Jabiru is the major township at the heart of the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, about 250km south east of Darwin, at the gateway to Arnhem Land. Jabiru was established at its current site in 1982 to service the nearby Ranger uranium mine.
The town provides visitors with access to a range of tourist and accommodation options, and services such as fuel, dining, automotive repairs, banking, a health clinic, a supermarket, a nine-hole golf course, 50-metre swimming pool, and a recreation park with playground and barbecue facilities on Lake Jabiru.
West Arnhem College Jabiru campus takes students from Preschool to Year 12 from the town of Jabiru and surrounding Aboriginal outstations and homelands.
West Arnhem Regional Council operates the Jabiru Childcare Centre, a licensed long daycare provider that caters for children from birth up to 5 years of age.
The centre strives to instil a love of life-long learning through play-based learning experiences.
It provides nutritionally balanced meals to meet the national daily nutrition intake requirements, as approved by the NT Health Department’s qualified nutritionist. An eight-week rotating menu is available for viewing at the Centre. Meal and snack times provide children with positive learning experiences, include multicultural foods to reflect each family’s diversity and encourage healthy eating habits.
Weekly visits to the library with the toddlers and pre-schoolers are scheduled to instil a sense of belonging within the community and to support early literacy development.
Staff are friendly, supportive, nurturing and trained in early childhood development and health and safety.
The centre provides quality care for children in three categories:
Birth – 2 years old – Gecko Room
$93 per day or $425 per week
2 years old – 3 years old – Possum Room
$89 per day or $410 per week
3 years – 5 years old – Barramundi Room
$81 per day, $55 per pre-school half day, or $380 per week
Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN): 406957335S
Monday – Friday 7.30am – 5.00pm
Phone Jabiru Childcare Centre on (08) 8979 2247 for more information.
West Arnhem Regional Council operates a public library service in Jabiru. Membership is free for permanent residents of Jabiru. Benefits include:
Every Wednesday at 10.30am, the Jabiru Public Library hosts a free story reading for pre-school aged children. All parents and their children are welcome.
Monday – CLOSED
Tuesday 10.30am – 5.30pm
Wednesday 10.30am – 4.30pm
Thursday 10.30am – 4.30pm
Friday 10.30am – 4.30pm
Saturday 9.30am – 12.30pm
Phone Jabiru Public Library on (08) 8979 9460 during opening hours for more information.
The Olympic-sized Alberto Luglietti Memorial Swimming Pool is the largest outdoor swimming facility in Kakadu. Ideal for children, half the pool is covered with shade cloth.
A gym, kids’ wading pool, children’s playground, family barbecue and picnic facilities are also available for public use.
Kid’s 12 years of age and under swim free!
There is also an aqua fitness class at the pool on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.15pm – 7.00pm. Passes are available at the council office.
Monday – Sunday 12.00pm – 6.30pm
Public holidays 12.00pm – 6.30pm
Additional wet season opening hours
(1 October – 30 May)
Tuesday, Thursday 6.00am – 8.00am
Saturday 9.00am – 6.30pm
Phone Alberto Luglietti Memorial Swimming Pool on (08) 8979 2127 during opening hours for more information.
West Arnhem Regional Council is responsible for registering domestic dogs in Jabiru in accordance with the town’s by-laws.
It is an offence to keep an unregistered dog in Jabiru.
The Council can impose fines for unregistered dogs kept in yards and can also seize registered or unregistered dogs which are not properly secured. If this occurs, all applicable fees need to be paid before the dog can be released from the pound.
Each household may keep up to two dogs which must be registered.
|Description of service||Fee (inc GST)|
|Registration of dog – not desexed, without microchip||$60.00|
|Registration of dog – not desexed, with microchip||$50.00|
|Registration of dog – desexed, without microchip*||$30.00|
|Registration of dog – desexed, with microchip*||$20.00|
|Registration of dog – trained for the blind or hearing impaired||FREE|
|Tag replacement fee||$9.00|
|Impoundment release fee (includes first day charge)||$75.00|
|Additional impoundment charge per day||$15.00|
|Additional release fee outside business hours (prior arrangement only)||$40.00|
*evidence the dog has been desexed is required for the discount to apply
You are not permitted to have a dog in Kakadu National Park (except in Jabiru) without a permit issued by the Park.
To register your dog, or for more information, please contact (08) 8979 9444.
Every September since 2010, West Arnhem Regional Council has held its Gurrung Sports Carnival in conjunction with Mahbilil Festival, which is run by Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation.
Gurrung is a local Aboriginal word for the season when the afternoon breeze, mahbilil, rises, and magpie geese fly in huge numbers across the wetlands to lay their eggs.
The two complementary events create a whirlwind of sports, arts, music and culture right in the heart of a World Heritage-listed national park.
Mahbilil is the key cultural event on Jabiru’s calendar, attracting a range of local Aboriginal and balanda (non-Aboriginal Australian) arts and crafts, food stalls, entertainment, parades, market stalls and installations.
The premiere sporting event in the region, Gurrung brings together men’s AFL and women’s basketball teams from all four Aboriginal communities across West Arnhem, as well as teams from Darwin and beyond. The carnival showcases the incredible sporting talents of locals, and gives them the opportunity to participate in a popular, grass-roots sporting competition in a healthy, safe atmosphere.
Take the plunge, ride it out, and do the hard yards!
One of Jabiru’s most popular community events, the Kakadu Triathlon is held in late May each year, celebrating the start of Kakadu’s tourist season. Participants, spectators and volunteers converge for the early morning event which kicks off at the Alberto Luglietti Memorial Swimming Pool in Jabiru with a 250m swim, followed by a 10km bike ride and a 2.5km run.
Since its inception in 2013, the Kakadu Triathlon has raised funds for the aeromedical charity CareFlight while promoting healthy lifestyles.
To receive notifications, and to be in the running for the next Kakadu Triathlon, join the Kakadu Triathlon facebook page.
1129 (2011 Census).
250km east of Darwin along the Arnhem Highway.
English, Kunwinjku, Kundjeyhmi.
Jabiru is the main service town for Kakadu National Park, and you will find most facilities you would expect in a small regional town including a school (Pre-school to Year 12), childcare centre, health clinic, fuel and mechanical services, police station, supermarket, bank facilities, library, newsagent, many food and accommodation options, and church services.
50-metre Olympic-sized swimming pool, undercover gym, golf club, fishing club, tennis courts, public barbecue facilities and children’s playgrounds, sporting ovals for AFL, rugby, soccer and cricket, access to Kakadu National Park, walking, hiking, and boating.
All-year road access via Arnhem Highway to Darwin and Kakadu Highway to Pine Creek; all-year access via air charter.
Jabiru Services Manager Ian Lindsay 08 8979 9444.