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    What to do in Pine Creek?

    by aussirose Written Jun 26, 2008

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    Well there's not really a lot to do in Pine Creek. But if you are travelling through then it's worth a stop for a feed, beer and check out the Railway Museum and Miners Park.

    Just look for this windmill and you've found the spot :o)

    Here, we are walking across the road for our first junk food meal in 9 days.....check out my restaurant tips. And across the road, you can fill up your car with gas.

    In the distance is the Railway Museum and Miners Park.....but we didn't walk there. After our big meal....we drove ;o)

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    Pine Creek Railway Museum

    by aussirose Written Jun 26, 2008

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    Pine Creek Railway Museum Northern Territory

    Ok...it's small, but quite interesting.

    If you enjoy a trip down memory lane (well I did with the old typewriter ;o) or perhaps if you are a little bit interested in Australian history....gold rush and early settlers etc, then this place is worth a squiz. It doesn't take up much of your time and even if you only read one or two signs like I did....you can get a feel for what it was like in the old early settler days in Australia.

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    Miners Park Pine Creek

    by aussirose Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Miners Park Pine Creek Northern Territory

    Forever more remembered as the place we lost poor OH_DK...
    Anyway, Miners Park is across the road from the rRailway Museum.
    With a stack of signs to read and loads of ancient equipment to check out, Miners Park is an ideal place to have a wander around.

    It is interesting to note that Miners Park is where the Goldpanning Championships and Didjeridoo Festival are held in June every year.

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    Pine Creek races

    by aussirose Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Pine Creek races Northern Territory

    Well I'm not really into horse racing, but we passed the local Pine Creek racetrack and there was a race meet on at the same time as our big weekend coming up in Darwin.

    I thought....what a great idea! .....and pitty that we had already got plans, because if not, then I would have liked to have attended a day at the races in this little town whilst on holidays :o)

    Anyway, I have included it as a 'must see' because I do think it's an interesting thing to do whilst on holiday in the outback. ....Great chance to have a chat with the locals, few laughs at backing a donkey ;o) ....and in general an enjoyable day out :o)

    So now that you know this place exists....why not check out the link below to see if there's a race event happening when you visit next :o)

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    Mine Lookout

    by skatzcatz Updated Dec 31, 2005

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    Only a short drive or slightly longer walk is the Mine Lookout offering nice views of the now filled with water mine and surrounding areas.

    The mine (Enterprise Pit) is now filled with water to a depth of 135 metres. The Pit commenced as the Enterprise Shaft in 1906 and was worked intermittently until 1985 when it was turned into an open cut mine. Between 1985 and 1995 764,000 ounces of gold was extracted.

    Near the lookout can be viewd old chinese mine shafts.

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    Water Gardens

    by skatzcatz Updated Dec 31, 2005

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    On the main stret entering town, the Water Gardens are a nice place to take some pictures and sit and read a book. Ample shade and picnic tables provides a relaxing location for a respite from the top end heat. Also if the season is right an assortment of wildlife and birdlife may be seen.

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    Pine Creek Railway Museum

    by sirgaw Updated Aug 2, 2012
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    Some time way back in history, a politician came up with a brilliant idea - lets build a railway line from London to Adelaide and therefore link Melbourne and Sydney with the world. Great idea BUT . . .

    The line from Darwin (then called Palmerston) sort of went ahead in fits and starts and no doubt MANY trips to the pubs to quench the thirst in the terrible climate of Northern Australia. The line was built in 3'6" gauge and not the 'standard' gauge of 4'8.25" as used on NSW railways and nor the 'broad' gauge of 5'3" as used by South Australian (NT was part of SA at the time) and Victorian railways (long been a bone of contention in Australia where even today there are many rail gauges in regular operation). According to the Wikipedia article the train in the 1930's was known as "Leaping Lena," but I strongly suspect it had many unprintable names. The real hey day for the line was during WW2.

    We arrived at the museum and was met by the volunteer as shown. I was bearing a gift from the south - a Puffing Billy Railway 'Assistant Conductor' certificate that I hand out to kids young and old on Puffing Billy (see my Belgrave pages for more details). His eyes gleamed as he saw the gift and Lady Gaw and I were freely admitted with the certificate representing full payment.

    Sadly our time was short as it had been 'stolen' by the non arrival of The Ghan (see tourist trap for details) so it was a quick dash through the station building and loco/carriage shed as I snapped away with my camera. I would have loved to have stayed longer and lingered lovingly over old photos, timetables et al - the very stuff that museums are made of. The fact that it is a railway museum is an even greater attraction. The museum also contains mining relics and the station masters building (interior is not open to the general public).

    Phone number as shown below is the National Trust of NT and not the Pine Creek Railway Museum.
    Open 10am - 2pm Monday to Friday (NOT OPEN AT WEEKENDS) and entry is by a $2 'donation' but the volunteer will accept other items as 'payment' - horse trading is alive and well in the NT - LOL

    About the photos:
    1. Main station constructed in 1888
    2. An original loco from the 1880's - and yes with a little bit of work it will run again "one day."
    3. Map of the proposed line from London to Adelaide.
    4. The volunteer who runs the museum and claims he thinks he owns a shirt with collar and proper boots - not thongs - when VIP's visit.
    5. Would have been fun riding in these carriages.

