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Pine Creek

Established in the late 1800s after a gold rush in the area, Pine Creek is located 90 kilometres north of Katherine. The town is a treasure trove of heritage bush buildings and mining sites. Echoes of the gold rush days are still evident in the historic Pine Creek Settlement. Gold was discovered at Pine Creek in 1871 by construction workers on the Overland Telegraph Line. There is a small and informative museum and preserved railway station within the township. The township is small but offers a range of accommodation options, including caravan parks and cabins. Many of the original buildings still stand, allowing travellers to soak up some of the old pioneering spirit. Step back in time by driving the Northern Goldfields Loop Heritage trail that takes you from Pine Creek to Adelaide River and on to the fascinating Grove Hill Heritage Hotel, an insight into life during the era. Pine Creek is full of colourful characters and friendly locals. Next door to the Pine Creek Pub is the famous Maysie's Cafe. With decor inspired by 1950s American diners, walls adorned with pictures of classic Hollywood glamour, and the shirt Leonardo De Caprio wore in Romeo and Juliet, this charming little pit-stop serves delicious mango smoothies.

Pine Creek

Pine Creek: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Pine Creek Water Gardens


Make a stop in the small town of Pine Creek to see the ponds and landscaping of the Pine Creek Water Gardens. An oasis in the outback, the gardens are a great place for a picnic or a scenic walk.

Pine Creek has had a history of boom and bust, with a gold rush that started in 1871 when workers constructing the Overland Telegraph found gold in the holes they'd been digging.

Originally the end of the line of the uncompleted 19th-century transcontinental railway system, Pine Creek railway enabled companies to transport machinery and equipment to the minefields.

The railway was eventually extended to Katherine. During World War II Pine Creek was one of the four dispersal bases on the North Australian Railway.

These water gardens, in the middle of the Pine Creek township, were created after the old railway tracks were pulled up, leaving a series of unsightly trenches. Those trenches were then turned into a series of attractive ponds and landscaped gardens.

Pine Creek is situated 220km south of Darwin and 90 km north of Katherine at the junction of the Stuart and Kakadu Highways in the Top End of Australia's Northern Territory.





Railway Terrace
Pine Creek, NT, 0847

Located 0.2K from Pine Creek

National Trust Museum - Pine Creek


Pine Creek is the only original mining town remaining in the Top End from the gold rush era of the 1870s, and its National Trust Museum building is the oldest surviving prefabricated structure in the Northern Territory.

Originally the home of the mining warden in Burrundie, the building was moved to Pine Creek in 1913. Over the years it served many purposes, including as a doctors residence, clinic, dispensary, military hospital, and post office and exchange.

Today the building houses the National Trust museum and town library. Look through the building to find out more about the gold rush, local Chinese history, buffalo hunters and the Overland Telegraph Line.





Railway Terrace
Pine Creek, NT, 0847

Located 0.2K from Pine Creek

Pine Creek Railway Precinct


Learn about the importance of a rail link to the mining boom of the late 19th century and the towns along its route at the Pine Creek Railway Precinct.

The precinct comprises the railway station building, Stationmaster's house and Miners' park.
Originally the end of the line of the uncompleted 19th century transcontinental railway system, Pine Creek railway enabled companies to transport machinery and equipment to the minefields easier than had been possible previously.

The railway was eventually extended to Katherine. During World War II Pine Creek was one of the four dispersal bases on the North Australian Railway. Today you will see one of the original Beyer Peacock locomotives on display.

At the Miners' Park the link between the railway and the mining industry is explained. Mining machinery and technology from mines that are no longer in existence are on display. The park contains information about the mining past of Pine Creek from the early Chinese miners to current gold extraction.

Please note that while entry to the precinct is free, an entry fee applies to the railway station. The Railway Station is open (May to September) for public inspection.





Main Terrace
Pine Creek, NT, 0847

Located 0.3K from Pine Creek

Enterprise Pit Mine Lookout


Climb the Enterprise Pit Mine Lookout in Pine Creek for a panoramic view of the open cut pit that was left when Pine Creek Goldfields ceased operation in 1994.

Before being mined this area was known as Enterprise Hill. Now called Enterprise Pit, the landmark is 135 metres deep and filled with water. When it was in operation, more than 764,000 ounces of gold were extracted from the mine.

Pine Creek is situated 220km south of Darwin and 90 km north of Katherine at the junction of the Stuart and Kakadu Highways in the Top End of Australia's Northern Territory.
The town was established in the late 1800s as a result of the discovery of gold by the crew of the Overland Telegraph Line.

Pine Creek still relies on mining for its survival with the majority of the population involved in mining or related industries. Tourism has recently become an important part of the town's economy as facilities for travellers have improved.





Mine Lookout,
Enterprise Pit
Pine Creek, NT, 0847

Located 1.2K from Pine Creek

Lake Copperfield


Lake Copperfield is an ideal place to have a swim, enjoy a picnic, kayak or sit back and relax. A cool haven, the reserve has a deep lake surrounded by hills.
Lake Copperfield is a water reservoir for the local community so camping, washing and motor boating activities are not permitted. It is located 6 kilometres south west of Pine Creek

Pine Creek is situated 220km south of Darwin and 90 km north of Katherine at the junction of the Stuart and Kakadu highways.
The town was established in the late 1800s after gold was discovered there by chance by the crew working to lay the Overland Telegraph Line.





Six kilometres south of Pine Creek
Pine Creek, NT, 0847

Located 2.6K from Pine Creek

Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park


The Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park, located about 115 kilometres from Katherine, protects a beautiful isolated gorge with steep red cliffs and a creek that meanders through the gorge in the early to mid dry season. A walking track winds alongside the creek to a large pool with a small sandy beach and the rest of the gorge can only be reached by wading, swimming and rock hopping.

The Wagiman Aboriginal people are the traditional owners of the land, and ancient Aboriginal art adorns the gorge walls. The car park near the entrance of the gorge was the site of a tin mine in the early 1900s.

Permits must be obtained for rock climbing and abseiling. No water is available, so please bring your own supplies and camping fees apply. Please note that during the tropical season, especially after rain, the road may be closed.




22 kilometres along Umbrawarra Road,
via Stuart Highway
Pine Creek, NT, 0847

Located 5.5K from Pine Creek

Pine Creek: Events

Top End Barra Series at Shady Camp


Fishing competition at Shady Camp with around 100 competitors. Fishing will start at 6am on the Saturday of the round and finish at 6pm on Sunday night. Therefore fish need to be caught on the Saturday and the Sunday of the weekend, NOT FRIDAY NIGHT. Fish can be caught by casting or trolling lures, or by fly fishing. No bait fishing is allowed. No restriction on leader lengths or barbless hooks like other comps. If you choose, your hooks can have barbs and your leader can be as many pounds or as long as you like.






Point Stuart
Mary River ( Kakadu Highway), NT, 0847

Located 6.0K from Pine Creek

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