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Yellow Water Cruises

Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
+61 8 8979 0145
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours, Adventure
Fee: Yes
Owner description: A JOURNEY THROUGH KAKADU's WETLANDSYellow Water Billabong, Kakadu's most famous wetland, is located...
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Type: Boat Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: A JOURNEY THROUGH KAKADU's WETLANDSYellow Water Billabong, Kakadu's most famous wetland, is located at the end of Jim Jim Creek, a tributary of the South Alligator River. The river system, which is the largest in Kakadu, contains extensive wetlands that include river channels, floodplains and backwater swamps.WILDLIFEAbout one third of Australia's bird species are represented in Kakadu National Park, with at least 60 species found in the wetlands. Whistling Ducks and Magpie Geese are the most abundant. Our guides run a competition between themselves on who can find "the big five" on one cruise - all five species of kingfisher that can be found in Kakadu. One species is only 2 cm tall. There are plenty of crocodiles in their natural habitat, and buffalo on the floodplains. A hugeJabiru's nest is nearby, and depending on the season, Brolgas can be found dancing. THE EXPERIENCEYellow Water Cruises, winner of the 2011 and 2009 NT Brolga Tourism Award for Major Tourist Attraction operates exclusively on Yellow Water Billabong. It operates year round and provides up to six cruises a day of 90 or 120 minute duration. The sunrise and sunset cruise are very popular and advance bookings are recommended. Often people undertake more than one cruise to see the changes in the wildlife at different times of the day. More should experience a cruise in different seasons. We can never guarantee what will happen on a cruise, but every time is a unique experience. OUR GUIDESAll of our experienced guides are ticketed with the Kakadu Knowledge and are often supported by our Indigenous Employment Program trainees that give fascinating insights into how the Bininj people use the flora and fauna to support their way of life. They are inducted with a 12 week training program. Some guides have been with us for over 8 years. YELLOW WATER FISHINGYellow Water Fishing provides an opportunity to catch the famous barramundi on Kakadu's most famous billabong. These tours are perfect for families or the keen angler and last for 2-3 hours depending on the time of day. Groups of up to 4 people only. Bookings essential. Yellow Water Cruises are the best way to experience the wetlands of Kakadu and it will be an experience remembered for a lifetime.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 NEW

For bird life and magnificent wetland scenery this cruise was wonderful. Our guide clearly knew and loved the birdlife on the water and was able to give us heaps of information. We saw a few crocs too, which was very exciting!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

We had a local [aboriginal] bloke, Dennis, [who has only one fault - his football team] who took us out on the waters and told us all about what we were looking at. He did it with humour and personality so that one received first the technical aspect eg this is a Black neck stork, its life style etc. But... More 

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Vanessa T, General Manager at Yellow Water Cruises, responded to this review

Hi Patrick H, Thanks for taking the time to post your informative review of Yellow Water Cruises, I shall pass you comments onto Dennis and see if we can change his mind about his footy team. The Green Season is a very exciting time to explore the flora and fauna of the region and Dennis surely does put a "local"... More 

Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

My husband, 2 year-old son and I, went on this cruise in the early afternoon. We had an amazing time. Our guide was fantastic! He provided informative and enjoyable commentary on all the sites and wildlife we saw throughout the cruise. We saw saltwater crocodiles, water buffalo, eagles, geese, ducks and numerous other birdlife during our 1.5hr cruise. It was... More 

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Vanessa T, General Manager at Yellow Water Cruises, responded to this review

Good afternoon Bec C Thank you for your 5 star review. we certainly are very fortunate to have such a beautiful wetland in our backyard... This is one of the most advantageous times to see all the wildlife & birdlife before the Green Season really sets in. Do hope to see you in the Dry Season next year. Kind regards... More 

Urangan, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

My family did this cruise in Nov and absolutely loved it. We went on the early morning cruise which provided some stunning colours for the many photos that were taken. If you're a photographer this trip is a must. The scenery is beautiful. We saw numerous species of wildlife including crocs, heaps of different birds, water buffalo, and a snake.... More 

