Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn, Tourism NT

Population 1140

Located deep within Kakadu National Park, Jabiru was first established because of the nearby uranium mine and, although this still operates, the town is now a major centre for the thousands who come to explore Kakadu each year. Facilities include a supermarket, a bakery and a large town swimming pool.  Swimming pools are the only safe place to swim in Kakadu.  Note that takeaway alcohol cannot be purchased.

Visitor Information

6 Tasman Plaza; (08) 8979 2548.

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In Town

Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn This NT icon is a 250 m crocodile-shaped building that really only resembles a crocodile from the air. The entrance (the mouth of the crocodile) leads to a cool marble reception area, designed to represent a billabong, and accommodation is in the belly of the beast. The design was approved by the Gagudju people, to whom the crocodile is a totem, and was a finalist at the prestigious Quaternario Architectural Awards in Venice. Flinders St.

Aurora Kakadu Lodge & Caravan Park: accommodation laid out in traditional Aboriginal circular motif; Jabiru Dr; (08) 8979 2422.


Kakadu National Park A World Heritage site listed for both its natural value and cultural significance, Kakadu is a place of rare beauty and grand landscapes, abundant flora and fauna, impressive rock art and ancient mythology. The largest national park in Australia, it encompasses the flood plain of the South Alligator River system and is bordered to the east by the massive escarpment of the Arnhem Land Plateau. The wide-ranging habitats, from arid sandstone hills, savannah woodlands and monsoon forests to freshwater flood plains and tidal mudflats, support an immense variety of wildlife, some rare, endangered or endemic. There are over 50 species of mammal, including kangaroos, wallabies, quolls, bandicoots, bats and dugong, as well as a plethora of reptiles and birdlife. With around 5000 rock-art sites, the park has the world's largest and possibly oldest collection of rock art, which reveals the complex culture of the Aboriginal people since the Creation Time, when their ancestors are believed to have created all landforms and living things. Nourlangie Rock is one of Kakadu’s main Aboriginal rock-art areas. The Nourlangie Art Site walk takes visitors through a variety of rock-art styles, including prime examples of Kakadu X-ray art, which shows the anatomy of humans and animals in rich detail. The Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) wetland area  is a spectacular wetland area with prolific birdlife, especially in the dry season. Boat tours give visitors a close-up view of the birdlife and the Territory’s crocodiles. Other highlights of the park include Jim Jim Falls (Barrkmalam) and Twin Falls (Gungkurdul), reached via a 4WD track off the Kakadu Hwy. An incredible volume of water cascades over Jim Jim Falls in the wet season, when the falls can only be seen from the air. Not to be missed is sunset at Ubirr rock, with free ranger tours at 5pm each day from May–Nov. Aboriginal people once camped in the rock shelters here, leaving the legacy of a spectacular rock-art site. A 1 km circuit covers the main natural galleries, which feature portrayals of extinct animals and animated figures in motion. Another highlight is a shorter side track that climbs steeply to Nardab Lookout, a rocky vantage point with sensational views. Also stop in at the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Cooinda, which features educational displays and exhibitions.

Travellers note: Kakadu is a special place. It is important to respect the land and its people and refrain from entering restricted areas such as sacred sites, ceremonial sites and burial grounds. For more information contact (08) 8938 1120.

Tourist walk: a 1.5 km stroll from the town centre through bush to Bowali Visitor Centre, which features an audiovisual presentation and interpretive displays on Kakadu.

Scenic flights: over Kakadu parklands to see inaccessible sandstone formations standing 300 m above vast flood plains, seasonal waterfalls, wetland wilderness, remote beaches and ancient Aboriginal rock-art sites; 6 km E.

Ranger Uranium Mine: open-cut mine with educational tours available; bookings through tours office, 1800 089 113; 9 km E.

