Pine Creek is a great base to explore some of the region’s most spectacular and interesting sights. Located at the Crossroads to Kakadu, Litchfield and Douglas Daly regions, it’s two hours south of Darwin and one hour’s drive to Katherine. And it’s a great bird watching spot!
A must see is the Pine Creek Railway Resort, which is built in the shape of two trains parked at a Railway Station.
The spot is complete with a showcase of images from local archives, post office, gift shop, tourist information, bar and air-conditioned restaurant with poolside and alfresco dining. Homemade pies or cakes are made on the premises daily during the tourist season – which have become a talking point up and down the Stuart Highway.
Take the time to explore the rich history of this small but dynamic town, which is also one of the Northern Territory’s oldest.
First stop is the Railway Station Museum in the old station building, where you can enjoy gold rush era memorabilia, as well as a restored steam engine. Next, head to Miners Park next door to see the display of historic mining machines and equipment, before visiting the Pine Creek National Trust Museum for a full overview of local history, including the Overland Telegraph Line. Other highlights of the Pine Creek area include Lake Copperfield and the Umbrawarra Gorge.
Pine Creek is well-serviced for tourists and provides a great stopping-off point to break up your journey. With toilets, food, fuel, souvenirs and a great selection of accommodation options for any budget, Pine Creek is a must-see destination in Australia’s north and the friendly locals will make you feel instantly at home.
1 Railway Terrace, Pine Creek 0847
Tel: +618 8976 1001
Images courtesy of Pine Creek Railway Resort