I did not plan to stay here but I needed supplies and the local IGA was closed because the local kids set fire to it and beer shops don’t open until the afternoon. I booked into the caravan park and it looks like I’m the only one here. Welcome to Tennant Creek.
When I turned left at the Stuart Highway intersection I had a couple of lingering doubts about whether turning south was the best decision. I have plenty of time and who knows when I’ll be back. When I thought about the equatorial 28 degree nights I started to feel much better about the decision.
Tennant creek has a few ongoing social problems. The mainly Aboriginal population have health issues, alcohol and substance abuse issues, anti-social behaviour issues etc. I must say however that what I saw on the street was a big improvement on what saw here just a couple of years ago.