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Adelaide River ( Stuart Highway )

A great stopping off point between Katherine and Darwin, the Adelaide River settlement boasts some of the prettiest scenery in the Top End. Located 114 kilometres south of Darwin on the Stuart Highway, Adelaide River is a small community with a population of just 250. During World War II, Australian and American soldiers pushed that number to 30,000 when, because of its relatively sheltered location, Adelaide River became a major military headquarters.

Today, the highlight of a visit to Adelaide River is the beautifully maintained World War II cemetery in a peaceful location by the banks of the river. Some 434 servicemen and 54 civilians killed during the Japanese air raids on Darwin are buried here. Also of interest are the old railway bridge and station (now a museum) that were a major enterprise at the time of their completion in 1889. The Adelaide River itself flows north and reaches the Timor Sea approximately 50 kilometres north-east of Darwin. It is best known for its large population of saltwater crocodiles that are the focus for ‘jumping crocodile’ cruises on the river.

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