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Yellow Water Cruises - Yellow Water Cruise - 06:45am (breakfast included)
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Kakadu National Park
Kakadu Highway
Jim Jim NT 0886

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Yellow Water Cruise - 06:45am (breakfast included)

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Yellow Water Cruises

Average rating 4.71 (maximum 5)
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Kakadu, Yellow Water Cruise

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Departure/Pickup Instructions
Shuttle bus service may operate two services from bus shelter outside Cooinda reception. Guest can also meet at Yellow Water with the carpark only a short walk away from the boat ramp. Please check with Reception on the day for current departure point and status of shuttle operation

Departure Time
6:45 AM

Returns/Ends At
8.45 AM

Suitable for
all ages

Yellow Water Billabong is located at the end of Jim Jim Creek, a tributary of the South Alligator River. The South Alligator river system, which is the largest in the Park, 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.

Yellow Water Cruises provides you with a unique opportunity to experience this diverse and sublimely beautiful area and it's associated wildlife. The canopied cruise boats operate year round and are skippered by experienced guides.

Enjoy a full buffet breakfast at the completion of the cruise. Breakfast is at Barra Bistro straight after the cruise.

Cruise boat, Full buffet breakfast (at Barra Bistro straight after the cruise), experienced guide, water and transfers.


What To Bring
Camera, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, and insect repellent if required.

Child Policies
Children 5-15 years
Infants 0 - 4 years - Free of charge

Childrens Rate

Read reviews of Yellow Water Cruise - 06:45am (breakfast included) from other travellers:

There are no words to describe this experience. Unless you've been on the Yellow Water cruise at daybreak you haven't shared the emotional connection with land/water/wildlife. Something spiritual touches the people who visit this place. Amazing photo opportunities, many species of birds, plants, trees, lots of crocodiles , up close and personal. My third trip and still overwhelmed.
Reviewed by: Pauline, September 2018

Great value cruise. Lots of big crocs and birds, and big breakfast to boot.
Reviewed by: Dorothy, September 2018

Most amazing place on earth. Just wow. Very entertaining guide Reuben, thank you. Very knowledgeable and connected to the land. Unforgettable. Breakfast at cooinda made getting up early and driving to the cooinda pick up point all the worth it. Must do experience. Amazing place, brimming with wildlife.
Reviewed by: Sumru, September 2018

The early morning cruise was the best. Our tour guide Dennis was sensational. He had so much local knowledge and was also very entertaining. His knowledge of the wildlife was extradinary. He got us up close to a big crocodile. He was really good with the kids as well. Would highly recommend doing the morning cruise with breakfast as this was a nice way to fill the tummy on the return.
Reviewed by: Roger, August 2018

We did the sunrise cruise and the bird life we saw was incredible. A must do if you are at kakadu. A few crocs added to the excitement as well.
Reviewed by: Neil, June 2018

Our family so enjoyed the Yellow Water Cruise at sunrise on the 23rd of April. Our guide Trevor was very knowledgeable about the wildlife and of the surrounding area. He also shared with us some insight and understanding of his peoples culture and connection with the land. A thoroughly enjoyable cruise. It is a truly beautiful place to visit. A nature lovers paradise. Highly recommend this trip.
Reviewed by: Natalia, May 2018

Really enjoyed the cruise
Excellent guide. Very informative and friendly.
The best time to go on the the cruise I believe, so much cooler, more wildlife out and about and breakfast was a nice finale.
Great cruise, thanks.
Reviewed by: Lisa, April 2018

This cruise was fantastic..our guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. Would recommend the early cruise..so serene. The buffet breakfast was varied and tasty. All the staff where friendly..well woth it.
Reviewed by: Alan, March 2014

took Mum to NT to celebrate her 80th birthday, we werent dissappointed.
Yellow water river cruise was exactly what she wanted to do. Saw so much birdlife & so many crocs in natural surrounds it was perfect, & not to mention the spectacular pink lotus lining the banks. Guide Nat was brilliant...so knowlegable and friendly......and so talented on the didge...thanks so much. memorable holiday
Reviewed by: Kathryn, October 2013

Sunrise Cruise was Spectactular, Wildlife plentiful and commentary excellent and informative, breakfast afterward just hit the spot
Reviewed by: Marilyn, September 2013

What a great experience! Our guide was absolutely amazing. So enthusiastic about his job. He was incredible at sourcing out where the animals were. There wasn't much he missed. Other people on a different boat also commented on how great their guide was. We saw an amazing sunrise, plenty of wildlife with great commentary. All of this was topped off with an excellent breakfast back at the lodge.
Reviewed by: Karen, August 2013

