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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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Sunseeker wrote a review Jun 14
71 contributions2 helpful votes
Travelled down from Jabiru, stopping at Nourlangie Rock on the way. Need to board the bus at 12.55 for a 1pm departure from Coinda Lodge. The boat leaves at 1.15pm. It's also possible to drive directly to the boat ramp if running late. The turn off is just before the Coinda Lodge turn off. Restaurant runs all day, so lunch is possible later, too.Take water and insect repellent. Saw buffalo, egrets, heron, Jesus birds, ducks, whistling kite, and of course, lots and lots of crocs. The buffalo are not indigenous. The tour guide was great.
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Date of experience: June 2021
SMMAust wrote a review Jun 12
Concord, Australia172 contributions76 helpful votes
We booked both the Sunset and Dawn cruise and very glad that we did both. For us more crocodiles about in the evening and more birds in flight in the morning. Also great to get both sunset and sunrise photos. We had very competent tour guides who had a comprehensive knowledge of the flora and fauna and the locations to visit. There were two other Yellow Waters boats operating on the same schedule but generally well separated from each other in the areas on interest. A must do tour when you are visiting Kakadu. We no doubt benefited from the good wet season so the water levels and fields of water lilies would have been above average for our visit in June.
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Date of experience: June 2021
Lesleigh A wrote a review Jun 5
Redcliffe, Australia92 contributions8 helpful votes
I first did this cruise 24 years ago and it is more spectacular than I remembered. I tour guide, Dennis with two ‘n’s, was entertaining and knowledgeable. We did the sunrise cruise and saw lots of crocodiles and bird life. Thoroughly recommend this cruise.
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Date of experience: May 2021
Debbie C wrote a review Jun 2
Stanthorpe, Australia22 contributions1 helpful vote
What an incredible experience. We did the sunset cruise with Mandy. What an honour to have her as our guide, her knowledge, humour and stories about her culture and home in (Kakadu) will stay with me forever. She really gave you an insight into the area and what it means to her and her family. The trip was the total package with great scenery, indigenous culture and amazing wildlife. I am still amazed at the energy Kakadu gives off the wetlands were just buzzing. The whole area was just alive with all different types of wildlife. A truly memorable experience.
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Date of experience: May 2021
Jenny P wrote a review May 2021
Gold Coast, Australia159 contributions69 helpful votes
What a fabulous start to the day. Our guide was fantastic and took the boat right up close to crocodiles, Jabirus and other stunning bird life. Everyone is able to move around the boat to take photos freely. This cruise exceeded my expectations.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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