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The townships of Adelaide River and Batchelor  are steeped in history, from the early Chinese market, gardens and military presence during WWII, to the discovery of uranium and the mining at Rum Jungle. The area was originally inhabited by the Kungarakan and Warai Aboriginal clans, the first Europeans to travel through the area were members of the Goyder survey expedition in 1869. The first settlement here was not established until 1870, a base for workers on the construction of the Overhead Telegraph Line.

Adelaide River Township situated on the Stuart Highway 112km south of Darwin, offers a warm welcome to travellers. The township came to prominence following completion of construction of the Overland Telegraph Line, followed by a hotel, a police outpost and a railway station. The town became a popular overnight stopover for travellers and prospectors en-route to Pine Creek following the discovery of gold there in 1971.

From 1939, with the build-up of WWII military activity, the town took on a major role as the location for a huge military base, with the 119 Australian General Hospital, army camps and thousands of service personnel stationed in the town and surrounding areas.

Following the bombing of Darwin in 1942, Australian and American military headquarters were relocated from Darwin to Adelaide River township. The town is now the site of the third largest war cemetery in Australia, the resting place for some 63 civilians and 434 service personnel.

Adelaide River Township offers a range of accommodation, including two caravan parks. Nearby, Mount Bundy Station offers everything from home-stay bed and breakfast to budget far-stay accommodation.


Robin Falls


Enjoy a refreshing swim at Robin Falls, located along Dorat Road off the Stuart Highway near the Adelaide River township.

The cascading falls can be reached after a short walk through scenic bush surrounds. A place to get away from it all and go swimming.



Adelaide River War Cemetery

Adelaide River War Cemetery lies along Memorial Drive in Adelaide River.

The War Cemetery was built during World War II for the burial of Servicemen and Women. There are 434 burials in total, 14 airman Royal Air Force, 12 unidentified men of the British Merchant Navy, 7 Australian Merchant Navy men, 1 Canadian Army soldier and 400 from the Australian Forces.

The War cemetery adjoins the Civil Cemetery where 63 civilians are buried. Among the civilians are nine Post Office workers who were killed on 19 February 1942 in the bombing of Darwin.

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Adelaide River
Northern Territory 0846

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