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Address: Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 8 8979 1500
6:30 am - 6:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 6:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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Did the water billabong boat trip,great lots of water as to recent massive rain falls so the wetlands are vast,heaps of wildlife birds mainly only saw a few Crocs but one was a 4... read more

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Did the water billabong boat trip,great lots of water as to recent massive rain falls so the wetlands are vast,heaps of wildlife birds mainly only saw a few Crocs but one was a 4 meter male awesome mean bad boy,amazing water lotas Lily's every where. Our guide was great stopped a lot to explain things an observe the wildlife,would recommend... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

take a cruise on Yellow Waters. Stay at the resort. lots of wildlife, flowers and many crocodiles. Local guides who have lived in the area for generations. Must do activity

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed both the sunset and sunrise tours. Both tour guides (Geoff and Dennis), were exceptionally knowledgable, funny and friendly. We were fortunate on both occasions to see numerous crocodiles, a turtle, various bird life and barramundi! Dennis bought a whole new dimension to the sunrise tour incorporating his cultural knowledge into the commentary. In addition his ability to relate... More 

Thank Rosanne S
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved our time on the Yellow Water cruise - so much so that we went twice. We went on both the early and the late afternoon cruises and were not disappointed. Our guides were informative, funny and provided us with loads of insights into their lives in the park along with the animals, birds and nature around them. Both... More 

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Fremantle, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great experience being on the Alligator River system in the Wet. Insightful tour with lots of bird life and even a few crocodiles. Really enjoyed it. Next time I would probably do an evening or early morning tour instead of the 1:15 trip, because likely they would be a little more animal activity than in the heat of the day.... More 

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Jandowae, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took a cruise during the wet season and were not disappointed! As there is alot more water in the lagoon, the tour is longer than it would be in the dry. We were able to see several crocodiles in their natural habitat along with numerous bird species. The wetlands are simply beautiful. TIP: If you stay at Cooinda, they... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went for the sunrise and sunset deal as wildlife is more active at these times and both were great. It was worth the early start. It is a different experience at these times of day and a little cooler too. Highly recommend. It gave iconic views of the wetlands. We were fortunate to see it very green due to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went on the cruise to see some big crocs! And we saw 3. 1 of them followed the boat for about a kilometre which was pretty cool. The guide was pretty informative with a good sense of humour to boot. Was great to see some wildlife up close and free.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the sunrise cruise at 6.30am, in the middle of the wet season. Safe sturdy boats, leisurely navigation through the billabong and waterways to the Alligator River, through some of the most unique top end marsh lands, with native birds, fauna, crocodiles and plants every inch of the way. Photographic opportunities were endless. The Captain was an Aboriginal Man... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Yellow Water Cruise has to be experienced to be believed. This is by far one of the most beautiful places in the world and is such a wonderful experience for young and old that I cannot recommend it enough. The team at Yellow Water are fantastic from start to finish and have an excellent knowledge of the history of... More 

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