Park: Gagudju Lodge Cooinda in Northern Territory, Australia
Yellow Waters in Kakadu National Park, Northern
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
the REAL story of a cruise on Yellow Waters in September
2007 with a set of photo's.
|Warradjan (Warr-ar-jarn) Aboriginal Cultural
Where: On the Yellow Water and Cooinda road.
Features: The circular design of this cultural
centre represents a warradjan (pig-nosed turtle). The
Centre's large display, developed by Bininj/Mungguy, provides
detailed information about Aboriginal culture in Kakadu.
There is also a video room and a gallery that sells Aboriginal
arts and crafts, books and cards.
Opening Hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm every day
Where: Boat ramps are located at Jim Jim Billabong,
Yellow Water and Marddugal Billabong. (see the Boating
Web Page for more information)
Features: During the wet season these billabongs
join up and it is possible to boat between them.
Where: Available from Jabiru East and Cooinda Airstrips,
bookings are required.
Telephone: Within Australia: (08) 8979 2411 International:
+61 8 8979 2411
Features: Flights provide the only means of seeing
the spectacular Jim Jim and Twin Falls when they are in
full flood during the wet season.
Safety Note: Saltwater (estuarine) crocodiles occur
in billabongs and at the sea; for your safety do not enter
|If you have more time
|Mardugal (Mar-doo-garl) Billabong walk
Where: Starts at the caravan section of the Mardugal
Features: A 1km return walk follows the edge of Mardugal
Billabong. Allow 30 minutes.
|Gun-gardun (Goon-gar-don) walk
Where: Starts near the entrance of the Mardugal Camping
Features: A 2km walk through woodlands, Kakadu's
most widespread habitat. Allow 1 hour.
|Where to stay
| Gagudju Cooinda Lodge
The Gagudju Cooinda Lodge is equipped with motel standard
rooms, budget accommodation, tent sites, powered van sites,
bistro, restaurant, store. A swimming pool is also available
for use by motel guests only. Reservations are recommended.
Telephone: Within Australia: (08) 8979 0145 International:
+61 8 8979 0145
|Mardugal Camping Area (check wet season access)
Access to showers, toilets and a generator is available.
Camping fees (adults only) are collected on site during
the dry season. Please pay at the Bowali Visitor Centre
during the wet season.
|Bush Camping Area (check wet season access)
Free camping areas with basic or no toilet facilities
are available at Jim Jim Billabong and Giyamungkurr (Black
The Gagudju Cooinda Lodge Store sells petrol, LPG gas,
diesel, food and souvenirs, and takes bookings for commercial
Parks & Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory
Head Office - Goyder Centre 25 Chung Wah Tce Palmerston,
PO Box 496 Palmerston NT 0831
Ph: +61 (0) 8 8999 5511
<<< 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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