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Daly Waters Pub Caravan Park, Daly Waters NT

Daly Waters

The Daly Waters Caravan Park is located at the iconic Daly Waters Pub in the Northern Territory.

The Pub was built in 1930 and in the ensuing years witnessed murders, shoot outs in the “main street”, cattle stampedes and pub brawls. Of course, things are much more civilised today.

In the 1980’s a tourist bus driver had a bet with the ladies on tour with him about how much they could drink and losing the bets meant their bras would be left hanging above the bar.

This was the start of a long tradition ever since and all sorts of items have been left behind. The Pubs website says “Some take them off at the bar while others are a little more discreet”.

The Daly Waters Pub Drinking Challenge
Daly Waters Pub bar

Over the years visitors have left so many more items including foreign currency, licenses, ID, flags and even handcuffs.

The Daly Waters Pub is almost a museum of unique and different items all around the bar, hanging from the ceiling and placed where patrons can enjoy the fun.

The township of Daly Waters became Australia’s First International Airfield and the Publican of the Daly Waters Pub would also refuel the planes.

On display from the street are many amazing remnants from days gone by including the helicopter on the roof of the fuel station.

Daly Waters Caravan Park Facilities

A Caravan Park is part of the Pub and offers a fantastic stopover on the way to or from Darwin. There is plenty of room and toilets and showers are available.

The Daly Waters Pool
Daly Waters Pub pool

There is now a pool at the Pub which is very handy on those hot outback days.

Whilst you are there ensure you try their great Barra Burgers. These really are delicious and a very popular part of the menu.

The park is pet friendly so there’s no issue bringing your Man’s Best Friend to stay.

There’s plenty of space and room for Caravans, Motorhomes and Big Rigs. I had reasonable Telstra coverage while we were there.

A Dump Point is available close by if required.

Cost to stay is $32 per night for a powered site or $20 per night for unpowered for 2 adults.

We didn’t stay but visited on 16th July 2016 and 25th May 2017 when this video was taken.

5 Essentials – Ryobi Tools for Traveling

  1. A chainsaw certainly is an essential tool while traveling especially when camping and 4WDing. Perfect for cutting up wood for the campfire and ideal for clearing tracks of fallen branches when 4WDing. I really like the Ryobi Chainsaw and will be looking to buy one very soon to match all of my other Ryobi tools.
  2. The Ryobi Cordless Hand Vacuum has been super handy for the motorhome while traveling and now it is also great to use in our 4WD.
  3. Even prior to traveling, I have always used a Ryobi Cordless Drill. They are an essential tool for use at home and while on the road.
  4. We have had heaps of use from our Ryobi 18v Area Light. It’s great for fishing, camping and outdoor entertaining and even when we want to save power at night while free camping. Just charge it up the next day when you have solar.
  5. There are so many uses for our Ryobi Blower while traveling. Blowing the leaves off the top of the slideout before bringing it in, accelerating the campfire, clearing away any dirt, grass or sand from around your campsite.

How to get there

Follow the Stuart Highway north from the Three Ways for approx 380kms.

Just past where the Capricornia Highway joins the Stuart Highway is the west turn to Daly Waters. Take the turn and follow the road for 2 kms.

From Katherine drive south 275kms for approx 3 hours before turning to your right at Daly Waters.

The Daly Waters Pub
Daly Waters Pub

How far is Daly Waters to Darwin?

The Daly Waters Pub is close to the highway and approx halfway from the Three Ways up to Darwin. The capital city of the Northern Territory is still almost 600kms and a 6 hour drive from Daly Waters.

How far is Daly Waters to Katherine?

The Distance from Daly Waters to Katherine is approx 275kms by car.

Things to do in Daly Waters

Iconic Daly Waters Pub

The iconic Daly Waters Pub is ‘a must stop’.

Not only is it fun to check out the quirky collection of memorabilia left by visitors but it also great to stop in for lunch or dinner even if you aren’t staying at the Caravan Park.

Have you tried their World Famous Beef n Barra or left something at the Pub to commemorate your visit?

Daly Waters Aviation Complex

The Daly Waters Aviation Complex contains the oldest hangar in the Northern Territory.

