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Timber Creek & Victoria River

TIMBER CREEK AND THE VICTORIA RIVER

Timber Creek
Timber Creek was named in 1855 when the explorer Augustus Gregory used timber from the banks of the creek to repair his expedition’s boat. The first inhabitants were the Nagaliwurra and Nangali Aboriginal people, decedents of whom still live in Timber Creek. Today, this small town has a range of accommodation, activities and other facilities for the traveler. Walk along the Heritage Trail to see wildlife, historic sites and pioneer graves.

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Top Springs 
This rugged road junction links the Buntine Highway and Buchanan Highway and houses the Top Springs Hotel / Roadhouse. Nearby springs provider a relaxing swimming spot. Accommodation, meals, fuel and basic groceries are available from the Roadhouse.

Top Springs Hotel
Accommodation types vary from single backpacker rooms through to hotel and motel rooms, with grassed areas also available for camping and caravan sites. Facilities include a laundry and a communal camp kitchen.
You can enjoy a game of pool or darts in the pub. The hotel has dining facilities with an A la Carte menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a spacious outdoor area for Alfresco dinding. Take away food and snacks
are also available. You can also stock up with supplies at the general store or just pull in to refuel. Diesel and Unleaded. NO LPG available.

Contact details:
Buntine Highway, Top Springs NT 0852
Phone | +61 8 8975 0767
Email | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web: http://topspringshotel.com.au/ 

Victoria River Crossing
The Victoria River Crossing is 194km west of Katherine. The Stunning escarpment country provided the perfect backdrop for fishing and boat cruises, with Red Valley Gorge providing a shady and scenic rest area. The Roadhouse is close to the crossing, with camping and accommodation available. You can even take a helicopter flight over the incredible landscape.

Traveling west from Katherine lays the Victoria River Region. Diverse and awe-inspiring in land forms, history, heritage, abundant wildlife, climate and economic pursuits, the region challenges you to discover its unique attractions.

The Victoria Region covers an expansive area, of which Gregory National Park covers approximately 13,000 sq km. It's affectionately known as “The Vic” and is considered the backbone of the Region. The Vic is a lifeline for pastoral properties; a guardian angel for aboriginal heritage and a tour guide for recreational pursuits. As protective as The Vic can be she can also be unrelenting in her domain. In flood her power is awesome; in arid times she demands survival.

Whether it’s a 4x4 trek in the National Park, desert discovery, nature watching, fishing or cruising the mighty Vic, hiking and bushwalking, scenic flying, magical photography, experiencing the wet season and its thunderstorms or sipping your favorite beverage at sunset, the Region offers an experience for you. The escarpment country is beautiful and in the wet season waterfalls flow straight off the escarpment. You can take a scenic helicopter flight from the Victoria River Roadhouse over the escarpment and mighty Victoria River.   

The Vic is a mecca for fishing and produces some of the Territory’s best and biggest Barramundi. “Barra” can be caught all year round but the best time is on a neap tide, between the months of March to late May-coinciding with the end of the monsoon season called the “Run-off”.It is VERY important to remember that Estuarine Crocodiles (saltie’s) inhabit this area, so please observe all safety precautions/signs around any water way in this region.

Victoria River Roadhouse Hotel/Motel
Victoria Hwy, Victoria River NT 0852
Telephone: (08) 8975 0744
Facsimile: (08) 8975 0819

 Big Horse Creek Campground
7km west of Timber Creek, the Big Horse Creek is a popular base for anglers. The grounds offer toilets, fireplaces, limited drinking water and a cement boat ramp which can be used year round.
Campgrounds - Lot 89, Victoria Highway,
Timber Creek NT 08512
Phone: 08 8975 0888

Buntine Highway
The Buntine Highway runs roughly parallel to the Victoria Highway, and offers an alternate route into Western Australia. The road links Dunmurra (NT) with Halls Creek (WA) and passes through Top Springs.

Escarpment Lookout Walk
Located just west of the Victoria River Crossing, this short walk is steep in sections and provides panoramic views of the soaring red rocky escarpments of the Victoria River Valley.

Gregory National Park 
This park covers an area of about 13,000km sq and features spectacular gorge scenery, rare wildlife species, and significant traces of Aboriginal culture, European exploration and pastoral history. It is divided into 2 sections – the Victoria river sector in the east and the Gregory sector in the west. The Victoria river sector is near the Victoria river crossing and winds through 250 meter high tablelands, creating dramatic red cliffs. The large Gregory sector lies just outside Timber Creek.

In the Gregory sector, Limestone Gorge provides a superb photographic opportunities. Also of interest is the old cattle property outstation, Bullita Homestead, with its traditional timber stockyards. Facilities at both Bullita and Limestone gorge camping areas include BBQ’s, picnic tables and pit toilets (note: the camp ground at Limestones Gorge is currently closed). Those with a 4WD will love exploring the network or 4x4 tracks.
For more information, contact the Parks and Wildlife office at Timber Creek on (08) 8975 0888. No pets allowed in the park.

