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Yellow Water Cruises

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Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
+61 8 8979 1500
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USD 1,188.54*
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5-Day Australian Top End Adventure from Darwin
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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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Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
+61 8 8979 1500
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We made the ( very) early morning cruise, starting 6.45h. But it was worthwile, we saw a lot of birds and 10 crocodiles near the boat.

Thank clementineWavre
Reviewed 6 days ago

We chose the 6.45am cruise to be able to see the sunrise and watch the wildlife wake up. We were not disappointed. The sunrise was just beautiful, the crocs were still warming themselves up laying along the banks or cruising up to our boat to...More

Thank carolforde
Reviewed 1 week ago

A long trip from Darwin but gee it is nice snoozing, not driving. Our superb Scenic Tours director and her colleague-driver shared their experiences and knowledge through commentary. They knew what to look for and where. I could read forever and still not know. To...More

Thank Ian S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having done a couple of wetland cruises, we were a bit unsure about doing another. For crocodiles, do the East Alligator River cruise. For lotus lilies, do the Corroboree Billabong cruise. For running commentary, do this one. There was plenty of bird life, magpie geese,...More

Thank Mike H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were picked up at Cooinda for a sunrise cruise and were glad we did not walk as a buffalo was standing roadside looking angry! Ruben, who also were the guide on the boat, were really funny - and I do believe he can talk...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth the early rise to see the day start - even came across an itinerant dingo down by the dock before the first minibus had arrived. The colours were spectacular and the array of fauna impressive at first light, however the boat trip was somewhat...More

Thank geoffwellard
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I missed the name of the local man who took us out, which is a shame because he really deserves credit for his hilarious expert commentary of our trip! He could spot "not a log" from miles away and showed us so many different animals...More

Thank Gemma H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We would like to thank the Bininj and Mungguy people for allowing us to visit this amazing place We did the sunset tour. I cant remember our guides name, sorry, but he was at the top of his game. So much knowledge of the land,...More

Thank kiwitripper64
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an amazing experience and so glad we did the sunrise cruise. Our guide for the morning was Rupert who was very funny and informative. He has so much passion for the area and really made the cruise. We saw so much wildlife, including heaps...More

Thank Sydney_boy_Traveller
Reviewed 1 week ago

this cruise along the yellow water billabong is very well done, got to see crocodiles in their natural habitat, lots of birds, wild brumbies, wild pigs, buffalo and even one baby buffalo. the guide was excellent and his knowledge of the billabong and wildlife made...More

Thank shell4russ
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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
Deb G
7 March 2017|
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Response from Brett S | Property representative |
Hi Deb G, It is definitely recommended to booked in advance for the sunrise cruise, particularly if travelling during the dry season. It is recommended to book about a week in advance.
Michelle H
22 September 2015|
Response from Jane G |
Yellow Cruises depart from Cooinda, It's a 38 min (56.5 km) via Kakadu Hwy/State Route 21