A tiny settlement and stopover on the Stuart Highway in the heart of cattle country on the Barkly Tablelands.
Location: 662 km north of Alice Springs; 820 km south of Darwin; 161 km north of Tennant Creek.
Like so many places along the Stuart Highway it owes its origins to
the Overland Telegraph Line. It was named after Dr Frederick Emil
Renner who was dispensing medical advice to the team working on the
Telegraph Line when they passed through the springs in 1872.
Dr Renner's diary records a large gathering of birds and while
investigating he discovered the Mud Springs. The Mud Springs can still
be seen by an enjoyable walk and the large Lagoon still support a large
range of the Territory's natural birdlife. The area achieved its
importance because of the large number of freshwater springs which
bubble up from the underground springs thus providing water to the
Telegraph Line builders.
Places of interest
A walk to Renner Springs Lagoon is a great way to begin or end a day
of travelling. Here you can watch the gentle turning of our towering
windmill swinging in the gentle breezes and enjoy the sunrise and
specatular sunsets over the natural spring pool.