The Billabong Camp
Kakadu Billabong Safari Camp is located on the edge of a billabong complex along Jim Jim Creek, just six kilometres from Patonga Homestead. People can only visit this private area if they are guests staying at the Safari Camp or participants in one of the traditional Cultural Tours. You really need to stay a few days to get a feel for the place, soak up the atmosphere and reconnect with nature.
The camp is situated on an outcrop overlooking the billabong and is wrapped by woodland forest to the North and North-east, and wetland to the South and West. There are many places to relax and enjoy the wonderful environment and wildlife. From the camp you can see many of the amazing wildlife species that Kakadu is famous for, including waterbirds and crocodiles, and you can experience the incredible atmosphere of our natural environment. Given the situation of the camp you get see woodland and floodplain animals, with interesting interactions - just watch as the wallabies come down to drink at the water's edge and the particular care they take to avoid any lurking crocodiles!
The cabins are designed to provide flow through ventilation and to keep biting insects away. One thing you will notice is the amazing soundscape. You will be immersed in the natural sounds of the area, no vehicles or the hum of a city out here, no mobile phones either as the area does not have mobile coverage - you really are out in the wilderness.
We invite you to come and stay and choose the activities that you wish to participate in. We run a range of cultural tours and experiences that you can book and pay for through the website.
What we supply
The camp has basic cooking facilities, including gas barbecues and some campfire cooking facilities as well, so you can prepare your meals. Pots, pans and grills are provided so you do not need to bring cooking equipment. Cutlery and crockery is also provided. There are also washing up facilities so you can clean up after yourselves, and they will include detergent and cloths, etc, but please note the water is billabong water and is not certified for drinking.
All bedding; sheets, a blanket, and a pillow and pillowcase will be provided in your cabin. The cabins all have solar panels fitted, which are connected to USB and cigarette lighter sockets, so you can charge your batteries and devices, or even plug in an inverter. There is also a small 12V fan in each cabin.
There are composting toilets and solar hot water showers at the camp site (Note: the showers and taps are billabong water which it is not certified for drinking).
What to bring
You will need to bring all other personal equipment, including toiletries (please make sure these are environmentally friendly), personal medication, sanitary products, sunscreen and insect repellent, torches and cameras, etc, and of course clothing. Towels and face washers are not provided, so you will also need to bring them with you. Please also bring rubbish bags, as you will need to take all of your rubbish away with you at the end of your stay.
If you are visiting during normal camp activities you will need to provide all your own food, however if you are visiting for a special event, like the Amanjbekan ~ Taste of Kakadu Camps, you will be catered for. You will need to bring enough drinking water for your stay, or you can boil and cool the billabong water to drink. Water will also be provided for the Amanjbekan ~ Taste of Kakadu Camps.
Cooinda Lodge, which is about a 25 minute drive from Patonga Homestead, also has some supplies available.
What to take away
When you leave our camp you will not only take with you amazing photographs, memories and items you've made at Cultural Activities, but all of your rubbish, so plan to take away with you all that you bring.