Yellow Waters in Kakadu National Park, Northern
Blog. Yellow Waters Cruises Kakadu National
We arrived at Cooinda Lodge Resort -
which is 54klm turning right from the Arnhem Highway
just before entering Jabiru township area (say 10klm
before). The road was sealed and very well maintained
also right into Cooinda. Though it seemed like forever
to get there allow 90mins. We arrived at 3.40pm and
thought our Yellow Waters boat cruise started at 4.30
and that's what our ticket said but actually the pickup
at Cooinda (free shuttle) was at 4.10pm. Well thinking
checking at Cooinda would be like everywhere else and
like wait upon wait I was surprised to be checked in
something like 6 minutes and from a polite well dressed
and smiling counter staff.
We stayed at the cabins and for local ratings it had
everything we needed. We heard from a tour operator
that the resort is refurbishing the rooms for a fresh
face in november so that will be be a added feature.
We waited for the free shuttle part of the service provided
and it arrived spot on time. Once there at the carpark
a whooping 1klm away we saw around 10 other vehicles,
some campervan and 4WD selfdrive hire rentals and also
tour grous. It appeared some were there for the sunset
view as the carpark merges with the waters edge and
some to join the cruises. There were 4 cruise boats
from what we saw and there was only one boat on the
water during our cruise that seemed to be doing the
reverse of what our itinerary was.
|The cruise went for around 90mins (I really
wasn't keeping track as too engrossed in the beautiful
sights I forgot). Our guide was a young aussie - who was
so enthusiatistic about the Billabong and an abudance
of knowledge on local, state and government issues with
Yellow Waters he never ceased to amaze us. He ran a very
low key non-plastic fluent talk throughout the cruise
on each new species of birds, qater lillies and crocodiles,
horses, buffalo and cattle. Yes horses but he will tell
you all about them.
There was cups and cool iced water on hand and plenty
of it, a toilet on board so creature comforts were maintained.
The highlight of the trip were 2 occasions that Iwas
lucky enough to snap above left the 2 crocs eying off
the birds like only 2 metres away. Maybe they were trying
to remember their Peking Duck recipes that's why they
just sat there. our guide said out of the water the
birds have the advantage so the crocodiles don't usually
snap at them.
Now above is my best snap as here we saw the bird,
Jabiru, the most magnificent bird you could imagine
so proud and rather regal and a crocodile no more than
2.5 metres away both just eyeing each other. Finally
my wife took the camera off me after 124 pics hahaha
and took a series of sunset shots. No matter how bad
a photographer you are you will get some amzaing shots
to hang in the living room of your house.
Rating: (Please note I am very critical at the
best of times so this actually received my best rating
100%: A must do experience
70%: Good value for the dollar but could have areas
35%: If nothing else may as well do it
1%: Forget it and look at a nature documentary on TV,
Yellow Waters Cruise:
Flora and Fauna: 99%
Blog: By Rob
Yellow Water Wetlands (check wet season access)
Where: Turn north-west off the Kakadu Highway
50km south of the Bowali Visitor Centre.
Features: Yellow Water is part of the South Alligator
River floodplain. During early dry season, a boardwalk
provides good views of Yellow Water's wildlife. When
waters recede, a 1km return walk takes you across the
floodplains to a viewing platform on Home Billabong.
|Boat tours: Commercial boat cruises
operate on Yellow Water throughout the year and provide
a marvellous opportunity to see the varied birdlife of
Kakadu's World Heritage wetlands. Bookings are required.
Telephone: Within Australia: (08) 8979 0111 International:
+61 8 8979 0111. A web site with all the prices Times
<<< Gagudju Lodge Cooinda
Situated 3 hours from Darwin, Gagudju Lodge Cooinda
offers convenient access to Kakadu National Park attractions.
Take the Stuart Highway south from Darwin, then transfer
to the Arnhem Highway towards Jabiru. Travel approximately
225 kilometres then turnoff to the Pine Creek Highway
and travel 54 kilometres to the Cooinda turnoff.
Location: Gagudju Lodge Cooinda, Kakadu National
Park Kakadu Highway, Jim Jim NT 0886, Australia
Phone: + 61 (0) 8 89 79 0145
Kakadu National Park - Seasons
But Australia's Kakadu sees seasons of varied extremes --
so varied, in fact, that the park's longtime aboriginal inhabitants
have divided the year into six distinct seasons.
Seasons - Gunumeleng Pre-Monsoon Storm Season - Gunumeleng,
from mid-October to late December, may in fact last from a
few weeks to several months.
Seasons - Gudjewg - Monsoon Season - Gudjewg, from January
to March, can be described as the 'true' wet season.
Seasons - Banggereng - Knock 'em down storm Season - Banggerreng,
in April, is the season when the rain clouds have dispersed
and clear skies prevail.
Seasons - Yegge - Cooler but still humid Season - Yegge,
from May to mid-June, is relatively cool with low humidity.
Seasons - Wurrgeng - Cold Weather Season - Wurrgeng, from
mid-June to mid-August, is the 'cold weather' time; humidity
is low, daytime temperatures are around 30°C and night-time
temperatures are around 17°C.
Seasons - Gurrung - Hot Dry Weather - Gurrung, from mid-August
to mid-October, is hot and dry.
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