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Kakadu National Park

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About Kakadu National Park

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Kakadu is a wonderland of biodiversity and one of the world's great sights. Here you'll find wetlands, home to an incredible array of birdlife, and water buffalos; billabongs, home of more birds, and crocodiles; low scrub and tall grasses, home to kangaroos, wallabies, goannas and great red termite palaces; and lush forests and rocky bushland rising into the haze of the escarpment. But despite a great frontier between man and nature, some of the best places to stay in Kakadu National Park are really quite luxurious.

Kakadu has been nurtured for thousands of years by the Aboriginal custodians of this land and it is from their traditions, stories and wealth of rock art that we learn most about this extraordinary place.

Kakadu demands at least a few days of your time in Australia, but a week is better. There's really a lot to see, from cruising the billabongs to hiking to ancient rock art sites to swimming in great, clear pools fed by dramatic waterfalls. And you need to give time to each experience - you're hoping to spot wild animals, and they're not going to show up on demand!

Some of the best tour providers in this region are Aboriginal-owned and operated, and it will really pay of to find an experienced guide who can share with you some of the stories of this land, and also some potentially life-saving survival tips!

Jabiru is the only town in the park, a strange, but friendly place inhabited by the miners who work at the local uranium mine, the scientists who supervise the running of the mine, park rangers and folk to serve the other folk. It's a great place to stroll around, and imagine the difference between living here and living at home...

Our pick of the best places to stay in Kakadu National Park range form a crocodile shaped hotel in Jabiru to a luxury bush camp on the edge of the Mary River wetlands.

Best Places to Stay in Kakadu

In the centre of the park

  • In the heart of the Kakadu National Park you'll find Jabiru, the town in the park, and in the heart of town you'll find the Kakadu Crocodile Hotel - a crocodile shaped hotel. Spacious, clean and cool, this hotel will keep you as comfortable as possible while exploring the park.

Off the beaten track

  • The Wildman Wilderness Lodge is a collection of fifteen safari tents and ten stand alone cabins in the wildlife haven of the Mary River wetlands, just across from Kakadu's borders. Luxury and fine dining await you after your animal encounters, and it's all great value - but very remote.

For sheer luxury

  • For the ultimate in Top End luxury there's Bamurru Plains, a 'wild bush camp' with just nine stand alone bungalows and all the luxury you can imagine. You're right by the coast and the Mary River wetlands, and there's an excellent chance you'll see crocodiles, wild boar, water buffalo and wallabies - and of course an amazing array of birdlife.

Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Kakadu National Park, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in Kakadu National Park

  • Wildman Wilderness Lodge 25 rooms from $86

    Kakadu National Park

    Wilderness luxury at its best with ten stand-alone cabins and fifteen safari tents offering comfort and luxury in the heart of the wildlife haven of the Mary River wetlands. Air conditioning, fresh linen and fine dining await after a day taking in the magnificent surrounding scenery and animal life.

    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
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  • Kakadu Crocodile Hotel from $91

    Jabiru, Kakadu National Park

    This crocodile-shaped hotel does not disappoint. Spacious, clean and cool rooms are complimented by top amenities including a a swimming pool and nearby tennis courts. A stunning location in Kakadu National Park.

    Back to Nature  -  Located in the spectacular Kakadu National Park
    Outstanding location
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Bamurru Plains 9 rooms from $364

    Kakadu National Park

    Wild bush luxury comes no better than this, with nine spacious stand alone bungalows privately situated amongst the pandanus vegetation on the edge of the Mary River wetlands. Organic cotton sheets and high pressure showers ensure comfort, and the wildlife spotting opportunities are endless.

    Restrictions on children  -  Must be over eight years old
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Outstanding location
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Mr & Mrs Smith
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