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Kakadu National Park

Yellow Water Cruises

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Kakadu National Park, Australia
About Yellow Water Cruises
A journey through Kakadu's wetlands Yellow 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. About 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 huge Jabiru's nest is nearby, and depending on the season, Brolgas can be found dancing. Yellow 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 five 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.All 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. Some guides have been with us for over 8 years. 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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Yellow Water Cruise, Kakadu
The wildlife filled wetlands of the Yellow Water Billabong are among the highlights of the Kakadu National Park. On this cruise, enjoy up to two hours on the water and look out for wildlife including freshwater crocodiles, eagles, and ducks as you explore the scenic waterways. Upgrade to an early-morning cruise for magnificent sunrise views and tuck into a delicious buffet breakfast after the cruise.
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90 to 120 minutes
from $54.88
Kakadu & Katherine Gorge Full Day Air Tour, Helicopter & Cruise
Spend an action-packed day exploring two national parks in the Top End: Nitmiluk and Kakadu. Fly round-trip from Darwin to Katherine Gorge, then hop aboard a helicopter for a scenic ride. Explore the magnificent landscape for 1 hour by air followed by a riverboat cruise. A guide helps you discover this region abundant with wildlife, natural beauty, and cultural significance. See the spectacular Mary and Adelaide rivers on your return.
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10 hours
from $937.77
5-Day Tour of Australia's Top End from Darwin
Explore the Top End over five days for an in-depth experience of Australia's indigenous heritage and stunning national parks. Go four-wheel driving in Kakadu National Park, swim in waterfall pools at Litchfield National Park, explore the remote Arnhem Land with an indigenous guide, cruise the waters of Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge), and discover plenty of wildlife. Includes meals, guide, transportation, and four nights accommodation in private campsites.
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5 days
from $1,073.23
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Fabulous cruise - we did the sunrise cruise. Very informative guide. Watching the steam lift from the river and seeing all sorts of wildlife - crocs, many bird species - brolga's eagles, geese, Jacana, heron's, darters, ibis and more, buffalo and wallaby.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The best river boat nature trip I have ever been on! Saw feral horses, Pygmy and magpie geese, whistle ducks and pied heron. Pink lotus flowers cover much of the shores. A Crocodile lunching in the River was the highlight of the trip. The guide...More

Date of experience: November 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A quick little stop at Cooinda and then a bus to the jetty. The two hour tour was the perfect length. Reuben knew everything about the life around the Billabong and River. A definate must do

Date of experience: November 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were treated to a wonderful cruise by Mandy and her son. So many large crocodiles and lots of lovely birds.A truly beautiful and memorable experience with lots of interesting commentary on traditional practices. The hundreds of geese heading to their roosts was also incredible.

Date of experience: November 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We very much enjoyed this cruise. I just want to shout out to our guide Denise, who when there was a medical emergency at the start, handled it very well and calmly. We learned so much and saw so much wildlife that it was a...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank andra c
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the sunset cruise so that we could experience it. Our boat driver and guide was exceptional and knew his stuff. We saw so many birds and animals which was really fantastic but of course the crocodiles were the best! Would recommend this tour.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took the sunset cruise towards the end of October, just as the dry season is coming to an end. Competition for water and food is increasing, and animals are pressed together waiting for The Wet. Our tour guide, (?Mandy) explained everything beautifully, with traditional...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Jonathan R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a wonderful way to see Kakadu’s wildlife. Plenty of crocs floating around but a bit less dramatic than the jumping croc cruise. The bird life stole centre stage here. Our guide was knowledgeable and passionate, and provided both a personal and factual perspective...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank emmalS4233BX
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful time on this cruise. Reuben our guide knew so much about the animals and aboriginal culture. He did talk a bit much but I found him entertaining and funny. We were able to see so much including lots of crocs, wallaby's, and water buffalo....More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Marti was a great host on our evening cruise. He spotted as many crocs as we could possibly have wanted to see, introduced us to the other residents of the wetlands, and kept up a steady patter throughout interspersed with all sorts of one-liner gems...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Breakfast afterwards is amazing! I am vegetarian and I was so full and satisfied after breakfast I didn’t eat again until dinner time. It was incredible. Full buffet style breakfast with everything from eggs to croissants to... More
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No problem driving early in the morning, we didn't see any wildlife on the roads the whole time we were in the pack
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I am sorry sorry but only just saw this question. Hope you got your tickets sorted out. For other people wondering I googled Yellow Water Cruises and booked tickets though the Kakadu Tourism website