The Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba) wetlands are part of the South Alligator River floodplain in the heart of Kakadu National Park. A Yellow Water Billabong Cruise is the ultimate way to experience the abundance of natural phenomena in this area and learn more about Kakadu’s living Indigenous culture.
The Indigenous-owned Yellow Water Cruises has exclusive use of the Yellow Water Billabong, operates year-round, and offers up to six departures a day from Cooinda which is 55 km from Jabiru and the only town in Kakadu. Cruises depart from sunrise to sunset and wind their way through the various ecosystems of the billabong and river tributaries. You’ll discover Yellow Water’s extraordinary wildlife, including birdlife, kangaroos, and the impressive (and intimidating) saltwater crocodile. With dramatic scenery and an ever-changing landscape, a Yellow Water Billabong Cruise is by far the best way to experience Kakadu’s World Heritage-listed wetlands.
This epic adventure heads into the heart of the Red Centre starts with 1 night in Adelaide before travelling overnight in Gold Service onboard the mighty Ghan. Enjoy a night in Alice Springs visiting the West MacDonnell Ranges, then see the wonders of Uluru with 3 nights at Yulara including the stunning Sounds of Silence dinner. Re-board the Ghan for another night before finishing with 1 night in Darwin.
Australia's Top End and the Kimberley await with adventures to be had, dreamtime culture to enlighten and glorious nature to explore. Marvel at the termite mounds of Litchfield National Park, see Rock Art and cruise the Yellow Water wetlands in Kakadu, discover Katherine Gorge and the Ord River, soar above the Bungle Bungles, see the Derby Boab Tree for yourself, then finish with a camel ride on stunning Cable Beach.
Delve into Darwin and the Northern Territory’s epic Top End on this 8 day journey of discovery. From exploration on Tiwi Island, dreamtime legends to an Arnhem Land scenic flight, we have everything covered. We’ll marvel at the termite mounds of Litchfield National Park, see the Aboriginal rock art site of Burrungkuy and cruise the Yellow Water wetlands in Kakadu, take a thrilling Tom Curtain’s Katherine Outback Experience cruise and get a real taste of life at Seafood on Cullen Bay in Darwin.
Wangi Falls is undoubtedly Litchfield National Park’s most popular attraction. With the waterfall flowing indefinitely, you can visit at any time throughout the year.
During summer the falls are at their peak providing a spectacular sight; however swimming in the waterhole is generally closed at this time as the fast flow of the falls creates strong and dangerous currents in the pool. There’s also the chance of encountering a crocodile when the waterhole is full. A visit at this time is still possible and the picnic facilities and toilets remain open. But be sure to take note of warning signs and adhere to swimming closures. A visit during the dry season is by far the most popular choice for most visitors.
On arrival, you’ll find the Wangi Falls Cafe, picnic tables, toilets, and barbecues. There’s also a campground nearby for those who want to extend their holiday with a Wangi Falls camping experience (fees apply).
The dry season is also the best and safest time of year for a swim. Park rangers monitor the water levels at this time and conduct surveys to ensure no crocodiles are lurking (they are safely removed if necessary). Steps take you into the waterhole which makes access a breeze, and if you bring some goggles you might even be able to spot a fish or two.
You can visit Wangi Falls independently or join one of our fully guided tours.
Most visitors spend from two hours to a whole day here. The scenery is idyllic and the swimming is refreshing; it really is a wonderful place to slow down and enjoy Litchfield’s unrivalled natural wonder.
Entry to Wangi Falls is free all year round.
There’s a short boardwalk to a viewing platform (150m), with an option to continue with stairs to a Treetop Deck (800m return). There’s also the longer Wangi Loop Walk (1.6km, 1 hour) which climbs up the escarpment and crosses Wangi Creek to complete a loop of the waterhole.
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