cooinda lodge

cooinda lodge

Eco tents at Cooinda


Embark on a mesmerizing journey with Cooinda, nestled in the heart of the enchanting Kakadu National Park. Unveil the wonders of this pristine wilderness as Cooinda invites you to an unparalleled adventure. Immerse yourself in the vibrant hues of nature and experience the epitome of luxury in a breathtaking setting.

From the moment you arrive, Cooinda beckons you into a world where comfort meets untamed beauty. The meticulously designed accommodations provide a seamless blend of contemporary elegance and rustic charm, ensuring an indulgent escape into the lap of nature.

As you explore the vast expanse of Kakadu, Cooinda stands as your perfect basecamp, strategically positioned to offer seamless access to iconic landmarks. Delight in the tranquility of Yellow Waters Billabong, where crocodiles silently glide through the water, or feel the pulse of ancient culture at nearby Nourlangie Rock Art Site.

At Cooinda, culinary excellence is an art form. Savor delectable dishes inspired by local flavors, crafted with precision and passion. The dining experiences are a gastronomic journey that complements the richness of the surrounding landscape.

Whether you seek thrilling adventures or serene moments of reflection, Cooinda promises an escape where every detail is meticulously curated to exceed your expectations. Embrace the essence of Kakadu at Cooinda – where nature and luxury converge in perfect harmony.

Begin your journey here

Cooinda's Location in Kakadu National Park

Cooinda is situated in the eastern part of Kakadu National Park, about 40 min from the township of Jabiru. Positioned near the Yellow Water Billabong, it serves as an accessible starting point for exploring Kakadu’s diverse ecosystems, Aboriginal rock art sites, and stunning landscapes.

GPS Coordinates for Cooinda Lodge are:

  • Latitude: -12.90523
  • Longitude: 132.52139
How do you get to Cooinda ?


  • Flying

There is an airstrip at Cooinda which can take light aircraft and helicopters.  Numerous companies fly from Darwin with Kakadu Air being the main operator servicing these flights as well as within other locations in the park as well as Arnhem Land.

Flight time from Darwin to Cooinda is approximately an hour.  Bear in mind that the planes typically do not have air conditioning and can get warm inside the plane.  Take a cold drink.

  • Tours
    • Numerous tour companies offer experiences from Darwin which include a stop and sometimes overnight stays at Cooinda. These range from large groups (AAT Kings) right down to Micro Groups and private charters (ethical adventures).  During the Tropical Summer months because of low tourism numbers there is a big decline in the number of these operators and also a tendency for some to cancel at the last moment.  Make sure you pick someone who is not going leave you stranded 3 days out from departure.


  • Public Bus
    • Katherine Coaches & Barefoot bus services offer a bus service to Jabiru (40 min from Cooinda).
      • Departs – Monday & Friday – Palmerston bus interchange at 9am arrives in Jabiru 12pm the same day return
      • Departs Jabiru at 1pm from the bus stop and arrives 415pm at Palmerston bus interchange.
      • Please FREECALL 1800 263 442 for
    • Greyhound
Wildlife & Natural Wonders

Diverse Birdlife: A Symphony in the Skies

Explore the captivating Cooinda region within Kakadu National Park, where over 280 bird species create a vibrant avian tapestry. A haven for birdwatchers, the wetlands resonate with the calls of majestic jabirus and the colorful antics of kingfishers. As you cruise through the waterways, the sky above becomes a living canvas of winged wonders, offering an immersive experience in Australia’s rich birdlife.

Reptilian Wonders: Crocs and More

Navigate the watercourses with caution, for the Cooinda region is home to the iconic saltwater crocodile, an apex predator basking on the banks. Alongside its saltwater cousin, the freshwater crocodile also graces these waters, contributing to the unique reptilian tapestry of Kakadu. Discover a world where scaly residents coexist, and the balance of the ecosystem is a testament to the evolutionary marvels of the region.

Mammalian Marvels: Wallabies, Kangaroos, and More

Step into the woodlands of Cooinda and encounter the diverse mammalian residents that call Kakadu home. From agile wallabies gracefully navigating their surroundings to the elusive sugar glider, the region’s terrestrial tapestry unfolds. Kangaroos graze amidst the scenic landscape, adding to the charm of this untamed wilderness.

Aquatic Wonders: Fish and Beyond

Beneath the reflective surface of the waterways, a diverse array of fish species contributes to the aquatic wonders of Cooinda. From the delicate dance of water lilies to the hidden world of underwater life, the region’s rivers and billabongs are essential to the intricate web of life in Kakadu.

In this untouched corner of Australia, each heading unveils a chapter of Cooinda’s wildlife story, inviting explorers to witness the dynamic and diverse ecosystems that thrive within Kakadu National Park.

What services does Cooinda offer ?

Cooinda: Your Gateway to Kakadu’s Delights

Discover the myriad services awaiting you at Cooinda, nestled in the heart of Kakadu National Park. From a convenient fuel station to a small general store, Cooinda ensures you have everything you need for an unforgettable adventure.

Accommodation at Cooinda

Nestled in the heart of Kakadu National Park, Cooinda Lodge stands out for its diverse range of accommodation options, catering to a spectrum of preferences and ensuring a truly immersive stay in the Australian wilderness. The lodge seamlessly blends modern comfort with the natural beauty that surrounds it.


For those yearning for a touch of opulence, Cooinda Lodge boasts well-appointed rooms and suites that offer a luxurious retreat after a day of exploration. The spacious, elegantly designed interiors create a welcoming haven.

