Shops and facilities
Kakadu is a wilderness area, but it still has the shops and services you might need while you’re away from home.
There are four main hubs (listed below) where you’ll find shops and facilities during your travels. You can also check out the options at Kakadu’s two visitor centres – Bowali Visitor Centre and Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
This is the central hub in Kakadu. It has hotels, caravan parks and campgrounds. Most hotels have a swimming pool and serve lunch and dinner, but you don’t have to be an in-house guest to dine there.
Jabiru also has:
- service station
- post office (Commonwealth Bank Agency)
- Westpac Bank
- travel agent (Kakadu Tours)
- medical centre and chemist
- public telephones
- public swimming pool
- library with internet access
- golf course
On the drive from Darwin, the Aurora Kakadu resort (South Alligator) has a bar and restaurant, a store selling food and souvenirs, petrol, diesel and LPG gas (LPG bottle refills only), conference facilities and a swimming pool, which non-guests can use for a fee.
Cooinda is in the centre of the park, in the Yellow Water region. Cooinda Lodge has rooms, caravan and camping sites, and offers a central hub for all visitors seeking an evening meal and entertainment.
The store there sells petrol, diesel, groceries and souvenirs, and takes bookings for commercial tours. It has a swimming pool which non-guests are welcome to use, and a playground for the children.
Mary River Roadhouse
At the southern entrance to the park, the Mary River Roadhouse has motel rooms, a campground, swimming pool, groceries and fuel and a visitors centre.
In addition to the four main hubs is the Border Store. In the north of the park near Ubirr and the East Alligator River, the Border Store serves delicious Thai food, coffee and cakes, and also sells groceries, fishing gear, books and artwork. The store takes bookings for commercial tours, and operates between June and October each year.
Injalak Arts – Arnhem Land
Arnhem Land is close by and Injalak Arts has a shop and gallery where locally produced authentic Aboriginal art can be viewed and purchased. Injalak Arts has around 200 active members – artists and weavers from Gunbalanya and surrounding outstations.