Whenever I'm "out and about" especially in isolated places like this. I always make sure that the night before all my digital batteries are charged for the next days experiences. There is nothing worse than getting flat camera batteries when you are in islolated areas. I always carry a spare memory card also.Just in case.. Another item that is always in my camera kit is an International powerpoint adaptor. After All our photos are a really important part of our trip...Aren't they!!!
IMPORTANT NOTE: Never be without sufficient fresh bottled water when in these extremely hot places
Located on the Stuart Highway, the Adelaide River Railway Siding and Railway Bridge were constructed to form part of the North Australia Railway which operated from 1888 until 1976.
In its time, it was the first main station on the line from Darwin to Pine Creek. It was of major significance during World War II as Adelaide River was an important military centre.
Approximately 113km south of Darwin on the Stuart Highway you will find Adelaide River. During World War II, there was a large base at Adelaide River and the war cemetery was created specifically for the burial of service personnel who died in the area.
The cemetery contains 434 Commonwealth graves from the Second World War, as well as the Northern Territory Memorial which commemorates members of the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Air Force, the Australian Merchant Navy and the Services Reconnaissance Department who lost their lives in operations in Timor and Northern Australian. The memorial also serves those who have no known grace.
The war cemetery was taken over the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) in 1947.
The .303 Bar is worth viewing whilst visiting Adelaide River. Full of history from the war years, Crocodile Dundee movie and the early days of mining in the district. Easy to entertain yourself for a half hour without drinking a beer.
There are 414 war graves including 12 men from the British Merchant Navy, one from the Canadian Army and 400 members of the Australian forces.
Following the Japanese bombing of Darwin in 1942 the Australian and American military headquarters were relocated to the Adelaide River township. The cemetery is the third largest war cemetery in Australia.
And up the road beside the Service Station a little way is the War Memorial Cementery.
We spent quite a bit of time just wandering around and reading all the notations on the grave stones. It must have been a horrible time for all those that lost their loved ones.
Well there's not a great deal to do in Adelaide River but if you want to leave your car at the Service Station and walk down the hill opposite, then there's a lovely view of the river.
Quite a nice place for a picnic.
During the Second World War, Adelaide River was the headquarters of a large base, and the war cemetery was created especially for the burial of servicemen who died in this part of Australia. Here lies the graves of many men who died at ages some of which seem far to young serving their country. If you are into history and wish to pay your respects to those of whom lost their lives defending our great country, I would recommend a quick pit stop here to pay homage.
There are a number of World War 2 sites in Adelaide River area, the most prominent being Snake Creek. A 1km drive into the bush will bring you to the site of a World War 2 ammunition depot where buildings were carved into the hillside to eliminate detection from the air. Many of these buildings still remain today.
At the Adelaide River War Cemetery lie the graves of 434 Australian, British and Canadian Servicemen killed in action in the Top End during World War 2. The stone at the Centre of the Memorial commemorates those unknown who have no known grave.
Also adjoining the war cemetery is the civil cemetery where 63 people died during the war.
While on this Adelaide River Crocodile jumping cruise there is a great opportunity to handle some local snakes...they have large and small non venomous pythons which are gentle to hold and handle....
If you are passing through, do stop for a cool drink at the pub and say G'day to Charlie....the star of the Crocodile Dundee movies :o)