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Adelaide Parklands Terminal parking
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Station statistics
Address Richmond Road, Keswick Terminal
Coordinates 34°33′41″S 138°20′43″E / 34.5615°S 138.3452°E / -34.5615; 138.3452Coordinates: 34°33′41″S 138°20′43″E / 34.5615°S 138.3452°E / -34.5615; 138.3452
Structure Ground
Platforms 3 (1 side, 1 island)
Tracks 3
Parking Yes
Baggage check Yes
Other information
Opened 18 May 1984
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Great Southern Rail
Services
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Adelaide Parklands Terminal is the only interstate station in Adelaide, South Australia. It is three kilometres from the city centre, adjacent to the suburb of Keswick and within the southern part of the West Parklands.

History

The terminal opened on 18 May 1984 as Keswick Terminal. It was developed by Australian National as a dedicated long-haul passenger station, allowing it to vacate the State Transport Authority's Adelaide station.

It was built as a dual gauge station being served by the standard gauge Ghan, Indian Pacific and Trans-Australian to the north and broad gauge Overland to the east. It was also served by regional trains operated by Bluebird and CB railcars. The regional trains had ceased by 1990, while following the conversion of the Adelaide to Melbourne line to standard gauge in 1995, The Overland also became a standard gauge train.

In 1986, the Geographic Names Board approved the name Keswick Terminal, and it is now officially classified as a suburb, in the City of West Torrens. The station was included in the sale of Australian National's passenger operations to Great Southern Rail on 1 November 1997.

Adelaide is the only city in the world where passengers can catch trains on three distinct transcontinental routes, The Ghan to Alice Springs and Darwin, and the Indian Pacific to Sydney and Perth, and The Overland to Melbourne. These trains are all operated by Great Southern Rail.

In June 2008, the station was renamed Adelaide Parklands Terminal. following Stage One of a plan to "improve guest comfort and amenity, traffic and passenger movement, food and retail facilities, image, identity, presentation and sustainability". Tourism Minister Jane Lomax-Smith officially opened the Terminal on 6 August 2008.

The Indian Pacific at the terminal
Main platform with carriages from The Ghan

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