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Barrow Creek

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by Di Hill (subscribe)
I love writing, taking photos, travelling and enjoying life. I have a BA of Adult and Vocational Teaching and a Master of Arts (Writing). My business card says Writer, Traveller, Camera Addict, and Bamboo Fan
Published November 1st 2017
An old Aussie pub with great history
It's not a spot that you can visit for the weekend, but if you, like many Aussies and tourists from overseas, set off to see the outback, and travel along the Stuart Highway between Darwin and Alice Springs, you will pass Barrow Creek.

it is 300 kms north of Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway. I stopped overnight there I had planned to go to Wauchope, a further 90 kms north, but I was already tired, so Barrow Creek it was.

There's not much there a dinky-di historic Aussie pub (you couldn't call it a hotel!), a roadhouse, and caravan park and the historic Barrow Creek Telegraph Station to explore. The caravan park is basic and very inexpensive. The pub serves food and is the only place for miles (or should I say kilometres) to get any food, drinks or petrol!

As I was driving my van, all I needed was a place to park and electricity which was easy at Barrow Creek.

I did spend some time having a look at the historic Telegraph Station, the hotel and the gravesites of two men who were murdered in one of the several famous "massacres".

The Telegraph Station was open (though I understand sometimes one needs to collect the keys from the pub), and I wandered around the empty rooms, taking photos, trying to imagine what life was like when it was a working station.

In the old pub, there are many things to look at apart from the crazy things on the walls, but there's much of historical significance there.

If you are planning a trip to the outback, remember it gets very hot and the cooler months of the year are best for exploring our amazing country.
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