Tanami, Northern Territory

Tanami is a locality in the Northern Territory of Australia located about 844 kilometres (524 mi) south of the territory capital of Darwin on the border with the state of Western Australia.[1][3]

Northern Territory
Coordinates19°50′27″S 130°41′10″E[1]
Population73 (2016 census)[2]
Established4 April 2007[1]
Time zoneACST (UTC+9:30)
Location844 km (524 mi) S of Darwin City
LGA(s)Central Desert Region [1]
Territory electorate(s)Stuart[4]
Federal Division(s)Lingiari[5]
Mean max temp[6] Mean min temp[6] Annual rainfall[6]
33.9 °C
93 °F
16.6 °C
62 °F
473.5 mm
18.6 in
Suburbs around Tanami:
Western Australia Buchanan
Tanami East
Western Australia Tanami Tanami East
Western Australia Lake Mackay
Chilla Well
Adjoining localities[7][8]

The locality consists of land in the south-west portion of the Tanami Desert from which its name is derived and land within the Alice Springs Region. The word Tanami, which is believed to an Aboriginal word whose meaning is not known, was first used by the prospector, Alan Davidson, in 1889 or 1890. Its boundaries and name were gazetted on 4 April 2007.[7][1]

The Tanami Road passes through the locality from Yuendumu in the south to the north-west on its way to Halls Creek connecting to places such as The Granites gold mine and the former Rabbit Flat roadhouse.[9]

The 2016 Australian census which was conducted in August 2016 reports that Tanami had 73 people living within its boundaries.[2]

Tanami is located within the federal division of Lingiari, the territory electoral division of Stuart and the local government area of the Central Desert Region.[5][4][8]


  1. "Place Names Register Extract for Tanami". NT Place Names Register. Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  2. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Tanami (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  3. "Tanami East Postcode". postcode-finders.com.au. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  4. "Division of Stuart". Northern Territory Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  5. "Federal electoral division of Lingiari". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  6. "Monthly climate statistics: Summary statistics RABBIT FLAT (nearest weather station with recent published data)". Commonwealth of Australia , Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  7. "Tanami". NT Atlas and Spatial Data Directory. Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  8. "Localities within Central Desert Shire (sic) (map)" (PDF). Northern Territory Government. 2 April 2007. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  9. Upgrading the Tanami Road - Economic Impact Study (PDF), Cummings Economics, October 2011, pp. 8–10, retrieved 4 June 2019
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