Pine Creek

Railway Station Museum, Tourism NT

Population 665

The town was named Pine Creek by Overland Telegraph workers because of the prolific pine trees growing along the banks of the tiny creek. During the 1800s it was the centre of Chinese settlement on the Top End goldfields. Today the town benefits from an active mining industry and is a regular stop for travellers up and down the Stuart Highway.

Visitor Information

Lazy Lizard Tavern, Millar Tce, Pine Creek; (08) 8976 1019.

Nearby national parks

  • Kakadu National Park

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  • Nitmiluk National Park

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  • Mary River National Park

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Nearby towns

  • Katherine

    Katherine, on the south side of the Katherine River, has always been a busy and important area for local Aboriginal groups, who used the...more

  • Adelaide River

    Adelaide River is a small town located midway between Darwin and Pine Creek.  A settlement was established here as a base for...more

  • Batchelor

    Batchelor was initially established as an experimental farming region to assess the economic viability of the Northern Territory. During WW...more

In Town

Railway Station Museum The station (1888) is at the terminus of the uncompleted 19th-century transcontinental railway system and now houses photographs and memorabilia. Open intermittently May–Sept. The nearby historic Beyer Peacock steam train was built at Manchester in England in 1877 and used in the film We of the Never Never (1982). The adjacent Miners Park points to an important visible link between the railway and the mines, which depended on the railway for survival. There are interpretive signs and displays of old mining machinery that reflect life on the goldfields; Main Tce.

Water Gardens: ponds with walking trails, birdlife and picnic spots; Main Tce.

Repeater Station Museum: once a doctor's residence, military hospital, then post office, the building now houses a historical collection, including a display on the Overland Telegraph; open 11am–5pm Mon–Fri and 11am–1pm Sat; Railway Tce.

Enterprise Pit Mine Lookout: panoramic views of open-cut goldmine that was once Enterprise Hill but is now a water-filled pit; Enterprise Pit. 

Town walk: takes in historic buildings and mining sites; brochure from Lazy Lizard Tavern.


Butterfly Gorge Nature Park This park is a wilderness of sheer cliff-faces, dense vegetation and scenic shady river walks. Butterfly Gorge was named for the butterflies that settle in its rock crevices and is a beautiful and safe swimming and picnic spot. Access is by 4WD only. Open only during the dry season (May–Sept); 113 km NW.

Copperfield Recreation Reserve: safe swimming in deep-water lake and picnicking on foreshore, plus a Didgeridoo Jam held each May; 6 km SW.

Bonrook Lodge and Station: wild horse sanctuary with trail rides and overnight camps; 6 km SW.

Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park: good swimming, rock climbing and walking trails; 22 km SW.

Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park: sacred place for Wagiman women with hot springs; camping available; off Stuart Hwy; 64 km NW.

The Rock Hole: attractive secluded waterhole; 4WD access only (via Kakadu Hwy); 65 km NE.

Gold fossicking: several locations; licence required (available along with maps from visitor centre).

Kakadu National Park: best known park in the Top End, this is a massive tropical savannah woodland and freshwater wetland. Highlights nearby include the spectacular views at Bukbukluk Lookout (87 km NE) and the beautiful falls and permanent waterhole at Waterfall Creek (113 km NE); see Jabiru.

Cafes & restaurants around town

Mayse's Cafe

Next to the pub, this is one of the best little cafes in the Territory. The decor has a 1950s theme, with posters of Elvis, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe on the walls, but don’t be put off by the kitsch because the... Find out more

Campsites around town

Umbrawarra Gorge camping area 22 km

Camp near to the gorge entrance with easy walking and beautiful swimming in rocky pools and off the beach. The area is located 25 km south-west of Pine Creek off the Stuart Hwy. Bring your own drinking water and... Find out more

Douglas Hot Springs camping area 43 km

This reasonably large camping area has pit toilets and bore water and a designated area for generators. The park is about 50 km south of Hayes Creek off the Oolloo–Douglas Daly Rd. The last 7 km is a gravel road... Find out more

