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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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Interesting but was a little slow and boring

been on many river tours and the commentary was limited and not too extensive. Our guide, David I think, could have spent a lot more time telling us about the indigenous people... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Mich
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

been on many river tours and the commentary was limited and not too extensive. Our guide, David I think, could have spent a lot more time telling us about the indigenous people, the waterways or anything because there was a lot of dead air time. While the river and watersheds were interesting, the rest was pretty slow and boring. We... More 

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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 see that you are a Top Contributor to Tripadvisor. We value your feedback and I will personally raise your concerns with the the Guiding team to ensure that right amount of content is going into our tours. We currently have three indigenous guides in our Yellow Water team and offer... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

We did this cruise as part of an AAT tour to Kakadu and it was the highlight of our trip. We saw a couple of crocs, beautiful birds and amazing scenery.

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

Hello Fiona, Thanks for taking the time to review your Yellow Water Cruise. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your time. If you get the chance to visit the the top end again you should try August or September. You will see a remarkable change in the environment , with red soil showing and the waterways teaming with wildlife. Thanks... More 

Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Kakadu is a landscape saturated by rivers, which, in the wet season, turn the region into a vast, verdant wetland sprawling beneath soaring escarpments. Tucked into every corner of the park are waterfalls, billabongs throbbing with birdlife and crocodiles, a rich variety of flora and Aboriginal rock art sites painted with the finest examples of x-ray art in the world.... More 

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

Thanks for your review of Yellow Waters and Kakadu, Did you know that Kakadu National Park is just under 20,000 square kilometers making it the 3rd largest terrestrial national park in the world. You are correct in saying that there is a lot more to Kakadu than just Yellow waters and we recommend doing a some research before visiting as... More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

My family went on the morning cruise and absolutely loved it. Margaret, our guide was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic and knows exactly how to approach the wildlife without disturbing the animals. She showed us some snakes, birds, crocodiles and pointed out the beautiful reflections on a the water. She turned off the motors so we could hear the sounds of... More 

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

Good afternoon Mary W Thank you 5 star review of your Cruise with Margaret. She certainly does have special passion for everything at Cooinda & Yellow Waters, she is a real asset to our team. The Green Season offers opportunities that can't be experienced during the Dry Season. Totally agree with you, sitting on a boat listening to the birds... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

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

Good morning CB1000, Thank you for taking the time to post your 5 star rating, Kakadu in the Green Season has a magic all of it's own. It is a little more difficult to see the wildlife but as you say Dennis is a very experienced guide who has a passion about his traditional land & home. I hope we... More 

Paris
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

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

Good Morning Michel013 Thank you for taking the time to post your constructive review, we do appreciate all feedback and take guests comments seriously. I hear your point about the price and will speak to our owners and see if they will look at further reducing the price during the Green Season. I am pleased that you managed to see... 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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Vanessa T, General Manager at Yellow Water Cruises, responded to this review

Good Morning Melaluca Thank you for taking the time to post your positive & informative review, I certainly will pass on your comments to Felicity. Guiding during the "Green Season" is always a challenge as we are never guaranteed to see any wildlife but if you are happy to absorb the floral, storm clouds and just the wonder of being... More 

Melbourne
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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 

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