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Yellow Water Cruises

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Address: Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 8979 0145
Fee: Yes

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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A must when in Kakadu

Best 2 hours on the boat... Beautiful scenery, knowledgable and entertaining tour guide. Definitely should be part of your itinerary when in Kakadu. Highly recommend .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Best 2 hours on the boat... Beautiful scenery, knowledgable and entertaining tour guide. Definitely should be part of your itinerary when in Kakadu. Highly recommend .

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Melbourne, Australia
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The gamut of birds that was wonderfully surprising. We saw "salties" basking on the banks, brolga's and Jabiru's with a nest. Our tour guide was informative and passionate about the park and river. It was a great tour that even engaged our teenagers!

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Terrigal, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great afternoon on the water. Dani our host was fabulous, she had so much knowledge and passion for the area and her job! Her enthusiasm was contagious. We all went away with so much more knowledge and understanding of the area. The cruise was magical and after going on a flight over Kakadu gave us a very different perspective and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We did the 0700 cruise as we stayed in the accommodation. This included a great breakfast afterwards. Other reviews have whinged about the breakfast so was surprised as we got a dull buffet breakfast. More Importantly our guide Dennis was great knew everything had us all laughing. Saw so many crocs we lost count, even some logadiles too. Bird life... More 

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Reuben was a great guide and we learnt a lot from him. The views as the cruised, the sunset and the birdlife were all beautiful. My 15 year old was more interested in spotting crocs, and he was certainly kept busy as we saw LOTS! My highlight was the sea eagle perching artistically in front of the sunset, like a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow wow wow. One of our highlights. Absolutely teaming with wildlife in its most natural habitat. Yellow water is such a beautiful green wetland oasis amongst the dusty redness of Kakadu. We were blown away by its beauty. I truly believe first morning trip or sunset is best. We left hotel at 6am to get there and kids grumbled but... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Do the breakfast tour, it is the one where you will see the most animals and action as the crocs head out to warm up. The cruise was well planned, the staff friendly and helpful and the breakfast included is basic but also good

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Williamstown, Australia
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We did the early morning cruise and loved it so much we then did the sunset cruise (which was discounted). Both were magnificent. The colours of the time of day, the sounds and amazing array of birdlife and wildlife was truly awe inspiring and humbling. The staff were friendly, very knowledgeable and experienced and do a great job trying to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really nice cruise. Guide adam was very informative. Plenty out birds and crocs to see. Would recommend to anyone who likes nature

Thank Glen W
Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Couldnt fault this cruise at all, drive of the boat and guide ruben was amazing! Definitely recommend the sunrise tour!

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