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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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Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
+61 8 8979 1500
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good guides (especially Ruben was great fun and very knowledgeable), comfortable, silent boats (nice you were encouraged to move around) and well organised. We participated in both the evening and morning cruise (which were quite different) and saw loads of birds, crocodiles, buffalo, wild pig,...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family and I did the sunrise tour which was great, it does depend on the time of year for how much wildlife you will see. We were fortunate to be there bird watching time and saw rarely seen kingfishers and also mating time for...More

Thank akelly184
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were up around 5.30am for the Yellow Waters Cruise which was about a 20 minute drive from the Mercure Crocodile Hotel in Jabiru. An amazing experience to watch the animals awakening at sunrise. One of the highlights of my month long trip to Australia....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This cruise was fantastic. We went on the 4.30pm cruise and saw so much wildlife. Lots of bird species and of course the main event crocs. The tour guide was very informative and seemed to really love his job.

Thank AnnaaElizabeth
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

We went on the 0645 breakfast cruise and the boats are safe and well maintained. The food at the resort is tasty and new. Such a great place to visit. A must do.

Thank Damien S
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Lovely relaxing cruise great commentator Saw lots of bird life and crocs Beautiful waterway with wallaby, water buffalo and brumbies on the Bank

Thank Onedebbieleo
Reviewed 4 October 2017

I was here during September 2017, which is the dry season, and I took a sunrise and a sunset cruise. The billabong is beautiful, and birdwatchers will not be disappointed. Birds are everywhere and the guides will point out the different species. The boat slows...More

Thank Jessie464
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

I went on the Sunset and Sunrise cruises and they were both absolutely mind blowing. Insane amounts of birdlife, crocodiles everywhere, top notch interp by the guides, and breathtaking scenery. Highly recommend, well worth doing. Yellow Water you just stole the crown for best wildlife...More

Thank WildManTheMadAussie
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Been before and would go again an excellent excursion with a very well organised operator and the guides are second to none.

Thank Jodyparker2014
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

We had an excellent guide with great local knowledge and fantastic eyesight. We saw a wide variety of birds and mammals- and a few crocs too. We had done a sunrise cruise in the wet in the past and it was wonderful to see the...More

Thank Elizabeth M
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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
6 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