A small settlement at the foot of a slope among the red mesas of the Watt and Forster Ranges.
Location: 221 km south of Tennant Creek, 284 km north of Alice Springs and 1198 km south of Darwin on the Stuart Highway.
Places of interest: Watt Range; Forster Range; Barrow Creek; Taylor
Creek; Aboriginal communities of Tara (12 km north-east) and the
Pmatajunata down at Stirling Station (35 km); Overland Telegraph
Repeater Station (1872); Barrow Creek Hotel (1926); cemetery
Besides being the local watering hole, Barrow Creek Hotel is noted
for the vast array of currency notes of all denominations which cover
its walls. The entry key to the historic Telegraph Station next door is
available from the hotel for visitors wishing to enter the historic
The Overland Telegraph repeater station was built in 1872 beside a
spring. When the spring was fenced off, the local Aborigines killed two
of the station staff in retribution for being denied access to their
water supply. The whites retaliated with vengeance at Skull Creek,
killing up to 60 Aborigines.