Newcastle Waters monument on the Darwin to Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway travel information for self drive visitors guide

Newcastle Waters


Newcastle Waters

: Access driving via the sealed Stuart Highway south from Darwin or north from Alice Springs.
Newcastle Waters

Newcastle Waters

Located at the junction of three major overland stock routes, Newcastle Waters was an important gathering place for drovers to provision and rest before continuing on with their gruelling overland cattle drives. The Newcastle Waters township, located 269 kilometers north of Tennant Creek, is part of a large, historic cattle station in the Barkly Tablelands.

The township has become a ghost town, but while uninhabited, Newcastle Waters has a rich, vibrant history. Preserved historic buildings such as Jones's Store and the Junction Hotel are a reminder of the early pioneering era.

Newcastle Waters was once the drover's crossing point where stock routes from the east and south met. It was also departure point for the feared Murranji Track, a notorious stock route with long stages between water for cattle. A number of old buildings from the droving days remain and are well marked with interpretive plaques.

The small township grew until the Junction Hotel served its last beer in 1960 and the remaining buildings are a testament to the era. The remains of the pub, the museum. More information on Newcastle Waters at Barkly Tourism

The famous Junction Hotel/Store & the Drovers Memorial statue dedicated during the Last Great Cattle Drive in 1988. Its set in the middle of a working station and well worth a visit. The Drover's Memorial Park features a large bronze statue of a drover allowing passers by to step back in time and gain insight into life in the rugged and lonely Northern Territory outback. Visitors access is through Newcastle Waters Station. Please observe all station rules that apply.

Newcastle Waters Station

Newcastle Waters is a magnificent 10,353 sq km breeding property in the west Barkly region of the Northern Territory. Its open plains, flood country and timbered sand hills carry 45,000 head of cattle including 20,000 commercial Brahman breeders. The historic property is also home to Newcastle Waters Brahman stud, which comprises 2,600 stud females including 20 single sire herds. The stud produces quality, acclimatised herd bulls for CPC's northern properties. http://www.pastoral.com/en/content/northern-group

The famed explorer John McDouall Stuart (See his memorial just below) passed thru this area during 1861 reputedly describing the river running north from Lake Woods as the most splendid reach of water?. He reputedly named it after the Duke of Newcastle, Secretary for the Colonies. Stuart established a base camp near the present site of the station.

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