Along with the hangar, the oil store was transported to Daly Waters and both were erected in 1930 in the position where they stand today.

The complex holds significant importance as it is a representation of the days when aircraft had to make numerous stops to refuel on their flights throughout Australia.

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Check out our video reviews on other great places to stay in the region:

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all of our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.
Lenses – Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.to/3eCueUo This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 7 Hero Black – http://ebay.us/PH711r  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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Caravan Parks

Cooktown Caravan Park right in the heart of Cooktown

Cooktown Orchid Travellers Park

Cooktown Orchid Travellers Park was our choice of Cooktown Caravan Park as it is right in the heart of Cooktown in North Queensland.

Located right in the heart of the historic town of Cooktown, it enables you to walk to the shops, pub and restaurants.

This small but handy Cooktown Caravan Park does not take bookings for sites so it is best to arrive early.

You are welcome to call ahead and check how busy they are to know whether a site might be available. Their busy period is from June to the end of August and they tend to be booked out by lunch time.

We chose this Cooktown Caravan Park because of the fact that it was the closest to town and allowed us to walk where we wanted to go.

Cooktown Orchid Travellers Park Caravan Park

Cooktown Caravan Park Amenities

This is a basic Cooktown Caravan Park with good clean amenities.

The pool was perfect for the hot Far North Queensland days we experienced, even in winter.

There are good  showers and toilets, laundry with both washing machines and dryers.  A fully equipped camp kitchen with BBQs, hot plates, toaster, kettle, fridge and freezer is also available.

Cooktown Caravan Park Pool

Is this Cooktown Caravan Park Pet Friendly?

The Cooktown Orchid Travellers Park is pet friendly which was great because we had our Golden Retriever MACKS with us.

There is no Wifi however we did have Telstra coverage at this Cooktown Caravan Park.

Cooktown Caravan Park allows pets

Cost to stay at the Cooktown Orchid Travellers Park was $51 per night for 3 adults.

Cooktown Orchid Travellers Park Cost Update May 2021:
Powered Site $38 per night for 2 Adults
Unpowered Site $35 per night for 2 Adults
Additional Adult $10 per night
Children 5-15 years $5
Children Under 5 are Free
Low Season Discount from November to March – Stay 7 Pay 6

Our stay at this Cooktown Caravan Park was June 24-26, 2016

Cooktown Orchid Travellers Park Contact Details:

Phone: 07 4069 6400
Address: Corner Walker & Charlotte Streets (Entrance Walker Street) Cooktown, North Queensland
Website:

Our Cooktown Caravan Park campsite at Cooktownn Orchid Travellers Park

How to get to this Cooktown Caravan Park

Travel from Cairns to Mareeba then onto State Route 81. continue to follow State Route 81 for 184kms. Continue straight onto Mulligan Highway/State Route 40.

Follow Mulligan Highway/State Route 40 for 78.4kms. Continue into Cooktown and at the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Charlotte Street. You will arrive at the Cooktown Orchid Travellers Park on the left however entry is via Walker Street.

Side Entry to Cooktown Caravan Park right in the heart of town

Distance from Cairns to Cooktown

The distance from Cairns to this Cooktown Caravan Park is 331kms and is around a 3 hr 45 minute drive by car when taking the inland route. The inland route is suitable for both cars and caravans.

Which popular attractions are close to this Cooktown Caravan Park?

James Cook Museum

A nineteenth century brick building built in 1888 is home to the James Cook Museum.

Originally a school for the day students and boarders of the Sisters of Mercy school convent, the building was acquired by the National Trust and restored before officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 11 April 1969.

On display at the James Cook Museum is one of the Endeavour’s jettisoned cannons and the anchor which was retrieved from the Great Barrier Reef.

James Cook Museum

Grassy Hill Lookout

Grassy Hill is one of Cooktown’s most popular attractions offering 360 degree views of Cooktown. The Summit is especially breathtaking at sunrise and sunset.

It also is the site of the landing of Lieutenant James Cook in 1770. Cook climbed the 162m hill looking for a passage.

though Cooktown was established in 1873, it wasn’t until 1886 that the Grassy Hill Lighthouse was built to guide ships through the reef and sandbanks around Cooktown.

