Pine Creek Art Prize and Goldrush Festival 2018
June 1 and June 2
Art Prize – Friday the 1st of June at 6pm
Goldrush Festival – Saturday June 2 Pine Creek Station Masters House & Pine Creek Miners Park
Our Annual Festival takes place in the historic Gold Mining town of Pine Creek, located 200kms from Darwin. This festival celebrates the town's connection to its Goldrush heritage and continues to be a great delight for generations of people.
The weekend kicks off with Friday Nights Art and Photography Prize Night. This encourages to show there skills in all genres. Enabling all cultures to engage and represent there dynamics. All ages, all
cultures, all people facilitating community through art. Great night! Great Prizes! The event is held in the heritage listed Station Masters House at the National Trust Railway Precinct, also allowing the event to showcase another important part of Pine Creeks history, The Railway.
Saturday encompasses a myriad of entertainment and activities featuring the main event, Pine Creek NT Goldpanning Championships, with over 100 people entering. After a series of heats throughout the day, for all ages, the final is put together from winners of each heat and a grand champion is awarded $500.00.
Other activities on the day include:
Stake your claim, Goldrush 2017 had over 350 stakes purchased and after positioning your stake in a prescribed area, you could be the winner of a Gold Nugget!
Practice Panning is a great opportunity for people to try there hand at an age old activity and with a bit of luck, find the Gold!
Damper Making is always popular with approx. 20 entrants each year. Flour, water, salt and syrup are supplied for the chance to win a Camp oven!
The Chung Wah Dance Troupe attend and perform, thus bringing the ever important representation of Chinese Heritage that formed Pine Creek during the Goldrush of the 1800's.
Katherine Vintage Car Club also attends and display a great array of cars allowing the past to join the present.
local food and market stalls are also present giving a great opportunity for locals to promote and display there community wares.