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.
Yellow Waters-6
 
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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