Anchor from the Endeavour retrieved from the Great Barrier Reef

Cooktown Botanical Gardens

The Cooktown Botanical Gardens are one of the oldest regional botanical gardens in Queensland. They were established in 1878 and are just 1.5kms from the heart of the town of Cooktown.

Admission is free and the Cooktown Botanical Gardens are open 24 hours every day of the year. Within the gardens is Nature’s Powerhouse – the Cooktown Botanical Garden’s Art Gallery, the Visitor Information Centre and Cafe which is open 8.30am – 2pm on Monday and 8.30am – 4pm every other day.

The Gardens contain 5 plant collections, feature tropical palms, a rainforest garden, a bush tucker garden, a lily pond and more.

Cooktown Botanical Gardens and the Gallop Botanic Reserve are also home to over 200 different species of birds. Many of the birds are seasonal and will vary throughout the year.

Finch Bay

Finch Bay is just 2kms from the heart of Cooktown and is classed as Cooktown’s most popular swimming beach.

The beach is unpatrolled and there are sand flats up to 500 metres wide at low tide. It is also a popular spot for fishing off the rocks at high tide or the creek on a rising tide.

Always be very aware that crocodiles inhabit the waters in the northern parts of Queensland so we didn’t go swimming here.

Finch Bay

Trevethan Falls

Trevethan Falls are just 13.5kms south of Cooktown and great if you are chasing waterfalls. There are a few waterfalls in the Cooktown area.

The cascading Trevethan Falls plunge into an ideal swimming hole and as the water continues downstream there are a number of private swimming pools.

Access is recommended by 4WD.

The Lions Den Hotel

Lions Den Hotel

Just 30kms from Cooktown is the Lions Den Hotel, an historic pub and the ‘Pride of Far North Queensland’.

The Lions Den is a ‘must stop’ to check out the quirky decor while you have a cold beer or stop in for a pizza or one of their weekly specials.

Powered and Unpowered sites are available if you want to camp at the Lions Den Hotel for a night or two on your way into or on your way out of Cooktown.

Cooktown

Other great places to stay in far north Queensland:

Pin – Cooktown Caravan Park right in the heart of town

Pin - Cooktown Caravan Park right in the heart of Cooktown
Pin - Cooktown Caravan Park right in the heart of Cooktown
Pin - Cooktown Caravan Park right in the heart of Cooktown

Have you stayed at the Cooktown Orchid Travellers Park, the Cooktown Caravan Park right in the heart of Cooktown? Tell us what you enjoyed most about Cooktown.

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.to/3eCueUo This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 7 Hero Black – http://ebay.us/PH711r  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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Litchfield Tourist Park, Litchfield National Park NT

Litchfield Tourist Park

When visiting Litchfield National Park for the first time, we stayed at the Litchfield Tourist Park.

The Litchfield Tourist Park is the closest caravan park to the entracnce to the magnificent Litchfield National Park.

It’s the only park we have seen in Oz that had some covered sites for caravans and campers which we thought was unique.

Litchfield Tourist Park offers varying styles of accomodation including the Homestead, Cabins, Bunkhouses, the Happy Camper which is a restored Viscount Caravan.

They also have a camping area with powered and unpowered sites suitable for caravans, motorhomes, campervans, fifth wheelers and tent camping.

Litchfield Tourist Park

Litchfield Tourist Park Camping Facilities

We found the amenities were good at the Litchfield Tourist Park and there’s a small pool which is great to cool off in.

There are gas burners, a BBQ, Microwave, Sink and Fridges just no utensils so you will need to use your own.

Bathrooms are clean and spacious. Guest laundry facilities with washing machines and clothes lines are also available.

Litchfield Tourist Park pool

The Litchfield Tourist Park’s on-site Cafe and bar is very handy serving meals for Breakfast and Lunch daily. You can also pre-order Dinner Meal Kits and BBQ packs.

There was no Internet coverage with Telstra, Optus or Vodafone but we were able to get limited phone coverage around the Cafe Area.

Litchfield Tourist Park Cafe

Are Pets allowed at the Litchfield Tourist Park?

The Litchfield Tourist Park is pet friendly as it is just outside Litchfield National Park.

