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Planned border openings and strong local support prompt Kakadu’s Cooinda Lodge to reopen Outback Retreat glamping tents

September 16, 2020 Glamping No Comments Email Email

With the Northern Territory government planning to re-open borders to visitors from Greater Sydney without the need for quarantine from 9 October, Kakadu’s most-established tourist centre, Cooinda, is opening its Outback Retreat glamping tents for the first time since March.

The 20 Outback Retreat tents will reopen from Saturday, 19 September in time for the school holidays and popular Kakadu Bird Week, which runs from 26 September – 3 October.

Cooinda Lodge has been operating a scaled-back range of accommodation as a result of reduced interstate travel as a result of the impact of Covid-19, but with a massive increase in interest in the destination as well as the prospect of greater accessibility from interstate markets, it was decided to reopen the glamping accommodation.

The glamping tents add to Cooinda Lodge’s hotel-style rooms and extensive camping ground facilities. Cooinda is the base for Yellow Water Cruises, one of Kakadu’s most popular attractions and a central focus of Kakadu Bird Week activities.

Rick Allert, Chair of Kakadu Tourism, which operates Cooinda Lodge and Yellow Water Cruises, said the opening of the Outback Retreat tents would help stimulate tourism to Kakadu for the rest of the year.

“The loss of most interstate and international markets over what is traditionally our peak season has been a major setback for Kakadu tourism, but we are looking to attract larger numbers in the shoulder season and over summer as the Territory opens up more to domestic travel,” said Mr Allert.

“Kakadu can offer Australia’s most prolific wildlife on display every day on Yellow Water Billabong, and with the dramatic landscape, waterfalls, swimming holes and unique Indigenous rock-art and culture, there has never been a better time to plan a visit to Kakadu National Park.

“The Outback Retreat glamping tents were only introduced last year and have been tremendously popular as they offer an authentic ‘outback’ accommodation experience, but with plenty of extra comforts like quality bedding for couples and families, fully powered and air-conditioned.”

Outback Retreat tents are available from $199 per night (subject to availability).

Cooinda Lodge is a village-style resort area in the heart of Kakadu. The ideal base for exploring Kakadu, Cooinda Lodge offers hotel accommodation, glamping tents and extensive facilities for camping and caravans. It is also the home of Yellow Water Cruises, Yellow Water Fishing, Spirit of Kakadu 4WD Adventures and nearby Warradjan Cultural Centre. 

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