Timber Creek is an isolated small town on the banks of
the Victoria River. The creek was named in 1855 when the
explorer Augustus Gregory used timber from the banks of the creek to
repair his expedition’s boat. The first inhabitants were the
Nagaliwurra and Nangali Aboriginal people, decedents of whom still live
in Timber Creek. Today, this small town has a range of accommodation,
activities and other facilities for the traveler. Walk along the
Heritage Trail to see wildlife, historic sites and pioneer graves.
Location: Timber Creek is approximately 600 kilometres south
west of Darwin, 286 km west of Katherine, in an area is known for
its scenic escarpments and Boab trees. The Victoria
Highway passes through the town, which is the only significant
settlement between the Western Australia border and the town
of Katherine to the east.
Lookouts: Kuwang Lookout: 47km east of Timber Creek, this
lookout offers views towards the Stokes Range and houses an
interpretive display featuring creation stories of the local Aboriginal
A short drive west of Timber Creek, Policeman's Point Lookout offers
views of the Victoria River winding through rugged hills and ranges.
Policemen’s Point offers a good spot to fish from the bank or
take in the majesty of the Victoria River.
Things To See and Do
The Victoria River is a mecca for fishing and produces some of the
Territory’s best and biggest Barramundi. They can be caught all
year round but the best time is on a neap tide, between the months of
March to late May-coinciding with the end of the monsoon season.It is
VERY important to remember that Estuarine Crocodiles inhabit this area,
so please observe all safety signs around any water way in this region.
Gregory National Park
Gregory National Park covers an area of about 13,000km sq and
features spectacular gorge scenery, rare wildlife species, and
significant traces of Aboriginal culture, European exploration and
pastoral history. It is divided into 2 sections – the Victoria
river sector in the east and the Gregory sector in the west. The
Victoria river sector is near the Victoria river crossing and winds
through 250 meter high tablelands, creating dramatic red cliffs. The
large Gregory sector lies just outside Timber Creek.
In the Gregory sector, Limestone Gorge provides a superb
photographic opportunities. Also of interest is the old cattle property
outstation, Bullita Homestead, with its traditional timber stockyards.
Facilities at both Bullita and Limestone gorge camping areas include
BBQ’s, picnic tables and pit toilets.
Keep River National Park
Entry to this park is 3km east of the Northern Territory and Western
Australian border. There are some excellent bushwalking tracks that
explore the rugged terrain of sandstone formations that are similar in
structure to the Bungle Bungles, including the Keep River Gorge and
some Aboriginal art sites. Short-eared rock wallabies,
white-quilled rock pigeons and sandstone shrike thrush are some of the
interesting animals that inhabit this area. Two camping areas are
provided within the park. Drinking water is available at Jarnem
campground and 2kms from the Ranger Station. No Pets Allowed.
Gregory’s tree is located 15km northwest of the townsite of
Timber Creek. In September 1855, Sir Augustus Charles
Gregory and a party of 19 men reached the mouth of the Victoria
River. The party's schooner, Tom Tough, proceeded along the
river, landing near the present town of Timber Creek and a base camp
for the expedition was established. Gregory named a nearby stream
"Timber Creek" on 24 November while seeking timber to make repairs to
the boat. Gregory inscribed of the dates of this expedition on a
large boab tree near the original campsite, located approximately 15 km
from the present town; the tree, and the inscription, can still be seen
Other Places of Interest
Yambarran Range; Top Springs roadhouse; Victoria Downs Homestead (38
km south-east of Victoria River Downs Homestead, 1883-90); Wimmera Home
(Old Hospital Victoria River Downs, built for Australian Inland
Mission, 1922-23); Timber Creek Aerodrome; Gordon Creek Police Station
Timber Creek is a tropical savanna climate with distinct wet and dry
seasons. The annual rainfall is 979mm with the heaviest falls occurring
during the wet season months November – April. High humidity and
overnight temperatures as well as large thunderstorms characterise this
season. The Victoria River is prone to flooding during these months.
The dry season months, May–October, see minimal rainfall, blue
skies, less humidity and cooler overnight temperatures.