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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
Fee: Yes
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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Tamworth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

What a fantastic cruise. We took the sunset cruise and saw heaps of wildlife including crocodiles, eagles, pelicans and more. What was even more impressive was our guide Annette (Mandy?) who is a local and grew up in the area and gave a great narrative on traditional aboriginal tucker and customs. If you do Kakadu then this cruise is a... More

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Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We took my parents on the yellow water cruise while they were up here for a visit and it was the highlight of their visit. I thought the price was a little high but it was worth every penny. We went on the sunrise cruise and our cruise operator, Belinda, was excellent. The sunrise was beautiful and we saw plenty... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The dusk cruise was simply stunning...quiet waters we travelled with bird and animal life in huge abundance. To view the Jabiru and crocodile in its natural habitat was incredible. The sunset was awesome. Our guide was fantastic, a young local girl and her passion for her locale was inspiring.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Putting up with the mossies is the price to pay for seeing the wildlife of Kakadu at it's best. There were plenty of crocs in the water but they were vastly outnumbered by the abundant birdlife. The commentary was great too and the guides are really good at spotting elusive wildlife.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

My family and I did the sunset cruise. It is a very beautiful area, and we saw several different types of birds and a few crocs lazing at the edge. The cruise finishes though just as the sun is setting (in early August) so you don't get to experience all the colours just after the sun dips down in the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The Yellow Waters cruise is fantastic, but the sunset cruise is a bonus as the views across the billabong as the sun goes down are fantastic. We saw crocodiles, kingfishers, whistling duck and topped it all off with some great photos of a male Jabiru foraging for food amongst the wetlands grass. The guide was very informative and gave an... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This week I was fortunate to book a sunrise cruise on the Yellow River here in Kakadu. The abundant bird life , herons, azure kingfishers , red finch, whisling ducks, magpie geese, sea eagles and so many more. Beautiful sunrise And not too mention Crocodiles in the water , on the banks. The reflection on the water early is also... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The Yellow water cruise was interesting and informative. Barbara (our guide) was a wealth of knowledge of the many species of birds that inhabit these waters. The area is so beautiful and it was amazing to see large numbers of birds, crocodiles and brumbies in such close proximity and learn the history and significance of this area. This tour is... More

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Nathalia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

was a lovely hour and a half cruise of the Yellow Waters billabong.Commentary was informative without being too technical, and pointed out so many things and places of interest. yes there were lots of crocodiles, but also plenty of birdlife and some brumbies.a must do when in NT.

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Wyong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

What a way to spend the last two hours of the day - a sunset cruise at Yellow Water. Plenty of wildlife - birds, crocs, insects, etc. an interesting knowledgable guide. Great stuff.

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