We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 8 8979 1500
06:30 - 18:30
Open now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 06:30 - 18:30
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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 894 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 602
  • 130
    Very good
  • 32
  • 12
  • 5

Teaming with bird life, crocodiles and wetland vegetation with a very informative local tour guide. Make sure you have plenty of film and binoculars. Insect repellent is a must as... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bribie Island, Australia
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

894 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 781: English reviews
Bribie Island, Australia
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Teaming with bird life, crocodiles and wetland vegetation with a very informative local tour guide. Make sure you have plenty of film and binoculars. Insect repellent is a must as the mozzies are very friendly.

Thank nomad0202
Warragul, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went on the sunrise trip. TThe birdlife was amazing. The colours were picture perfect. We saw many smaller estuarine crocs and a monster 4 metre long 1 tonne big daddy. The guide said that the croc, 2 metres away from our boat, under the mangroves, would probably sleep all day ( and probably had a belly ful lof wild... More 

Thank r0s2017
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a great way to see the wildlife on the billabong. We saw a wide variety of birds plus numerous crocodiles. While we went near midday, a cruise at sunrise or sunset would have been a better way to see more wildlife. The tour guide was very knowledgeable.

Thank Terry P
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Did the early morning fishing charter it was great --had some expert help and it was sooo good --even up close to a few crocs to top it all off. The skip even cut up the nice Barra that I caught for me .a great day had by me--I dreamt of this and it actually happened --

Thank Grum12345
New South Wales, Australia
Level Contributor
14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Sunset cruise with Reuben. Never short of a yarn or great information about any of the multitude of wildlife, vegetation or local customs and heritage. Great value all round.

Thank Aussie255333
Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
65 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great cruise & very informative. Well worth the price. Wildlife everywhere. Very enjoyable. Would recommend.

Thank paulg19688
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My mother and I went on the 2 hour sunset cruise. Ruben our guide / driver was a wealth of knowledge as his family has been here for generations! And also very engaging. It really gave a fantastic understanding of the area, its culture and people. We saw a heap of bird life, flora and saw about 7 crocs! The... More 

Level Contributor
79 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the sunrise tour. Cameron was our guide. He was informative, fun and so passionate about what he does. The morning was out of this world. Privileged to have experienced mother nature 😆

Thank Lisa W
Level Contributor
52 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the sunset cruise in April. It was such a beautiful and calming experience seeing all the bird life which was absolutely amazing and to top it off we had a beautiful sunset as well. I simply love nature so this was perfect for me and we were very fortunate to see one fresh water crocodile as well. A... More 

Thank Laura R
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Following the Kakadu one hour flight, we boarded the boat for a watery tour. Immediately we were attacked by huge mosquitoes, but fortunately we'd come prepared and smeared ourselves with a natural repellent procured at the Mindil Beach markets the evening before. It worked a treat. On the cruise we saw many types of birds, marvelous scenery, many types of... More 

1 Thank Michael B

Travellers who viewed Yellow Water Cruises also viewed

Kakadu National Park, Top End
Kakadu National Park, Top End
Kakadu National Park, Top End

Been to Yellow Water Cruises? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Yellow Water Cruises and other visitors
11 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (11)

Questions? Get answers from Yellow Water Cruises staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?