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Gregory's Tree
Gregory’s tree is located 15km northwest of Timber Creek. This large boab tree stands at the campsite of the early explorer Augustus Charles Gregory’s north Australian expedition which was undertaken between October 1855 and July 1856. Inscribed in the tree by Gregory are the expedition dates. The Tree also has special significance to the local Ngaringman Aboriginal people and is registered as a sacred site.

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Heritage Trail
The Heritage trail begins behind the council building and follows a series of historic sites and pioneer graves. This also provides a great spot for viewing wildlife.

Joe Creek Walk
A 90 minute walk of moderate grade, ascending to the base of the escarpment and to a breathtaking view. Aboriginal artwork can be viewed at a site along the walk, and a barbecue, picnic tables and toilet are provided. Day use only.

Keep River National Park
Entry to this park is 3km east of the Northern Territory and Western Australian border. The park is known for its striking landforms, similar in structure to the Bungle Bungle’s. There are some excellent bushwalking tracks that explore the rugged terrain of sandstone formations, including the Keep River Gorge and some Aboriginal art sites. Short-eared rock wallabies, white-quilled rock pigeons and sandstone shrike thrush are some of the interesting animals that inhabit this area. Two camping areas are provided within the park, with BBQ’s, tables, pit toilets and walking tracks. Gurrandalng campground is located 15km from the Victoria Highway, with Jarnem campground further along the track, located 28km from the highway. Drinking water is available at Jarnem campground and 2kms from the Ranger Station. No Pets Allowed.

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Kuwang Lookout
47km east of Timber Creek, the Kuwang lookout offers views towards the Stokes Range and houses an interpretive display featuring creation stories of the local Aboriginal people.

Policeman's Point Lookout
A short drive west of Timber Creek, this lookout offers views of the Victoria River winding through rugged hills and ranges. Policemen’s Point offers a good spot to fish from the bank or take in the majesty of the Victoria River.

Police Station Museum
The museum offers an insight into the history of the area, and provides artifacts and photographs on the area. The original ‘lock-up’ is also present, and helps highlight the hardships faced during the settlement of Outback Australia.

Bushfire information warning messages

 Bushfire

Bushfires are a part of the Northern Territory landscape. These are done for a number of reasons.
For full information on bushfires, please visit Bushfires in the NT

For more information contact the NTFRS Community Education Officer on 8946 4128 or visit Police, Fire & Emergency Services at their web site: http://www.pfes.nt.gov.au

 

PINE CREEK NORTHERN GOLDFIELDS LOOP AND SOUTHERN KAKADU

The town of Pine Creek is located 90km north of Katherine at the junction of the Stuart and Kakadu Hwys. Local Aboriginal peoples of the area are the Wagiman, Mayall, Arigoolia and Jawoyn.

Overland Telegraph line construction worker Sidney Herbert named Pine Creek in 1870. Herbert noted, “This creek was by no means large, but was remarkable for the pines growing there.”

During construction of the Overland Telegraph Line, posthole diggers discovered traces of gold and this led to the gold rush of 1871. Pine creek became a busy little mining town and around the year 1885 there were about 200 Europeans and 4000 Chinese working the gold fields

Today, Pine Creek is a small friendly town that has food, fuel, accommodation and health services to cater visitor’s needs. Local attractions include the collections of historic buildings and sites from the mining days, gorges and swimming holes.

Pine Creek holds the Gold Rush Festival annually in June, featuring the local goldpanning championships. The Pine Creek Races are held annually in May at Pussy Cat Flats Racecourse.

Pine Creek is an ideal spot for birds watching, with the largest number of bird species in the Northern Territory – including the elusive Hooded Parrot.

GROVE HILL HERITAGE MUSEUM
The Grove hill Historic licensed hotel and museum is located in the heart of the Northern Goldfields on the old railway line that ran between Larrimah and Darwin. It contains many historic artifacts and is a great place for birdwatchers. It is located on the Northern goldfields Loop which runs between the Stuart Hwy north of Emerald Spring’s and Kakadu Highway south of Pine Creek. Camping and accommodation is available.

LAKE COPPERFIELD
Lake Copperfield is located 6km from Pine Creek. It is a cool deep lake, ideal for swimming, with a shady picnic area, toilets and large parking area. No dogs allowed.

MINE LOOKOUT
Access to the lookout is via a steep bitumen road close to the centre of Pine Creek Township (no caravans). This lookout gives a panoramic view of the Enterprise Pit which is an open cut mine, now full of water to the depth of 135 meters. It began as the Enterprise Shaft in1906 and was worked intermittently until 1985 when Pine Creek Goldfields developed the open cut mine. During the 10-year life span of the goldfields mine 764,000 ounces of gold were extracted. Old Chinese mine shafts can also be viewed at the top of the lookout. Sunset views are spectacular from this vantage point.

MINERS PARK
This park is located next to the Railway Station and the old Station Master’s residence. It houses historic mining machinery from old mines in the Pine Creek area. Interpretive signs and displays give a comprehensive picture of life on the goldfields and the history of mining in the region. It is the venue for the Australia day festivities and local goldpanning championships held each year.

