Timber Creek

Victoria River Station, Tourism NT

Population 227

In 1855 explorer A. C. Gregory followed the Victoria River south from the Timor Sea. Cattle and sheep graziers came to the area, following the Overland Telegraph Line, from South Australia. Victoria River Downs became one of the largest properties in Australia. In the town's heyday the river access played a major role in the history of the Northern Territory. Today it is an important stop on the journey from the Kimberley in Western Australia to the major centres of the Northern Territory, and serves as a gateway to Gregory National Park.

Visitor Information

Katherine Visitor Information Centre, cnr Lindsay St and Katherine Tce; Katherine; (08) 8972 2650.

Nearby national parks

  • Judbarra/Gregory National Park

    Judbarra/Gregory National Park lies in the transitional zone between the tropical and semiarid regions of the Northern Territory, and...more

  • Keep River National Park

    Keep River National Park has outstanding beehive-type geological formations of layered sandstone. The weathered outcrops and escarpments lie...more

  • Litchfield National Park

    Litchfield National Park is a gem of a park, encompassing diverse landscapes that take in most Top End habitats. Spring-fed waterfalls flow...more

Nearby towns

  • Kununurra

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  • 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

  • Pine Creek

    The town was named Pine Creek by Overland Telegraph workers because of the prolific pine trees growing along the banks of the tiny...more

In Town

Timber Creek Police Station Museum: displays of historic artefacts in restored police station (1908); open 10am–12pm Mon–Fri; off Victoria Hwy.

Parks and Wildlife Service NT: information for travellers to Gregory and Keep River national parks; Victoria Hwy.

Tours: boat and fishing tours, river cruises (with abundant crocodiles) and scenic flights; brochures from visitor centre.


Gregory National Park This is the NT's second largest national park with 2 sections covering 13 000 sq km of ranges, gorges, sandstone escarpments, remnant rainforest, eucalypts and boab trees. There are opportunities for boating, canoeing, bushwalking, scenic flights and cruises, as well as Aboriginal and European heritage sites. Gregory's Tree (in the Victoria River section to the east) stands at Gregory's campsite with historic inscriptions and audio presentation. The tree also has special significance for the Ngarinman people and is a registered sacred site. The spectacular dolomite blocks and huge cliffs of Limestone Gorge can be found in the Bullita section to the west. Bullita station has traditional timber stockyards, an old homestead, interpretive displays and shady camping spots in summer. Check with Parks and Wildlife Service NT for current access details; (08) 8975 0888; 31 km W and 92 km E.

Jasper Gorge: scenic gorge with permanent waterhole and Aboriginal rock art; 48 km SE.

Victoria River Roadhouse: rest stop where the Victoria Hwy crosses the Victoria River. Cruises, fishing trips and accommodation are available. There are also several scenic walks in the area including the Joe Creek Walk (10 km W); 92 km E.

Keep River National Park: includes the traditional land of the Miriwoong and Kadjerong peoples and contains many important rock-art sites, including the accessible Nganalam site. A major attraction is the rugged sandstone formations, similar to the Bungle Bungles over the WA border. There are designated camping areas and good walking tracks. Most trails are 4WD only. Check with Parks and Wildlife Service NT for current access details; (08) 9167 8827; 180 km W.

Campsites around town

Timber Creek Hotel Fogarty’s Store 2 km

Circle F Caravan Park is part of the Timber Creek Hotel and Fogarty’s Store complex, which offers accommodation options for all, from air-conditioned motel rooms through to camping areas. There are powered and... Find out more

Big Horse Creek camping area 9 km

This is just off the Victoria Hwy, 10 km west of Timber Creek, on the banks of the river. It’s a great base for fishing and as a stopover between Kununurra and Katherine. Small caravans only are permitted.... Find out more

Drovers Rest camping area 40 km

Boasting a boat ramp, this site on the East Baines River is 13 km from the Bullita Stock Route.... Find out more

East Baines Crossing camping area 41 km

This site is about 400 m north of the East Baines River crossing on the Bullita Stock Route.... Find out more

Limestone Gorge camping area 45 km

Due to flood damage, this campsite has not been in use for several years. It is 8 km west of the Gregory National Park access road south of Timber Creek. GPS S:16 02.840 E:130 23.032... Find out more

Spring Creek Yard camping area 51 km

This small site is on the 4WD Bullita Stock Route, 14 km west of the beginning of the route. Camp beside the boab trees and the nearby waterhole and enjoy the peace and quiet.... Find out more

Bullita camping area 52 km

On the banks of the East Baines River, this campsite is near the historic Bullita Homestead and stockyards. 4WD access is via a turn-off from the Victoria Hwy, 10 km south of Timber Creek; the track may be closed during... Find out more

Fig Tree Yard camping area 66 km

About 1 km off the Humbert Track, this campsite is signposted 18 km south of the start of the 4WD route.... Find out more

Sullivan Creek camping area 86 km

Easily accessed from the Victoria Hwy and a good stopover on the way to WA, this campsite is set on the banks of a permanent waterhole, 17 km east of the Victoria River Roadhouse.... Find out more

Top Humbert Yard camping area 88 km

This camping area is just off the Humbert Track in a clearing by the Humbert River, 28 km south of Fig Tree Yard.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Wirib Tourist Park 2 km

This is a caravan park complex in the centre of the Timber Creek township. It is a convenient overnight stop and has nicely shaded sites.... Find out more

Victoria River Roadhouse Caravan Park 70 km

Victoria River Crossing is a key landmark on the Victoria Highway and this park is part of the roadhouse and accommodation complex on the banks of the Victoria River. It has shady sites, basic amenities and is ideal for... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Bullo River Station

One of the best cattle station experiences in northern Australia, the station is a two-hour flight south-west of Darwin, near the mighty Victoria River. Rich in Aboriginal culture, the massive 200,000-hectare property... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Escarpment Lookout park area 3 km

T/O 5km W of Timber Creek (L) or 180km E of WA border (R)

At the lookout 1.7km south of the highway.

Big Horse Creek camping area 9 km

10km W of Timber Creek (R) or 175km E of WA border (L)

Just off the highway among boab trees in Gregory National Park.

East Baines River rest area 50 km

58km W of Timber Creek (L) or 127km E of WA border (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Joe Creek park area 65 km

T/O 12km W of Victoria River (L) or 80km E of Timber Creek (R)

At the base of an escarpment 2km (unsealed) south of the highway.

Sullivan Creek camping area 86 km

T/O 177km SW of Katherine (L) or 17km NE of Victoria River (R)

Just off the highway in a natural bush setting in Gregory National Park.

What's on around town

Fishing competitions: Apr–May.

Rodeo: May.

Timber Creek Festival: June.

Campdraft and Gymkhana: Sept.

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