Explore our bus routes to Jabiru and Gunbalanya/Oenpelli (May 13th onwards) and check all the information's for your next trip. Please feel free to contact us if you require any further information.

Darwin to Jabiru and Gunbalanya/Oenpelli
Departs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Darwin (Palmerston)Bus Exchange (Check in)7:30
Darwin (Palmerston)Bus Exchange (Depart)8:00
Corroboree Tavern9:15
JabiruBus Stop Town Centre11:00
Gunbalanya/OenpelliPark near Store12:00

Now Departing at 8:00am

Please note that certain large tides at Cahill’s Crossing may delay the route service arriving or departing from Gunbalanya

Gunbalanya/Oenpelli and Jabiru to Darwin
Departs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Gunbalanya/OenpelliCheck in at Park near Store12:30
JabiruBus Stop Town Centre14:00
Corroboree Tavern16:15
Darwin (Palmerston)Bus Exchange17:15

Please note that certain large tides at Cahill’s Crossing may delay the route service arriving or departing from Gunbalanya.

Unfortunately, with the longer days involved in the dry season run, we will no longer be offering airport dropoff or pickup at Jabiru.

Please be ready at your location 30 minutes prior to departure for check in. Ticket prices are one fare and are based on lowest possible rates. Children 3 years and under are free of charge. Please refer to Terms and Conditions below for more information.



Palmerston Interchange Map

Map showing where is the Bodhi Bus bus stop in Darwin
This service commences and finishes at the Palmerston Bus Exchange. If you need to travel further in the Darwin area or CBD please check here for public bus timetable

Exploring the Heart of Aboriginal Culture: Gunbalanya and Jabiru, Northern Territory

Hidden Gems in the Northern Territory

Nestled in the heart of the Northern Territory, Gunbalanya and Jabiru are two towns that offer a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Aboriginal culture. These captivating destinations not only showcase stunning natural landscapes but also hold deep connections to the land and its traditional custodians, the Bininj/Mungguy people.

Gunbalanya, also known as Oenpelli, is a hidden gem in the Northern Territory. Situated within the boundaries of Kakadu National Park, this town boasts a unique blend of natural beauty and a deep connection to Aboriginal heritage. Jabiru, located in the heart of Kakadu National Park, serves as a gateway to the park’s natural wonders and its profound Aboriginal culture. The town is surrounded by lush wetlands, ancient rock formations, and diverse wildlife habitats.

Crocodile Hotel in Jabiru

Getting to Gunbalanya and Jabiru from Darwin:

Embarking on a journey from Darwin to Gunbalanya and Jabiru is an adventure in itself. The approximately three-hour road trip is a scenic experience, allowing you to witness the ever-changing landscapes of the Northern Territory.

The route from Darwin to both towns takes you through lush wetlands, ancient rock formations, and diverse wildlife habitats.

Terms and Conditions


  • All fares are inclusive of GST.
  • All fares are subject to change without prior notice.
  • One infant under 3 years can travel free of charge providing they are accompanied by a full fare paying adult.
  • All children between the ages of 0 – 14years are to be accompanied by an adult.
    Children over the age of 15 years will be regarded as an adult.
  • Centrepay bookings – if requested, must present a valid Pension Concession card or Income Statement issued by Centrelink upon check in.
  • Purchase orders are accepted upon application from private businesses, organisations and Government departments. An invoice will be issued after travel is finalised, final payment is due 14 days from date of invoice.

Booking Fees

  • Katherine Coaches do not charge a booking fee at the present time.

Cancellation policy

  • Full fare charges will apply to individuals, private businesses, organisations, and Government Departments where a seat has been prepaid or a seat reserved, unless notice of cancellation is provided to Katherine Coaches 24 hours prior to time of departure, on any of our regular route services.
  • Where a service is cancelled by Katherine Coaches due to unforeseen operational circumstances such as flooding, the client will be notified as soon as possible and an alternative service offered at no extra charge to the client. Katherine Coaches will not be responsible for any costs incurred by passengers as a result of cancellation.

Terms of Travel

  • Departure and arrival times are approximate and dependent on road conditions and number of pickups and drop offs required for the service.
  • Smoking, drugs and or the consumption of alcohol is not permitted on any of ours or our contractors vehicles.
  • Violence, disorderly conduct and aggression will not be tolerated on ours or our contractor’s vehicles, or dispatch areas.
  • Katherine Coaches and its contractors reserves the right to refuse travel, or remove from ours or our contractor’s vehicles, any Passenger that we or our staff believe (acting reasonably) is intoxicated by drugs and/or alcohol and who may, or may not, pose a potential threat to themselves, others or property.

Luggage Policy

  • Per passenger one bag minimum and two bags maximum. NO large items E.G. TV’s, large push bike’s, electric cars and ETC – and all these item’s need to be in original packaging.
  • If these items need to travel, there will be freight charges applied at the passenger’s expense. Katherine Coaches staff will take all the care but no responsibility of these items.

Special Needs and Assistance

Our drivers are permitted to provide basic assistance to passengers i.e. a steadying arm, helping hand. Passengers who wish to travel on Katherine Coaches must be able to understand and act upon directions given to them by the driver, passengers should not require any additional assistance beyond that normally offered to all passengers.
If a passenger requires assistance to:

  • Transfer to/from the vehicle or into/out of seats
  • Attend toiletry facilities
  • Administration of medicines and/or medical procedures

the passenger does not meet the conditions to travel independently.
Passengers who do not meet the conditions to travel independently will require a Carer to accompany them.
*Please note if a passenger attempts travel who does not meet the independent travel conditions, Katherine Coaches reserves the right to refuse travel. Prepaid fares will remain open dated for alternative travel arrangements to be made.