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Louise Heginbotham3 years ago

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Pine Creek—a beautiful sleepy town located about 2 hours’ drive from Darwin CBD. Just off the Stuart Highway, this little town is a great place for tourist or visiting Northern Territory locals to stop off and take in the history. First becoming a popular spot during the Australian gold rush, the town flourished—soon to be home to the Territory’s first tin mine in 1878. Steeped in history, Pine Creek is a fantastic place to visit for lone travellers, groups and families. We’ve found some great places to stay and visit while in this adorable country town.

So you’ve stopped by Pine Creek on your way to Darwin, Katherine, Kakadu or Litchfield. While this town may be small (estimated to be home to just 660 people), it is bursting with character and old-fashioned Aussie culture. We’ve found some great places to stay and things to do nearby while you’re here!

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Pine Creek Railway Resort

Full of character, Pine Creek Railway Resort - Pine Creek
Full of character, Pine Creek Railway Resort – Pine Creek

With more than 15 stylish cabins ranging from single, queen, self-contained and family cabins, there’s room here for everyone at the Pine Creek Railway Resort. Surely you’ve been travelling a while, so it’s nice to sit back in 4.5-star accommodation in Pine Creek and enjoy the air conditioning, cable TV and lagoon-style pool.

While you’re here, check out their newly finished restaurant, which has been built to look like two trains parked at a railway station. Quirky, fun and serving food full of flavour, the Pine Creek Railway Resort offers it all. Stretch your legs, have a walk around then fill your stomach with some local barramundi, prime rump steak or their famous Railway Burger.
Where: 1 Railway Terrace, Pine Creek NT 0847


Pine Creek Hotel/Motel

A great place to chill out, Pine Creek Hotel Motel - Pine Creek
A great place to chill out, Pine Creek Hotel Motel – Pine Creek

If you’re looking for somewhere laidback, that offers great live music and a range of drinks, head to the Pine Creek Hotel/Motel. This great little motel offers clean and comfortable rooms that include: single beds, double beds, air conditioning, ensuites and TVs. You’ll also find convenient tea and coffee making facilities in your room, so sit back, relax and enjoy your stay!

While you’re here, you’ll also find Pine Creek Hotel/Motel is home to The Top Pub (great for a cheeky drink!) andMayse’s Café, which is open from 7am to 3pm, 7 days a week. Perfect for drinks, food and a place to stay, the Pine Creek Hotel/Motel is definitely worth a look!
Where: 40 Moule St, Pine Creek NT 0847


You’ve dropped your bags off and had a kip, now it’s time to explore!

Sleepy town of Pine Creek - Pine Creek
Sleepy town of Pine Creek – Pine Creek

Whether you’re just passing through for a few hours or staying overnight, there is a surprising amount of things to see and do in Pine Creek. If you’re especially interested in the town’s history, head over to the Pine Creek Railway Station Museum, which was built in 1888.

If you’d like something to do to stretch your legs, walk over to the water gardens that are located in the centre of town. Home to varied birdlife, it is a tranquil and beautiful spot to rest and have a picnic. For those looking for a much longer walk, head to Lake Copperfield, which is 6km southwest of Pine Creek. Otherwise, there is plenty of parking there for cars, caravans and buses.

Heading up to Darwin but don’t have it all planned yet? Check out this great Darwin itinerary to give you some ideas!

Have you been to Pine Creek? Tell us what you loved about it by commenting below!

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