Renner Springs, Northern Territory

Renner Springs, Northern Territory

Renner Springs is a location in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is in the in the heart of the Barkly Tablelands cattle country. In fact, the town promotes itself as "The Heart of the Beef Country."

The tiny settlement is on the Stuart Highway, north of the intersection of the Barkly Highway and Tennant Creek. It is 662 kilometers from Alice Springs, the largest town in the Outback, and 820 km from Darwin.

Renner Springs is usually regarded as the border between the tropical Top End and the temperate Red Centre regions.

History

Like so many places along the Stuart Highway, it owes its origins to the Australian Overland Telegraph Line. It was named after Dr. Frederick Renner, who was dispensing medical advice to the team working on the Telegraph Line when they passed through the springs in 1872. In 1877, Dr. Renner saw a flock of birds while working on the Telegraph Line and found that the birds were drawn to this particular area by the natural springs, which was later named Mud Springs. These freshwater springs, which bubble up from underground, helped the area surrounding Renner Springs achieve its importance because they provided water to the area. Lake Woods is just north of the town, near Elliott and Newcastle Waters, Northern Territory.

Roadhouse

Established in the 1950s, the Renner Springs Desert Hotel/Motel also has gas, a bar and restaurant, game room and limited Internet access. A caravan park and shaded camp sites are also available.

The roadhouse building is an old army hut relocated after World War II from the army’s staging camp 50 km at Banka Banka Station, which dates from 1885.

Attractions

Churchill's Head Rock

Churchill's Head Rock, considered one of Australia's most crass tourist attractions, is on the old Stuart Highway 78 km south of Renner Springs. The rock, on the east of the old highway, looks vaguely like a profile of Winston Churchill. In order to make the image more persuasive, someone has stuck a piece of piping where the mouth should be so that the profile appears to be smoking a rather large cigar.

Attack Creek

Another 11 km south of Renner Springs is a monument marking the place where on June 25, 1860, John McDouall Stuart, on his first attempt to cross Australia, was repulsed by hostile Aborigines. It became appropriately known as Attack Creek.

Lubra's Lookout

A small plateau formation along the roadside where tribal women are said to watch the approach of tribes from a considerable distance.

Easter Rodeo

Each Easter, Renner Springs has a local rodeo and race meeting that attracts stockmen and punters from all over the Northern Territory. Being such a small community, the annual get-together, known as the Renner Springs Races, is actually held in Tennant Creek.

Temperatures

Renner Springs has hot summer temperatures. The summer high temperature is approximately 35°C. The summer low temperature is approximately 21°C.

Renner Springs has warm winter temperatures. The winter high temperature is approximately 20°C. The winter low temperature is approximately 15°C.

References


* [http://www.smh.com.au/news/Northern-Territory/Renner-Springs/2005/02/17/1108500201661.html SMH Travel]


* [http://www.totaltravel.com.au/travel/nt/redcentre/tennantcreek/guide/renner-springs Total Travel]


* [http://www.australianexplorer.com/renner_springs.htm Australian Explorer]

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