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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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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... read more

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 via mobile

We done the 4:30pm cruise for 2hrs and had Dennis as our guide. He has a lot of passion for the area and this was obvious when we were going around throughout the cruise. Very informative, involved everyone, seen lots of bird life, plant life and even a fair amount of wild crocodiles. Absolutely loved the cruise, would highly recommend... More 

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Daylesford, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I've done the sunrise cruise twice now. You beat the heat and the light is magic. Both times the guides have been very knowledgeable but one guide was an indigenous girl and her commentary helped bring this special place alive even more. The best part of Kakadu in my opinion.

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We had previously visited and taken this cruise in the Dry season and were interested to see Yellow Water after the Wet. We took the 4.30 sunset cruise and were so glad we did due to the activity levels of the bird and animal life. The Crocs were out 'patrolling, ' checking no one had entered their territory, and the... More 

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

Hello, Thanks for reviewing your Yellow Water Cruise. I'm Glad to hear that your second cruise lived up to your expectations and I'm glad to hear you have come back at a different time of year as the landscape transforms drastically from season to season. Personally I like the Build Up season as the land is desperately awaiting the rain... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

I can highly recommend the two-hour dawn cruise, it was excellent. A terrific guide (Dennis) who was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, a comfortable vessel, and a major breakfast at the local hotel afterwards. For $99, that was pretty good value. We only saw about half a dozen crocs, but there was plenty of other interesting wildlife around. Be warned that... More 

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

Hi There, Thanks for your feedback and I must say we are thrilled to get a 5 star response from a top contributor like yourself. Mosquito's can be a bit thick at different times of the year dependent on rainfall/water levels and the breeding cycle of the mosquito's so I'm sorry if they caused you any discomfort. If you get... More 

Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We went on the early morning cruise. We saw about 6 crocs and a lot of birds including a jabiru a sea eagle and a beautiful blue kingfisher. our guide Adam was very knowledgeable & keen to share lots of interesting information.

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

Hello Milissa, Thanks for your review and I'm glad to hear that you saw so much on your cruise. I must say that the Kingfishers are my favorite birds on Yellow Waters and their bright colors are great for photos too. If you wish to follow Yellow Water cruises on Facebook, just search Kakadu Tourism, Spirit of Kakadu and you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We visited Kakadu during the wet season. This offered great access to the flooded area. We saw some crocs, and lots of great birds. Our favorites were the ones walking on the lily pads with their three chicks. The commentary was informative and useful. There was free water and a toilet on board. Nearby is. Good restaurant and pool, so... More 

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

Hello, Good to hear that you enjoyed your cruise. The small birds walking on the Lilly pads are called Comb Crested Jacana's and they are famous for having the largest foot to body ratio of any bird. They are an iconic species of the Top End and a favorite of many visitors. Thanks again for your review. More 

Sydney, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I tried yellow water cruise this month departing at 11.30 am with my husband and father in law .The hostess was an aboriginal lady and seemed very knowledgeable. It was extremely hot and humid which made the experience very uncomfortable. We spotted few birds-i can count them on my fingers and a croc or in fact half a croc as... 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'm sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your time on Yellow Waters. Unfortunately with all of the Top End temperature and humidity can get very high during the wet season. High water levels are also are common during the wet season and thus we don't see the same amount of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Great Cruise. Plenty to see on the sunrise cruise (6.45am) Our Guide, Kevin, I think, was very informative and showed us everything he possibly could. His passion for the area really came across strong. He knew every species of bird and great knowledge on the history of Kakadu etc. Highly recommend this trip.

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

Thanks for reviewing your Yellow Water Cruise. Kevin has worked with us for nearly ten years and is very knowledgeable in all things Kakadu. I will be sure to pass your praise on to him. If you get the chance come back during the dry season (May-September) and you will see a completely different experience with migratory birds, Crocodiles and... More 

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