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Vanessa T, General Manager at Yellow Water Cruises, responded to this review

Dear Manly6 Thank you for posting your 5 star review of Yellow Waters. This year November has been one of the most beautiful month's for the cruises, the amount of wild 7 birdlife is quite exceptional. I do agree about the photographic opportunities, even though I live here I seem to take about 200 photos each time I do a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We went on the early morning cruise and boarded the shuttle from our hotel down the road. The cruise had plenty of crocs and birds, and our guide Kevin was extremely knowledgeable. This was a highlight of our trip and we would definitely do it again. Although it wasn't clear from our booking, the early morning cruise included the breakfast... More 

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Vanessa T, General Manager at Yellow Water Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for posting a 5 star review about the Yellow Waters Cruise. The early morning cruise has so much to offer and the animals & birds are really putting on a show for us at the moment. As mentioned in previous review, no 2 days are ever the same on Yellow Waters, in fact no 2 tours are ever... More 

Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

such a lovely morning cruise, learning about all the different wildlife that lives along and amongst yellow waters, the tour guide was great :), saw lots of crocodiles :) and a great breakfast after the cruise

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Vanessa T, General Manager at Yellow Water Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. 125 reviews that impressive. I'm grad to hear you enjoyed your cruise. As such an active traveller we would love to hear your suggestions on how we can improve our cruises. Thanks again for your review and we look forward to seeing you again. More 

Kasson, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The cruise was captained by a knowledgeable guide. Lots and lots of birds, crocodiles and water buffalo. The scenery was great and it was a great way to see the Alligator Rivers. Easy to sit back and see these wonderful sights!

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Vanessa T, General Manager at Yellow Water Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks for choosing to cruise with us and thanks for your review, I see that you enjoy to travel and contribute regularly to Trip advisor. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your Yellow Water cruise. Kakadu holds a rugged beauty that appeals to a so many people the world over and Yellow water cruises gives people the opportunity... More 

Melbourne Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Just stunning! We took the early morning tour and were wide eyed from start to finish. Even though we were right at the end of the dry and there was the least amount of water in any season we still felt overawed and really privileged to be out on the water. Fortunately as it was low season our boat had... More 

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Vanessa T, General Manager at Yellow Water Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. I will be sure to pass your praise on to David. As the rain is very late this season and water levels have not risen the wildlife is still spectacular. Storm clouds are now looming and the sky is alight with spectacular storms. Nature is now desperately awaiting the Monsoon season, its a great time to... More 

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Stunning place, a perfect cruise for photograph lovers and David Attenborough' followers. I saw a big range of animals, from tree snakes to water buffalo roaming the grounds surrounded by birds, brolgas walking in the grass, crocodiles placidly resting in the sun to fish eating white and black eagles. I had the lady guide who patiently waited for us to... More 

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Vanessa T, Manager at Yellow Water Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review your cruise. I see that of your eighteen reviews we are one of the only two reviews to get a five star review so we feel honoured. David Attenborough actually first came through this area in 1963 and spent quite a bit of time in Arnhem Land learning the culture and spending time... More 

Estes Park, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Very well run boat tours of the Yellow Waters. Viewed 12+ crocodiles, spoonbills, jabiru (black necked storks), brolgas, kingfishers, sea eagles, kites, and more. Recommend the early morning excursion (fog is added bonus) or last cruise of the day as the wildlife will be more active. Excellent commentary and identification of the animals by the naturalist/captain of the boat.

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Vanessa T, General Manager at Yellow Water Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks for your review of Yellow Waters. I'm pleased you enjoyed your Yellow Water cruise. Crocodiles are Iconic creatures of the top end and we are blessed to have them in ample supply. Did you know that a mature crocodile can stay under water for as long as two hours so seeing twelve in a two hour time slot is... More 

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