Tennant Creek?

Submitted: Thursday, Aug 12, 2021 at 11:37
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Hello.
I'm planning a trip up to the NT. Currently I have us staying overnight at Tennant Creek.

I've been seeing reports that violence and vandalism there is out of control (https://www.tdtimes.com.au/youth-crime-in-tennant-creek-is-out-of-control-threats-of-arson-made-three-months-after-supermarket-fire).

Is there anywhere near Tennant Creek that may be safer to stay at???

Or am I worried about nothing???
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Reply By: Michael H9 - Thursday, Aug 12, 2021 at 12:29

Thursday, Aug 12, 2021 at 12:29
I had a bad night there 15 years ago and it sounds worse now. I'd be looking elsewhere but I have no suggestions sorry.
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Reply By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Thursday, Aug 12, 2021 at 12:35

Thursday, Aug 12, 2021 at 12:35
Tennant Creek Caravan Park, next door to the BP Servo.

Gates are locked every night and a safe park to stay.

Lots to see in the area, so please do not get put off from negative comments that you may either read or hear.
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Follow Up By: Member - Siringo - Thursday, Aug 12, 2021 at 13:10

Thursday, Aug 12, 2021 at 13:10
Thanks Stephen. I looked at the caravan park after I posted, we'll be ready a 'cabin' night by then so I think we'll stay there.

Thanks for the help.
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Follow Up By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Thursday, Aug 12, 2021 at 13:23

Thursday, Aug 12, 2021 at 13:23
We stayed there 3 nights and no issues what so ever.

Make sure you allow time to look around the town, as there is lots to see and 2 days will go very quick, that’s why we stayed that long there.

The only problem we had…..ha ha….we were doing shopping in the supermarket when an Aboriginal man in a wheelchair gave Fiona a pinch on her bum……ha ha ha.

One of the checkout ladies saw it and gave a bit of a laugh, and said, don’t worry, he does that to all the women.

Even when we were walking the streets during the day, we never had any issues and all the locals were helpful and friendly.
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Follow Up By: Member - Siringo - Thursday, Aug 12, 2021 at 13:34

Thursday, Aug 12, 2021 at 13:34
Thanks again Stephen, it's good to hear that.

Most trouble you hear about seems to be between themselves and buildings.

How long ago was that?

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Follow Up By: TrevorDavid - Thursday, Aug 12, 2021 at 19:09

Thursday, Aug 12, 2021 at 19:09
Siringo

Stayed at Tenant Creek for four nights in June (swag), at the caravan park off the main drag up near the tourist info centre. No problems whatsoever.

As Stephen has said, plenty of things to do and see.

An alternative overnighter could be Whauchope (spelling??) bout 100k south, think it’s called the Devils Marbles Hotel nowadays.

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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Friday, Aug 13, 2021 at 10:51

Friday, Aug 13, 2021 at 10:51
Do not take any notice of the date at the top of the page in the heading. That is the date when you downloaded the page. Have a look down the page a bit, you will see "Oct 23 2020 Updated October 29, | 2020."
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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Friday, Aug 13, 2021 at 08:30

Friday, Aug 13, 2021 at 08:30
Hi Siringo,

If looking for somewhere to stay in the caravan, The Devils Marbles camp ground would be OK, just get there early as it generally fills up quickly. There is also a roadside rest area that allows overnight stops about 15 kms north of The Devil’s Marbles on the left hand side heading north. This rest area is alongside the Ghan Railway line, so you might get an early morning wake up call. :-)

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Reply By: Bruce and Di T - Friday, Aug 13, 2021 at 12:58

Friday, Aug 13, 2021 at 12:58
We've stayed there several times and never had an issue.

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Reply By: Member - lyndon NT - Saturday, Aug 14, 2021 at 07:00

Saturday, Aug 14, 2021 at 07:00
It will depend on how fortified the accommodation is and what the mob are doing on any particular night.
We have stayed there, it was a while ago. As all things related to this topic the situation is worsened every year by Gov funding. Yep, want to make someone useless, give them cash for nothing. Doesn't matter your skin colour.
I may stay there again if caught out, but would probably plan to stay elsewhere.
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Reply By: swampy - Tuesday, Aug 17, 2021 at 15:28

Tuesday, Aug 17, 2021 at 15:28
hi
Far more common than people think ,most incidents go unreported .
Vehicle theft vandalism and home burglary are so common in some towns its mind blowing not even mentioning caravan park thefts from people jumping security fences . Or in some towns how drug dealers park opposite the community and 30-50people are off there face on drugs or similar . Cars often hit the offenders .
Govt thinks more money is the solution .When are some people take responsibility for themselves?
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Reply By: Member - coutaboat - Wednesday, Aug 18, 2021 at 19:43

Wednesday, Aug 18, 2021 at 19:43
We stayed at the Outback Caravan Park at Tennant Creek late July and all was fine. Stayed two nights. We did not leave anything outside the van as instructed but all was good. The town was a bit of an eye opener but worth the stop over.
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