Aboriginal cultural tours: day tours and cruises; contact Bowali Visitor Centre, (08) 8938 1120;  note that a permit is required to enter Kakadu National Park; details from the visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

East Alligator River 33 km

One of the prime rivers in Kakadu is the East Alligator, which is at the eastern boundary of Kakadu. Access to the East Alligator is at Cahills Crossing. Turn left on to the Oenpelli road about 5 km before Jabiru. The... Find out more

South Alligator River 47 km

Adventure is what the NT is about. Be prepared to go home with more than fishing memories. The flora and fauna are full of unexpected excitement too. In this raw environment, anything that swims, walks or flies –... Find out more

Wildman River 92 km

In an untamed land, the name Wildman River is enough to stir the cockles of any adventure- loving angler. Being told the river is inaccessible by road and that it will take about two hours fast running in a boat to get... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Escarpment Restaurant

Escarpment is the best restaurant in Jabiru, and an absolute oasis if you have been walking all day through Kakadu National Park. The bar serves a large range of beers and cocktails, while the restaurant is open early... Find out more

Jabiru Golf Club

A short walk from the centre of town, the golf club serves excellent steaks and has a convivial atmosphere. The reasonably priced venue is popular with Jabiru residents, and the club welcomes travelling golfers –... Find out more

Jabiru Sports & Social Club

On Lakeside Drive, a short walk from the centre of town, this sports club is a genial place to eat. Unless you are up on the Arnhem Land escarpment in Kakadu National Park, there isn’t a better place to be at... Find out more

The Bark Hut Inn

Close to the entrance of Kakadu National Park, on the Arnhem Highway, this classic roadhouse is a popular stop for tour buses. The kitchen supplies good pub fare – if you are passing through, the homemade muffins... Find out more

The Wetlands Restaurant

At the Aurora Kakadu tourist resort, The Wetlands opens from May to October, during the dry season. It’s a relaxing place to enjoy a leisurely buffet breakfast or dinner. The food is fresh and inviting, and the... Find out more

Campsites around town

Malabanjbanidju camping area 13 km

This site has 2 areas: one suitable for tents only, with a small carry-in from the carpark, and one for camper trailers and caravans. There is signposted access off the Kakadu Hwy, about 13 km south of the Bowali Visitor... Find out more

Burdulba camping area 14 km

This camping area is near the turn-off for Nourlangie Rock, which has a number of impressive rock-art sites. Various walks link these sites, and there is also a track to the Nawurlandja Lookout, which gives good views... Find out more

Djarradjin Billabong (Muirella Park) camping area 21 km

One of the largest camping areas in Kakadu, this campground has showers and drinking water, and separate areas allowing generators and generator-free. Kakadu Culture Camp is also based here – it runs cruises on the... Find out more

Sandy Billabong camping area 26 km

There is great birdwatching and just a few campsites at this 4WD area set alongside a billabong. Drive a further 6 km from Djarradjin Billabong to get here.... Find out more

Merl camping area 31 km

Make the most of the good facilities at this large camping area. Take the Central Arnhem Rd, 36 km north of Jabiru, then turn onto the Ubirr–Oenpelli Rd. This camping area is close to the Ubirr rock-art site. There... Find out more

Jim Jim Billabong camping area 42 km

Jim Jim Billabong is near Yellow Waters (not close to Jim Jim Falls). You will need to bring firewood and drinking water to this camping area. To get here, take the signposted access off Kakadu Hwy, 47 km south of the... Find out more

Mardugal camping area 42 km

This large campsite has separate areas for tents and caravans/camper trailers with generators. It has showers and a boat ramp. Follow the signpost off the Kakadu Hwy, 50 km south of the Bowali Visitor Centre. Nearby... Find out more

Red Lily Billabong camping area (bush camping) 43 km

Popular with anglers with a tinnie, this site has no toilets or drinking water and is 20 km off the Arnhem Hwy. Take the signposted turn-off, 90 km east of Bark Hut.... Find out more

Bucket Billabong camping area (bush camping) 45 km

No toilets or drinking water are available at this site, just 2 km past Red Lily Billabong camping area. You will need a 4WD.... Find out more

