Adelaide River

Adelaide River Inn, Tourism NT

Population 190

Adelaide River is a small town located midway between Darwin and Pine Creek.  A settlement was established here as a base for workers on the Overland Telegraph Line in the early 1870s and was a popular stopping place for travellers and prospectors heading south to the goldfields at Pine Creek.  The building of the Northern Australia Railway, which operated from 1888 to 1976, further increased its significance on the north–south track. During World War II the still relatively sheltered town was a major military base for 30 000 Australian and US soldiers.  The Adelaide River War Cemetery and historic Railway Station contain exhibits and photographic displays of these bygone days.

Visitor Information

Adelaide River Inn, 106 Stuart Hwy; (08) 8976 7047

Nearby national parks

  • Litchfield National Park

    Litchfield National Park is a gem of a park, encompassing diverse landscapes that take in most Top End habitats. Spring-fed waterfalls flow...more

  • Mary River National Park

    Mary River National Park protects a part of the Mary River catchment that includes the river, flood plains, billabongs, paperbark forests,...more

  • Kakadu National Park

    World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park is a landscape of unsurpassed beauty, with world-renowned wetlands attracting extraordinary...more

Nearby towns

  • Batchelor

    Batchelor was initially established as an experimental farming region to assess the economic viability of the Northern Territory. During WW...more

  • Noonamah

    Noonamah is a tiny town outside Darwin at the centre of numerous parks and reserves. It is a great base from which to experience wildlife,...more

  • Pine Creek

    The town was named Pine Creek by Overland Telegraph workers because of the prolific pine trees growing along the banks of the tiny...more

In Town

Adelaide River Inn The hotel was a favourite watering hole for soldiers during WW II and still has war photographs and memorabilia adorning the walls. Hard to ignore is main attraction Charlie the Buffalo, suitably stuffed, from the film Crocodile Dundee. Meals and accommodation are available. Stuart Hwy.

Adelaide River Railway Station: National Trust–classified station (1888), now a museum featuring relics of local history, including the railway construction and WW II; open Mon–Sun except Christmas day; Stuart Hwy; (08) 8981 2848 (National Trust Darwin).

Adelaide River War Cemetery: a 'must-see', Australia's only war cemetery on native soil contains graves of 434 military personnel. The adjacent civil section contains the graves of 9 post-office staff killed on 19 February 1942, during the bombing of Darwin. 


Daly River Copper was discovered here in 1883 and mining began in 1884, which led to a bloody conflict between miners and Aboriginal people. Today the town, located on the banks of the river, is little more than a pub, a free caravan park and a popular destination for fishing.  The Daly River is renowed for its large barramundi and there are two major fishing competitions every year, the "Barra Nationals" and the "Barra Classic".  The Merrepen Arts Festival is held at the nearby Aboriginal community each June. 102 km SW.

Old Stuart Hwy Scenic Route: runs for 61 km from Adelaide River, past Robin Falls (15 km S) and the turn off to Daly River and rejoins the Stuart Hwy just north of Hayes Creek.

Mt Bundy Station: rural experience with 4WD tours, horseriding, fishing, walking, swimming and a wide range of accommodation; (08) 8976 7009; 3 km NE.

Robin Falls: pleasant 15min walk to falls that flow most of the year; 15 km S

Grove Hill Heritage Hotel and Museum: example of outback ingenuity made by a master blacksmith who scavenged for materials in and around the nearby mine sites. There is basic accommodation and bar meals; (08) 8078 2489; Goldfields Rd; around 70 km SE.

Litchfield National Park: a world of waterfalls, gorges, pockets of rainforest, giant termite mounds and rock formations that resemble lost civilisations. Enjoy the scenic pools beneath the waterfalls – most offer crocodile-free swimming, but read the signs before you take the plunge; around 100 km SW.

Travellers note: Snake Creek, an old wartime base, is no longer accessible to visitors.

