Tips on planning your Kakadu Holiday
Kakadu FAQ & Tips will assist you in planning your Kakadu holiday.
Booking overnight / extended tours: One of the biggest mistakes people make if they are wanting to join an extended accommodated tour or camping tour departing Darwin to Kakadu & surrounding areas such as Litchfield National Park, Nitmiluk (Katherine) National Park and Arnhem Land is they book their flights before checking if there are suitable tours available. Some tours require a higher level of fitness than others, some people do not wish to join a camping tour and prefer air conditioned rooms and most tours only depart certain days of the week.
Self Driving & Car Hire: If you decide to drive yourself to Kakadu & you are hiring a vehicle from Darwin please keep in mind that 2 wheel drive rental cars will not be insured for night driving. Often this is not clear until you pick up your vehicle. So if you are set on a self drive holiday and need insurance for night driving you will need to look at hiring a 4 wheel drive and ensure the hire car company insures for night driving. Being insured for night driving will be helpful if you wish to drive from Jabiru to Ubirr Art Site & Lookout (46klms sealed road) for sunset. If not you can join the Ubirr Sunset Tour
It is also beneficial if you are staying in Jabiru and wish to do the Sunrise or Sunset Yellow Water Cruise at Cooinda. It is a 55 kilometers on sealed road and there are no transfers from Jabiru to Cooinda. If you do decide to spend the extra money it will cost you to hire a 4wd please note that you will still need to be wary about driving early morning, late afternoon into the night as we do get animals on our roads here. Many wallabies and the odd Buffalo, Wild Pig or Brumby.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need to purchase a park pass? Yes, all interstate and international visitors to Kakadu need a Kakadu National Park Pass
Is my Park Pass included in my tour cost? If you are booking a day tour or extended / overnight tour from Darwin usually your park pass is included in the tour cost. There are 1 or two tours that do not include the park pass in the advertised rate but will stipulate that it is a separate payment either on board or online prior to the tour. They do not charge anymore for the tours it is just paid separately to the tour. Certain school/educational groups can apply for exemption HERE
When you book a cruise, scenic flight or any other day tour departing from within the park then your park pass is not included in those rates. The reason for that is that you may book multiple tours here in Kakadu and so the park pass is paid for by you either online or on arrival at the Bowali Visitor Centre here in Kakadu and you are to keep it with you when you are out and about in Kakadu or on any other the tours.
Can I drink / purchase alcohol in Kakadu? Takeaway alcohol can be purchased at the Jabiru Golf Club but you will have to pay a $10 joining fee as it is a club. That is a membership for a week and then you are only permitted to purchase either 1 carton, 2 bottles wine, a 6 pack and a bottle of wine or 1 bottle of spirits. It is best to be organised and bring some with you from Darwin. When you are in house at either Mercure Crocodile Hotel, Aurora Kakadu Lodge or Cooinda Lodge you can purchase drinks over the bars/bistros. Please note Anbinik is not licensed and is BYO (bring your own). There are certain areas where alcohol is prohibited in Kakadu but is allowed in the commercial caravan parks and resorts.
Where can I eat/dine out in Kakadu?
Jabiru IGA has a deli that has fresh sandwiches, wraps, pies, coffees and other options. The Deli is open Monday to Friday 9am-1.30pm or 2pm depending on the season.
Anbinik is one of the two caravan, resort parks here in Jabiru and offers Chinese cuisine for lunch and dinner with a few western options. Open for lunch 12pm-2pm and dinner 5pm-8.30pm. It is outside dinning and will close in the quieter season in October sometime.
Mercure Crocodile Hotel is based in Jabiru and is open for lunch from 12 pm-2pm & is fully licensed.
Aurora Kakadu Lodge in Jabiru offers evening meals only and is outdoor poolside dinning at their bar & bistro hours 6pm-8.30pm.
Jabiru Golf Club: The Jabiru Golf Club offers evening meals Thursday and Friday nights only from 6pm-8.30pm – please have photo identification to sign in and no singlets please.
Cooinda Lodge is located 55 kilometers from Jabiru and is open for Breakfast 7am – 10am, lunch 11.30am – 2pm and Dinner 5.30pm – 8pm.
Please note although we do our best to keep the above Kakadu FAQ & Tips information as current as possible we take no responsibility for changes made that we are unaware of.