Today one of the best known passenger railways in Australia is the Ghan which in 2003 on 1st February first departed Adelaide for Darwin on the new railway line, to be followed a month later by the first freight train. Both passed through the Adelaide River Railway Heritage precinct, where the new standard gauge line on which the Ghan runs lies runs parallell to the old line.
For the history of the railway and the area around it, take a look at this Wikpedia article.
The precinct has cultural heritage significance in the areas of the Overland Telegraph Line, mining, governance, ethnicity, railway, social history, engineering and construction, the cattle industry, World War II, nursing and, most recently, tourism and hospitality.
If you are interested in some or all of these areas of history,and are travelling through the Northern Territory, stop at the Adelaide River Railway Station where members of the Friends of the North Australia Railway (FNAR) are sure to give you a real Territory welcome!
View Northern Territory in a larger map