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Yellow Water - On Safari

April 22, 2017

If you are heading up to the top end of Australia then definitely put this one on your must see list.

Taking a guided cruise on the Famous Yellow Water Billabong is like going on your very own Australian Safari.

It has its element of danger, from the much feared salt water crocodile to its diverse wildlife and to its ever changing landscape.

Cruises depart from Cooinda, which is 55 kms from the township of Jabiru (the only town situated in Kakadu National Park).

Bookings can be made through Kakadu Tourism  or directly at Cooinda lodge.

Yellow Water cruises run all year round and the landscape is subject to dramatic changes due to the large volume of water that passes through these areas during the monsoonal season.

* I would recommend the winter months for travelling the top end of Australia as the climate is generally hot and dry, allowing access to popular tourist areas that would normally be closed due to flooding in the summer months.

 

Yellow Water Billabong is located at the end of Jim Jim Creek, a tributary of the South Alligator River. The South Alligator river system, which is the largest in the Kakadu National Park, is made up of extensive river channels, blackwater swamps and floodplains.

About one third of Australia's bird species can be seen in and around Kakadu National Park, with at least 60 species found just alone in these wetlands.

Saltwater crocodiles are by far the most feared animals in Australia and sit right there at the top of the food chain.

These prehistoric creatures are aggressive, territorial, and seen all throughout this region making this safari on water so much more exciting. 

The Jabiru or Black- necked Stork is Australia’s largest wading bird and our only stork. 

This incredibly beautiful bird stands 1.3m -1.5 m in height and its wingspan is a massive 2.3m from tip to tip. 

Whistling Ducks and Magpie Geese will be seen in large numbers however you will most certainly be in awe of the diverse wildlife you will encounter whilst cruising through this unique location. 

 

The Azure Kingfisher is never far from water, preferring freshwater rivers and creeks as well as billabongs, lakes, swamps and dams, usually in shady overhanging vegetation.

 

 

Water Python sunning itself on the banks

 

Special thanks to Reuben our guide, for his fascinating insights into how the Bininj people have lived for thousands of years in this area and for passing on his knowledge of how the flora and fauna was used to support their way of life.

 

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