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Thursday, 26 March 2020 10:33

Kakadu Tourism closes visitor accommodation and tourism operations in response to Covid-19 situation

Kakadu Tourism operates accommodation including Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel and Cooinda Lodge and Camping Grounds, as well as Yellow Water Cruises and Spirit of Kakadu 4WD Adventure Tours.

It will continue to operate the two hotels with skeleton staff to accommodate emergency and essential services’ workers, as well as provide takeaway food and petrol (at Cooinda).

Kakadu Tourism Chair, Rick Allert, said the decision to close operations for tourists was made to safeguard the welfare of vulnerable Indigenous communities in Kakadu National Park and to support government directives regarding non-essential travel.

“As a fully Indigenous owned business, our first priority is the health and wellbeing of our staff and the population within Kakadu National Park,” said Mr Allert.

“The decision to close our facilities was a very difficult one as we rely heavily on the upcoming peak dry season to sustain the business throughout the year."

“Unfortunately, the decision will have significant financial and employment implications for businesses in Kakadu. We will be seeking urgent financial assistance from government as prolonged closure of accommodation and tourism facilities could stymie the region for an extended period."

“It is impossible to provide an indication of when our facilities will re-open, but we will regularly re-assess the situation in consultation with key stakeholders including Traditional Owners, Kakadu National Park and governments.”

If you would like any further information please use the following contacts:

COOINDA LODGE KAKADU: +61 8 8979 1500 | [email protected] 

MERCURE KAKADU CROCODILE HOTEL: +61 8 8979 9000 | [email protected] 

YELLOW WATER CRUISES & YELLOW WATER FISHING: +61 8 8979 1500 | [email protected]

KAKADU TOURISM ADVENTURE TOURS: +61 8 8979 1500 | [email protected]

WARRADJAN CULTURAL CENTRE: +61 8 8979 0525 | [email protected]