Pine Creek Pine Creek

Councillor Gaye Lawrence 
Email: gaye.lawrence@vicdaly.nt.gov.a 
Mobile: 0499 591 213

 

Council Services Manager

Jocelyn Moir
Email: Jocelyn.Moir@vicdaly.nt.gov.au  
Mobile: 0429 709 009
Office: 08 8976 1391

Pine Creek, the Gateway to Kakadu National Park, is situated at the junction of the Stuart and Kakadu Highway. Just an easy two hour drive south of Darwin and only one hour north of Katherine, Pine Creek is one of the Northern Territory’s oldest towns. 

Gold Planning in Pine CreekPine Creek is a small northern community in the Victoria Daly Regional Council. It is a tough resilient community that has faced a cyclical history of boom and bust. Over the past century, Pine Creek has been a significant player in the economic life of the Top End, with housing and community service infrastructure in the town expanding in step with mining activity. Pine Creek owes its existence to the Pine Creek Geosyncline, a giant intrusion of mineral rich ore seams. It extends northwest from Pine Creek to just south of Adelaide River. This rich ore body has been slowly eroding over the aeons, depositing traces of alluvial minerals throughout the region, in creeks, rivers and flood plains.

It was the discovery of alluvial gold in these deposits by construction workers on the Overland Telegraph Line in 1870 that led to the Development of Pine Creek. Pine Creek still relies on mining for its survival with the majority of the population involved in mining or related industries.

Tourism has recently developed into an important part of the town’s economy as facilities for travellers have improved. It is part of the Victoria Daly Regional Council and includes surrounding outstations and Kybrook Farm,  an Aboriginal community of around 80 people from various tribal groups.

The Pine Creek bioregion has a tropical monsoonal climate. Around 90% of annual rainfall occurs during the wet season between November and March. Spatially averaged median rainfall is 1214 mm. The Pine Creek area has a total of 56.75 km of sealed and unsealed roads. Access to Pine Creek Township is via the Stuart Hwy. Excluding natural disasters, such as flooding; this access is all year round. Access to Kybrook Community is via Umbrawarra Rd. This is accessible all year round and is occasionally subject to some flooding, which recedes quickly.

There are no registered airstrips in the Pine Creek area. In an emergency, small planes can access the McDonald Airstrip, 15 kms from town. PowerWater fly in regularly to collect town water samples. Pre European settlement, the Pine Creek area was home to the people of Wagaman, Asgicondi, Arigoola, and Jawoyn. Surveys have indicated that the largest known complex of Aboriginal quarries in the Northern Territory was established in the region. There are also a number of recorded Aboriginal sacred sites within the area. The language groups of this area are Myili, Jawoyn, Wagiman and English.

The census below is a general indication of Pine Creek population but at present (2014) with the current mining the 25-44 age group would be an additional 180 (approx.) DIDO mining employees.

DEMOGRAPHICS

Age of Population Population
0-4  23
05 - 14 63
15 - 24   40
25 - 44   115
25 - 64 96
65+  38
Total 381

TOWN SERVICES:

  • Food Stores
  • Sporting Facilities
  • Medical Centre
  • Police Station
  • School
  • Mini Supermarkets
  • Hotel, Tavern and Resort
  • Turf Club
  • Fuel Outlets
  • Laundromat
  • Library with Public Internet Access
  • Motel, Hotel, Caravan Park and Resort Accommodation

Pine Creek is just off the Stuart Highway and is a notable tourist stop. A number of events are held each year to promote the town in the region. These include the annual Goldrush Festival, featuring the NT round of the National Gold Panning Championships and the Art Acquisition Competition and a number of community events such as Harmony Day, Australia Day and ANZAC day. In 2005 a prominent resident of Pine Creek, Edward Ah Toy, was recognised as the Northern Territorian of the year.

Kybrook Farm is situated 8kms south of Pine Creek Township with a population of approx. 80 people. The population is somewhat transient with different family groups coming and going with the wet and dry seasons.

The majority of houses in the Pine Creek Township are privately owned. The region has several NT Housing properties with the major stakeholders being Health, Education and the Police. Some are available for private rental. The Council is not responsible for the management of these properties. Kybrook Farm and The Compound come under ‘Outstations’ and are managed by Pine Creek Aboriginal Advancement Association. The Wagiman Guwardagen Rangers are the principle managers for this area.

The Pine Creek Local Authority has seven members and meets every second month. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meetings and can contact the Pine Creek Local Authority by emailing pinecreeklocalauthority@gmail.com or phoning the Council Office on  08 8976 1391 during business hours.

SECRETS ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW:

If you are visiting the beautiful, quaint community of Pine Creek, be sure to visit the list of local secrets below.

  • The National Trust Railway Museum, the steam train and Miners Park
  • The National Trust Museum
  • The beautiful historic buildings
  • The Mine Lookout
  • Copperfield Dam
  • Abundance of Native Birdlife (The Gouldian Finch is a local bird)
  • Edith Falls - 30 kms south of town
  • Douglas Daly Hot Springs is just an hour north

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