Hayes Creek is a stopover halfway between Katherine and Darwin. The spring fed creek is in a beautiful setting with tall trees and prolific bird life such as bower birds, kingfishers and ibis. It is a haven for butterflies.
The soil is fertile and overlooks the site of a World War 11 army farm. In the 1930s Chinese gardeners tilled the soil to supply nearby gold fields with fresh vegetables.
There were also tin mines in the area, mined by Chinese tributors.