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Border Store is an enterprise of the Djabulukgu Association, whose offices are located in Jabiru.

The Djabulukgu Association Incorporated (DAI) formed in 1982 and is governed by a committee from the relevant clan groups and is involved in a range of business enterprises and continues to manage and deliver health services to the region via the Kakadu Health Service.

Border Store is located near Cahill’s Crossing on the East Alligator river, 38 kms north of Jabiru and 3 kms south of Ubirr Rock, the store is of a rustic Territory nature and has a special history in the minds of locals and travellers alike. It’s a popular stop-off point for travellers to and from Arnhem Land, and a regular service option for interstate tour groups and local operators who utilise the store as a core retail point.

The store operates 7 days per weeks in peak season (April-November) and stocks a range of souvenirs, fishing gear, camping accessories and convenience items, as well as quality espresso coffee and hot and cold takeaway foods. At present the store operates on a seasonal basis as the area is cut off during the wet season by the waters of the Magela creek system.

The business provides sit down lunches for a number of tour companies. The number is estimated at up to 10,000 per annum. The kitchen has been fully renovated and includes commercial-grade convection oven, mixer and pastry sheeter. The kitchen is very suitable for the production of a variety of food lines and large enough for tour and group catering.

There is a two bedroom air-conditioned residence attached to the business.

There are an additional two warehouse style rooms suitable for staff accommodation located in an adjacent old hostel. These rooms have shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. An onsite caravan is available for further accommodation.


Djabulukgu Association Inc invites expressions of interest from experienced operators to lease the Border Store located at Cahills Crossing in Kakadu National Park, NT for the 2011 season.

DAI will consider offering a 1 year conditional lease, the details of which will be made available to those whose credentials are a “best fit” for the opportunity.

DAI is currently working on a development application for the construction of a new eco-lodge in the adjacent area. Subject to outcome the lessee could be offered a long term lease in the new food facility.


DAI will only consider experienced operators in the assessment process for the lease. In particular, interested parties should have the following experience:

- Successful business management including proven financial skills in a geographically remote context (location)
- Production catering and catering for large groups
- Appropriate food handling certification
- Commercial espresso machine operation
- Positive customer service background
- Working with tour groups and communicating effectively with corporate customers
- Servicing the Inbound Tourism market

DAI encourages interested parties to provide examples of past menus and also examples of menu items they believe could be suited to the Border Store.

Border Store also services a large Indigenous clientele from within the local area and also from Arnhem Land. Prior experience in such an environment will be considered favourably.

Djabulukgu Association Inc has traditionally encouraged feedback from established tour operators and clientele to improve and sustain a quality customer experience and will continue to do so in accordance with any applicable lease condition.


The business is responsible for generating its own electricity. Diesel consumption during the tourist season is estimated at 120 litres per day. The current delivered price of diesel is estimated at $1.64 per litre ex GST.

Approximately 30% - 33% of the businesses current turnover is derived from the sale of tour products which generates a gross commission rate of approximately 15%. The entity would be required to pay, minus commission, for tour sales of KCT (Kakadu Cultural Tours Pty Ltd) every seven days.

The lessee will provide high level retail service that reflects and services the needs of the local community and the tourism market place.

Take on and produce daily coach market lunches for APT, AAT Kings and KCT, and produce take-away tour lunches for KCT under a contract price

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For further enquiries and/or to lodge an expression of interest, download this document with contact details (PDF 420kb).

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