Yellow Waters in Kakadu National Park

Our drive from Broome to Katherine in Australia’s north had provided us with some amazing sights so far. After a couple of days spent exploring the fascinating Katherine Gorge, we were now heading to Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. An early departure from here was needed for our three hour plus trip to Yellow Waters…the tour started at 11.30 and we had to be on it!!

Yellow Waters Billabong is part of the wetlands area in Kakadu National Park that comes from a tributary of the South Alligator River, one of the areas large river systems. The wetlands includes river channels, floodplains and swamps. It was a lot bigger than I had imagined.  Our boat meandered up and down channels that varied in width, past swamplands and around outcrops of water lilies in flower. The scenery is stunning…..

Yellow Water Cruise

Yellow Water Cruise


Yellow Water Cruise

Swamps on the Yellow Water’s Cruise

Water lilies on the Yellow Water Cruise

Water lilies on the river bend


Flowering water lilies on the Yellow Water Cruise

Flowering water lilies on the Yellow Water Cruise


The wetlands are home to many species of birds…in fact about one third of Australia’s bird species are found in Kakadu National Park.

Great Eastern egrets

Great Eastern egrets stand on the lake’s edge.


The comb crested Jacana

The comb crested Jacana


The Jabiru

The Jabiru


Crocodiles lurk beneath the waters surface. Sometimes the only clue that they are here are their eyes appearing out over the  water….watching…waiting!  At other times they sun bake on the river edge. I’ve never forgotten our guide telling us that crocodiles can eat only once a year if they have too.

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Crocodiles in Yellow Water


Crocodiles in Yellow Water

Crocodiles in Yellow Water


As you can imagine, the sunrise and sunset cruises on the YellowWater’s Billabong are incredibly popular. If you are planning a visit here at this time, make sure you book ahead. You can find more information on the Yellow Water cruises here

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Celebrating Broome’s Shinju Matsuri Festival 


This post is part of the 2014 A to Z Challenge You can read all the posts on my theme “Off the Beaten Track”  here 

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20 Responses to Yellow Waters in Kakadu National Park

  1. FrandalF16 April 30, 2014 at 12:26 am #

    Amazing pictures…It’s always a pleasure to get in touch with nature and be amazed by it! Look forward to do so soon!
    Visiting from

    • Jenny Freedman May 1, 2014 at 10:32 pm #

      Thank you. In areas such as the Kimberleys, the landscape is changing all the time so you have to enjoy it when you can. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  2. Calli April 30, 2014 at 12:53 am #

    Absolutely beautiful! I can only imagine watching the sun sink from here and all the reflections on the water! Great Y!

    • Jenny Freedman May 1, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

      Thanks Calli. I would dearly love to go back and do the whole trip again, it was so beautiful

  3. Anabel April 30, 2014 at 4:29 am #

    Stunning! Particularly impressed with the crocodile pictures, especially the last one. Those jaws! Scary.

    • Jenny Freedman May 1, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

      What a lot of people don’t realise is, that for such old and sedentary animals, they move soooo… quickly

  4. Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot April 30, 2014 at 7:59 am #

    Kakakdu looks gorgeous – I’m hanging out to visit! I’d love to see a jaiburu 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman May 1, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

      Kakadu is very impressive Annabel.I’d love to go back again now that I have a much better camera! You definitely see a Jaibaru when you go!

  5. Mandy - Frugal Full Time Mom April 30, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    Beautiful, I would love to visit this place. Nature pictures are my favorite there is something so peaceful about looking at the calm water in the sunlight.

    • Jenny Freedman May 1, 2014 at 10:42 pm #

      It was a very peaceful area Mandy. I became very mesmerised by the water and could have just sat there all day watching the birds and animals!

  6. budget jan April 30, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    A cruise that all Australians should do Jenny. I’ve never seen a Jacana. Love your first Croc photo. He looks well fed 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman April 30, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

      it definitely is a cruise all Aussies should do Jan. I loved Kakadu and would love to go back!

  7. Muza-chan April 30, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    Beautiful place…

    • Jenny Freedman April 30, 2014 at 10:22 pm #

      It really is stunning Lili

  8. Ann April 30, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    It reminds me of some areas of south Florida. But with cooler animal names.

    • Jenny Freedman April 30, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

      I hadn’t thought of it being similar to Florida! There certainly are a few strange bird names in Oz!

  9. Corinne April 30, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    Kakadu has been on my list for awhile, but I’m afraid it’s too hot…when is it the coolest? Great photos!

    • Jenny Freedman May 1, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

      Thanks Corinne. The best time to visit Kakadu is from May to October.

  10. Nguyen July 28, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

    That’s a huge crocodile! I don’t think it’s a nice park to walk around haha. Too dangerous. 🙂

    • Jenny Freedman July 29, 2014 at 4:41 am #

      This is definitely one park you’re not allowed to walk around Nguyen! The crocodiles grow to amazing lengths…this one was pretty big!

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