Daly Waters Aviation Complex - NT

  Tourist Attraction


DEG: -16.263639 133.376694
DMS: 16º 15' 49.1" S 133º 22' 36.1" E
UTM: 53 K 8201214mN 326530mE
Altitude: 213.96m


Place Type

Recreation - Tourist Attraction


502.4kms SouthEast of Darwin - Driving 589 km (6 hours 49 mins)

Address & Contact

Daly Waters NT 0852
Phone: +618 8999 5039
Email: N/A
Web: https://northernterritory.com/katherine-and-surrounds/see-and-do/daly-waters-aviation-complex


The complex also has significance as the planned rail terminus and as a vital link in postal communications. Its origins are connected with the ill-fated Darwin to Alice Springs railway which was planned to terminate at Daly Waters but only reached Birdum. Daly Waters became the distribution point for mail services between the Top End and the remainder of Australia. Architecturally, the complex contains the oldest hangar in the Northern Territory, which was transported, along with the oil store, to Daly Waters by the Sidney Williams Company in 1930 and erected in its present position. Other remaining structures were built between 1940 and 1960. They are important as elements of an operational international and military areodrome during the pioneering and development period of North Australian aviation. As an international stopover the Aerodrome was visited by prominent people of the day. Technically, it represents an era of Australian aviation in which aircraft with the longest range could not traverse Australia without numerous stops to refuel. The complex therefore is of importance to the history of Australian aviation.

If you wish you can camp here for a night.
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Closest Weather Station

Daly Waters at 19/12:30pm CST
Distance from Daly Waters Aviation Complex 0.16km E
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Closest Climatic Station

Daly Waters Aws
Distance from Daly Waters Aviation Complex 0.16km E
Mean Max. °C35.834.834.533.831.028.628.931.034.737.238.037.3
Mean Min. °C24.023.522.519.716.
Mean Rain mm157.0178.1115.622.

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