Timber Creek Community Health Centre
PMB 53 Katherine NT 0852
P: 08 8975 0727 | F: 08 8975 0748
Timber Creek is located approx 300km west of Katherine along the Victoria Highway. This double lane sealed road is well maintained. Greyhound buses pass through each day (both ways). Timber Creek is nestled in the Victoria River valley escarpment country at the upper limit of the tidal influence. It is one of two public access points to the Victoria River, the other being the Vic River Roadhouse 92km east. Timber Creek lies at the central point on the Victoria Highway between Katherine and Kununurra. The trip from Katherine to Timber Creek takes about three hours.
Population of the Timber Creek area is approx. 650 - 700. During the tourist season there can be an additional 250 people each night within a 12 mile radius of Timber Creek.
In 1855 the explorer Augustus Charles Gregory sailed from Queensland to the Northern Territory. He was finally shipwrecked at the area now known as Timber Creek. Legend has it that the name was used because of the timber he cut down to make repairs.
The site of Gregory's camp can still be found and you can plainly see his carvings on one of the boab trees. Over an eight month period Gregory explored much of the region and helped to open up the area.
Some of the largest cattle stations were founded around Timber Creek, and because of this the town became an important port. The first government department to be represented was the police station in the 1890s. Goods were transported to the outlying cattle stations by donkey teams. This continued up until the 1930's when roads made the port redundant. The township is now a tourist and service centre for a number of Aboriginal communities and Stations.
Timber Creek Health Services Information
Timber Creek Health Centre is staffed by a Doctor and 4 Nurses Monday to Friday.
Note: The Resident GP and nurses in the community also service 3 other communities and may not necessarily be available at all times due to varying circumstances.
The health centre does not make appointments. Clients will be seen on a first come first served basis that ensures that you are seen within a reasonable time of arriving at the centre. Emergencies are always given priority.
Programs running in the community:
School age screening — Ongoing.
Old people screening — Ongoing.
Well women checks —Ongoing.
Under 5 screening — Ongoing.
Physician — 4 monthly.
Paediatrics — 4 monthly.
Ophthalmology — Annually.
Optometrist — Annually.
Physiotherapy — As required.
Dietitian — Annually or as requested.
Mental health — As requested.
AIDS/STD screening — As requested.
Audiologist — 1 time each year.
Women's Health Nurse — As requested.
Environmental Health Officers — Twice each year.
Clinic staff dispense appropriate medications according to need and eligibility to the resident population of Timber Creek.