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Address: Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 8 8979 1500
06:30 - 18:30
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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.

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" Reminded us of the Okavango, just beautiful"

Loved the two hrs we spent on this cruise . It went to fast . We saw four croc's & an amazing sunset, Greg was very knowledgable & full of fun. Def recommend

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Loved the two hrs we spent on this cruise . It went to fast . We saw four croc's & an amazing sunset, Greg was very knowledgable & full of fun. Def recommend

Thank Denodownunder
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This cruise was excellent. The scenery is superb and we were lucky enough to spot plenty of wildlife, including multiple birds, 4 or 5 crocodiles and a buffalo. What really made this cruise, however, was our guide, Rueben. Rueben knows more than Google and was entertaining to boot. We really enjoyed his humour and perspective, he is a true professional... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was definitely one of the best tours I have ever done. Our guide Rubin was amazing, he was a wealth of information and seemed to really enjoy what he was doing ( sometimes was more excited then us, which was great )We got up and personal with a large crocodile and watched him feeding. Would highly recommend this tour... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Took the sunrise cruise. An amazing 2 hours spent in this natural wonder. An abundance of birdlife, plus 3 crocodiles kept us enthralled. Not to mention the beautiful plants, trees and flowers. Great guide who was informative and humorous. Downside was fellow tourists not listening to instructions to keep to their side of the boat (for balance). Highly recommend the... More 

Thank Tamara T
Penrith, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wrong time to visit as the level of the river was up and the crocodiles were not to be seen which was the main reason for our visit - saw one or two birds - very disappointing.

Thank Len P
Darwin, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we did the cruise at 12.30 great time to do it no mozzies, our tour guide Reuben was Fantastic full of knowledge with a great sense of humor he was funny and straight to the point we learnt a lot about his own people. He was teaching a new driver so to talk which his is very good at (ha... More 

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited as part of AAT Kings tour. Good experience although due to recent flooding prior to our visit most of the crocodiles had gone to investigate pastures new. A must visit though. Fab experience.

Thank suekirk1
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the 4:30pm cruise and Reuben was our pilot/guide. He was a fountain of knowledge and his passion for the land was obvious. The cruise is a great way to understand how immense the wetlands of Kakadu are. There are no guarantees to see animals but the scenery is stunning. Saying that we saw a variety of bird life... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A very knowledgeable guide took a small group of us on a pontoon boat with a good sun shade and plenty of water to refill our own bottles. Remember to take your water bottle and to refill it at least once on board the 1-1/2 hour trip. Because of the heat, you'll need to drink at least one liter while... More 

Thank 30POP
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Despite the ordinary weather, our tour guide Greg made sure we had a great experience. We saw a few crocs and native birds and learnt so much about the area. The scenery is beautiful and only wished we could have enjoyed a sunset as it would have been spectacular but the clouds wouldn't allow it.

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