The Kakadu region isn’t just about the adventures, the cultural diversity, the beautiful wildlife or breaking landscapes and waterfalls. It is also home to superb taste sensations and some of the nation’s favourite food trails.
Wake up and begin your day at Cooinda Lodge Kakadu with a hearty breakfast or nutritious light bite. The buffet is overflowing with tropical and local fruits, juices, tea and coffee to get you started. You can then move on to the hot buffet with scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausages and baked beans. If this doesn’t already have your mouth watering, try some continental options including cereals, breads, jams and spreads, croissants, danishes, fruits in syrup and a variety of yoghurts.
If you need your body to wake up, we recommend you start your day with the sunrise Yellow Water cruise at 6.45am and build up an appetite, then take advantage of the Cooinda Resort's full buffet breakfast at 9am, which is included in your ticket price.
To check opening times call (08) 8979 1500.
Mid-day bush tucker adventure options
Real bushtucker from the region is cooked traditionally and enjoyed by all at Warradjan Cultural Centre. The cookups are held regularly but we recommend checking for times.
Aboriginal traditional owners of Kakadu will share their knowledge and culture of how to find bush tucker of many kinds, from water lily roots to bush carrots, combined with Barramundi fish and buffalo fillet in a ground oven. You’ll be blown away by the amount and variety of food the aborigines have traditionally found in this area. Tour highlights include seeing the top of a small palm tree lopped off to uncover the heart of the palm, which tastes like fresh coconut. Recommended for adventure foodies who want to see something “real” in Kakadu.
To check opening times call (08) 8979 0051.
Lunch on the run
The Border Store on the way to Ubirr offers cool drinks, supplies and a bite to eat. In the dry season the locals rave about their Thai takeaway. The charming little Border Store is full of surprises, including real coffee, sweet cakes and delicious pastries, a real treat not to be missed. You can also book a Guluyambi Cultural Cruise on the East Alligator River or a tour to Arnhem Land, and watch local artists at work outside the cafe.
To check opening times call 08 8979 2474.
Relax and enjoy a taste of Kakadu at the Escarpment Restaurant and Bar after a day of exploring Kakadu. Escarpment offers special dishes providing the tastes and flavours of Kakadu, with tasting plates featuring ‘bush tucker’, including crocodile, buffalo and kangaroo. A wide range of international dishes are also available, along with full buffet breakfasts, light lunches and an extensive wine and bar menu. Dining is offered in air-conditioned comfort, with outside seating to enjoy a drink during balmy evenings. It’s worth staying at Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel just for the food!
To check opening times call 1800 500 401.
If you are travelling from Kakadu to Darwin make a stop at The Purple Mango Café, the best little café in the bush. With the biggest wood fired pizza oven in the Territory, The Purple Mango Café can produce mouth-watering pizzas in no time at all. Try fresh tangy Mango Smoothies, old fashioned lemonade and iced teas with mango or lemon for a refreshing pick up.
To check opening times call 0407 739 738.
Photo credit: Darwin Style