Luxury Lodge Jabiru

Location: Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Project proponent: Government facilitated

Sector: Tourism

Investment type: Boutique luxury lodge

Estimated total project cost: $25 million plus

Project status: Conceptual

Project description

The town of Jabiru, located three hours’ drive from Darwin within the UNESCO-listed Kakadu National Park, is being redeveloped from a mining services centre to a tourism and government services hub.

The Northern Territory Government has committed significant support to the Mirarr, the Traditional Owners for their wish to see Jabiru successfully transition from a mining town to a tourism and government services hub. The Mirarr people’s vision includes Jabiru becoming a world‑class centre for Aboriginal knowledge and educational services and a smart town located in a World Heritage area.

Tourist viewing sunset at Ubirr
Ubirr Sunset, Kakadu National Park; photo credit: Peter Eve / Tourism NT

Luxury eco-lodge

Several developments supporting visitation to Jabiru are being facilitated in the planning of Jabiru’s redevelopment. One of these is a five‑star lodge of a high‑end, world‑class standard.

The initial concept is a luxury lodge providing a range of dining experiences, including a signature restaurant. A day spa and wellness centre would be an ideal and complementary development.

Located nearby is a planned Bininj Resource Centre, a place for Aboriginal learning and the location of a language and arts centre, with the capacity to partner with universities or other learning institutions.

A World Heritage Interpretive Centre is also planned for Jabiru. The centre would offer a variety of cinematic experiences or immersive interactive experiences using virtual reality / augmented reality technology to tell the stories of the world’s oldest living culture and their lands using cutting edge technology. This centre will also be the major booking hub for tours and experiences in Jabiru and Kakadu National Park.

Visitation outlook

Kakadu National Park is one of Australia’s iconic tourism destinations. Kakadu is World Heritage-listed for both its natural and cultural values - and for good reason. Kakadu is brimming with native wildlife, some 280 species of birds and giant crocodiles.

Kakadu’s Aboriginal rock art is some of the oldest and best-preserved in Australia. Visit the rock art galleries at Ubirr, Nourlangie and Nanguluwur and see their fascinating record of Aboriginal life over some 20 000 years.

And Kakadu has some of the Top End’s most iconic landscapes - waterfalls, rugged escarpments, sandstone outcrops and rainforests.

In the first year of new attractions and development projects being operational in Jabiru, expected visitation numbers will reach approximately 277 000, an increase of 92 000 people from the average yearly visitation the park currently experiences.

Airboat on Mary River
Airboat on Mary River; photo credit: Shaana McNaught / Tourism NT

Contact details

Daryl Hudson
Director, Tourism Investment Attraction
Department of Trade, Business and Innovation

Phone: +61 8 8999 6020

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