City of Palmerston

Verge water tower

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 and gymnasium 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 33 years ago.

Palmerston is currently undergoing a significant period of infrastructure growth and development, with Council adopting a detailed master plan for the city centre to be rolled out over the next 20 years. Designed to accommodate Palmerston’s growing population and reinvigorate the CBD, work on the first stage of the master plan commenced at the end of 2013. The redevelopment will see Goyder Square, the city centre’s major open space, transform into a vibrant new social hub where residents are able to meet, relax and enjoy Palmerston’s tropical lifestyle.  ‘The Boulevard’ is also being redeveloped to create a bustling new main street for Palmerston.   Click here for more information on Palmerston’s strong plans for the future of the CBD.

The growth of Palmerston continues to expand with a number of major projects announced and several of these already commencing:

  • Gateway Shopping Centre $300m
  • Boulevard Plaza Mixed Use Development $200m
  • Palmerston Regional Hospital $150m
  • Tiger Brennan Drive Duplication $88m
  • Rydges Palmerston Hotel $50m           
  • Woolworths Bakewell $20m                 
  • Bellamack Special School $21m              

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.  It is anticipated the Hospital will be completed in 2018.

With a projected population of 42,000 by 2021, accelerated growth is high on the region’s agenda with 4 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 will soon welcome the opening of the Rydges Palmerston, offering guests 4 star accommodation, to accompany the established Quest Serviced Apartments. When it comes to cuisine, Palmerston caters for a wide range of tastes, from boutique restaurants and cafes to popular outlets such as Hogs Breath Café.

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

A Place for People

Council Offices
Civic Plaza, First Floor
2 Chung Wah Terrace,
Palmerston, NT, 0831

P 08 8935 9922 (24 hour service)
F 08 8935 9900

Office Hours
8.15am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday
Closed public holidays

Palmerston Library
Goyder Square, The Boulevard
Palmerston, NT, 0831

P 08 8935 9999
F 08 8935 9998

Opening Hours
Monday - Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 12pm - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 1pm
Sunday 1pm - 4pm
Closed public holidays

Palmerston Recreation Centre
11 The Boulevard
Palmerston, NT, 0831

P 08 8935 9777
F 08 8931 0122

Opening Hours
Monday - Friday 6am - 8pm
Saturday 8am - 3pm
Sunday 9am - 1pm
Public holidays 9am - 1pm