Adelaide River & Batchelor, Northern Territory
Adelaide River is home to the World War II cemetery, where 434 servicemen, killed during the air raids on Darwin, are buried. Alongside are the graves of 54 civilians, including the nine post office workers killed in the first raid. Adelaide River also features several museums and is close to a number of scenic areas such as Robin Falls.
The town of Batchelor, gateway to Litchfield Park, provides a full range of services for visitors. This is one of the most picturesque areas of The Top End. Swimming, bushwalking, photography, scenic flights, parachuting and gliding are all popular in the area.
Litchfield National Park is one of the Territory's major attractions with its clear, spring fed streams, rock holes, cascades and waterfalls. Monsoonal rainforests, which swathe the area, provide some pleasant walking. Privately operated tours depart Batchelor daily, April to November.
Lake Bennett is a scenic freshwater lake offering actvities such as camping, sailing, swimming and canoeing. The back reaches of the lake have large expanses of lily ponds and an abundance of water fowl. Manton Dam is a large lake ideal for power boats, picnics and swimming. Finally, the Territory Wildlife Park displays native wildlife in carefully prepared natural habitats set in 400 acres of natural bushland. Ride the motorised train or use the walking trails. A kiosk is available and groups are welcome. Entry fee applies.