a little south of where it intersects with the Barkly Highway and almost in the centre of the state, is the Northern Territory town of Tennant Creek. It is named after a nearby river of the same name.

It is a popular stopover for tourists travelling through the Northern Territory, either to Darwin in the north or Alice Springs in the south. It is also the largest town in the vicinity of a number of natural attractions.

One of the main reasons that visitors choose budget motels in Tennant Creek is to meet the local wildlife and immerse themselves in the “real Australia”. There are plenty of natural wonders, including: Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu), Connells Lagoon Conservation Reserve, Davenport Range National Park, Honeymoon Ranges, Lake Mary Ann and the sacred Aboriginal site at The Pebbles.

Art, culture and heritage are also popular attractions for those choosing cheap accommodation in Tennant Creek. Visit the Battery Hill Mining Centre and the local museum at Tuxworth Fullwood House (a former army hospital). Learn about the local Aboriginals by visiting the Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre, Pink Palace, and other museums in the area.

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Where to Stay

There are actually a variety of hotels in Tennant Creek, ensuring that you can find accommodation to meet all your needs. We understand that the needs of every traveler are different and seek to meet them wherever possible.

We can provide affordable and comfortable accommodation for pleasure and business travelers alike. Whether you’re planning on bringing along the kids or you’re just passing through on a conference, we have the solution.

Budget Motels is committed to providing national and international visitors with modern and comfortable motels in Tennant Creek that don’t break the bank. All of our accommodation offers a range of handy facilities.

Getting Here

Most people choose to arrive at their hotel in Tennant Creek via car, as a vehicle is handy for getting around the region. Darwin is a little under 12 hours drive, Alice Springs is about 6 and a half hours drive, Mt Isa is about 8 hours drive, and Broome is around 25 hours drive.

There is a small airport adjoining the town; domestic flights depart for Darwin and Alice Springs a few times a week. The only other travel option is coach (the Townsville – Alice Springs/Darwin route). Some people also choose to take the luxurious Ghan train and transfer to coach at Alice Springs.

Once you have arrived in the town, your travel options are limited to a few local bus services (which also travel to surrounding towns and attractions), a handful of taxis and your own two legs!


When staying at hotels in Tennant Creek, there are plenty of attractions and activities in the surrounding area to keep you amused during your stay. We have something for everyone, from the thrill seekers to rest and relaxation.

If you are the kind of person who loves the great outdoors, you’re in luck – there are plenty of activities to enjoy. There are walking tracks of varying lengths in the local reserves and national parks. Other adventure activities include four-wheel driving, panning for gold and visiting a working cattle station.

Keeping the kids entertained can sometimes be a little difficult, but there are plenty of family friendly activities in the region. Saddle up for a true outback experience at Kelly’s Ranch and meet some of our local fauna.

Staying at motel accommodation in Tennant Creek can also allow you to enjoy the many festivals and events held in the region. The Desert Harmony Festival (Anyinginyi Manu) is held across 17 days each year, the Tennant and Districts Show is held in early July, and the Australia Day Breakfast is held annually.

Sport, particularly horse racing, is also incredibly popular in the area. Check out Two Cup Race Day, Brunette Races (ABC Amateur Race Club), Brunette Downs (Campdraft, Rodeo & Gymkhana) and the Barkly Goldrush Campdraft Challenge.

Where to Eat

If your hotel in Tennant Creek doesn’t provide cooking facilities, we definitely recommend dining at one of the restaurants or eateries in the area. The local cuisine and produce is delicious, so don’t hesitate to try!