Australia Day 2018

Australia Day is soon folks with an action-packed program of official and fun-fuelled celebrations.

Whether you built a raft over the Christmas holiday season, prepared for the Triathlon, grabbed a team of mates to practice tug of war or have already nominated a local hero for an Australia Day award, there will be plenty of activities for everyone on Friday, 26 January 2018.

The day kicks off with a Triathlon at Tennant Creek Swimming Pool at 6am SHARP, followed by flag raising, official proceedings and Outback brekky at Battery Hill from 8am. Breakfast is $10 and there's also the Welcome to Country, Citizenship Ceremony and Australia Day Awards.

From 12.30pm onwards there's fun and games including tug of war, egg relay, raft race, pie eating contest, leaky bucket race, the best dressed competition and a free community BBQ out at Lake Mary Ann.

Hosted by Barkly Regional Council, Mayor Steve Edgington said Australia Day was the one day of the year where locals let their hair down, had fun and joined in a spirit of camaraderie that is unique to Tennant Creek.

“The celebrations reflect the diverse society and landscape of the Barkly and are marked by community and family events.  It’s a remarkable day, with many different activities on offer,” he said.

“I would also like to extend my warmest appreciation to all those volunteers, local businesses and sponsors who are contributing either time or money to make Australia Day such a special event in Tennant Creek.”

Council received $3000 in community grant money from the Australia Day Council Northern Territory and has already received generous donations from BP, Tennant Creek Memorial Club, Dexter Barnes Electrical, Hal and Donna Ruger, T&J (NT), Rotary Club, Tennant Creek, IGA Tennant Creek, Double J Cleaning, Outback Outfitters, Gerry McCarthy, MLA Barkly, Barkly Qaulity Buthcers, Wan's Thai Massage, Lavery Plumbing, Brooksy Scents, Bulldust Sweet Cakes, Little Rippers, Tennant Creek newsagents, Kmart of Alice Springs.

If you want to register for the Triathlon and raft race or sponsor the event, please call Ktima Heathcote on 8962 0027, email or download the forms from