Yellow Water Billabong at Kakadu National Park in Pictures

Yellow Water Billabong at Kakadu National Park in Pictures

By: Matthew

Yellow Water Billabong

Yellow Water Billabong is a small body of water off of the South Alligator River in Kakadu National Park. Kakadu is a UNESCO World Heritage site just outside of Darwin, in the North of Australia. If you are into birdwatching or crocodiles or both, Yellow Water Billabong should be high on your list of places to visit. The best and easiest way to accomplish this is booking a tour with Yellow Water Cruises. We choose the sunrise tour and it was loaded with wildlife.

Activity was already brewing before the sun was even up.

Activity was already brewing before the sun was even up.

Crocodiles are just fascinating to look at, but it's a little nerve-wracking when they are looking back.

Crocodiles are just fascinating to look at, but it’s a little nerve-wracking when they are looking back.

True links to our prehistoric past.

True links to our prehistoric past.

Comb-crested Jacana. These guys were fun to watch, as they danced from lilypad to lilypad.

Comb-crested Jacana. These guys were fun to watch, as they danced from lilypad to lilypad.

Their feet make it easy to see what inspired "The Creature from the Black Lagoon"

Their feet make it easy to see what inspired “The Creature from the Black Lagoon”

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Intermediate Egret.

Intermediate Egret.

Almost missed this little guy.

Almost missed this little guy.

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I think I would die if I came across this will I was swimming.

I think I would die if I came across this will I was swimming.

Little Pied Cormorant.

Little Pied Cormorant.

Nankeen Night-Heron. These guys sit like statues until something is crazy enough to move below them.

Nankeen Night-Heron. These guys sit like statues until something is crazy enough to move below them.

South Alligator River.

South Alligator River.

Azure Kingfisher. Saw a few of these beautiful little guys.

Azure Kingfisher. Saw a few of these pretty little guys.

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Australian Darter.

Australian Darter.

White-bellied Sea-Eagle.

White-bellied Sea-Eagle.

Australian Darter. These guys were all over and they liked to show off.

Australian Darter. These guys were all over and they liked to show off.

Even their tail looks like something you would never want to mess with.

Even their tail looks like something you would never want to mess with.

Plumed Whistling-Ducks.

Plumed Whistling-Ducks.

Lemon-bellied Flycatcher.

Lemon-bellied Flycatcher.

Australian Darter.

Australian Darter.

(Left) Magpie Goose. (Right) Brolga.

(Left) Magpie Goose. (Right) Brolga.

A nice chunk of the Yellow Water Billabong.

A nice chunk of the Yellow Water Billabong.

Heather, Cameron, and Matt.

Heather, Cameron, and Matt.

Travelasics

Getting There: Kakadu National Park

A biodiverse park loaded with wildlife and Aboriginal history, it lies a quick two-hour drive to the east of Darwin in Australias Northern Territory. Whether it be by rental car or tour, chances are you will be exploring Kakadu in a vehicle of some sort. If you choose to rent, think 4×4 as the park has lots of road restrictions. If you only plan on visiting sites directly off either of the main roads (Hwy 36 or 21), you can get away with only having two-wheel drive.

Yellow Water Cruise

There are typically six cruises per day, but that number can change depending on the time of year. The first one at 6:45 am and the last one at 4:30 pm are the most popular. Booking through their website is a breeze, and I highly recommend you do it before arriving to secure the cruise you want. Prices start at $72 AUD, but as with all things they are subject to change, so double check the website before going.

Travelationship Rating

5 out of 5 Travelationship High Fives. For the traveler who likes – adventure, wildlife, UNESCO, bucket lister

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A Photographic Journey of Yellow Water Billabong in Kakadu National Park

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