PINE CREEK

Not too far after leaving Katherine, the town of Pine Creek is visited. Pine Creek was once an open cut gold mining centre. That mine today is a recreational water feature/ weir. The annual Gold rush Festival, featuring the NT Gold Panning championships and Didgeridoo Jam, the Pine Creek Rodeo and Pine Creek Races. Pine Creek Goldfields Limited opened an open-cut gold mine in the region in 1985; however, the mine is now closed and its main pit, the Enterprise Pit, has been carefully filled with water to prevent acid build-up.

The town was founded in 1870 during the construction of the Overland Telegraph.  In 1871 workers digging holes for the telegraph line found gold in the soil, triggering another Australian gold rush. The Alice Springs - Darwin railway (used by The Ghan) now passes near the town.

Pine Creek is a small town, but is clearly around for the long term.

The Pine Creek Museum is a rail museum.

The Pine Creek Church is multi denominational.

The Pine Creek Hotel is a serving building from the earlier eras.

The War Memorial is over the road from the hotel.

The weir and museum should be visited.

Diary notes

 

Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course