The charming Villas, offer a unique blend of sophistication and tranquility. These Villas provide a private sanctuary, allowing guests to bask in the natural surroundings while indulging in the comforts of a well-appointed abode.

Camping & Glamping

For a more intimate connection with nature, guests can opt for powered campsites or glamping tents. The campsites provide a self-sufficient camping experience, while the glamping tents add a touch of glamour to the adventure.

Lodge Rooms

Budget-conscious travelers will appreciate the lodge rooms, providing a cozy and affordable base for exploring Kakadu’s diverse landscapes and cultural attractions.

Fueling Your Journey: Cooinda’s Essential Fuel Station

Embark on your Kakadu exploration with confidence, courtesy of Cooinda’s well-equipped fuel station. Whether you’re traversing the park’s rugged terrain or simply need a top-up, the station is ready to keep your journey smooth and worry-free.

Small General Store: Big on Convenience

Step into the small general store, where convenience meets variety. Stock up on essentials, from snacks and beverages to camping gear and local souvenirs. Cooinda’s store ensures you’re well-prepared for your Kakadu escapade.

Waste Management Made Easy: Caravan Waste Dump

For caravan enthusiasts, Cooinda provides a hassle-free solution with the caravan waste dump. Dispose of waste responsibly, allowing you to focus on the beauty of Kakadu without worrying about the logistics.

Culinary Delights: Unwind at Cooinda’s Restaurant

Savour the flavours of the Outback at Cooinda’s restaurant (Mimis Café). With a diverse menu featuring local ingredients, the culinary team crafts dishes that tantalize your taste buds. Relax in the inviting ambiance after a day of exploration, immersing yourself in Kakadu’s natural wonders.

Refreshing Oasis: Cooinda’s Two Pools

Escape the Northern Territory heat in style at Cooinda’s two pools. Whether you’re seeking a refreshing dip or lounging poolside, these crystal-clear oases provide the perfect respite. Enjoy the tranquillity surrounded by Kakadu’s unique landscapes.

Sky-High Arrival: Cooinda’s Air Strip

For those with a flair for aviation, Cooinda offers an air strip for convenient access. Arrive in style and begin your Kakadu adventure seamlessly. The air strip ensures a smooth transition from the skies to the wonders waiting on the ground.

Stay Connected: 3G Reception in the Heart of Nature

Despite being immersed in the wilderness, Cooinda keeps you connected with reliable 3G reception. Share your experiences, stay in touch, and capture the breathtaking beauty of Kakadu while enjoying the convenience of modern communication.

Laundry Mat: Keeping Your Wardrobe Expedition-Ready

Don’t let the dust of Kakadu linger on your clothes. Cooinda’s laundry mat is at your service, ensuring your wardrobe remains fresh and ready for every new exploration. Enjoy the convenience of laundering amidst the natural wonders that surround you.

Cooinda stands as your comprehensive base for Kakadu adventures, offering not just services but experiences. Fuel your journey, indulge in culinary delights, cool off in pools, and relish the convenience of our air strip and 3G connectivity. Cooinda ensures that every aspect of your Kakadu escapade is comfortable, leaving you free to immerse yourself in the wonders of this pristine Australian wilderness


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What things are near to Cooinda


Warradjan Culture Centre: A Cultural Odyssey

Immerse yourself in the rich indigenous heritage of Kakadu at the Warradjan Culture Centre, located just a stone’s throw from Cooinda. Step into a captivating journey through time as the centre unfolds the stories of the Bininj people, showcasing their art, traditions, and deep connection to the land. Engage with interactive exhibits, marvel at ancient artefacts, and gain a profound understanding of the region’s cultural tapestry. The Warradjan Culture Centre stands as a testament to the resilience and vibrancy of the indigenous communities that have thrived in Kakadu for thousands of years.

Yellow Waters Billabong: Nature’s Symphony

Embark on a mesmerizing adventure at the Yellow Waters Billabong, a pristine wetland teeming with wildlife. Cruise through the billabong’s labyrinthine waterways, where crocodiles bask in the sun, and a symphony of bird calls fills the air. Marvel at the kaleidoscope of colors as the sunset transforms the landscape into a breathtaking panorama. The Yellow Waters Billabong is a haven for nature enthusiasts, offering a front-row seat to the delicate balance between predator and prey, all within the heart of Kakadu’s untamed beauty.

Walking Track: Discover the Untouched Wilderness

For those seeking an intimate connection with nature, the walking track from Cooinda to Warradjan is a pleasant nature embrace.  Taking you through woods lands and wetlands it is a perfect start or end to the day.

Kakadu Billabong Safari: A Wetland Extravaganza

Immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of the Australian wilderness at Kakadu Billabong Safari Camp. Nestled on the shores of a pristine billabong, the camp offers a unique blend of eco-friendly accommodations and thrilling safari adventures. Experience the heart of Kakadu National Park while enjoying the comfort of a safari-style camp.

In conclusion, the points of interest surrounding Cooinda in Kakadu create a tapestry of experiences that seamlessly blend indigenous culture, mesmerizing landscapes, and thrilling wildlife encounters. From the cultural odyssey at the Warradjan Culture Centre to the untamed beauty of the Walking Track and the wetland extravaganza on a Kakadu Billabong Safari, each destination promises a unique and unforgettable facet of Kakadu’s allure. Step into this captivating realm, where every moment unveils a new layer of wonder waiting to be discovered.