Fishing spots near town

Manton Dam 42 km

Queensland has received a lot of publicity about stocking lakes with barramundi, but since the mid- 1990s NT Fisheries has been doing similar work. More than 100 000 barramundi have been put into Manton Dam, a... Find out more

Daly River 72 km

The Daly River is one of the most popular barramundi fishing destinations for Darwin anglers. The river is rightly famous for its spectacular runoff fishing at the end of the Wet, but produces barramundi year round. Some... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve 91 km

This incredible site 70 kilometres east of Darwin is believed to have the highest known biomass of predators and prey of any ecosystem on earth, and is teeming with water pythons and their primary food of choice, dusky... Find out more

Cycling around Darwin 92 km

Although the humidity might prevent you from wanting to do any exercise at all, the advantage of cycling is that you get a cool breeze as you go, and Darwin is relatively flat. Join a relaxing, guided three-hour cycle... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Diggers Bistro

On the Stuart Highway, the Adelaide River Inn is the final resting place of a great Australian icon – Charlie the buffalo, one of the stars of the Crocodile Dundee movie. After filming wound up, Charlie lived out... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

Saffron 93 km

This Indian restaurant in Parap uses biodegradable plates and bowls made from sugarcane fibres, and buys nearly all ingredients locally.... Find out more

Campsites around town

Adelaide River Show Society Caravan Park

About 500 m off the Stuart Hwy and within an easy drive of Litchfield, this park is dog- and horse-friendly. It's a good stop-off on the way back from the Douglas Daly region. Note: no generators.... Find out more

Buley Rockhole camping area 36 km

Swim in the pools and cascades that tumble down the rocks. To get here, take the signposted turn-off from Litchfield Park Rd, 42 km south-west of Batchelor towards Florence Falls, and follow it for 2.5 km.... Find out more

Florence Falls 2WD camping area 37 km

Florence Falls is accessible down 160 steps or along Shady Creek Walk, about 1 km. At the bottom of the gorge there is a magnificent plunge pool and waterfall. Camping for 2WD vehicles is 4.5 km off Litchfield Park Rd,... Find out more

Florence Falls 4WD camping area 38 km

This 4WD campsite is 1 km up the road from the area for 2WD vehicles. To reach it take the signposted turn-off, 42 km south-west of Batchelor. Note: you can swim in nearby waterways, but observe crocodile warning signs.... Find out more

Tjaynera (Sandy Creek) Falls camping area 39 km

A 3.4 km return walk takes you from here through cycads to a large plunge pool. This site off the Reynolds River 4WD track is 9 km south of Litchfield Park Rd.... Find out more

Surprise Creek Falls camping area 39 km

Walk through the bush to a beautiful waterhole with plunge pools hidden in the rocks. This is the most remote campsite in the park, is without drinking water and is located off the Reynolds River 4WD track, about 16 km... Find out more

Wangi Falls camping area 46 km

At Wangi Falls multiple waterfalls cascade down the escarpment. There is a beautiful swimming hole, boardwalk lookouts and a ridgetop walk. Swimming is only possible during the Dry (observe crocodile warnings) but... Find out more

Walker Creek camping area (walk-in camping) 47 km

Suitable only for tents, this walk-in camping area has just 6 sites along Walker Creek. Stroll along the creek to reach a quiet swimming hole. Bring drinking water. It’s just off Litchfield Park Rd, 82 km west of... Find out more

Douglas Daly Tourist Park 67 km

Base yourself here for an adventure in this less-travelled part of the Top End. The well-equipped park has fuel, alcohol, a restaurant and supplies, as well as a pool and beautiful river cascades to swim in. Camp in the... Find out more

Douglas Hot Springs camping area 69 km

This reasonably large camping area has pit toilets and bore water and a designated area for generators. The park is about 50 km south of Hayes Creek off the Oolloo–Douglas Daly Rd. The last 7 km is a gravel road... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Mount Bundy Station 4 km

This is a unique riverfront farmstay camping area, 3 km from Adelaide River, with basic but good amenities. This is a working station. The camping area is grassy and well shaded.... Find out more

