Growing Tourism in Kakadu
Important COVID-19 update – Visitor restrictions
In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation in the Northern Territory, Kakadu National Park will close the Bowali Visitor Centre and the information centre at the Mary River Ranger Station until further notice.
COVID-19 safety measures remain in place at Kakadu National Park. The Northern Territory Government has implemented a number of health directions to keep the community safe. It is important to comply with the current travel restrictions and to use the Territory Check-In app to register at visitor sites and campgrounds in Kakadu.
Tourism Master Plan to revitalise Kakadu National Park
The Kakadu Tourism Master Plan is a ten-year strategy to grow culturally appropriate tourism in the national park and was developed in consultation with Kakadu’s traditional owners, Board of Management and the tourism industry.
Highlights of the innovative projects which make up the Kakadu Tourism Master Plan include:
- New visitor services hubs at Mary River, South Alligator and East Alligator
- New accommodation including ecolodges, wellness retreats, family holiday park and safari camps
- Upgrades to viewing boardwalks, platforms and amenities at world-class rock art sites, Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) and Ubirr
- Upgrades to campgrounds including major upgrades to popular visitor sites, Maguk and Karnamarr
- Upgrades to tourism roads and access to key sites
- Greater connectivity to improve mobile coverage and provide WiFi services
- A World Heritage visitor centre to showcase Kakadu’s significant cultural and natural values
- An expanded major events calendar focusing on increasing cultural events with Bininj/Mungguy businesses, such as the Taste of Kakadu festival and seasonal ranger programs
Works are already under way to deliver on the investment including:
- The re-opening of Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre following upgrades and improvements to facilities
- The commencement of designs for upgrades to the Cahills Crossing viewing area
- Works to raise the Jim Jim Creek Crossing to enable safe access to Twin Falls this year
Parks Australia will continue to work with Kakadu’s traditional owners, and in consultation with key stakeholders, to ensure the successful delivery of the plan in a culturally and environmentally appropriate way.
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