A fanastic tour! The sunrise breakfast tour is brilliant. A bright orange sunrise splashed with purple hues with the guide playing the didgeridoo in the background while the boat meandered through the lilies and crocs is a memory I won't forget. Have heard the day cruise while cheaper dows not have such incredible wild life so my vote is this one!
Reviewed by: Jennifer, July 2013

We loved the Yellow River Cruise and will highly recommend it to our friends. Our only disappointment was that we didn't stay in the park near where the cruise started from. Instead we stayed at Jabiru at the Gagudui Crocodile resort 50 klms away.
Reviewed by: Gill, June 2013

Very informative cruise, driver was very clever in positioning the boat to all kinds of wildlife. Well organised with a full breakfast to finish. Would recommend to ant traveller.
Dave + Anne, Barden Ridge NSW.
Reviewed by: David, June 2013

Best time to go on the cruise as everything is just waking up, even the crocs. The guide was very knowledgable and breakfast was the perfect finish.
Reviewed by: Amber, May 2013

exerlent !!
Reviewed by: vicki, December 2012

A truely memorable experience. Should not be missed by anyone even slightly interested in the natural world. Great guide, a credit to the business.
Reviewed by: Rod, November 2012

This tour was my favourite experience in Kakadu. I absolutely LOVED that there was plenty of room on the boat to move around and get up to take pictures and the mist of the morning was a stunning sight. It was entirely worth the cost and I would highly recommend this tour when visiting Kakadu. Our guide was captivating, knowledgeable with a great sense of humour. Awesome experience!
Reviewed by: Jolene, October 2012

Fantastic, will tell everyone who is going to NT to do this cruise. Couldn't be happier with it. And also telling everyone that we saw "dancing brolgas". You are very clever to have them "dance on cue". Thanks. really enjoyed it.
Reviewed by: Louise, October 2012

Croisière extraordinaire faite à l'aube...féérique vraiment. Le guide est passionné, prend son temps pour notre plus grand plaisir, et nous fait découvrir des merveilles : crocodiles, oiseaux, plantes, buffles, poissons ...des souvenirs pour des années.
Reviewed by: Denis, September 2012

The Yellow Water Cruise was one of the highlights of our NT holiday. Our guide was simply outstanding. His passion for the wildlife was wonderful to experience. The environment was pristine and we all learned much about the indigenous practices.
Reviewed by: Helen, September 2012

Yellow water was the highlight of our trip to the Northern territory - THANKYOU! We hadnt counted on the yummy breakfast either so we were impressed with the lovely way it finished. We are constantly recommending your cruise as something anyone who heads north needs to do. Thanks again.......cheers Andrew and Sally Gosson
Reviewed by: ANDREW, September 2012

NTstandby and the reservation process worked smoothly and I'd recommend it.
One suggestion for the dawn cruise - how about supplying coffee at the start? It's very cold in the morning and 90 mins til the included breakfast at the end. There's no cafe or similar at the boat dock. We did not realise the breakfast was not on the boat, but is at a separate location afterwards - was fab tho!
Reviewed by: Rachel, August 2012

What set out to be and should have been a great experience on the morning of: 28/07/12 was in fact an unpleasant experience due the pilot of our boat menacing a photography enthusiast. He repeatedly provoked this tourist that had obvious expensive camera equipment by refferring to it as a bazoka, a hazard etc, etc .
If need be I would have supported this tourist in a physical or verbal stouch.
Reviewed by: Elizabeth, August 2012

This was without doubt the most beautiful cruise i've ever experienced - I am sure that the sunset cruise would have to be the ultimate journey...Jabiru, brolga's, azure kingfishers, crocodiles, lotus flowers bursting with intense colour, jumping fish and all of this set in world heritage listed wetlands at a tiem of year when low water reveals all, yet mists gently roll on land and water-stunning
Reviewed by: Allison, August 2012

Very organised and the inclusive breakfast was really delicious! The early morning tour was very special with a beautiful sunrise and heaps of birdlife. There were plenty of crocs but the guide was great at pointing out all the other animal, plant and birdlife. Quite impressive.
Reviewed by: Sara, July 2012

We did the early tour and sunrise provided some great bird life to see. But given that most crocs remain submerged in the water until the outside temperature warms up, it is not the best time to go unless you love your bird-watching. I'd recommend mid morning when the crocs are more visible. Tour was also about one-hour longer than necessary.
Reviewed by: Chris, August 2011

