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Address: Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
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+61 8 8979 1500
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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 18:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Take the time to do it twice

We did a 4.30pm cruise when we arrived and an early morning cruise the next day. Such different experiences, which is why we would advise doing two cruises seeing as you have made... read more

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a lovely afternoon cruise through the big wetland. we saw a lot of birds & some fish but no crocs on our trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We did a 4.30pm cruise when we arrived and an early morning cruise the next day. Such different experiences, which is why we would advise doing two cruises seeing as you have made all the effort to go all the way to Cooinda. The evening cruise had a dramatic rainstorm and we saw about 5 crocs, some quite big and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a very relaxing cruise up the rivers and billabongs in this part of th Kakadu National Park. The guide was great at explaining a lot of the Aboriginal culture and all about the uses of the various plants/trees. We saw a good bit of wildlife but no crocs. At the "port" there are a few pythons in cases... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was raining but no worries! Saw amazing flooded waterways and so many birds, some rare. Even saw mating activity of the Jaribu (Black-necked) stork. So peaceful, Kevin was very informative.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We drove from Darwin and had to get back in daylight because of the wildlife on the roads, so did the 11.30am cruise and loved it. Although this time of day in the scorching heat isn't the best time for wildlife to be on show, the knowledge of the tour guide, Dennis, and beauty of the yellow river was still... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely the highlight of our NT trip. Mandy and Kev were fantastic guides and were very knowledgeable in regards to the Aboriginal culture of the area, wildlife and land. I'm still perplexed as to how they can spot baby birds from such a distance! We were lucky enough to see jabiru, baby jesus birds and loads of crocs, some of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a fantastic experience - lots of wildlife to see, and the tour guide was very knowledge and had a good eye for spotting birds and other animals.

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Halls Creek, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The highlights of my recent excursion to the Northern Territory were two interesting boat cruises. One was the Jumping Crocodile Cruise on the Adelaide River, and the other was the Yellow Waters Sunset Cruise. Both featured crocodiles, of course, and birds. Jumping crocs are pretty spectacular and not a little scary, but of the two tours I found the Yellow... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cool breeze on the boat. High levels of water after the rains. Not that much to see, a snake and some birds, no crocs. Half of the people on the boat were sleeping. There must be a reason that there is a bird and not a crocodile in the logo of Yellow River Cruises. For those awake, a very peaceful... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you so much to our tour guide! We did this cruise twice and it was so magical. We first booked the 11am, didn't see too much wildlife but the cruise was so perfect so we booked it again for the 6am, and saw so much wildlife, I didn't think it could be more perfect. Thank you!

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