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About Palmerston

The second largest city in the Northern Territory, Palmerston is a young, vibrant regional hub with a fast-growing future. Located 20kms from the Territory’s capital Darwin, Palmerston is a diverse community with many young families calling the city ‘home’, along with defence personnel and a range of local businesses. 

The city boasts more than 35,000 residents, two shopping centres, a well utilised library, a G.P Super Clinic, a swimming and fitness centre in Moulden, a recreation centre in the city centre, a number of sporting grounds dotted in and around the city and a water park, proving it has come a long way since welcoming its first resident 35 years ago.

Palmerston is currently undergoing a significant period of infrastructure growth and development. The redevelopment of the city centre has seen its major open space transform into a vibrant new social hub where residents are able to meet, relax and enjoy Palmerston’s tropical lifestyle. 

The Northern Territory and Federal Governments have committed to the construction of a new hospital facility, to be located on the outskirts of the city, servicing residents in both Palmerston and the rural area. Construction will be completed soon.

With a projected population of 40,000 by 2021, accelerated growth is high on the region’s agenda with four suburbs under construction - including the rapid expansion of existing suburbs Bellamack and Johnston, and new residential developments Zuccoli and The Heights Durack.

A must-see for families is the City’s water park, which is free to use. Take on the six-lane speed slide challenge, or enjoy the toddler’s wet area with a shallow wading pool and water activities. Teenagers will also love the refurbished skate park conveniently located next door. Palmerston is also home to an 18-hole golf course and a six-screen cinema complex.

Palmerston also provides a green retreat, with a wealth of picturesque open spaces providing the ideal location for a quiet BBQ or leisurely morning walk. The many kilometres of well-kept bike paths are well worth a visit for eager riders looking to explore the region.

The city is serviced by the new $50 million Rydges Palmerston Hotel and Quest Serviced Apartments, and when it comes to cuisine, Palmerston caters for a wide range of tastes, from boutique restaurants and cafes to popular chain outlets.

With a strong plan in place for the region’s future growth, the City of Palmerston proves to be ‘A Place for People’.