Jabiru – Arafura

Jabiru is part of Kakadu National Park and also part of the world heritage area. While initially a mining town, Jabiru has become a focus for tourism as well as a regional service centre for Aboriginal communities in the area. The town is very picturesque and the name Kakadu comes from the Aboriginal floodplain language called Gagudju and is one of the languages spoken in the north of the park.

Emergency Response Group

A fire station is located in the township of Jabiru and holds a 3000 litre water tanker fire fighting appliance, a grass fire unit and a rescue vehicle with road crash rescue and hazardous materials equipment. Staff from the fire station also deliver school based fire awareness education and carry out fire safety inspections and fire investigations.


Education includes Jabiru Area School, from pre-school to Year 12 (Years 11 and 12 are through NT Open Education Centre with tutorial support). Charles Darwin University regional centre offers a range of courses. There is also a child care centre.

Health services

There is a health clinic, operated jointly by NT Health and the Kakadu Health Service, with resident doctors, nurses, health workers, and visiting health specialists. An ambulance service is provided. Nurses are rostered on an after hours call out service. The nearest hospital is in Darwin.

Recreation activities

Kakadu also boasts some of the best fishing locations with the West, East and South Alligator Rivers within the District. Each year there are a number of fishing competitions which attract national and international participants.

There is a swimming pool, nine-hole golf course, gym, rugby, Australian Rules, Auskick program, junior athletics, bowls, tennis, and basketball. There is also camping, bushwalking and bird watching. The annual Jabiru Mahbilil (or Wind) Festival in early September features displays of European and Aboriginal Culture through live music, dance and workshops.


Kakadu National Park

Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Cooinda Yellow Waters

Gunlom waterfall and plunge pool

East Aliigator River boat cruises

Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls Gorge