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Yellow Water Cruises

Address: Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 8979 0145
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat tours, Boat Tours & Water Sports
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, Boat Tours & Water Sports
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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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Singapore, Singapore
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69 reviews 69 reviews
27 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We took the afternoon cruise on Christmas Day. What an amazing trip- saw lots of birds, stunning scenery and quite a few crocs. Our captain, Dennis, was great- extremely knowledgable and friendly. Whenever we saw something of interest hiding in the foliage we'd slow down, stop and take a look. Very relaxed trip. We weren't sure what we would see... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

The cruise could be considered pleasant at a third of the price. The only thing of note we saw was a white bellied sea eagle. An impressive bird but highly expensive at 72 dollars per person. Most people of course want to see a crocodile but these are also difficult to spot in the wet season. Someyhing which wasn't explained... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

My husband and myself went on the 4.30 cruise and I was very impressed . Felicity was the cruise commentator as well as driving the boat , she was excellent and so knowledgeable in every area. Well done felicity .

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Did this cruise in the 'wet' season and so glad I did. The billabongs connect up with the Sth Alligator River and the cruise just has so much more depth to it. Seeing crocodiles, weedodiles & logodiles, as well as, Sea Eagles, Jabiru and bats. Amazing landscape and a lightning show to finish it off!

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

Thanks for taking the time to review your Cruise. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your cruise. As you may be aware we have two distinct seasons in the top end, "The Wet" and "The Dry". Most travellers opt to visit during "The Dry" for its cooler temperatures and accessibility but those who choose to visit during "The Wet" are... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

What a great cruise ! For two hours we cruised through some of the most beautiful wetlands there are and even saw a croc. There was educated and informative commentary on comfortable boat with free ice water provided. I would recomend this cruise to anyone who visits the area.Yes, it costs a fair bit but it is worth the money... More 

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

Dear Vincent, Thank you for sharing the great time you had on the Yellow Water Cruise. We offer different time of day and length cruises with a cost to suit most budgets. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the cruise and found it both enjoyable and informative. We hope you'll come back to visit again soon. Kind Regards, Vanessa... More 

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We've heard of so many things that are closed in the wet season. But I'd like to make it clear that there are still a lot of things open. This is one of them. Our tour guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable on geography, wild life, aboriginal culture and history. (He was aboriginal. ) our cruise included a buffet breakfast afterwards,... More 

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

Dear Natalie, Thank you for taking the time to share that Yellow Water Cruises are still operating. We operate all year round (subject to weather of course) and its amazing to see this time of year. Always a pleasure to hear that you found our Tour Guide as informative and fantastic as we do. Make sure you come back again... More 

Nambucca Heads, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Loved this trip, just gorgeous scenery and very informative guide. The wetlands and birdlife are simply incredible, only a few crocodiles spotted but the put on a great show for us. Highly recommend this tour!

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

Dear Jenny B, A must do indeed! Great to hear that the Crocs put on a show for you, they do like to show off every now and again. Its always interesting to hear what people see and enjoy. We hope you'll come back again to visit and try another tour during the Dry Season. Kind Regards, Vanessa Thomson More 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We spent the morning hiking up to rock art and exploring a few billabongs. It was time to see some wildlife from the water (and while seated) so off we went on this cruise. We we were NOT disappointed. Our guide, a young lady, was wonderful - full of knowledge, enthusiastic and stopped the boat whenever we could get a... More 

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

Dear 922PaulE, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on the Yellow Water Cruise. Its always a pleasure to hear how much our guests enjoyed the serenity that is Kakadu along with our exceptional Tour Guides. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future, perhaps the Green season next time? Kind Regards, Vanessa Thomson More 

Amiens, France
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Of course you see lots of crocs and birds, but the price is in my opinion too high for what it is. My guide was pretty good though, interesting and funny. Maybe I should have done the surise cruise, it seems that a lot of people appreciated it.

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

Good morning, Thank you for taking the time to post your review, the time of day does only slightly alter what you see on the trip. Obviously the photos opportunities at Sunrise & Sunset are the key attractions. I'm pleased you enjoyed the guide and perhaps you should try and experience Kakadu in the Green Season. Wishing you all the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

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

Good morning Kristy H Thank you for taking the time to post your 5 star review of your Yellow Waters Cruise. You don't mention what time of day you took your trip, but whether it was sunrise, sunset or the middle of the day they are all breathtaking. The added advantage of travelling in the Green Season is that you... More 

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