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Yellow Water Cruises

Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
+61 8 8979 1500
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Kakadu At its Best!

We booked for our early cruise and were overwhelmed with the beautiful scenery - the sun rising... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Anne W
Burleigh Heads
Fantastic, really enjoyable

Did both the sunset and sunrise cruises, as it was only $25 extra to do both. Both were different... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Perth, Australia
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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 yesterday

We booked for our early cruise and were overwhelmed with the beautiful scenery - the sun rising over the wetlands and water and the birdlife was amazing. The commentary given by Don was very informative and entertaining. We spotted crocodiles which we got up close...More

Thank Anne W
Reviewed 3 days ago

Did both the sunset and sunrise cruises, as it was only $25 extra to do both. Both were different and having different guides helped. Sunrise was more active with more crocodiles and birds, but both were good. The sunset was good. Learnt lots about birds...More

Thank Peter_Clare_50
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

If you are visiting Kakadu then you MUST take a sunrise cruise with Yellow Water Cruises. Absolutely breathtaking sunrise and the bird life was amazing. We also saw 7 salties right up close to the boat. Our guide was fantastic and made the cruise hilarious...More

Thank Louise P
Reviewed 1 week ago

I cannot recommend this trip highly enough. Our guide, Ruben, was not only a very funny man but extremely knowledgeable and informative about the area, bird life, crocodiles, flora and fauna and indigenous culture. The cruise can be taken at different times of day eg...More

Thank Liz Z
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a fantastic unforgettable experience. We saw many crocodiles and other wildlife during our cruise which was narrated by a highly knowledgeable guide. I recommend this highly to anyone who visits kakadu.

Thank DrewbMelbourne
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The view of the sunrise alone makes it worth the early start this tour requires. In addition to the most beautiful of skies, there was plenty of wildlife about, including birds, crocodiles, horses and even a feral pig! Our tour guide Dennis was very knowledgable...More

Thank GKB238
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the sunset cruise and saw many birds and a few crocs. I was hoping to see more but it all depends on nature. It was peaceful and serene cruising along the river. The scenery was beautiful and the sunset superb! Would highly recommend...More

Thank babycorsa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked a sunrise Yellow Water cruise and, for $25 extra, we could add on a sunset cruise on the preceding evening. It is worthwhile taking both cruises as the light and the birdlife varies. Be sure to take your big zoom lens and pile...More

Thank CMK31
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went on this tour for the morning Sunrise. Company is very professional With up to date boats and very informative and knowledgable tour guides. The sunrise on the billabong was gorgeous especially with the moon going down behind You. If you are a bird watcher...More

Thank fairy_wand2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Did the sunrise and sunset cruises,I would recommend doing that. Peaceful,spectacular and amazing. Saw many crocodiles,one in particular swam beside and round our boat for at least 10 minutes. Bird life is amazing,so prolific and colourful. The sunset was just amazing,I took over 100 photos!!!...More

Thank CEC939
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Hi, TUK13. I am planning to have a Yellow Water cruise tour the on 8th May. Would you mind give me an idea how to book the ticket in advance? Many thanks!
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
Is it best to book in advance for the sunrise cruise , if so how early?
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.