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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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Outstanding ...unmissable

Did both the Sunrise and sunset cruises as there was a deal to do the second cruise for just $25 ...the sunrise cruise included a full hot and cold breakfast which was delicious... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Did both the Sunrise and sunset cruises as there was a deal to do the second cruise for just $25 ...the sunrise cruise included a full hot and cold breakfast which was delicious .....however lets talk about the cruises ...the sunrise spectacular ,the bird life ,crocs ,fish ,amazing .........the guides told many stories .....the indigenous guides were much better with... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Max is the resident four metre croc that entertained us on our early morning cruise. This was the highlight of our trip to the top end. Our guide was passionate and knowledgable. It's a must do! https://youtu.be/D6B8AXP36PU

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

An overnight stay in Kakadu is worth it, if you don't mind or can avoid the high cost of car rental to/from Darwin. The highlight is the Yellow Water cruise that runs for a couple of hours just before sunset. Mucho tropical birds, animals and especially reptiles to see. Our guide, Ned, was jovial and knowledgeable, telling tales of when... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

never fails to impress, this was my 3rd trip on the Yellow water cruise and each time you see and learn so much. Did the sunrise trip, take lots of bug spray. Breakfast back at the resort was OK, make sure you get in first or not much left over...

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Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Have lost count how many times i've done this cruise and NEVER had a bad experience. All have been sunset cruises and this one was one of the best. amazing colours and just the right time after the wet .

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

A very good trip with an excellent guide. We did the 6.45 tour and it was definitely worth the early get up. Beautiful at this time of day. Do cover up though because until you get moving the mozzies are quite bad! We saw several big crocs and birds and the guide was very good at manoeuvring the boat to... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We chose the 7am Yellow Water Cruise and were thrilled with the experience. The day was a peaceful one so the river was glistening with the morning sun. The guide was very informative covering the bird life, crocodiles, and enviromental issues with plenty of enthusiasm. The 2 hour cruise was more than enough to experience the reality of the NT.... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Despite the early start, the Sunrise cruise was very enjoyable. Our guide, Margaret, was very informative and knowledgeable about the bird life of which we saw plenty. She was able to maneuver the boat right into the bank so we could see plants and animals close up. We saw crocodiles. The cruise was the right length to get a feel... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We were told about the early morning cruise and we made a real effort to get on one. well what an experience! Dawn over Kakadu is a wonderful sight! The guides were great and stopped to show the passengers all the birds and crocks. We were so impressed we returned for the sunset cruise which was equally as fantastic

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

Thanks for your review. Wow! Doing the first cruise and the last one also is a great way to see both the sunrise and sunset. There is also a great difference in the lighting so are both unique for taking photos. If you get the chance to come back you could go on our night tour on Yellow waters and... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Did the sunrise tour which was just stunning. Crocs and bird life everywhere, guides knowledgeable and entertaining and got the boat right next to the animals. Great views of sunrise and the water system. Water levels were just right at end of April but go earlier if you want more water. Fabulous all you can eat breakfast afterwards.

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

Hello, Thanks for your review. Generally at the end of April the water levels are higher than this year so a lot of the Migratory birds, Crocodiles and other animals have returned and are active on Yellow waters much earlier than you would normally expect. This makes it a great time to see Yellow Waters. Thanks again for your review... More 

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