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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 young city boasts 30,000 residents, two existing shopping centres and another major retail centre under construction, a G.P Super Clinic, new water park precinct and recently upgraded sporting facilities, proving it has come a long way since welcoming its first resident 30 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 of Goyder Square, the city centre’s major open space, and the straightening of the major road through the CBD The Boulevard, is scheduled to be carried out during 2014. Click here for more information on Palmerston’s strong plans for the future of the CBD.

The Northern Territory and Federal Governments have also 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 44,000 by 2025, accelerated residential growth is high on the region’s agenda with four suburbs under construction - including the rapid expansion of 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.

When it comes to the great outdoors, Palmerston provides residents and visitors with a green retreat, featuring a wealth of picturesque open spaces providing the ideal location for a quiet BBQ or leisurely morning walk. The kilometres of well kept bike paths are well worth a visit for eager riders looking to explore the region.

The City has recently welcomed the opening of Quest Serviced Apartments, offering guests 4.5 star accommodation. When it comes to cuisine, Palmerston caters for a wide range of tastes, from boutique restaurants and cafes to popular outlets including Hogs Breath Café and Outback Jacks.

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






Census Stats 

 Above: 2011 ABS Quick Stats for Palmerston. (source: Australia Bureau of Statistics)



As at 2012 Palmerston's population was estimated to be 30 511, as per 3218.0  Regional Population Growth, Australia.


Click here for Palmerston's full ABS demographic profile


The Australian Bureau of Statistics predicts Palmerston's population will reach between 36,600 and 42,000 people by 2021. Click here for more information about population projections for the Northern Territory.


New Residents Guide

Boulevard roundabout

Welcome to the City of Palmerston!


To help you settle into your new city, Council has developed the 'Living in Palmerston Guide', packed full of useful information about Palmerston, our local businesses and organisations.


Click here to download your copy.