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.
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.
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.
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.