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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
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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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Melbourne Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

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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Sydney, Australia
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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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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
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

Central Coast, NSW
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

On arrival at the boat we were greeted by a thin mist over the wetlands. It was a magical morning cruise - peaceful, insightful, exciting. The guide was resourceful - she had a great knowledge of the various birds and wildlife that abounded in the surroundings. Her location and description of the different sightings was very helpful too - clear... More

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

Thanks for your review of Yellow Water Cruises. Morning is a great time to see Yellow Waters as the wildlife is at its most active. I would recommend cruising again during the wet season as the change from the wet season to the dry season is truly dramatic with all aspects of the surrounding area changing. Guests are often shocked... More

Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Did the early morning 6.45am cruise with guide Ryan who was knowledgeable and personable. Amazing quantity of birdlife and crocs. Doing this cruise in the early morning was great as it was cool and enjoyable. We did some other cruises at midday and just so hot and distracting. We discovered that breakfast after the cruise was included at Cooinda Lodge... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a response. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed your early morning cruise. In the Northern Territory the seasons are generally referred to as Dry and Wet but in between there is the Build Up and as the name suggests the temperature and humidity start to build up. This time of year... More

Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

We did the sunrise cruise in August, and it exceeded all expectations. This was Kakadu at its best. The scenery was glorious, and our guide had an incredible eye: she spotted birds and wildlife from a mile off, and had such knowledge about each species to share. As icing on the cake we enjoyed buffet breakfast back at the lodge... More

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

Thanks for taking the time to write a response. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your Yellow Water cruise. August is arguably the best time to see Yellow Waters as the water levels have receded and most of the migratory birds have arrived from other parts of Australia, Asia and as far abroad as Siberia. Other features of August... More

Rye, England, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

We went to Kakadu with some friends and their children for a 5 day break and booked the evening sunset and morning sunrise cruises as booking of the two secured a moderate discount. The evening cruise was fantastic as we saw lots of local wildlife from crocodiles to buffalo and even a wallaby! The view of the sunset was magnificent... More

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Sydney, Australia
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Picked up at Cooinda Reception and driven out to the pontoon boarded a barge like boat and went on the most amazing journey for an hour and a half. Saw birds, crocodiles, water buffalo. An amazing cruise that will live with us forever

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

Thanks for taking the time to review your cruises. Its good to hear that you enjoyed your late afternoon cruise. Unfortunately because the day light hours change in length its not always possible to see the Sunrise on our boats and that is also why the cruise is not labelled as a Sunrise cruise but rather "Gugabelwi" which means start... More

Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We really enjoyed our sunset cruise. Our tour guide, Belinda, had an amazing knowledge of all the animals we saw. She reeled off countless names of various birds, plants and other animals along with general facts and figures regarding the wetlands and kakadu in general. She stopped the boat every time anyone was taking photos and seemed to really enjoy... More

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Sydney, Australia
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This was one of the best Wetland cruises I have been on in Australia. There was a huge variety of birdlife and plenty of crocodiles very close to the boat for photos. We also saw a water buffalo, white faced sea eagles and brolgas. Our guide Adam was very informative and knew his stuff he also clearly had a great... More

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