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Highly recommend the Yellow Water Sunrise Cruise as we saw so many crocodiles and birds in their natural habitat. The sunrise was amazing over the Kakadu Wetlands. Our guide was fantastic and was very knowledgeable about Aboriginal Culture and the wildlife. The buffet breakfast after the cruise at Cooinda Lodge was delicious.
Jabiru is dead. It was such a shock to see it. I expected to find a tourist busy town. I hope the money they are talking about to bring it up to exciting and interesting works. Cooinda was great area to stay and relax
Stay at the Croc in Jabiru , do the Yellow Water cruise and take a flight over Kakadu with Kakadu Air. Eat at the Croc - in a word - Amazing, the Yellow water cruise was informative and relaxing, thank you, and the flight takes you to places you can't see on the ground.
Jabiru itself is not so appealing but it is a good base for exploring the Southern, Eastern and Nourlangie Kakadu regions. Make sure you allow enough time for the Bowali Visitor Centre, some very good movies and they helped us with arranging a permit to go out to Koolpin gorge (Jarrangbarnmi in the Mary River region). Best to stay near Cooinda or Mary River if you want to do the Jim Jim, Yellow Water and Mary River regions, the excellent Animal Tracks safari leaves from the Cooinda lodge.
Jabiru the town is nothing to write home about. However the surrounding sites in Kakadu are fantastic. Rock art and sunset lookout at Ubirr was amazing. Sunset cruise at Yellow Water was a nature lover's dream. Nourlangie Rock art site was excellent. The Bowali visitors centre just outside Jabiru town was well done with helpful staff, a good interpretive centre and nice little bistro serving a good coffee. The restaurant at rhe Mercure Kakadu Cocodile was terrible. However the Kakadu Lodge had a great little open air bistro restaurant by a rather splendid pool that served the best grilled Barra we had on our whole NT trip. Service was really quick and staff were great. This is the place to eat in Jabiru.
From Jabiru I strongly recommend: Day trip into Arnhemland Flight over Kakadu Climb Ubir Nadab lookout....must see!!! We stayed at Kakadu lodge as well as Mercure Kakadu Crocodile, both were fantastic!
All fabulous... It's a bit of a treat to be 'glamping' in Kakadu!
In Kakadu so gives you quick access to beauty of park