Big 4 Batchelor Holiday Park 23 km

The park is 500 metres from the Batchelor town centre and a good base from which to explore nearby Litchfield National Park. The park has good facilities including a hotel and fuel station, and a minigolf course.... Find out more

Litchfield Tourist Park 28 km

Located west of Batchelor on the road to Litchfield National Park, this is a very convenient park for those exploring the area. The park has a restaurant and good facilities.... Find out more

The Bark Hut Inn 73 km

This popular, convenient tourist complex is roughly midway between Jabiru and Darwin’s suburbs. Pets may be allowed on application.... Find out more

Coolalinga Caravan Park 79 km

On the outskirts of Darwin, this is a very convenient park, especially if you are travelling with your dog. Hidden from view behind a service station, it adjoins a shopping precinct and is within easy walking distance of... Find out more

Big4 Howard Springs Holiday Park 82 km

The popular park is 23 km from central Darwin, in a quiet position off the main highway. It is close to Palmerston shopping centre and is an easy drive into Darwin. The park is a popular tourist destination and a good... Find out more

Darwin FreeSpirit Resort 87 km

Located on the Stuart Highway 19 km from Darwin, this is a large park with good facilities and a quality licensed restaurant. We find it a good base for exploring Darwin and the surrounding areas. We also had less... Find out more

Hidden Valley Tourist Park 91 km

Easily accessible from the Stuart Highway, this is a good quality park about 7 km from Darwin. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Koa and Malak Caravan Parks 95 km

This is located about 12 km from central Darwin, 5 km from Darwin’s largest shopping plaza, Casuarina Square, and adjacent to Darwin Golf Course. It is a huge park with 327 ensuite sites (no tent sites). On... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Mount Bundy Station

Five minutes’ drive south of Adelaide River, and 120 kilometres south of Darwin, there is a range of accommodation offered here, from camping grounds and self-contained cabins to B&B in the homestead. Mount... Find out more

Daly River Mango Farm

A magnet for anglers but also a great base from which to explore one of the most interesting regions in the Top End, Mango Farm offers a variety of accommodation including budget rooms, cabins and a house. Long-term... Find out more

Perry’s on the Daly

Primarily a camping ground, Perry’s also has one room and a house available. Located two and a half hours south of Darwin, this place is renowned for good fishing and wildlife experiences. Boats can be hired to... Find out more

Wooliana on the Daly

On the eastern bank of the Daly River, about three hours drive from Darwin and Katherine, Woolianna is 15 kilometres downstream of the Daly River crossing. This is primarily a camping ground but there are two... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Darwin Central 90 km

One of the first things you may notice about Darwin Central in comparison to other nearby hotels is its surprisingly small windows – part of its energy-efficient design. It was recently declared one of... Find out more

Feathers Sanctuary 97 km

The owners of this quiet B&B, 10 minutes drive from the centre of town, are wildlife carers and often have injured birds such as jabirus on site. Their dug-out lagoon is also home to a wide range of birds, including... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Coomalie Creek park area 25 km

25km N of Adelaide River (R) or 88km S of Darwin (L)

Just off the highway among shady trees.

Bridge Creek rest area 26 km

23km N of Hayes Creek (L) or 34km S of Adelaide River (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Manton River rest area 44 km

47km N of Adelaide River (L) or 66km S of Darwin (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few shady trees.

Douglas Hot Springs camping area 69 km

T/O 6km N of Hayes Creek (L) or 51km S of Adelaide River (R)

On the banks of a creek that is fed by the hot springs. Located 39km south-west of the highway.

Mary River park area 69 km

141km W of Jabiru (L) or 74km E of Stuart Hwy (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees. On the west side of the river.

Wetlands rest area 70 km

191km W of Jabiru (L) or 24km E of Stuart Hwy (R)

Just off the highway overlooking the wetlands.

What's on around town

Adelaide River Show inluding rodeo and Campdraft: June.

Adelaide River Races: June.

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