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|The town of Pine CreekAustralia|
Pine Creek township
Situated 90 kilometers north of Katherine with a population of 600, the colourful mining town of Pine Creek is at the junction of Stuart & Kakadu Highway.
Address: Stuart Hwy, Pine Creek, NT, 0847, Australia
Gold was first discovered in 1871 by workers building the Overland Telegraph Line. The town still possesses the original buildings constructed back in the heady gold days and it is great to soak up some of that old pioneering spirit still evident at Pine Creek. Gold mining still continues to this day with one of the biggest open cut gold mines in the Territory. Just north of Pine Creek you can turn onto the sealed Kakadu Highway and it is just 60km to the southern boundary of Kakadu National Park. This gateway is a bonus when travelling north from Katherine, as it allows the traveller to include Kakadu en route to Darwin.
Lazy Lizard Caravan Park - Pine Creek Caravan and Camping
National Trust Museum - Pine Creek
Pine Creek is the only original mining town remaining in the
Top End from the gold rush era of the 1870s. The National Trust
Museum building is the oldest surviving prefabricated structure
in the Northern Territory. Originally the home of the Mining Warden
in Burrundie, it was later moved to Pine Creek in 1913 and over
the years it served many purposes such as; a doctors residence,
clinic, dispensary, military hospital, and post office and exchange.
Today the building houses the National Trust museum and town library.
A browse through the building and its contents sheds light on
the gold rush, local Chinese history, buffalo hunters and the
Overland Telegraph Line.
Lake Copperfield and the Mine Lookout are worth visiting.
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Darwin to Alice Springs on the Stuart Highway travel information for self drive visitors guide. 1500 klm a jouney to remember and you have never really known Australian until you visit both Uluru (Ayers Rock), Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) and Kakadu.