The Northern Territory township of Timber Creek is found on the Victoria Highway, about 285 km south-west of Katherine. It is a popular rest stop for travellers between the Territory and Western Australia. In the 1850s, the explorer Augustus C. Gregory came across the site when travelling the nearby Victoria River.
Once settled, the area became important as a port for cattle stations in the area until the 1930s when road transfer became the major form of transportation. Today the town has a population of 150 people.
Image: Victoria River from escarpment overlooking Timber Creek - Australia's Outback Northern Territory
Attractions in and around the town
Timber Creek Police Station Museum - a restored 1908 building showing aspects of the past, open April - August. Entry fee $2.00
Nackeroo's Memorial - which pays tribute to Nackeroos's army unit that helped protect the coastline against attack during WWII
Festivals of note - April/May: fishing competition, May: Rodeo, September: Timber Creek Races
Things to do
Daily boat trips - along the Victoria River to see fresh and saltwater crocodiles, fish and turtles. Bookings at Max's Victoria River Boat Tours (08) 8975 0850Information centre
Timber Creek Heritage Trail - take a walk along this marked trail to learn about Timber Creek's history and birdlife
In the area
Gregory's National Park - the Territory's second largest national park of with gorges, sandstone formations and escarpments, monsoon rainforests, eucalyptus, tussocky spinifex boab trees and Aboriginal places of culture. Boat tours, scenic bushflights and bushwalking.
Gregory's Tree Historical Reserve - in Gregory's National Park is an old boab tree with inscriptions from which show the arrival and departure dates made by this explorer. The tree also has significance for the Ngarinman Aboriginal people.
Limestone Gorge - in limestone country, is a beautiful gorge in Gregory's National Park with craters and a landscape of dolomite formations around a permanent swimming hole. 4WD only
Keep River National Park - Aboriginal rock art and rugged bushland, wildlife and 4WD trails.
Bullita Outstation - 56 km from Timber Creek. Insight into pastoral history with timber stockyards, old homestead, camping area and wildlife from October to March.