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Barkly Tableland

Photo: Walhallow Barkly Tableland.

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Barkly Region

The Barkly district extends from Barrow Creek to Elliott, east across the Barkly Tablelands to Queensland, and north-east to include the town of Borroloola.

Barkly District

The district includes landmarks such as Tennant Creek, Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu), Lake Mary Ann, Davenport Ranges, Elliott, Newcastle Waters and the Gulf region including Borroloola.

Weather:

The region has an average maximum temperature range from 24 degrees to 38 degrees, with an average of 22 days per year exceeding 40 degrees. Minimum temperatures range from 12 degrees in winter to 25 degrees the hotter months.

Although the region has a warm desert climate, it still receives sizable annual precipitation, up to 452mm (17.8 in) in some areas.
There is 9.1 to 10.4 hours of sunshine per day with an average of 155 clear days per year. Prevailing winds are from east to south-east.

Events:

St. Patrick’s Day Races, Daly Waters B&S Ball, Borroloola Barra Classic Fishing, Drover’s festival, Rodeos and shows, Car & Bike Drags.

Places to see:

The Barkly district is an exciting part of Australia, providing a combination of natural attractions and man-made experiences. Four wheel drivers can bush camp and enjoy secluded waterholes, or fossick for gold on a cattle station.

Some places to see are Tennant Creek, Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu), Lake Mary Ann, Davenport Ranges, Elliott, Newcastle Waters and the Gulf region including Borrolola.

Landscape:

Grassy plains, enormous cattle stations, adventurous four wheel drive tracks.

Culture:

The Barkly region is steeped in the ancient traditions and beliefs of its traditional custodians. A number of Aboriginal clans call the Barkly district home, including the Warumunga, Walpiri, Kaiditch and Alyawarr people.

Aboriginal people have lived in what is now known as the Barkly district for thousands of years. Telegraph linesman, stockmen and gold miners have also had an impact on the district’s recent history.
The Barkly is renowned as a cattle region, and encompasses some of Australia’s largest and most historic stations. These include Newcastle Waters, Banka Banka and Brunette Downs.

Roadhouses and wayside inns are spread along the Stuart Highway

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"The Barkly region is steeped in the ancient traditions and beliefs of its traditional custodians."

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