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Small town on the road from Katherine to the Kimberley.
Located on the Victoria Highway 285 km west of Katherine and 193 km east of the border between the Northern Territory and Western Australia, Timber Creek is a small centre which is rapidly growing in importance as a major stopping point on the journey from the Kimberleys to the Territory.
In 1855 the explorer A. C. Gregory, who was financially backed by the Colonial Office to explore the area, sailed from Moreton Bay around the coast of Queensland and the Northern Territory and up the estuary of the Victoria River. Gregory's boat was wrecked at the site of Timber Creek.
Gregory, who was one of the many believers in an 'inland sea' continued his explorations following Sturt's Creek for over 500 km until it disappeared into the sands of the desert. He then pushed east and explored the Elsey, Roper and McArthur Rivers. In sixteen months he travelled over 8000 km.
The subsequent settlement of the area resulted in Timber Creek becoming an important port for the surrounding cattle stations particularly Victoria River Downs Station which was, at one time, the largest pastoral enterprise in Australia. Remnants of the Victoria River Depot including the landing, stores and some graves can still be seen on the banks of the river a few kilometres to the west of the town near the Timber Creek Aerodrome. The river was used from 1884 (when the first Victoria Downs Homestead was built and when Wave Hill station was first settled) until the 1930s when road transport made it redundant.
We stopped over night at the only camp site... under the shade of a HUGE Baob tree - much to Karinas happiness - she loves them and the noisy kakadus and the Lorrakeets that were flying around squaking away. A nice place to stop - 1 pub and 1 small store - population 300!