Interesting park area about railways and mining
More than a little laid back
Quiet place to learn about historic NT railways and mining
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...more
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...more
Pine Creek is the closest town to Zig's (1+1) work house in Kakadu National Park, so he knows it well. We got there about 15:10 on 26 Aug 2010. We first went to Alex Gory Park where the historical railway precinct is located; however, the museum in the old railway station and the shed with the restored 1877 Beyer Peacock steam locomotive were...more
A small kiosk in Miners' Park has signboards that explain the history of mining in the Pine Creek area. Pine Creek began as a small camp set up by an overland telegraph wiring party in August 1871. One of the party, S. W. Herbert, reported that workers found gold in post holes and Acting Goldfields Warden, George McLachlan, reported gold in the...more
The Pine Creek Historic Railway Precinct is the most complete remaining example of infrastructure associated with the old North Australia Railway (NAR). Although a number of the original railway buildings were removed following the closure of the line in 1976, besides the railway station, station master's house and locomotives shed (see separate...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
The Pine Creek Railway Museum is located in a set of buildings which were built in 1888/9 and include the station building, water tank, weighbridge and goods shed.There are displays which show the history of the district and the railway.Admission is by donation (gold coin).more
32 Main Terrace, Pine Creek, 0847, Australia
Good for: Couples
40 Moule Street, Pine Creek, 0847, Australia
Good for: Couples
Kakadu Highway, Pine Creek, 0847, Australia
Good for: Business
Passing through? Then definately stop by Mayse's Cafe for the best burger in town!! These burgers were huge!! I totally recommend this great little pitt stop at Pine Creek!!Check out the burger in the other pic!! :o)Can't miss it! ....as the main street only has this cafe, the pub next door and the garage across the road :o)more
Pine Creek Hotel is next door to Mayse's. Hubby and I grabbed our big burgers and bought a couple of beers to wash our big meal down. We found a nice shady spot out the front of the pub to enjoy our first bit of junk food in 9 days :o)See the sign? 'bottlo' is a common word here in Australia. When we want to tell people that we are going down to...more
Just about the only place in Pine Creek to top up on those essential vehicle supplies and if your unfortunate to encounter mechanical difficulties.
Location: 44 Moule Street, Pine Creek
Opposite Mayse's Cafe
I really don't know if this business is still in operation or not, but I was intreagued by the sign writing and the invitation, "IF NOT OPEN JUST YELL." In many parts of the world yelling can get the yeller into trouble with the local authorities and the population in general - and I didn't want to give a donation to the 'yell police'. Also yelling...more
Ah Toy's is a time warp from its birth in 1935 and I would suspect it has not been re-modelled since. No doubt its founder was a Mr Ah Toy, who, like many others, had travelled to remote outback Australia Pine Creek seeking his fortune in gold. Probably he had seen there was a more reliable source of income to be had in supplying the basic needs of...more
11 Reviews and Opinions
Most people know by now that if you are travelling long distances in Australia, it's easy to get tired and even fall asleep at the wheel.
Pine Creek is the perfect stop if you are travelling from Darwin to Katherine. Apart from the good food at Mayse's....did you know that the driver can have a free coffee?....
Well check out this sign at the garage across the road from Mayse's :o)
Handy to know hey!
Sadly the VT police will delete this page if I use the word 'Pi**ed' in full, but I think you will easily understand the expression, which our friends in USA just say 'Pi**ed' as in 'I was pi**ed' meaning 'I was very angry.' To be different, Aussies will say 'I was pi**ed' meaning 'I was very drunk.'
OK enough of all the pi**ed trivia - as I have written on the into page for Pine Creek, I had gone to a lot of trouble to find a location for a video of The Ghan as it sped through the country.
I had e mailed Great Southern Rail and asked the aprox time that The Ghan would travel through Pine Creek - here's their reply:
"Unfortunately we do not have documented time for Pine Creek that I can provide you, however I can advise that The Ghan is scheduled go through Adelaide River at 10.05am and arrive into Katherine at 12.40pm. Adelaide River and Katherine are approximately 200km apart and Pine Creek is located roughly half way between the two (about 110km from Adelaide River), so I would suggest that The Ghan will travel through Pine Creek between the times of 11.00am and 11.30am."
In our first visit to Pine Creek I had chosen my spot well - close to the highway, close to the train line, a shady tree in fact many shady Mango trees, and very easy access to The Track, as the main highway is known.
We had checked out of our motel in Katherine and hit the open road with a burst of speed - and probably above the posted speed limit of 130 kph (Lady Gaw has said I am not telling the truth - the speed was up to 150 kph). I had flown past a few road trains and slow-moving grey nomad piloted caravans - I was a man on a mission and nothing was going to stop me.
With a quick flick of the wheel we got to the road crossing at 10.55, parked under a tree, got the camera and all important water bottles ready and waited. 11.30 passed and no train - I was sure we had got their first and I really hoped I was right. "We'll wait a bit longer," I said to the by then pi**ed off Lady Gaw who snorted some sort of reply.
Midday came and went - no *&^%$#@ train. I'd even taken a 'practice video' now dubbed "The Ghost Ghan". 12.15 came and went and I said to Lady Gaw, "We'll give it until 12.30 and then we are going." She nodded a reply and no doubt was thinking of all that nice shopping time she could have had.
True to my word we departed that level crossing at 12.30 and had even been offered water by a kindly local who had noticed us loitering under the trees.
We travelled for the short distance into the centre of the vast city of Pine Creek (pop about 500) and made a bee line for the towns public loos - we were busting. Guys are always much quicker that the girls and when I had finished I went into the town general store looking at what was on offer for food. I then saw Lady Gaw running out of the loo hitching up her pants and yelling and waving at me, so I got out of the general store and galloped towards her, "DIDN'T YOU HEAR THE TRAIN HOOTER," she yelled. We had missed that train by 13 minutes and I was really pi**ed off.
We had a quick bite to eat in a cafe in town (not the general store) and I managed to prolong Lady Gaw's agony - we visited one of the very few Pine Creek attractions The Pine Creek Railway Museum. I read with some mirth a display panel which read in part, "It (the old train) is still remembered by many who used the service in the 1930's that the train was only rarely, if ever, on time."
There were 2 trains of old - Palmerston to Larrimah (dubbed by many as the train to no where) and The Ghan of old, which somehow went to Alice Springs from Adelaide. I had read of the unreliability of the old Ghan and one story really sticks out - A heavily pregnant woman asked if the train would be much longer before it reached the end of the line as she was VERY concerned that she might need medical attention. The conductor rebuked her for travelling whilst in that condition. She replied, "I wasn't when I got on!"
Old reputations die hard and the new Ghan still likes to play tricks on those less prepared. I did get to see some train activity from where we waited and waited - long trains - that's road trains - as they sped along The Track as the Stuart Highway is sometimes known by older Territorians.
The last photo has a caption - Why can't we eat these mangos? Because they are not ripe, but may be ready to eat when The Ghan returns in 5 months time - LOL
South of Hayes Creek and off through the bush is the small and unnoticed Depot Creek. Containing swimming holes, waterfalls, great places to push a rubber tube down, Depot Creek is a place on the locals have ever known about. Possible to get to with 4wd or a long walk from the highway. Worth the trip to the bottom and the large wayerfall and possibility to sight a saltwater crocodile or two.
Favorite thing: Built originally at Mt Diamond around 1908 as a butchers shop by Mr Ah Toy, it was moved to Pine Creek and re-erected in its current location in 1915. The oven was built in 1922 using a bed of mortar and last saw service as a field bakery during World War 2. The Old Bakery is still owned by the Ah Toy Family.