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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
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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... more » 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. « less
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

A must when visiting NT, you can spot a lot of different birds and the crocs in the wild, the native flora as well. Very relaxing. Definitely worth spending a couple of hours cruising there!

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Blue Mountains
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

A trip to Kakadu would not be complete without a cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong. The time passes quickly as there is so much wildlife and fauna to look at. Lisa, our guide, was fantastic. She presented so much interesting information in an entertaining personable manner. As a crocodile was spotted, Lisa would steer the boat towards it so... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We did the sunrise cruise and it was wonderful. Worth getting up for. Murray was great as our guide, very informative and fun.We saw so many birds, crocs and other wild life. I have done the sunset cruise in the past, but felt we saw more on this tour. Lovely to see the sun come up and the world come... More

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Victoria AUST
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We went on this cruise many years ago at sunrise not much has changed. It is still great fun and with the extra water more crocs to see. Our guide, Murray, was great fun with old anecdotes from a person who had been doing this for some time. He was informative on the bird life and the mating habits of... More

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

My mom and I took the sunset cruise which began at 4:30 pm. This was a recommended cruise that I cannot rave about enough. Our tour guide Lisa was absolutely incredible, stopping and knowledgeably commenting about all of the nature around us. We were super fortunate and saw a croc right off the bat and continued to see numerous crocs... More

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Tasmania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Our guide was very informative and told us all about the flora and fauna. We even got to see a Jabiru. This was most enjoyable and they were flexible - we went in the morning instead of the afternoon one we had booked. Well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We booked the dawn cruise, an upon arrival, very early in the morning, we were shocked by the amazing views. Once we set off, it was just one interesting thing after another. We really enjoyed this tour. Make sure you bring a camera, as there are many opportunities to take great photos.

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Darwin, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I took my family on the sunrise tour and was not disappointed. The tour guides are fantastic and the whole operation ran very smoothly. Excellent amount of time actually out on the water and you get to see so much wildlife all throughout the wetlands and right up close! The breakfast afterwards was great too. I'm yet to hear a... More

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Alice Springs, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We took an afternoon cruise and were lucky to have only about 12 people on our boat. This meant that you could get good views of everything we stopped to look at and even though they say the wildlife is better early morning and later in the afternoon, we saw heaps. Total cost for two people was about $130. While... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Had an amazing trip on the river with an incredibly knowledgeable guide. We saw about a dozen crocodiles as well as jabiru, buffalo, brumbies, kingfishers and an incredible array of bird life. This is a must do at Kakadu.

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