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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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I initially did the sunrise cruise and was so awed by the scenery, animals, plants and crocs I decided to go back to do the sunset cruise the following day (it's only $25 for your... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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East Maitland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

I initially did the sunrise cruise and was so awed by the scenery, animals, plants and crocs I decided to go back to do the sunset cruise the following day (it's only $25 for your second cruise). I have amazing photos and memories of this beautiful part of the world. Both guides were very informative - though I especially enjoyed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Really surprised by some of the negative reviews. The cruise was everything my family and I had anticipated. Abundant bird life, heaps of crocs close up plus excellent commentary and awesome sense of humour from Ned , our guide, who ensured we stayed long enough to watch the magnificent sunset from the billabong. The two hours went quickly and we... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We went on the 645am tour and it was excellent! The sunrise was beautiful and there was lots of wildlife to be seen! Ned was a great guide, very knowledgeable with a great sense of humour! We had a great time and the breakfast buffet was nice afterwards. Cheers!

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Riehen, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

For the third time in 12 years, we booked the 1 1/2 hours cruise through the South Alligator River (or Yellow Waters). A certain disappointment came into our minds - the route of the tour was too short. We only were 6 people on board. The guide only had one thing in mind - returning as quickly as possible to... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

We did the breakfast cruise and enjoyed a nice sunrise. We cruised for 2 hours and saw various species of birds and lots of crocs. The tour guide went out of his way to ensure you could get great photos. The weather was cooler than we expected so a wind jacket would have been helpful. Mossie spray highly recommended as... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

We did the 4.30pm cruise which concluded with a really lovely sunset. We were lucky to have Ned as our guide/captain, he could spot a tree snake from 20m and then sidle up to it for a photo opportunity! We saw a great variety of birds, crocs and a water buffalo and each time Ned ensured that we got up... More 

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Darwin, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

The first time I did this cruise I couldn't stop raving about it but recently I took visitors and my second time was disappointing. The driver of the boat was very friendly but many became frustrated as we saw other boats moving up the river and we were dithering around, seeing birds but very slowly. The breakfast was also disappointing... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Early rise for the 45 minute drive from Jabiru. The sunrise tour was absolutely fantastic! Best time of the day to see the birds and wildlife, the variety was amazing and the commentary by the local guide was interesting, entertaining and informative. There are no toilets or food options at the site so be prepared!

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We took the Sunrise Yellow River Cruise recently, and it was a highlight of our trip around the Northern Territory! We wish we had more time to do a cruise for each time of the day! Our guide, Adam, was fantastic! Very knowledgable about everything from the plants and animals to Yellow River itself and wider Kakadu and very friendly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015 via mobile

This cruise was one of the highlights for us during our trip to Kakadu.Beautiful sunrise and plenty of wildlife including crocs.We stayed in Jabiru though which meant an extra early start as it is about a 40 minute drive away.Would prefer to stay in accommodation closer if we were to come again.

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Address: Address: Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 8979 0145
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Northern Territory  >  Top End  >  Kakadu National Park

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