Alligator Billabong camping area (bush camping) 49 km

Reached via the track to Red Lily Billabong by 4WD, this campsite is 26 km south of the Arnhem Hwy. There are no facilities, toilets or drinking water.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Kakadu Lodge & Caravan Park 1 km

This large, well-maintained park has a great central pool and bistro complex. It is an ideal base from which to explore Kakadu.... Find out more

Gagudju Lodge Cooinda Caravan Park 42 km

Located close to the famous Yellow Water billabong, this park is just off the Kakadu Highway, 54 km south of Jabiru. It is a great choice, especially if you are planning a cruise on Yellow Water, as the cruise bus... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn

In the centre of Jabiru, this unique hotel is shaped like a saltwater crocodile, an important local Aboriginal totem. The hotel has an excellent restaurant and several bars, and the walls of the lobby are adorned with... Find out more

Aurora Kakadu

Just before the South Alligator River and two and a half hours east of Darwin, Aurora Kakadu is a relaxing resort with a good restaurant and coffee shop. The tropical landscaped gardens and inviting, shaded swimming pool... Find out more

Cape Don Lighthouse

Situated on the north-west tip of Cobourg Peninsula, this lighthouse is on the foreshore of an absolutely stunning marine park. Accommodation is in the renovated lighthouse keeper’s residence, with rustic and... Find out more

Gagudju Lodge Cooinda

Nestled among trees near Yellow Water billabong, the most famous waterway in Kakadu National Park, there is a range of accommodation here, from camping sites to lodge rooms. On-site there are restaurants, a cafe, two... Find out more

Mount Borradaile Safari Camp

Mount Borradaile has some of the best Aboriginal cultural sites and wilderness in northern Australia. Located in north-west Arnhem Land, a 40-minute flight from Darwin, the safari camp here is operated by Max and... Find out more

Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge

Luxury and wilderness combine perfectly at this exclusive resort. A 45-minute flight from Darwin, on Cobourg Peninsula, the resort sits atop a cliff overlooking the Arafura Sea. Dolphins, manta rays, dugongs and schools... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Kakadu Culture Camp 21 km

This Aboriginal-owned-and-operated camp in the heart of Kakadu is 100 per cent solarpowered, including the bore pump. It has solar hot water and 40 solar panels providing electricity. From May to November you can stay in... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Malabanjbanidju camping area 13 km

T/O 194km NE of Pine Creek (L) or 20km SW of Jabiru (R)

Secluded in the bush 300m off the highway in Kakadu National Park.

Muirella Park camping area 22 km

T/O 182km NE of Pine Creek (R) or 32km SW of Jabiru (L)

Surrounded by scrub 6km east of the highway in Kakadu National Park.

South Alligator River rest area 36 km

40km W of Jabiru (R) or 175km E of Stuart Hwy (L)

Well off the highway under a few shady trees.

Jim Jim Billabong camping area 42 km

T/O 162km NE of Pine Creek (R) or 52km SW of Jabiru (L)

On the edge of the billabong 6km (partly unsealed) east of the highway in Kakadu National Park.

Mardugal camping area 42 km

T/O 158km NE of Pine Creek (L) or 56km SW of Jabiru (R)

Just off the highway among shady trees in Kakadu National Park.

West Alligator rest area 78 km

85km W of Jabiru (R) or 130km E of Stuart Hwy (L)

Just off the highway at the site of the old entrance to Kakadu National Park.

Gungurul camping area 87 km

T/O 109km NE of Pine Creek (L) or 105km SW of Jabiru (R)

Surrounded by scrub 1km west of the highway in Kakadu National Park.

What's on around town

Gunbalunya (Oenpelli) Open Day: the Aboriginal community of Gunbalunya opens its doors to visitors with sports, art and Aboriginal culture; Aug.

Mahbilil Festival: music, dance and artistic expression celebrating Kakadu; Sept.

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