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Yellow Water Cruises

#1 of 10 Tours in Kakadu National Park Features Animals
Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
+61 8 8979 1500
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do it twice!

we did the sunset and the sunrise tours (discount for the second cruise you book). we saw more... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Had a great tour guide Ruben . Made the cruise a lot of fun. He was very knowledgable. Highly... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
+61 8 8979 1500
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Reviewed 2 days ago

we did the sunset and the sunrise tours (discount for the second cruise you book). we saw more active crocodiles in the eveing, more birds in the morning. Colors and atmospheres are different, gides and stories also different. We really enjoyed! Photogrphers should arrive early...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Had a great tour guide Ruben . Made the cruise a lot of fun. He was very knowledgable. Highly recommend. Nareda and Mark

Thank Nareda L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We did the 9am cruise, and apparently that is the best time because the crocs are starting to warm up and move about. We were luck enough to see a croc carrying around a pig that he had just caught. The pig was not so...More

Thank jessiebee1987
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went on the sunset cruise and loved it. You'll see lots of birds, crocodiles, snakes and other wild life. The young lady is very friendly and informative. We hadn't expected the cruise to be that great but actually really enjoyed it!

Thank Riv23
Reviewed 4 days ago

We did a sunrise tour and it was spectacular! The sunrise was incredible and the wildlife was active. The guides were knowledgeable not only about the plants and animals, but the best parts of the waterways that would allow us to make the most of...More

Thank Hannah M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had the great fortune of being on the 4.30pm sunset cruise with Rob and sat right at the front of the boat! He spoke the entire 2 hour duration and gave us the most brilliant overview of the area, fauna and wildlife. The boat...More

Thank Royallyk
Reviewed 5 days ago

Our guided afternoon tour was fascinating. So much cultural information about local people and wildlife. This included factual, historic and recent Kakadu life. Our guide was knowledgeable and his connection to land history and contemporary living was respectful and interesting. Take water and be sun...More

Thank Sarah S
Reviewed 5 days ago

What a wonderful experience. We saw plenty of birds, a couple of crocs, wild horses and pigs on our midday cruise. The 1.5 hours wasn't long enough, I could have spent all day on the water. Highlight of the day trip from Darwin.

Thank Karen e
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an amazing tour this is. It full' of knowledge and information of our wonderful wild life. The guide are amazing with their knowledge of the wildlife. I highly recommend anyone of any age to do this tour

Thank Julza62
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a bit of research we decided to do the dawn cruise. Our guide was Dennis ( with 2 "n's" as he told us) Very informative and we loved his dry sense of humour. Take plenty of mozzy repellant as they eat more than the...More

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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