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Yellow Water Cruises

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Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
+61 8 8979 1500
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5-Day Tour of Australia's Top End from Darwin
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A journey through Kakadu's wetlands Yellow 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. About 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 huge Jabiru's nest is nearby, and depending on the season, Brolgas can be found dancing. Yellow 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 five 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.All 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. Some guides have been with us for over 8 years. 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 2 days ago via mobile

Ruben and Kevin set up a great service.Very quiet only 7 in the boat so awesome.Ruben knows his stuff given its his families area.We did the sunrise cruise. The whole area is amazing so much water changes the whole area.No crocs but some birds and...More

Thank thereseduncan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did the early breakfast cruise and worth every penny. The guide was excellent with lots of tales about growing up in the area. We were lucky to see a crocodile as it was the wet. All the wildlife was amazing. It's a must do...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While not wildly exciting, this cruise in the wet season gives a very good impression of this wetland environment and the knowledgeable guide gave us plenty of info on both the birds we saw and the plant life.

Thank LeeF62
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took the early morning cruise which went for 2 hours. Kakadu in the wet from a boat perspective is magnificent. Our tour guide Trevor was friendly and provided interesting commentary. The wildlife included many different birds and crocodile. The tour also included breakfast. There...More

Thank George F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went with my 10 year old. With Kakadu in flood this was a great time to go. Great scenery informative guide's comfortable boat. No croc this trip but thats nature plenty of bird life.

Thank DeanTheTraveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

And a load of bull. That’s it. Indigenous river boar captain narrated well and attempted to connect me to the wonder of this place, while all I could do was wonder why this place?

Thank John R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone questioned us when we said we were going to Kakadu during the wet, but it's spectacular and these cruises are a great way to see the park. We saw two crocodiles, a sea Eagle, countless birds, water lilies in bloom, and a diverse array...More

Thank gypsyheart75
Reviewed 9 January 2018

We went on the 1.15pm and got a private cruise, yep just me and my son! There were lots on the previous boat trip. Anyway the waterways are gorgeous, we did see crocs! Saw lots of birds and loved the water lillies. Actually spotted a...More

Thank Margo M
Reviewed 9 January 2018

Four of us did this cruise in July 2017. It was disappointing and over priced, certainly NOT worth $99.00 per person. Our guide Cameron was a wealth of knowledge but I think his focus on that day was making sure he got back on time...More

Thank wrxalexander
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

took a cruise foe the third time, although our first in the wet season. As usual the staff were very friendly, helpful and witty. The bus service down to the waterfront from the resort is definitely better as you can leave your car at the...More

Thank Mark T
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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