Situated on the doorstep of the Gregory National Park in the Katherine region, the township of Timber Creek is a traveller’s oasis. Timber Creek, 285 kilometres west of Katherine, is the region’s main centre and is home to about 70 people. This friendly Northern Territory town features several attractions that preserve its rich pastoral and exploration heritage. Timber Creek is the traditional land of the Ngaliwurra Aboriginal people, who provided early European settlers with valuable bush knowledge and acted as guides for the local police. A police station was first established in Timber Creek in 1898. Initially just a hut and a goat yard, the dwellings were upgraded to iron and steel in 1908 and this structure has been reopened as the Timber Creek Police Station Museum.
Fishing is one of Timber Creek’s biggest drawcards. The beautiful Victoria River, running through deep valleys and gorges, is one of the Northern Territory’s most scenic places to catch barramundi. Gregory National Park is Timber Creek’s backyard. Covering an area of approximately 13,000 square kilometres, the Park is home to red-rimmed escarpment ranges, plunging gorges and ancient boab trees.
Escape the everyday
A remote, mystical land steeped in Aboriginal ancestral mythology, Gregory National Park is the Northern Territory’s second largest national park. Bordering the Tanami Desert, the park’s 13,000 square kilometres embrace a contrasting landscape of tropical and semi-arid terrain: from monsoon rainforest, eucalyptus trees and lagoons to ranges, gorges and escarpments. As well as being moodily beautiful the area is important historically to indigenous Australians, and as a site of European expeditions and pastoral life.
There are many different ways to enjoy the park; take a boat tour or hire your own boat, try a scenic flight, go bushwalking, fishing or camping. Challenging four-wheel drive tracks have been developed to give you access to the more remote areas in the south of the park. Take your time to explore them while soaking up the beauty of the gorges and lagoons.
A boat ramp on Big Horse Creek gives access to the Victoria River, teeming with barramundi – but take care – they are also noted for saltwater crocodiles. The park also features a ‘frozen waterfall’, a calcite flow formed over many years by calcium carbonate-rich water flowing over the river rocks. For the adventurous, the Bullita Cave System, 62 kilometres long and with multiple entrances, is there just waiting to be explored.
Activites and Experiences at Timber Creek
- Fishing – Trout/Fly
- Boat Ramp
- Bottled Gas
- Coach Stop
- Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
- Public Bar
- Mechanical Services
- Medical Facilities
- National Park
- Post Office
- Public Telephone
- Takeaway Food
- Visitor Centres
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
- Flora and Fauna
- National Park
Accommodation In Timber Creek
Discover some of the accommodation in and around Timber Creek