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Address: Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 8979 0145
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Description: A JOURNEY THROUGH KAKADU's WETLANDSYellow Water Billabong, Kakadu's most...
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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We did the sunset cruise. A very relaxed cruise up and down the billabong. The number of crocs and wildlife we saw is truly amazing. Finally got to see a jabiru (black necked... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We did the sunset cruise. A very relaxed cruise up and down the billabong. The number of crocs and wildlife we saw is truly amazing. Finally got to see a jabiru (black necked stork). Everyone was given plenty of time to see everything and take photos. Really given a sense of how important these wetlands are.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We joined Yellow Water Cruises from the accomodation at Cooinda Lodge, going by shuttle bus to to boat. The lady guiding the trip had excellent knowledge and was obviously very passionate about the environment. Cool and misty at the start, when the mist lifted at sunrise, the panorama was magnificent. Highly recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We did this tour driving from Kakadu to Katherine. Well worth the stop. Saw amazing wild life, the bird life are just lovely, and naturally the crocs. Great to see them in their natural settings with no human invention. Guide was very good. Booked from our hotel in Kakadu. Hassle free.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The tour around the Yellow Water Billabong was a highlight of our time in Kakadu. We managed to see many of the local birdlife and a couple of large crocs. When the boat engines are turned off and youre on silent cruise, you feel a million miles from civilisation. The last half hour with the sun setting was truly memorable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Enjoyable and atmospheric 2.5 hour sunrise cruise with plenty of birdlife and crocodiles. Nicky was an informative and friendly guide and navigated the boat expertly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We originally booked this cruise for the afternoon but then on arrival we saw that you can cruise again for a cheaper price so we decided to cruise the next morning as well. Both cruises were stunning and we saw lots of animals: bird life, crocodiles, brumbies and water buffalo. The boats are comfortable and offer great viewing from all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We did the 6.45am cruise with breakfast included after. We were mesmerized from the start. There was a mist on the water at first but that cleared fairly quickly. We have done several wetland cruises but this was by far the best. We saw so many species of birds. Jabirus, Brolgas, Herons, Kingfishers, Egrets, Spoonbills, Sea Eagles, the list goes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We did both the sunrise and sunset cruises on Yellow Waters. the sunrise cruise was with Margaret and the sunset on was with Nikki. Both guides were excellent and made sure we had every opportunity to view a myriad of wildlife. The bird life abounds and we saw a lot of Azure Kingfishers, Rainbow Bee Eaters, varieties if Ibis, darters,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This was simply the best tour we have been on for a long long time! We saw a croc eating a fish, a bird killing and eating a snake and loads more beside! Our tour guide Adam was really knowledgable and understated. He not only have great commentary to things we saw but also got the boat in to amazing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The Yellow Water Cruise was fantastic. We went out on a small flat boat along pristine waterways. Our guide (I think his name was Kevin) was very knowledgeable and very passionate about the birds and wildlife, and very good at spotting small but interesting features - wonderful. Saw lots of bird life and crocodiles. Very peaceful and relaxing cruise -... More 

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Brett S, Manager at Yellow Water Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for your valuable feedback regarding your Yellow Water Cruise. The amount of Crocodiles and bird-life on the Billabong at the moment is phenomenal, our tour guides just love being out on the boats everyday sharing there stunning workplace with you. I will pass on your positive comments to kevin. I would recommend coming back to visit the Northern... More 

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