Kakadu National Park

Saturday 12 October 2019

Waterlilies grow around the edges of Kakadu’s freshwater billabongs.

Also known as the lotus flower, this pretty aquatic herb lives in water that is several metres deep.

The waterlily has one large green leaf that floats on top of the water. Throughout most of the year it shows off a large pink-and-yellow flower with an absolutely divine smell.

Yellow Water Billabong and the Gungardun walk are two of the best places to see waterlilies in Kakadu.


Waterlilies are an important food source for Bininj/Mungguy. The root tubers and seeds are eaten raw or cooked and can be pounded into a flour to make bush bread.

Other names

  • Scientific name: Nelumbo nucifera