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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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Yellow Water Cruise - Kakadu

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90 to 120 minutes
from USD 60.71

Spirit of Kakadu 4WD Tour

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10 to 11 hours
from USD 258.37
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Abbierise wrote a review 21 Sep
Brisbane, Australia21 contributions1 helpful vote
Good cruise and informative, did the morning cruise and saw as the wildlife was waking up. The cruise did use to include breakfast?? And is still the same price I think it’s slightly overpriced currently
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Date of experience: September 2021
ilse g wrote a review 6 Sep
Melbourne, Australia61 contributions26 helpful votes
Great cruise and well worth the money. The guide knew her stuff, and got the boat into position so everyone could get great photos. We did the cruise that finished at sunset, and all of the boat drivers got everyone into a great spot for sunset. We saw plenty of crocodiles and birds, including a few photo opportunities with the famous Jabiru. Also there were wallabies, buffalo and other land based animals pointed out to us. There were a lot of people signed up for the cruise, and they had assigned bookings amongst 4 different boats that all departed at the same time, and the boarding process was well organised and efficient.
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Date of experience: August 2021
Donna P wrote a review 6 Sep
26 contributions38 helpful votes
This is a 'must do' experience in the late afternoon. Yellow Waters Billabong is huge and teaming with wildlife. The commentary was so interesting, and the views as the sun set were spectacular.
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Date of experience: July 2021
Lyn T wrote a review 3 Sep
Adelaide, Australia33 contributions3 helpful votes
Excellent sunset cruise of the lovely billabong near Cooinda Lodge. It was quite warm but we were allowed to move around the boat into shade. Lots of crocs and birds of many types, buffaloes. Great sunset ended a perfect afternoon.
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Date of experience: September 2021
Georgie B wrote a review 1 Sep
Stratford, Australia1 contribution
Myself and friends did the sunrise tour with Dennis - he was amazing!! He made the tour so enjoyable. While it was great to see the wildlife, our biggest take away was dennis' words of wisdom in the final 10 minutes of the cruise - walk slower and take in the surrounds!
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Date of experience: August 2021