Jabiru

Travel Guide
Nourlangie Rock

Explore forested walking trails, learn about local Aboriginal culture and plan your tropical adventure at the gateway to Kakadu National Park.

Set within the magnificent Arnhem Land Escarpment, Jabiru is the ideal place to start your adventure in Kakadu National Park. This town is a hub for services and accommodation within the park, and is an excellent starting-point for daytrips, hikes, scenic flights, boat rides and four-wheel drive tours. Explore Kakadu National Park’s beautiful and diverse landscapes and take in the area’s fascinating Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Begin your visit to Jabiru at the Bowali Visitor Centre, where you can speak with the informative staff and plan your trip within the park. Learn about the surrounding wetlands, waterfalls, escarpments and woodlands with the centre’s informative displays. Browse the library and discover the region’s Aboriginal custodians, the Bininj and Mungguy people, and their unique relationship with the land. Check out the centre’s Marrawuddi Gallery to find Aboriginal art, books and souvenirs. Refreshments are available at the neighbouring café.

Explore the area around Jabiru on foot or by bicycle. The Bowali bike and walking track begins at the distinctive Gagudju Crocodile Hotel and winds through woodlands to the Bowali Visitor Centre. The Illigadjarr circuit starts at the Malabanjbanjdju and Burdulba campsites, passing by Burdulba Billabong and grassy floodplains. Both trails are around 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) long. Enjoy a picnic or barbecue at Jabiru’s lake, play a round at the town’s 9-hole golf course or go for a swim at the Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Visit the tour operators in Jabiru to organise scenic flights, four-wheel drive tours, fishing trips and cruises around Australia’s biggest national park. Many of the hotels, resorts and campsites in Jabiru offer tour packages. Examine the ancient Aboriginal rock art sites at Nourlangie Rock and Ubirr. Don’t miss a stunning tropical sunset amid ancient rock paintings, some up to 20,000 years old.

Jabiru is 255 kilometres (158 miles) east of Darwin. Kakadu National Park has an entrance fee. The best time to visit is between May and September, when the weather is drier and the waterways are full from summer’s monsoon season. Visit Jabiru in September to experience the Mahbilil Festival, an annual celebration of cultural diversity and local communities.

Aurora Kakadu Lodge
Aurora Kakadu Lodge
3.5 out of 5
Jabiru Drive, Jabiru, NT
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The price is AU$150 per night from 29 Dec. to 29 Dec.
Situated in a national park, this campsite is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Kakadu National Park and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Bowali Visitors Centre. Mamukala Wetlands and ...
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Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Flinders Street, Locked Mail Bag 4, Jabiru, NT
The price is AU$169 per night from 2 Dec. to 2 Dec.
This family-friendly Jabiru hotel is located in a national park, within 2 mi (3 km) of Kakadu National Park and Bowali Visitors Centre. Mamukala Wetlands and ...
3.8/5 Good! (936 reviews)
"Convenient to Kakadu attractions. Good dining room."

Reviewed on 3 Sep. 2021

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
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Cullen Bay Resort
Cullen Bay Resort
3.5 out of 5
26-32 Marina Boulevard, Cullen Bay, Larrakeyah, NT
The price is AU$113 per night from 1 Dec. to 1 Dec.
Located in Cullen Bay, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Cullen Bay Marina and Mindil Beach. The Esplanade and Smith Street Mall are also ...
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Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
4 out of 5
6 Carey Street, Darwin, NT
The price is AU$152 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
Located in Darwin City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Smith Street Mall, Maningrida Arts & Culture and Darwin Waterfront. Wave Lagoon ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,196 reviews)
"Nice spacious room with lovely views. Just a great place to stay and the breakfast was superb. Our 2nd stay and will be back again."

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H on Mitchell Apartment Hotel
H on Mitchell Apartment Hotel
4 out of 5
105 Mitchell Street, Darwin, NT
The price is AU$179 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
This aparthotel is located in Darwin (Darwin City Centre), close to Darwin Entertainment Centre, Smith Street Mall and Darwin Waterfront. Also nearby are Darwin ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (550 reviews)
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Reviewed on 24 Aug. 2021

H on Mitchell Apartment Hotel
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