Pine Creek is found about 250 km south of Darwin and 90km north of Katherine in the Northern Territory. The town was established after a brief gold rush during the 1870s, when gold was discovered while drilling holes for the Overland Telegraph Line.
Minerals such as uranium, lead, zinc and silver have been excavated here and high grade iron was mined from 1966 to 1985. Interest in Pine Creek's gold deposits was recently renewed with the introduction of new equipment and new techniques. Mining continues as a major town industry.
There are some fascinating historic buildings and museums to see in Pine Creek for the visitor today. Tell me more about the Katherine Region
Image: Miners' Park - mining equipment display, Pine Creek.
Things to do:
Tourist Information - Diggers Rest Motel, Main Tce
Historic buildings - heritage trail brochure available from Tourist Information
Museums - Miners park display of mining equipment and machinery. Railway Station museum with historic steam train. Museum and Library for display on Overland Telegraph Line.
Mine lookout - view over the artifical lake, Moule St
Gold panning tours - Gun Alley Gold Mining, Gun Alley
Rock Display - Old Timers Rock Hut, Jenson St
Festivals - Pioneers Gold Rush Festival (May), Rodeo (June)
In the area:
Gold Fossicking licence required, at Copperfield Recreation Reserve at Copperfield Dam, 6km south-west
Wild Horse Sanctuary - and pastoral lease at Bonrook Lodge and Station, 6 km south-east
Swimming - Umbrawarra Gorge south-west
Edith Falls - rock plunge pool, 50 km south-west
Nitmiluk National Park - swimming, boat cruises, bush-walking 65 km north-east
Gunlom Falls - beautiful falls and swimming hole, 113 km north-east