Timber Creek is located 286km south west of Katherine along the Victoria Highway and is 195km east of the Western Australian border along the same highway.
Timber 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 Ngaliwurra and Nungali Aboriginal people, descendants 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, the historic Police museum and visit the Nackeroo Monument which is situated up on the escarpment with fantastic views of the Victoria Valley. In the World War II, the Indigenous people worked with the Nackeroos in the Victoria River district serving as guides and trainers in survival skills for the soldiers. In 1998 the old Timber Creek Community Government Council built this monument for the Nackeroos.
Timber Creek lies at the central point on the Victoria Highway between Katherine and Kununurra. The trip from Katherine to Timber Creek takes about 3 hours. With its amazing barra fishing, beautiful scenery and friendly people, we invite you to spend some time in our unique town. Timber Creek is the gateway to the Judbarra/Gregory National Park and Keep River National Parks, a bird enthusiast’s paradise, and the launching site for river fishing and crocodile spotting. To the north town’s boundary is the Bradshaw Defense Field Training Area across the Victoria River. There are a couple of events that happen each year, one being the Timber Creek Festival held annually in the second week of June. Timber Creek Service Delivery Centre of the Victoria Daly Shire Council is dedicated to the maintenance and development of services to improve the lifestyle and the quality of life for all people in the Victoria River valley.
Timber Creek is situated on the Victoria Highway which is a bituminized double lane road. It is well maintained and currently under construction to upgrade bridges to allow for access all year round. Timber Creek is known to be inaccessible by road from the East for 2-3 days at a time during wet seasons. The Timber Creek area has a total of 180.11 km of sealed and unsealed roads. Boat access to the Victoria River is at Big Horse Camping Grounds – turn off the Victoria Highway into the camping grounds approx 10km west of Timber Creek. It has an all-weather airstrip that is located 7km west of the township. It can be closed sometimes during the wet and is maintained by the Council.
Ngaliwurru and Ngarinyman are the main languages for this region however English is predominantly spoken. The Ngaliwurru and Nungali Aboriginal people are the original inhabitants and traditional owners of the lands surrounding the town. Their way of life remained unchanged for thousands of years until first contact with Europeans in the 19th century. The traditional name for the locality is "Makalamayi".
Timber Creek has a population of approximately 231 people who live in the township permanently according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011. It has an additional 249 + people during the tourist season and is the hub for surrounding communities throughout the year particularly in the wet. The following figures have been gathered from the Census 2011 and are of current residents, however are subject to change due to different circumstances particularly during the wet.
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