Kakadu National Park

Saturday 26 August — Jabiru Lake

It’s Gurrung season in Kakadu, the days are warm, but the nights are cool.

The magpie geese are on the move and the late afternoon breeze brings with it music, arts and the smell of bush foods cooking on the coals… it’s time for Mahbilil Festival in Jabiru.

By the banks of Jabiru lake, a festival celebrating Kakadu culture occurs every year, as it has done for many years. Mahbilil (named after the cooling afternoon breeze) occurs in the Gurrung season (August–September) and brings people from around Kakadu and West Arnhem, as well as Darwin, Katherine and lots of tourists as well.

The Mahbilil Festival is a one-day celebration of culture and community. Family activities during the day including weaving, painting and bush foods – including the popular magpie goose cooking competition – followed by an evening program of music and dance.

Entry is free and we look forward to seeing you!

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Saturday 26 August


Jabiru Lake