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Yellow Water Cruises

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Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Great way to see the area with very experienced guides. The guides are true characters and make the experience lots of fun. Very informative and done at a leisurely pace. Lots of interesting vegetation and lots of wildlife, including plenty of crocodiles up close so...More

Thank Trevor F
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you get the chance don’t miss this charter 4 to a boat so heaps of room and the skipper puts you on fish without a hassle. We boated 15 Barramundi in our 3 hours and released them back into the wild to fight another...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a friend visiting from Germany and we did this cruise on our adventure to Kakadu. It was magnificent to see the sunrise over the water. We had a fantastic tour guide (I wished I remembered his name) he was very knowledgeable about the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We weren’t sure what to expect when we cruised Yellow Water. What we received was a stunningly beautiful trip that showcased our amazing country. Don was an knowledgeable guide who keenly shared his country. His informative narrative while we cruised helped us to understand not...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went on the early morning sunrise cruise. It was absolutely fantastic. We saw a number of large (five meters) crocodiles, numerous birds, buffalo, a black pig and a wild horse. The captain/guide, whom I believe has indigenous roots (don’t remember his name😊), was nothing less...More

Thank Jan H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I know this is a business, but without tourists you have no business. An hour and a half cruise, all within sight of the pontoon. Saw lots of birds, our guide was obviously a bird man.. Kevin. Microphone was terrible, when he didn’t speak through...More

Thank Janelle P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour itself was very good, but that was due to the environment, not the tour operators. Unfortunately, we had the same tour guide for the evening and morning trips. We had just come up from Nitmiuk where we had an absolutely brilliant guide called...More

Thank Rod A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We travelled on a 11am cruise which was great. This was our second time on this cruise and it didn't disappoint. Cooinda, where the cruise goes out from was only a short 30 minute drive from Mercure Club Crocodile Hotel. Everything was just fantastic -...More

Thank 318mal
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing scenery, terrific guides, highly recommended cruise/s. We enjoyed a marvellous 24 hours in Cooinda and we’re captivated by the beauty and vastness of this corner of Kakadu. Many thanks to both of our guides who each brought something special to their versions of the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An apsolute wild life extravaganza together with amazing scenery! A beautiful sunrise and an incredible variety of bird life in all different forms! Jabiru, crocodiles and eager Barramundi fishermen ... we saw it all! A must visit when in Kakadu!

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Kay M
11 March 2018|
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Response from akelly184 | Reviewed this property |
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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helenahelena001
26 April 2017|
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Response from TKU13 | Reviewed this property |
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
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