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“Worth visiting”

Tennant Creek Telegraph Station
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 April 2014

Well maintained, interesting and easy to find - this small attraction is time well-spent in Tennant Creek. It adds to the historical journey that seems to be at the forefront of a visit to the town, and while isolated and short-lived it still fits nicely with a tour of the local attractions. Having visited many such heritage buildings across the country in NT, WA, SA, VIC and NSW I'd say this is one of the most well-maintained, congratulations to the Parks and Wildlife staff looking after it.

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Reviewed 23 February 2014

If you are the only person there at the time, looking around the simple buildings and reading the basic information provided, you might understand the desolation felt by the telegraph staff. Simple and free, so well worth a look.

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Reviewed 1 January 2014

This is the sort of place that everyone should visit as it is an insight into just how tough life was.
The upkeep is a little lacking and shouldn't be left to volunteers to try and maintain, governments should fund the restorations.
Well worth the visit.

1  Thank Julie D
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

The Telegraph Station is a Must, you have to stop and look at this place and wonder what life might have been like for the people who originally came there, to run the Telegraph service .

When the Telegraph line was laid, under the sea, from England to Australia, they needed a series of places, which could boost the signal so that Australia and the Australians could get and send their news at a much faster rate, than they had been in the past.

News, especially through the outback could take weeks, months before the people knew what was happening. With the advent of a series of Telegraph Stations, up and down ( what is now the Stuart Highway ) they were able to gather and send the news much faster. What used to take three to six months, was now taking less than 24 hours !

However there was a cost ! These people who manned the Stations were subject to the Lonliness, and desolation of the outback, especially in the heat of summer, Bush flies, Snakes, and depleted stores meant that they were, many times on the brink of starvation.

But when the store did come in, there was plenty for all to enjoy, and people did !

So stop, have a look around, take photos and enjoy this outback wonder. See the rooms that they lived in, the Telegraph room where the line was manned 24 hours a day, the Butchery, The Blacksmith's Shop and other rooms and Buildings.

There is also a small cemetery, a sobering reminder of the fragility of the outback life.

1  Thank Ashley K
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

Tennant Creek is a desert place. When you arrive there, you feel lost in the desert. Very little to do and to see. There are different spots which shows the story of telegraph but they re not really exciting. We stayed only oneight there as we were driving from the north to Uluru.

Thank Cris66Jesi_Italia
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