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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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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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Hours Today: 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We did the afternoon cruise with Dennis with two n’s. This man made the cruise. The scenery is amazing but the information provided by Dennis was second to none.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Done this cruise 2 years ago and my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The guide we had (Dennis) was a real cool dude!!!! We had plenty of laughs and saw lots of crocs and bird life.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Highly recommend doing BOTH the sunrise and sunset cruises. We saw so many birds and crocodiles - and saw different things on each cruise. The boat guides also have different things they focus on and have specialty in, so you get a different perspective on...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have read good things about the sunrise cruise, but was still unsure, as everyone recommends you to do cruises here and there, but our group (3 adults 1 kid) all were keen so we booked it the night before and were lucky to get...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the sunset tour with young kids (7, 9 & 11). Dennis was our skipper. He was fabulous! Comical. Very experienced. He was great with the birds - that was not our thing but he was great at catering for everyone’s needs - birds,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fabulous. So beautiful. We saw so many crocodiles. We also saw sea eagles, snake necked darters, cattle egrets, water buffalo, cattle, wallabies, whistling ducks, king fisher, night heron, jabiru, barking owl, tree snakes, water dragons, magpie geese.... And a lovely sunset as well. Do not...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Must join the evening cruises, many birds and animals and beautiful sunset view! Unforgettable experience!

Thank Cheng T
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cruises run regularly, a 5 minute ride on a shuttle bus from Cooinda Lodge delivers you to the mooring. Slow boarding process was followed by an amazingly scenic and informative 2 hour cruise. There was abundant wildlife including many crocodile. A delightful young lady drove...More

Thank Mark K
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There were many stars of this fantastic tour.. crocs, pigs, countless bird life and breath taking scenery but the real highlight was our guide Reuben..his strong connection and passion for the region, it’s features and cultural/family significance was striking. Add his infectious sense of humour...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thought it'd just be another croc sighting cruise, was contemplating if we should do it since we just came from Cape Tribulation and did a croc tour there. But we were so amazed by the wild life here, it's so much more abundant than...More

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Kay M
11 March 2018|
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Response from akelly184 | Reviewed this property |
No problem driving early in the morning, we didn't see any wildlife on the roads the whole time we were in the pack
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helenahelena001
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
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