Welcome to Pine Creek
A short detour off the Stuart Hwy, Pine Creek is a small settlement that was once the scene of a frantic gold rush. Before that, it stood at the meeting point of three Aboriginal peoples – the Wagiman (from the Daly River Region), the Jawoyn (around Katherine) and the Waray (north of the Kakadu Hwy). Although Pine Creek stays busy thanks to its position just off the highway, the town fell on hard times with the closure of the nearby iron-ore mine in 2015, a reminder that this has long been a boom-bust place, which somehow always seems to survive.
It's a quietly pretty little town with a nice park in the centre. Thanks to the good places to sleep and eat, and the town's proximity to the Kakadu Hwy turn-off, it's a good place to break a journey.