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Yellow Water Billabong

Experience quintessential Kakadu in these diverse wetlands, where you can spot kingfishers, crocodiles and dazzling constellations from a cruise ship.

Experience the serene beauty of Kakadu's most famous billabong. Take a peaceful wildlife-spotting cruise, fish for billabong barramundi or marvel at the spectacular night-time starscape above.

Located at the end of Jim Jim Creek, the Yellow Water Billabong is fed by one of Kakadu's most iconic gorges. This ecosystem is home to a huge range of bird, fish and amphibian species, as well as a host of cruising crocodiles.

Delve into Yellow Water's enchanting beauty on the Yellow Water Cruise. This award-winning tour leaves several times a day, with the most popular trips being the sunrise and sunset cruises. Admire vistas of mangrove trees, water lilies and flooded grasslands lit up by the golden sun. Trips last around 90 to 120 minutes. Book in advance to ensure a seat. 

The billabong is home to a wide variety of bird life and water-dwelling creatures. Look out for the five species of kingfisher that swoop to catch fish from the shallows. Ducks and geese are also abundant in this fertile region, as are buffalo grazing in the flood plains.

For an unforgettable experience, take the midnight cruise and see Yellow Water under the stars. Local Aboriginal guides will point out constellations and tell stories about the different meanings that have been passed down from previous generations.

Take a day for a Yellow Water fishing tour. Learn how to tie the best lure for catching Yellow Water barramundi with experienced guides and enjoy the tranquil locale while you wait for a bite. If you catch a big enough fish, you can take it home to cook later. These tours provide all the necessary equipment and operate all year.

Ask Aboriginal guides about their ancestors’ lifestyle amid the billabong's flora and fauna. Take the Kakadu Animal Tracks Safari to learn how to make bush tucker from water lily roots or bush carrots. 

The Yellow Water is a 20-minute drive from Cooinda Lodge. Get there via shuttle bus, which is included in the cruise price.

Popular Activities at Yellow Water Billabong

We understand you really want to get the most out of your visit to Yellow Water Billabong. So, we've compiled some of the coolest things you can do here:

If you're after more activities, check out our Cooinda things to do page.


Top Yellow Water Billabong Hotel & Accommodation Deals

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Cooinda Lodge Kakadu AU$229
Cooinda Lodge Kakadu

Cooinda Lodge Kakadu

Kakadu Highway,Jim Jim, Kakadu, NT
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Kakadu hotel is located in a national park, within a 15-minute walk of Kakadu National Park and Warradjan Cultural Centre. Yellow Water Billabong is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away.

    Aurora Kakadu AU$253
    Aurora Kakadu

    Aurora Kakadu

    Arnhem Highway, South Alligator, Kakadu, NT
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Kakadu, this motel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Kakadu National Park and 7.5 mi (12.1 km) from Mamukala Wetlands. Bowali Visitors Centre is 26.3 mi (42.3 km) away.

      Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel AU$242
      Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

      Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

      1 Flinders Street, Locked Mail Bag 4, Jabiru, NT
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Jabiru hotel is located in a rural location, within 2 mi (3 km) of Kakadu National Park and Bowali Visitors Centre. Mamukala Wetlands and Nourlangie Rock are also within 25 mi (40 km).

        Kakadu Lodge AU$155
        Kakadu Lodge

        Kakadu Lodge

        Jabiru Drive, Jabiru, NT
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in a national park, this campground is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Kakadu National Park and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Bowali Visitors Centre. Mamukala Wetlands and Nourlangie Rock are also within 25 mi (40 km).