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Why visit Jabiru
This small town on the rise is most famously home to Kakadu National Park which is well worth the trip. With swimming holes, rock art, challenging hikes, and dazzling sunsets, Jabiru is the place to go for nature-lovers. The locals in Jabiru revere the land and all that it has to offer. Get up close and personal with wildlife and breathe in some of the freshest air in the country.
Best time to visit Jabiru
Like most of the northern areas of Australia, Jabiru has a wet and dry season instead of the standard four seasons. Peak travel time to Jabiru is over Australia's winter (June - August) which forms part of the dry season in Jabiru. The weather is best during this time, though expect more people and increased rates. Jabiru's wet season falls over Australia's spring/summer (November - April) and is still a great time to go although expect high temperatures and humidity with possible storms.
Getting around Jabiru
There are limited options for getting around Jabiru so hiring a car or organising transport ahead of time is a safe bet. There are private coaches that can take you to most attractions and other destinations.
What to do in Jabiru
Enjoy swimming near majestic waterfalls, crocodile sightings on riverboat tours, and close encounters with some of the biggest (and most colourful) birds in Australia. Pack a picnic and make your way to Ubirr where you'll find open, green spaces with breathtaking views. Take in the local Aboriginal culture at Warradjan Cultural Centre, viewing the ancient works of art painted along the rocks. Plan your perfect Jabiru experience, and while you're there, relax and unwind at one of their delicious restaurants serving fresh, local cuisine.
Take to the croc-infested waters on a boat tour to see these fearsome reptiles up close. While you make your way down the rivers look out for other flora and wildlife and immerse yourself in this tranquil part of the world. Opt for a night tour for something different. It's truly spooky to feel and see the crocodile's eyes on you in the dark.
If you're happy to go all out, a scenic flight over Kakadu National Park is well worth the price. Take in the beauty of nature from above for a truly memorable and inspiring experience.
Get off the beaten track with a self-guided drive in a hardy 4wd. Feel the freedom of the outback as you traverse the rugged landscape, stopping to admire and explore wherever you see fit. Make sure you do your research and bring maps and essentials like water and sunscreen. There are also guided tours for those who would rather sit back and relax while still taking in the sights.
Swimming, walking and hiking
Hit the trails and tracks to get your blood pumping and those legs moving. Stop at a water hole or waterfall to cool down and take a break from the heat. Do your research and ensure you bring maps, water and sunscreen. Keep in mind that the Northern Territory is home to crocs so some bodies of water may not be safe to swim in. Keep a lookout for a safe swimming sign and if you do not see one do not risk it. Swimming is not advised during the wet season as waterways overflow and connect making it easier for crocodiles to visit and move about.
Where to eat & drink in Jabiru
Jabiru is a holiday destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers so there's not a huge focus on fine dining experiences. That being said, there is still delicious food to be had in Jabiru and if you're feeling particularly adventurous you can try a crocodile steak at Mercures Escarpment restaurant. If crocodile isn't for you, there are plenty of other options. Choose from traditional Australian flavours or more international fare. For the best Thai food, head over to Anbinik restaurant for fresh, delicious Thai flavours. You can also try traditional Australian bush tucker with an Aboroginal guide on a cultural tour for a truly unique dining experience that honours the land and culture of Australia.
Where to stay in Jabiru
Start planning your holiday today with a booking at one of Accor's Jabiru hotels. Whether with a big group or a smaller party, Jabiru accommodation allows you to experience all that Jabiru and Kakadu National Park have to offer. If you're travelling with family, give the kids a thrill with the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel—literally shaped like a crocodile!