No matter what your taste or budget is, Kakadu National Park has an overwhelming array of accommodation options to suit every type of traveller and holiday experience. But the best place to start is by deciding what type of accommodation you are looking for. Looking for wild-bush luxury accommodation or a romantic escape? Wanting a holiday with the family? Needing to get away from it all on a solo or group adventure? Want a budget-conscious yet enjoyable escape?
To help you find what you’re looking for, we’ve created this epic list of Kakadu National Park accommodation options peppered to suit your needs, timeline, budget and plans.
Outback luxury lodges are exclusive by virtue of their remoteness, their special location and intimate size. Let all your worries wash away as you indulge in a secluded and intimate escape at Bamurru Plains or Wildman Wilderness Lodge.
From the evocative safari bungalows to the divine beds overlooking the wetlands, you’ll adore every inch of this private paradise. Here, time moves slowly, and there’s absolutely nothing to distract you from enjoying the moment as a couple or reconnecting with yourself. What could be more perfect?
Bamurru Plains is an extraordinary bush experience on the edge of Kakadu National Park. Focussing on environmental sustainability and key luxury standards, this nine room camp exudes ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ bringing a touch of style to a remote and beautiful region. Each suite blends seamlessly with the surrounding bush, with a focus on the key luxury comforts, a supremely comfortable bed, innovative Australian cuisine and premium wines (no TVs, minibars or telephones to distract from the wildlife outside).
It is the soft touches that surprise in this remote bush location and the understated luxury is very much in tune with the environment.
Photo credit: Sarah Candlin
Amidst the lush wilderness of Australia’s breathtaking Top End, Wildman Wilderness Lodge offers an extraordinary wetlands safari experience. Situated in the Mary River Wetlands area half way between Darwin and Kakadu National Park, Wildman is a small-scale, high quality safari lodge featuring a variety of boutique and environmentally sensitive touring options, including tours of Kakadu National Park and cruising on the Mary River.
Its teeming wildlife and unique tours offer a world far removed from your own, yet with all the modern comforts of great accommodation, delicious meals and wine to enjoy at the end of each day.
Photo credit: Wildman Wilderness Lodge
Perfect get away
We have created a collection of the best quality budget accommodation options for you to enjoy that won’t break the bank. Whether you’re holidaying with the family, needing a get away with friends or a solo adventurer, our short list comes with all the trimmings to make for an unforgettable stay.
Marvel at the wildlife roaming the spacious and lush grounds from the comfort of this tropical property right in the heart of Kakadu National Park. Aurora Kakadu hotel is the perfect place to unwind and relax while enjoying the many attractions offered by the famous World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Aurora Kakadu hotel is set in attractive, spacious and lush tropical surroundings offering a range of accommodation options from hotel rooms and cabins to shady, grassed camping sites.
Set in tranquil tropical surrounds, Kakadu Lodge is an ideal place to experience all that Kakadu National Park has to offer. The fully landscaped gardens provide shady grassed camping areas and comfortable accommodation in self-contained cabins. Recharge for the next day’s wild adventures with a dip in the pool and a sleep in the comfortable self-contained cabins, caravan and campsites.
Immerse yourself in unforgettable Kakadu National Park from the park’s tranquil tropical gardens and architecturally designed self-contained cottages.
Located in the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, Lakeview Park Kakadu offers unique, architecturally designed self-contained accommodation set in tranquil tropical surroundings. The park is central to most of Kakadu National Park’s iconic attractions and is within walking distance of the Jabiru Town Plaza. Choose from cabin accommodation, bush bungalows or caravan and camping site.
Step inside the belly of Kakadu’s most famous inhabitant: the crocodile, spending days roaming the north of Kakadu and nights in the pool and gardens.
Indigenous owned Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is deluxe accommodation located in Jabiru, ideally located for visitors to explore the north of Kakadu, including Ubirr, Cahills Crossing and Magella Creek. See indigenous art including paintings and didgeridoo in the hotel art gallery and on the lobby and interior walls.
Plant yourself at the entrance to the Yellow Water Billabong with Kakadu National Park surrounding your air-conditioned room and private courtyard. Indigenous owned Cooinda Lodge Kakadu is an ideal place to stay to witness the natural beauty of this World Heritage Listed site. The hotel boasts a variety of accommodation options. Choose from spacious superior Lodge Rooms, or camping and dorm accommodation for the budget conscious.
Sleeping under the stars: Caravan and camping grounds *
Get off the beaten track and keep it self-sufficient. There’s a raft of great spots throughout NT for those wanting to get away from it all. Kakadu National Park boasts some of the Top End’s most picturesque and untouched camping grounds to pitch a tent. The park-run campsites have no booking system – places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. For camping outside of designated camping areas you will need a camping permit. Settle in for some serious relaxation and some of Australia’s best night-sky dining and peaceful surroundings.
Popular campsites in Kakadu National Park:
Alligator Billabong camping area
Reached via the track to Red Lily Billabong by 4WD, this campsite is 26 km south of the Arnhem Hwy. There are no facilities, toilets or drinking water.
Graveside Gorge camping area
You need to obtain a permit and bookings are essential at this basic bush site, which has no toilets or other facilities. The track in is suitable for experienced 4WD drivers only. You will find the camping area 44 km south-east of the Kakadu Hwy, with access 73 km south of the Bowali Visitor Centre. The site is sometimes closed to allow for cultural use by Aboriginal traditional owners.
Bucket Billabong camping area
No toilets or drinking water are available at this site, just 2 km past Red Lily Billabong camping area. You will need a 4WD.
Burdulba camping area
This camping area is near the turn-off for Nourlangie Rock, which has a number of impressive rock-art sites. Various walks link these sites, and there is also a track to the Nawurlandja Lookout, which gives good views over the surrounding countryside. There is no caravan access to Burdulba, and some campsites require a short carry-in, so are suitable for tents only. You will need to bring drinking water. Look for the sign 15 km south of the Bowali Visitor Centre.
Four Mile Hole camping area
This 4WD site may be inaccessible in the wet season and has no toilets or drinking water. To get here, continue past Two Mile Hole for another 22 km.
Garnamarr (Jim Jim Falls) camping area
This is the closest campsite to the spectacular Jim Jim Falls. It can cater for 200 people, with showers and drinking water. It’s accessible only in the dry season, and is a 60 km journey by 4WD on gravel roads. Turn east off the Kakadu Hwy, 43 km south of the Bowali Visitor Centre.
Black Jungle Springs camping area
You will need a 4WD to reach this basic site on the Old Jim Jim Rd, which links the Arnhem Hwy to the Kakadu Hwy, 18 km east of Bark Hut Inn. There are composting toilets but no drinking water.
Gungurul camping area
There is all-year-round access for camping and caravans here. There are picnic tables and toilets but bring your own drinking water and firewood. It is a 4 km bushwalk to the South Alligator River. Access is signposted off the Kakadu Hwy, 47 km north of the Mary River Roadhouse.
Gunlom camping area
This is a great camping spot with access to Gunlom Falls and a swimming hole, as well as a bushwalk to the top of the waterfall. There are separate generator and non-generator areas, BBQs, hot showers and drinking water. Follow Gunlom Rd for 22 km past the Kambolgie camping area to reach this site. Note: it is on a gravel road so check suitability for 2WD and caravans.
Most visitors to Kakadu National Park choose to stay at least three nights in the park – after all, there’s far too much to see and do here to fit into just one day. Check out some more accommodation options in Northernterritory.com
Reference: * Kakadu & Arnhem land, Northern Territory – explore Australia travel guide, 2010