The Barkly region covers 283,606km², which is 21% of the NT.

The town of Tennant Creek has a population of around 3,500 people and is the service hub for the region.

The Barkly region also includes the major remote towns of Elliott and Ali Curung.

The Barkly economy is largely dependent on mining. It is also supported by a number of other industries including tourism, pastoral, construction, retail, and community and government services.

The Alice Springs to Darwin railway connects the Top End of the NT to the rest of Australia through the Barkly region, opening the area to tourism and providing opportunities for economic growth.

Last updated: 24 September 2021

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