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    Walk Through Time Walkway

    by AlbuqRay Updated Aug 28, 2012
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    The Katherine Town Council web page tells us that the Walk Through Time Walkway heads south from the railway station and locomotive display. The footpath is made up of nine bays of tiles painted by local artists. The tiles form a timeline along the footpath, commemorating people who have made a contribution to Pine Creek, from the Aboriginal people to the miners and pastoralists of the 1960’s. More tile bays will be added in the future. When I was there on 26 Aug 2010, I saw the marker but did not realize that there was an associated footpath. The NT Nomads Blog for 20 Feb 2011 has some pictures of the tiles and mentions that unfortunately some of the Aboriginal stories had been vandalized.

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    Pine Creek Railway Station Museum

    by AlbuqRay Updated Aug 30, 2012
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    The original Pine Creek Railway Station (198 meters above sea level) opened on the North Australia Railway in 1889. The Railway served mainly the mining industry. The line was extended to Katherine in 1917 and eventually as far south as Birdum. Although during World War II the Railway carried troops and equipment from Larrimah to Darwin, mining is what made it profitable. In 1976, when the Francis Creek Mine closed, the Railway became uneconomical and shut down all its stations. The Pine Creek Railway Station is now a museum with historic photos, maps and memorabilia about the North Australia Railway. It still includes the original restrooms, parcel office and waiting room.

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    Historic Locomotive Display

    by AlbuqRay Updated Aug 31, 2012
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    A large shed near the old Railway Station Museum houses an operational 1877 Beyer Peacock steam locomotive and carriage. It was restored as a “Centenary of Federation” project by the Pine Creek Community Government Council, and is believed to be the oldest restored locomotive in Australia. The locomotive was built in 1877 at Manchester, England. It was used on the Port Augusta and Eyre Peninsula Railways until it was purchased in 1915 at a cost of 1000 GBP, shipped to Darwin on the SS Tasman, and reclassified as North Australian Railways (NAR) Unit NF5. It operated between Darwin and Pine Creek from 1915 until it was decommissioned in 1945 and placed in the yard of the Darwin Infant School. The locomotive was acquired by NT Museums in 1977. It was taken to Pine Creek in 1983 for the film "We of the Never Never" and brought back again on a permanent loan in 1994. The title was transferred to the Pine Creek Council and restoration work started in November 2000. One year later at a cost of ~120,000 AUD, the restored locomotive carried passengers for the first time in 57 years at the official opening on 17 Nov 2001.

    An operational former Western Australian Government Railways TA class diesel-electric shunting engine and open carriage are also housed in the shed. They were given to Pine Creek by the Larrimah Progress Association.

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    Miners' Park

    by AlbuqRay Updated Sep 2, 2012
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    Established in 1988 as part of the Australian Bicentennial activities, Miners' Park is located next to the present-day Pine Creek Railway Station Museum and the station master’s residence. It has many pieces of historical mining equipment with interpretive signboards, which describe the equipment and explain how it was used. The self-guiding interpretive signs and displays give a comprehensive view of the technology and life in the goldfields in the late 1800's and early 1900's. There are two kiosks which record the history of mining in the Pine Creek area and the South Alligator River Valley. There are also some spectacular looking Boab trees in the Park. The Pine Creek Goldrush Festival is held each year at Miners' Park and includes gold-panning championships. See also three travelogues.

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    Pine Creek Station Master's House

    by AlbuqRay Updated Aug 31, 2012
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    The historical Station Master's House was built at the same time as the old railway station when the North Australia Railway (NAR) reached Pine Creek in 1888 and was officially opened on 30 September 1889. Both buildings were designed in South Australia and use easily transportable corrugated iron for the exterior walls. For some reason, the windows and doors are shut and it is not open for touring. I took a picture of the signboard, but it is very difficult to read. Some things that I can discern include: it has two brick-lined underground water tanks; it was was not just a residence for the station master; the building originally had three rooms (kitchen, bedroom and living(?) room; the windows were originally enclosed with woven bamboo and palm matting; the building remains largely unchanged except for its external appearance; and it has been used as a private residence, a youth-hostel, shop, and craft center.

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    Pine Creek Amenities

    by AlbuqRay Updated Aug 28, 2012
    Hotel, Mayses, Post Office and Tennis Courts
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    It was about 15:45 and we wanted to get some takeaway for dinner. Zig (1+1) said that Mayse's was the best place in Pine Creek for a steak sandwich. Mayse's is located downtown between the Pine Creek Hotel-Motel and the post office, next to the tennis courts. However, they had closed at 15:00. The deli in the BP service station across the street had good steak sandwiches too (see a separate tip).

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    Pine Creek BP Service Station & Deli

    by AlbuqRay Updated Sep 2, 2012
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    The Pine Creek BP Service Station is across the street from Mayse's and the post office. When we could not get a steak sandwich takeaway for dinner at Mayse's (it was closed), we went to the deli in the service station. They make excellent steak sandwiches (10.50 AUD with the "works," i.e., salad, egg and bacon) too. A Solo lemon drink was 4.50 AUD. There is also a mini-market at the service station.

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    Ah Toy's Store

    by AlbuqRay Updated Aug 29, 2012
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    Ah Toy's Store was opened in 1935 by Jimmy and Lily Ah Toy. It is now run by their son, Eddie, who was selected as Territorian of the Year in 2005. This is an amazing family. Eddie's sister, Joyce Chin, although now retired, was a famous educator in Northern Territory. Zig (1+1) and I did not stop at the store at 35 Main Terrace in Pine Creek, but I took a couple of pictures as we passed by. Had I known all this history then, I would have stopped for sure. It reminds me of the historic neighborhood store, Manuel's, in Albuquerque, NM, where I live. BTW, Ah Toy's is where you check in if you stay at the Kakadu Gateway Caravan Park. The Pine Creek Diggers Rest Motel (32 Main Terrace) is nearby.

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