Adelaide River

Adelaide River caravan, camping and visitor information.

Adelaide River is located 112km south of Darwin on the Stuart Highway. It is in the Coomalie Region of the Northern Territory. This small, scenic village has a rich history that includes early Chinese market gardens, a base for the Armed Forces during World War II and mining. All this history and it’s scenic surrounds makes Adelaide River a popular stopover with visitors to the region.

About the Adelaide River Area

The town was first settled in 1870 when workers building the Overland Telegraph Line constructed a depot . The construction of the railway line from Darwin to Pine Creek in 1888 brought more growth to the town. It then become a major military headquarters during World War II and was home to the 119 Australia Hospital. After the bombing of Darwin on the 19th of February 1942, it became the centre of military activity. It played a central role in the defence of Australia until the end of the war. On 11 January 1962, an area of 626.8 hectares was proclaimed as a town site and officially given the same name as the adjacent Adelaide River.

Things to See and Do

Set on the banks of the river, the heritage listed War Cemetery is a must see while in the area. Established in 1942 following the bombing of Darwin it was used to bury service personnel who died in action by the Army Field Hospitals in the area. The lush green lawns and floral garden beds are beautifully maintained all year round.
Adelaide River Railway Heritage Precinct is another must see while visiting the area. Volunteers have spent countless hours preserving the old railway station, sheds, workers house, power shed and water tank. There are displays telling the history of the railway including it’s role during World War II.
The Adelaide River Show Society precinct hosts annual events including the annual show and annual Race meet. The race track is the only grass turf racing track in the Northern Territory. The annual rural show is held in June and showcases local crafts, cookery, and produce. There is often a rodeo and camp draft held at the same time.

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For more information about things to see and do and facilities available in Adelaide River visit our companion site Places Around Australia

Adelaide River at a glance

Town Features

  • Cafe
  • Doctor
  • Fuel
  • General Store
  • Mechanical Services
  • Police
  • Post Office
  • Pub
  • Public Phones
  • Public Toilets
  • Restaurant

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