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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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Hobart, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We booked the dawn cruise which was great. The lady guide was knowledgable and was awesome at spotting birds and crocs from far away. She was able to easily maneuver the boat around so everyone could get a great view. I don't think it matters what side of the boat you're on. There is plenty to see all around. You... More

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melbourne
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The only special thing about this cruise is to see the beautiful sunset, try the 4:30 cruise and it's not that hot during this period. We sat on the left side of the boat and saw a lot of heads and must push your way in between to make a possible nice picture. I would like to see it again... More

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Katherine, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Excellent, informative Tour Guide (lady) lots of bird life and wildlife to see. If you self drive to Carpark there is a 500mtr walk, can take the bus from Reception. Boardwalk extension from Boat landing did not have a sign for distance to walk, would have been helpful.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This was MAGIC! Felicity, our guide, was a consummate and engaging guide on our cruise through the Yellow Waters. Such beauty and the bird life was extraordinary. Felicity knew every specie. Lots of crocs as well. Majestic landscape.

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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Brilliant ! Great staff well organised ,safe , we saw 20 crocs in 90 mins as well as an awesome array of birdlife even a dingo! The sunset was a sight that will stay with you forever

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woodside victoria
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We were originally going to do the Sunset Cruise but decided to get up early and do the sunrise Cruise. So glad we did. The Sunrise was amazing. Our female guide was fantastic, just so knowledgeable. Told us so many things we didn't know. All the birds and animals were just waking up and we actually got to see a... More

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Annapolis, Maryland, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Engaging guide and fabulous nature: lots of birds, snakes and crocs. Make the time and enjoy late in the day so you get to see the fabulous sunset. Don't forget the aerogard!

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Busto Arsizio, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Do not miss this beatiful and relaxing cruise conducted with enthusiasm by the excellent park guide (melissa?) plenty of birdlife and of course crocs, wonderful enviroment, easy and sunny: one of the best activity we did absolutely worthy.

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Tucson, Arizona
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Of all the tours we took this was the highlight. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and sculpted the tour to meet the interest of the group. Saw both crocs and bird species.

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Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Originally booked the sunset cruise, but enjoyed it so much decided to also do the sunrise cruise the next morning. Partly this was because they have a deal, where any second cruise is only $25 ($36 for sunrise since it includes breakfast). Having the ability to compare showed me that the experience will vary substantially depending on the guide operating... More

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