Berry Springs, Northern Territory
Darwin, Northern Territory
A quiet pool, at the Lower Pool of Berry Springs Swimming Pools
Berry Springs is an outer suburban locality in Darwin. The suburb is a mostly rural area situated on the Cox Peninsula Road and is sparsely populated. A few businesses and a school are located in the suburb. At the 2006 census, the population of Berry Springs was 481. It is located 58.5 kilometres (36.4 mi) by road from the Darwin Central Business District and lies within the Litchfield Municipality local government area.
The name "Berry Springs" derived from "Berry Creek", named by Goyder in 1870, after his Chief Draftsman, Edwin S Berry. Most early development of the area was concentrated around the thriving town of Southport at the confluence of the Blackmore and Darwin Rivers. In 1889, a station opened on the North Australia Railway named Southport on the road between that town and Berry Springs. The location soon declined in importance however.
During World War II, over 100,000 service personnel were deployed to the Litchfield area. A low weir was built across Berry Creek to provide a swimming area as part of a Rest and Recreation camp for troops and this is still a popular swimming venue.
A 14ha aquaculture complex, known as ARDA-Tek Barramundi Farm was established in 1998 in the suburb. It employs 3 full-time staff. In addition to supplying fish for seafood wholesale, there is a research program aimed at managing disease and creating cheaper, high protein food sources to increase the quality of the fingerlings produced by the farm. The farm offers recreational fishing and tours for visitors, further contributing to tourism and the local economy.
There is one public primary school located in Berry Springs, Berry Springs Primary School. The school caters to students in Transition to Year 6. A pre-school also operates on the site. There were 217 students enrolled as of August 2010. The current principal is Ms. Leah Crockford.
The Territory Wildlife Park is a zoo located in the suburb.
Berry Springs Nature Park is a public recreation area that includes bushwalking trails, picnic areas and a kiosk where refreshments are available. The park is centred around the springs and catchment which are the source of water for Berry Creek. The clear waters of the pools created by the springs are ideal for observing the aquatic life within, and access is provided for swimming to escape the tropical heat. Information displays are provided detailing the native plants, wildlife and history of the area. The park is open all year round, but during the months of October - April may be closed for swimming depending on local conditions.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006 Census Quickstats (0838: Postal Area)
- Berry Springs (Locality)
- Comrails website Route Information, North Australia Railway
- Berry Springs swimming pools
- NRETAS Website Berry Springs Nature Park, Northern Territory Government
- ARDA-Tek Farm Website
- DEET Schools Directory School Profile, Northern Territory Government