Jabiru is the main township in Kakadu, providing all the services you’re likely to need, and serving as the perfect base for exploring the park.
Shops and facilities
The town has a shopping centre, clinic and pharmacy, police station, library, service station (with workshop), nine-hole golf course, sports and social club and a 50 metre swimming pool.
You’ll also find a range of accommodation options here – Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park and Anbinik Kakadu Resort. During the dry season, ranger talks and slideshows are held at the Crocodile Hotel and the Kakadu Lodge.
Jabiru’s a great spot to hop on a tour – scenic flights operate from here all year round, and a range of day tours into Arnhem Land leave from, and return to, here (depending on seasonal access).
Bowali Visitor Centre
Jabiru is where you’ll find Bowali Visitor Centre with everything you need to know about Kakadu, including park passes, a theatrette, library and interpretive display. The centre is open every day and our staff know the park back-to-front – they love to help visitors plan their trip. The Marrawuddi Gallery stocks Aboriginal arts and crafts, books and gifts, and drinks and snacks are available from the Anmak An-me Café.
The Bowali bike and walking track starts opposite the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, winding through woodlands to the Bowali Visitor Centre. There is also a lovely walking track around Jabiru Lake with picnic spots.