Cooinda Lodge Kakadu, Kakadu National Park

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Container lodging, clean but very essential

very simple accommodation in an old row of attached cells on the grounds of the lodge: narrow room with bunk beds, small table,one chair and air conditioning. Showers and toilets in a separate building like on a camp site, cooking-facilities and fridge nearby, but dishes only available with a deposit. Internet not available for YHA-Hostel guests. But we could use the pools which were provided for the guests of the lodge.


We intended to stay in the motel section of Gagudji Cooinda but it was "booked out" although to us it actually looked half empty so we stayed at the "outback quarters." My partner and I have traveled around the world and stayed in many hostels, in all honesty, this was the WORST place I have ever stayed! Yes, it was clean BUT the room was tiny there were three people (a single bed and a bunk) and we could hardly walk between the beds. The air conditioning (which you have to have on) was noisy; the "kitchen" (a barbecue) had no plates, cups etc, and stunk of raw meat. All in all, the whole experience was disgraceful. I would rather camp there in the heat surrounded by flies than pay $30 to sleep in what can only be described as a room the size of a cupboard. As someone who lives in the "Territory" and regularly takes people out to Kakadu, I found this to be a disgraceful experience and one we won't be repeating.


The YHA Gagudju Lodge in Cooinda is in a great location in the centre of Kakadu National Park. It is very close by the launch for the Yellow Waters boat cruise, which is one of the highlights of the park. It is also centrally located to explore Obir and Jim Jim and Twin falls, the other major landmarks.

The hostel has a great range of accommodations, from campsites to cabins. Although the budget twin rooms are a reasonable price considering the location, they really do feel "budget." They are fairly clean, but very basic and in need of renovation. They look like a portacabin from the outside.

The facilities are excellent, with a large clean shower block and a laundry near the rooms. There is a shop on site, a restaurant, and a bisto which serves cheaper meals such as burgers until 9 pm. There is a bar and bottle shop which are open till 10 pm. If you want to relax when it gets too hot, there are a couple of nice pools for a dip.

The YHA is easy to find, it is clearly signposted from the Kakadu Highway.

Jill Brannam


Gagudju Lodge Cooinda:

Spread beneath a canopy of trees beside Yellow Water Billabong, Gagudju Lodge Cooinda attracts visitors with varied interests for its dazzling birdlife, guided fishing charters, and close proximity to Kakadu's magnificent waterways and falls. Gagudju Lodge Cooinda offers accommodation variety with 48 air conditioned lodge rooms, 44 swags in the Outback Quarters, along with powered and unpowered campsites. Facilities include an outdoor bistro and bar, a la carte Mimi Restaurant, two swimming pools in landscaped gardens, petrol station, tour desk and general store.

Location and Contact


• Cooinda, off Kakadu Highway
• How to get there? Bus or Self Drive
• How long is the drive? A 3hr drive from Darwin
• Gagudju Lodge Cooinda is in the heart of Kakadu. It is the ideal location to visit places within Kakadu National Park, as the driving distances are closest (compared to most other properties in Kakadu). For example, driving to Jim Jim Falls and Gunlom.

Address: off Kakadu Highway, Cooinda, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

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Website Cooinda Lodge Kakadu Kakadu National Park
Phone Number: +61 (8) 8979-0145
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel



Luggage Storage

Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill


Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange

Entirely Non-Smoking


Hot Showers


Swimming Pool

Airport Pickup

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Service Animals

Max. Age: All Ages

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 6 AM - 10:00 PM (06:00-22:00) - Dry Season times

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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