As we combined our visit of Litchfield National Park with Kakadu where pets are not allowed, we used Mad Paws to find a pet sitter for our Golden Retriever MACKS for the 5 nights. We found a lovely family in Darwin to look after her while we were away.

Read more:  Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

MAcks

Cost for 1 night at the Litchfield Tourist Park for us 3 adults was $47

Litchfield Tourist Park Cost Update April 2021:
Powered Sites $39 per night for 2 Adults – bookings are recommended especially May to August
Unpowered Sites $30 per night for 2 Adults- bookings cannot be made, just turn up on the day

Our stay here was 8th August 2016

5 Essentials – Camping Accessories

A good Tent or Swag is the first decision for going camping. We like the Coleman Tent from Tentworld or the Wanderer 7 Man Tent from BCF. For a Swag, we were so close to buying the Kings Double Swag from 4WD Supacentre.

We like our BCF Wanderers Camping Chair which gets a lot of use as we travel Australia.

No more lugging around a huge BBQ and gas bottle now that we have a brilliant Gasmate Dual Burner Butane Cooktop from Tentworld

A good Portable Fridge Freezer we have found to keep the beers cold and steaks frozen are the Kings 70 L Fridge Freezer in the budget range, the Waeco 75L Dual Zone Fridge Freezer or the ever popular and long lasting Engel 75L Fridge Freezer.

A good quality Hand Held UHF is ideal and I like this Uniden UH750 5 watt UHF for long range and quality. The 5 watt range will give you maximum distance, especially if you need help!

Contact Details for Litchfield Tourist Park

Phone:  08 8976 0070
Address:  705 Litchfield Park Road, Finnis Valley via Batchelor, Northern Territory
Website:

Litchfield Tourist Park Campsite

How to get to Litchfield Tourist Park

From Darwin

Head out of Darwin along the National Highway for 18.5kms, then turn right onto Batchelor Road/B30 in Coomalie Creek. Continue on Batchelor Road/B30 for 66.4kms.

Then you will be travelling for 26.2kms through the roundabout taking the second exit onto Rum Jungle Road/B30, then turning left onto Litchfield Park Road/B30. Litchfield Tourist Park  is located on Litchfield Road.

From Katherine

Take the National Highway 1 from Katherine and travel for 224kms before turning left onto the Crater Lake Road before turning left on Batchelor Road/B30.

Travel for 24.3kms taking the second exit onto Rum Jungle Road/B30 at the roundabout, then turn left onto Litchfield Park Road/B30. Litchfield Tourist Park  is located on Litchfield Road.

Litchfield National Park Sign

Distance from Darwin to Litchfield Tourist Park

The distance from Darwin to Litchfield Tourist Park is 108kms. By road, it will take approx. 1hrs 16mins via the Arnhem Highway/State Route 36.

Distance from Katherine to Litchfield Tourist Park

From Katherine to the Litchfield Tourist Park, the distance is 250kms. It will take 2hrs 25mins when travelling by car.

Read more about: Kakadu and Litchfield National Park by Motorhome

Entry Fee for Litchfield National Park

There is no permit required for Litchfield National Park. Entry is Free unlike Kakadu National Park which incurs an Entry Fee of $25 per person over the age of 16.

Magnetic Termite Mounds

Which popular attractions are nearby in Litchfield National Park

Magnetic Termite Mounds

The amazing Magnetic Termite Mounds all on a align north-south axis. By aligning the mounds this way one side of the termite mound will always be in the shade.

The magnetic termites are not found anywhere else in the world. Magnetic termites do not burrow under the ground so they ensure their above the ground homes can withstand the extreme temperatures during the day and night as well as the withstanding the waterlogged soil in the wet season.

It really is worthwhile visiting these amazing mounds especially the

Giant Cathedral Mound.
Giant Cathedral Mound

Karstein Castle Replica, Batchelor

The replica of the Karstein Castle certainly stands out in the small town of Batchelor which is just 13.5kms from the Litchfield Tourist Park.

This mini version of the Bohemian castle was the work of Czech immigrant Bernie Havlik. Bernie worked on his project up until his death in 1990.

It  still stands in Batchelor as a tribute to his community spirit as he devoted his retirement to the town as a volunteer gardener after retiring from nearby Rum Jungle Uranium Mine in 1971.