Douglas Daly Tourist Park 53 km

Base yourself here for an adventure in this less-travelled part of the Top End. The well-equipped park has fuel, alcohol, a restaurant and supplies, as well as a pool and beautiful river cascades to swim in. Camp in the... Find out more

Leliyn (Edith Falls) camping area 55 km

This large campground is signposted off the Stuart Hwy, 40 km north-west of Katherine. Generators and fires are not permitted and all sites are unpowered. It is a pleasant camping ground with grassy sites and ample... Find out more

Edith River Crossing camping area (walk-in camping) 59 km

This campsite is 45 km along the Jatbula Trail and is the start of the walk along the river. Top up your drinking water here.... Find out more

Sweetwater Pool camping area (walk-in camping) 59 km

Sweetwater Pool is reached via a walking trail, 4 km east of the Leliyn camping ground, or near the end of the Jatbula Trail. Last opportunity for a swim.... Find out more

Sandy Camp Pool camping area (walk-in camping) 61 km

This pleasant spot is 51 km along the Jatbula Trail. It’s on the Edith River beside a great swimming hole.... Find out more

Lukies Farm camping area (bush camping) 65 km

Due to a change in a fence line, there are now only 2 special bush camping sites at Lukies Farm, for well-prepared campers with off-road trailers, who like fishing and getting away from everyone else and having river... Find out more

Seventeen Mile Falls camping area (walk-in camping) 67 km

You’ll find this campsite not 17 miles, but 35 km along the Jatbula Trail. It is an opportunity for swimming and rockhopping.... Find out more

Oolloo Crossing camping area (bush camping) 69 km

Travel in a 4WD and bring your own gas/fuel stove and water to this bush camping site on Oolloo Rd by the Daly River, a 77 km drive south of Hayes Creek.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Edith Falls Camp Ground 55 km

This is a good camping area within Nitmiluk National Park. It is reached along a 19-km sealed road; turn off the Stuart Highway 42 km north-west of Katherine. The base of the falls is a short walk from the camping... Find out more

Knotts Crossing Resort Caravan Park 84 km

Take the road leading to the gorge to discover this very tidy, good quality park set in tropical surrounds. It has a range of accommodation and good facilities, including a fully licensed restaurant. All the caravan... Find out more

Shady Lane Tourist Park 84 km

This park is in a quite rural setting 6 km from Katherine. It has large shade trees and very good amenities. There is plenty of space for larger rigs. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

BIG4 Katherine Holiday Park 86 km

This is a quality park with nice shade trees. It has good facilities including a relaxed bistro under a spreading banyan tree. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Grove Hill Heritage Hotel

South of Pine Creek, 16 kilometres off the Stuart Highway on the Goldfields Loop, this iconic outback building is bush engineering at its best. The hotel is completely constructed from recycled materials and dates back... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Pine Creek park area

At Pine Creek

Off the highway via the main street.

Copperfield Dam park area 4 km

T/O 86km N of Katherine (L) or 4km S of Pine Creek (R)

Overlooking the dam, 3km (partly unsealed) west of the highway.

Harriet Creek rest area 23 km

28km NE of Pine Creek (R) or 186km SW of Jabiru (L)

Well off the highway among a few trees.

Douglas Hot Springs camping area 43 km

T/O 6km N of Hayes Creek (L) or 51km S of Adelaide River (R)

On the banks of a creek that is fed by the hot springs. Located 39km south-west of the highway.

Edith Falls camping area 55 km

T/O 42km N of Katherine (R) or 48km S of Pine Creek (L)

On the edge of a large waterhole fringed by monsoon forest. Located 19km east of the highway in Nitmiluk National Park.

Bridge Creek rest area 76 km

23km N of Hayes Creek (L) or 34km S of Adelaide River (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Gungurul camping area 80 km

T/O 109km NE of Pine Creek (L) or 105km SW of Jabiru (R)

Surrounded by scrub 1km west of the highway in Kakadu National Park.

Katherine park area 85 km

At Katherine

On the south side of town behind the information centre.

King West rest area 99 km

31km SW of Katherine (R) or 163km NE of Victoria River (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

What's on around town

Races: horseracing; May.

Gold Rush Festival and

Gold Panning Championships: June.

Rodeo: June.

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