NATIONAL TRUST MUSEUM 
This building was originally erected on the Goldfields at Burrundie in 1888 and was moved to Pine Creek in 1913. It has been the home of a mining warden, a doctor’s residence, clinic and dispensary. During the war, it was taken over as a military hospital. In the late 1940’s it was used as a post office and telephone exchange.
The building is now an excellent museum of local history and also houses the library which offers public internet access. $2 entry fee. Open when volunteers are available. For any queries please contact Rosemary on 0408 172 494. Homemade jams, chutney and dried mangoes for sale.

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NORTHERN GOLDFIELDS LOOP
This heritage trail takes you from Pine Creek to Adelaide River, through Grove hill which has a heritage museum and where you can stop for a drink and a bite to eat. The route passes long abandoned and modern open cut mines that follow the Pine Creek Geosynclines’, a giant intrusions of mineral rich ore seams, the erosions of which has resulted in the alluvial gold in this region.

OLD BAKERY
This interesting corrugated iron building was originally built at Mt Diamond around 1908 by Jimmy Ah Toy’s father, who used it as a butcher shop. It was dismantled and re-erected on its present site in 1915. The ant bed oven dates from 1922. It operated as a bakery until WW2

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RAILWAY STATION MUSEUM AND STEAM LOCOMOTIVE

The museum is located in the original railway station building which was built in 1888 and served as a communications centre until 1976. On display are historic photos’ maps and memorabilia depicting the North Australian Railway. Check locally for opening times, entry fee is $2. Open weekdays and Saturday and Sunday when volunteers are available. At this Railway Station there is the very well known ROSELLA and MANGO Jam and Mango Chutney and dried Mango for sale. A selection of leather goods (Leather Belt Buckles, Key Rings. Hat Bands replica of a miniature Whip. A selection of Crystals and Gemstones. 10% of these sales is donated to Seniors.

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UMBRAWARRA GORGE
This gorge is located 22km south west of Pine Creek, further along from Lake Copperfield. It features swimming holes with sandy beaches sheltered by the steep red gorge walls. The first group of deep swimming pools is about 15 minute walk from the car park. Magnificent cliff-top views and secluded waterholes will reward the adventurous, with the local bushland abounding with wildlife. Camping and toilet facilities are available, road access during the wet season may be restricted. For more information on Umbrawarra Gorge click here to go to the National Parks Website.

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WALK THROUGH TIME FOOTPATH
Heading south from the railway station and locomotive is the historic “Walk through Time” footpath, which is made up of nine bays of tiles painted by local artists. The tiles from a time line along the footpath, commemorating people who have made a contribution to Pine Creek, from the Aboriginal people to the miners and pastoralists of the 1960’s. More tile bays will be added in the future.

WATER GARDENS
When the railway lines closed in1976, the disused cutting became the Water Gardens, this tropical garden is situated in the centre of town and has shaded picnic tables overlooking lily covered ponds.

Pine Creek Railway Resort
Pine Creek

17 stylishly furnished cabins ranging from single, queen, self-contained and family cabins. The resort has been in operation since 2009, and is rated 4.5 stars. Facilities include air conditioned cabins with comfy beds, Foxtel, a lagoon style shaded swimming pool and a restaurant built in the shape of two trains parked at a Railway Station.

Contact:
Address: 1 Railway Tce, Pine Creek NT 0847
Postal: PO Box 182, Pine Creek NT 0847
Phone. 08 8976 1001
Mobile. 0428 100 964
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web: http://www.pinecreekrailwayresort.com.au/


Lazy Lizard

The Lazy Lizard is in the heart of the historic Pine Creek in Australia's Outback Northern Territory. Perfect base for Bird Watchers. It is also at the gateway to World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park. Come and experience the rustic charm, warm welcome and great food at the Lazy Lizard. The Lazy Lizard Tavern is a unique outback tavern, constructed from termite mound-mud brick, and local ironwood featuring beautifully carved images of the local wildlife. A Must See - the Lazy Lizard is also pet friendly as long as kept on a leash. It also has a salt water swimming pool.

A range of accommodation is available:
Unpowered & powered sites for camping and caravans
Backpackers - single beds, twin share and dorm rooms.
Single Rooms - king single bed with linen supplied, air con, coffee & tea making facilities, fridge, ensuite
Self contained cabins - queen bed with linen supplied, air con, kitchenette with crockery & cutlery, dining area, coffee & tea making facilities, fridge, satellite TV/DVD and verandah with outdoor setting.

The restaurant & bar is open from 10 am to late everyday. Eat in or take away fresh cooked meals.
Kitchen Opening Hours: Lunch: 12 pm to 3 pm, Dinner: 6 pm to 8 pm (Fresh homemade Pizzas will be served all day long)

Bottlemart Express with over 70 regular items, with prices on special being the same as Darwin Bottlemart outlets.  

Contact: 
299 Millar Terrace, Pine Creek NT 0847
Phone: 08 8976 1019 * Fax: 08 8976 1066
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Web: http://lazylizardpinecreek.com.au
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