Karlstein Castle Replica

Florence Falls

Litchfield National Park is well known for its spectacular waterfalls and rock pools. Florence Falls are certainly one of the main attractions and a must visit.

Check out the spectacular falls from the lookout above and marvel at the falls as they cascade into the plunge pool below. Then take the 135 steps to the foot of the falls and brave the cool waters of the plunge pool.

Florence Falls

Buley Rockhole

A visit to Buley Rockhole in Litchfield National Park is a fun and exciting one. Relax among the rocks and be showered with the cascading waters.

You can also practice your best bomb dives in the deep plunge pools which kept Kev and Matt occupied for quite some time.

Take care when walking across the wet rocks as they can be extremely slippery.

Buley Rockhole

Wangi Falls

Wangi Falls cascade over the rocky edge from a height of 40 – 50 metres into one of the largest pools in the Litchfield National Park which makes it a very popular spot for swimming.

Swimming at Wangi Falls can be closed at times when the water levels are too high. This occurs mostly in the wet season but may be closed at other times of the year due to extreme weather.

There is a picnic area and cafe at Wangi Falls which also adds to its popularity.

Wangi Falls

Other great places to stay in Litchfield National Park and Kakadu National Park:

Pin – Litchfield Tourist Park

Have you stayed at Litchfield Tourist Park, the closest caravan Park to the entrance of Litchfield National Park? Tell us about your Litchfield experience.

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.to/3eCueUo This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 7 Hero Black – http://ebay.us/PH711r  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park, Jabiru NT

Kakadu Lodge

Kakadu Lodge is a big caravan park offering both camping and cabin accommodation located at Jabiru in the magnificent Kakadu National Park, Australia’s largest National Park.

One very unique factor about Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park is the layout. It is incredibly different as the campsites are in the shape of a circle.

Centrally located in the heart of Kakadu and open all year round, Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park is also within walking distance to the shops, Post Office and Bank.

Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park is close to Ubirr, home to the incredible ancient Aboriginal Rock Art and where you can climb to the top of Ubirr for amazing views.

Also close by is Cahills Crossing where you can catch Barramundi and watch Salt Water Crocodiles in their own natural habitat.

Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park

Kakadu Lodge Camping Facilities

In the middle of the caravan park is the lagoon style pool which is surrounded by lush gardens. There is  also a Poolside Bar & Bistro adjacent to the pool.

The grassy shaded sites are suitable for caravans, motorhomes, campervans, big rigs and tent camping. Facilities include Camp Kitchen, coin operated BBQs, Laundry and Souvenir Shop.

Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park Pool

All of the staff were great and the park was secure with gated entry.

A Dump Point is located adjacent to the Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park.

Telstra coverage is available.

Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park

Are Pets allowed at the Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park

The park is not pet friendly, pets are not allowed in Kakadu National Park.

During our visit to Kakadu and Litchfield National Park, we used Mad Paws. Every time we used them we found them great for sourcing pet-sitters for MACKS, our Golden Retriever. We had a lovely family in Darwin look after her for the 5 nights that we were away in Kakadu and Litchfield.

Read more: Travelling Australia with our dog MACKS

Kakady Lodge and Caravan Park campsite

How to book for Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park

Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park does not take forward bookings. They have 186 powered sites and 100 unpowered sites so you shouldn’t have a problem securing a site. You simply check in and choose your own site upon arrival.

For the night our cost to stay  for 3 adults in Jabiru at Kakadu Lodge was $56

Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park Camping Cost Update April 2021:
Powered Site with water hookup $48 per night
Unpowered Site $16 per person per night

Our stay at the Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park was 1 night on the 6th August 2016

5 Essentials – 4WD Accessories

  1. 4WD Recovery Tracks will get you out of most situations, especially in sand. We bought a pair of these generic branded tracks that have worked well whilst other brands include the Australian made TRED or the Australian Designed and made MAXTRAX 4wd Recovery Tracks.
  2. For our 4WD we went with this EDECOA 1500 3000w Pure Sine Wave Inverter which has been excellent value and works great.
  3. I’m a massive fan of my Victron IP65 15a Battery Charger. I use it often to give batteries a boost and it really is an essential part of my tool kit.
  4. When camping my Kings 200w Solar Blanket gets a lot of use and works really well. Only downside is it doesn’t work with Lithium batteries.
  5. Brass Tyre Deflators are a fast and easy way to lower your tyre pressure to your desired level. Perfect for when you are hitting the beach.

Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park Contact Details

Phone:  08 8979 2422
Address:  1 Jabiru Drive, Jabiru, Kakadu, Northern Territory
Website:

How to get to Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park

From Darwin

Travel along the National Highway 1 from Darwin for 18.5kms before turning left onto the Arnhem Highway. Follow the Arnhem Highway for 233kms to Jabiru Drive in Jabiru.

Head along Jabiru Drive for 1km then you will arrive at the Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park.

From Katherine

Take the National Highway 1 from Katherine before turning right into Kakadu Highway/State Route 21.

Continue travelling along the Kakadu Highway/State Route 21 for 299kms. Continue for another 2.6kms to Jabiru before you will arrive at the Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park.

Kakadu National Park Entry

Distance from Darwin to Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park

The distance from Darwin to Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park is 253kms. By road, it will take approx. 2hrs 36mins via the Arnhem Highway/State Route 36.

Distance from Katherine to Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park

From Katherine to Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park, the distance is just over 303kms. Travelling by car, it will take around 3hrs 6 mins.

Cooinda Lodge Kakadu National Park

Entry Fee for Kakadu National Park

When visiting Kakadu National Park, there is an entry fee of $25 per person over 16 years of age. The entry pass is valid for 7 days.

You can purchase an Entry Pass on-line at: https://book.parksaustralia.gov.au/passes/kakadu/

Read more: Things to do in Darwin, NT

Ubirr

Which popular attractions are close to Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park

Ubirr

A visit to Ubirr is definitely another must when visiting Kakadu Ntional Park. Walk past the amazing rock art featuring fish, turtles and goannas. The rock art at Ubirr is one of the reasons for the dual World Heritage Status held by Kakadu National Park.

There is also a rare painting of a Tasmanian Tiger which has been extinct for more than 2,000 years. This gives some indication of how far back the rock art dates.

The cool rocky shelters made excellent places for aboriginals to camp under and they used the plants and animals from the nearby East Alligator River floodplain as a source of food and medicine.

After checking out the outstanding rock art, take a walk up to the top of Ubirr and look out over Arnhem Land. Especially spectacular at sunrise or sunset, this excellent vantage point provides 360º views of the floodplains.

Cahills Crossing

Cahills Crossing

Cahills Crossing is abundant in Barramundi and you can see crocodiles in plentiful numbers as well. Our son Matt tried to catch an all elusive Barra at a safe distance from the water’s edge at Cahills Crossing without any success.

You can actually see the barra in the water trying to swim across the causeway to escape the lurking crocodiles only to be met on the other side by more crocs.

Read more: Kakadu and Litchfield National Park by Motorhome

Matt fishing Cahills Crossing

Yellow River Cruise

Don’t miss taking a cruise on the magnificent world famous Yellow River Billabong and marvelling at the everchanging landscape of this world famous waterway. You will be enthralled by the rich wildlife and dramatic scenery,

Yellow Water Cruises operate daily with up to 6 cruises per day. The cruises go for either 90 minutes or 120 minutes. These cruises book out very quickly with the Sunrise and Sunset Cruises being the most popular so it is recommended that you book ahead.

Over 60 species of birds inhabit the wetlands including Whistling Ducks, Magpie Geese and Eagles. You may be lucky to see the distinctive Jabirus and perhaps even some brolgas.

Yellow Water Cruises

Adelaide River Jumping Crocs

The Adelaide River Jumping Crocs is one of the most popular attractions in the Darwin and Kakadu National Park region so we definitely were not going to miss it. We headed to do the Jumping Croc tour from Darwin on our way out to Kakadu.

It is amazing witnessing these very powerful creatures leap out of the water like torpedos. It really showcases the need to be extremely careful when travelling the waterways of the Northern Territory and any regions where crocodiles are known to inhabit.

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Adelaide River Jumping Crocs

Other great places to stay in Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks:

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Safe travels

Kev & Adele
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