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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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Magic in the morning mist

We would love to go back and do this again! Its an early start so if you are driving to the start from Kakadu beware of wildlife on the road. We boarded the boat in the early... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Adelaide, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We would love to go back and do this again! Its an early start so if you are driving to the start from Kakadu beware of wildlife on the road. We boarded the boat in the early morning mist and chugged or drifted slowly through the waterways, admiring countless birds which our guides could point out and name. It was... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing tour with hundreds of crocs. saw lots of birds but croc's were the highlight. Went with 3 kids under 10 and they loved seeing all the croc, great tour with great local guide who knew everything.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was interesting to look at the pics posted on TripAdvisor. Our guide was right that it is totally different in the dry season! We weren't able to see any crocs on our high water cruise in early February, but we did see lots of birds up close like the Jesus bird walking on water, and we learned about the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Awesome start to the day with our wonderful skipper who knew so much about the wildlife and area. Magical to see the crocs just waking up in the early morning light. We saw so much that we took up the offer a reduced price return trip at sunset.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We saw mostly submerged crocs. The scenery was excellent as was the natural and cultural history lessons from our guide/host. We did see a yellow spotted lizard holding a live snake before we boarded the boat. The snake didn't look worried so we didn't. I suspect he was to be lunch. We saw a "file" water snake, which made the... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This cruise is very enjoyable and educational. It is an opportunity to see crocodiles in their natural habitat. As the boat cruises around the waters crocodiles can be observed lazing on the bank, swimming and sometimes feeding. The crocodiles are not falsely fed, so nature dictates if they are feeding. Native flora and fauna are in abundance. A variety of... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The waterways, the trees and fauna lining them, are worth the trip. There were many birds, but fewer interesting large species: mainly geese, ducks.... and then a black-necked stork, plus a little black cormorant put in an appearance. No crocodiles. This was explained to us as due to the particularly low water (though my trip was after the rainy season).... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Did the water billabong boat trip,great lots of water as to recent massive rain falls so the wetlands are vast,heaps of wildlife birds mainly only saw a few Crocs but one was a 4 meter male awesome mean bad boy,amazing water lotas Lily's every where. Our guide was great stopped a lot to explain things an observe the wildlife,would recommend... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

take a cruise on Yellow Waters. Stay at the resort. lots of wildlife, flowers and many crocodiles. Local guides who have lived in the area for generations. Must do activity

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed both the sunset and sunrise tours. Both tour guides (Geoff and Dennis), were exceptionally knowledgable, funny and friendly. We were fortunate on both occasions to see numerous crocodiles, a turtle, various bird life and barramundi! Dennis bought a whole new dimension to the sunrise tour incorporating his cultural knowledge into the commentary. In addition his ability to relate... More 

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