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Address: Kakadu Highway, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 8979 0145
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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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Sunset Cruise on Yellow Water Billabong

We visited Kakadu National Park in the shoulder season. The "Wet" was early this year and everything was green and birds abundant. If you have the opportunity, take the sunset and... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Kakadu National Park in the shoulder season. The "Wet" was early this year and everything was green and birds abundant. If you have the opportunity, take the sunset and sunrise cruise (if you have to choose go at sunset when the birds are returning to roost in the wetlands and the day is coming to an end). Sunrise... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were so glad we chose to do both the sunrise and sunset cruises as you see so many birds on the sunrise cruise and then so many crocodiles on the sunset cruise. Guides are very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna and take the time to ensure everyone sees everything, manoeuvring the boat around. Very enjoyable. Book both and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice informative cruise. Guide was interesting and we got lots of crocodile sightings as well as buffalo and countless native birds. 2 hours is a little long for small children!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I saw so many crocodiles and birdlife during the morning cruise and then after the cruise finished we had a buffet breakfast which was included. The guide was very knowledgeable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not to be missed. The early morn g start meant that we saw dozens of birds in their natural habitat, along with many Crocodiles. I was sorry when it was time to return to shore

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful time to go with lots of birds and wildlife . Saw about 10 or 12 saltwater crocodiles. Our guide was very interesting and obviously passionate about his job which makes for a great time. Would love to go again at a different time of day and also different time of year. Loved it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whats this cruise about? Conducted group tours (around 20 people) in a boat, along the Yellow water/ South Alligator rivers. Time 2 hours. Each boat has a tour guide who is also the boat captain. Quite knowledgeable about the fauna, flora and where to find them. We camped at the Coolinda site and the cruise take off point was only... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An excellent tour on this billabong, which due to recent rain was now a creek of the South Alligator River. We saw lots of saltwater crocs, magpie geese, kites etc etc. The views across the flood plain were excellent. The whole tour was made by the local guide who was a fount of information on both the animals and the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I did the two hour 9am cruise one week ago. Although it was really hot already by that time, it was cool on the water. We saw so much wildlife, including saltwater crocodiles, various species of birds and lots of flora. Our guide and captain was Reuben, who really made the trip memorable. He was passionate and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We stayed in Cooinda Lodge and went on the early morning tour. The guide had so much knowligde about animals and vegetation and we saw crocks and birds and had a wonderfull tour. It is a must.

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