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Address: Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 8979 0145
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A JOURNEY THROUGH KAKADU's WETLANDSYellow Water Billabong, Kakadu's...

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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An excellent water cruise; many birds and crocs

I was a bit sceptical after a similar prices cruise near Daintree river in Queensland. But this Yellow Water cruise was great. We saw many birds, around seven crocs and a water... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was a bit sceptical after a similar prices cruise near Daintree river in Queensland. But this Yellow Water cruise was great. We saw many birds, around seven crocs and a water buffallo. The tour guide explained things clearly and took her time/ gave us time to approach the animals from a animal-friendly distance so that we had a good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the 9am cruise after having our included breakfast at the Cooinda Lodge. We really enjoyed the experience. So many crocs and lots and lots of birdlife. My favourites were the kingfishers which were very hard to spot, but our guide Travis was so good at finding and pointing them out. Our guide was very knowledgeable and told us... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved this tour.Did the 1 pm tour with Ned and it was fantastic .The wetlands were teeming with bird life and Ned seemed to be able to spot tiny Kingfisher birds from a long way away .Ned was able to manoeuvre the boat around so we could get close to the wildlife including the many crocodiles and he had a... More 

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Cairns Region, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the morning sunrise tour and loved it. Lots of animals (crocs included) birds and all of Nature's beauty. If you do a Yellow waters tour, we recommend the one at sunrise. Our tour guide was great explaining the features of the area and also the cultural significance to the Aborigine people.

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Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow!!! The wild life,crocs, varieties of bird life, wild horses was just a wonderful little 1 1/2 hour cruise. Our guide was very friendly and informative and open to all questions and would often stop to take a better look at interesting sights. It's a little dry in October but would love to go again. Bird watchers would be in... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We assumed that the tour will start late, but in the end we were the last to get on the boat which left right on time. The scenery/mood in the morning was beautiful with the fog slow rising above the water. The tour guide moved us a bot of to peer to a quiet spot were we waited for better... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to get up close and personal with a crocodile (or 20) then this is a must do! Our boat guide had better eyes than an eagle and spotted every hiding animal! His dialogue was entertaining too! A tad pricey but you're only here once so do it or you'll leave poorer!

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our cruise left at 11:30am & we drove to the Cooinda Boat Ramp from Jabiru where we were staying. The cruise was absolutely amazing. So much wildlife. Plenty of crocs & birds to see. We also saw wild horses. The staff were extremely knowledgeable & the scenery was beautiful. This is a definite must whilst visiting Kakadu National Park!

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Braunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did this cruise as part of a longer visit to Kakadu. I really enjoyed this cruise there were so many different birds we saw, many of which I had never seen before. There were also plenty of crocodiles to be seen.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took the early cruise, 6.45am, and absolutely enjoyed it. Our driver, Robert, was very knowledgeable and pointed out many species of birds and plant life, and located plenty of crocs as well as a water buffalo. This tour is a must when in Kakadu.

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