I have twice been on the early morning Yellow Water Cruise and have not been disappointed. The scenic trip, the bird life and the crocs make a fantastic cruise. The tour guides did an excellent job in pointing out various birds and spending time in making sure everyone got the chance to take photos and answer questions. I would recommend this cruise to anyone considering it - so worth it!!
Reviewed by: Caron, August 2011

This cruise is a very nice thing to do in the months of late June, July and August when the birds are more visible in kakadu but our experience in May was disappointing. We travelled from Florida USA and love wildlife photography but found the viewing in Kakadu and this cruise very underwhelming . There are also a lot of couples w/very small kids which is noisy and restricts movement to get photos
Reviewed by: Mary, August 2011

The experience was wonderful being out on the water at that time in the morning. We were fortunate to have nocks so saw many birds. Some we didn't recognise but on the whole it was excellent.
Reviewed by: DIana, August 2011

Perfect time of day for this cruise: there are zillions of birds and the scenery as the sun rises is spectacular.
Reviewed by: Bill, August 2011

We all thoroughly enjoyed the sunrise tour on Yellow waters.We are a family with 1 teenage son and two sons in their 20's. Yellow Waters is a magical place so peaceful yet full of life,from countless varieties of birds to crocodiles. The water lillies were also beautiful. The breakfast was great after the early start!
Reviewed by: Matthew, August 2011

Great value for money plenty of room to see and take photos. Not so many birds as we expected due to wild pig activity, but still got up close to many different species. Scenery wonderful, breakfast great.
Reviewed by: Susan, August 2011

Fantastic tour. Amazing scenery. Loads of wildlife. Beautiful sunrise.
Reviewed by: Louis, August 2011

Excellent service from the company when we had to reschedule our booking.
The cruise itself was a wonderful experience.
Thank you!
Reviewed by: Warren, August 2011

Definitely recommended. The early morning cruise is by far the best as all the birds and other wildlife are most active then. Easy to book through ntstandby.com.au ~ recommended.
Reviewed by: Leonie, September 2010

Absolutely a fantastic morning, forget the early start this cruise is a must do. Great commentary by the young lass who operated the boat, spotted numerous wildlife, birds, crocs, etc that we would have missed. Breakfast after was a bonus. Good value for money.
Reviewed by: Pieter, September 2010

My Yellow Water Cruise booking was made very simple by using ntstandby. I had an awesome experience at Yellow Water. Loved every minute of the tour I booked. The early morning tour is the way to go. The breakfast included was fantastic. I have no reservations in recommending others to use ntstandby for their booking.
Reviewed by: Jason, September 2010

This dawn cruise was the highlight of our trip to Kakadu National Park - and well worth getting up very early for! We saw plenty of bird life and several crocodiles at close quarters. Our guide was very informative and because our boat was not full, good viewing positions were easily accessible.
The inclusive breakfast following the cruise was excellent.
Reviewed by: Valerie, September 2010

I absolutely loved the sunrise cruise. The birdlife was spectacular and the sunrise had to be seen to be believed. My photos are absolutely beautiful. I can't recommend it enough plus breakfast was delicious. Everyone should do this cruise.
Reviewed by: Kay, September 2010

Too expensive for what you get. Corroboree Wetland Tour is comparable to Yellow Water for much less cost and is far closer to Darwin for convenience.
Reviewed by: Andrew, September 2010

This was our 30 + trip on Yellow Waters in the last 30 years and it never fails to impress, however the standard of organisation/management at Cooinda Lodge gets progressively worse. This time it was pouring with rain , the track to the jetty was flooded so Cooinda cancelled the bus which the crew then used to drive to the boat leaving the passengers to walk from the lodge in total darkness !!!!!!
Reviewed by: Cedric, June 2010

Tour was great and breakfast as well. We had luck that the tour was not fully booked so we had space to move on the boat and could get a good view! Stuff was nice and helpful.
Reviewed by: Annette, June 2010

Fantastic cruise ! Seen a lot of wildlife: thousands of birds, from tiny kingfisher to large jabiru, a lot of crocs. Not to forget the magnificent nature around.
Very good guide, with a lot of knowledge about wildlife.
Reviewed by: André, October 2009

Wewere surprised at the number of craft that went out each morning and the number of people on each. I guess that also is why we didnot see as many birds as we expected. Breakfast was great
Reviewed by: Tony, September 2009

very good but a bit expensive
Reviewed by: Lindsey, August 2009

Another great experience. leaving us freezing but enjoying every minute- good knowledge of the young guide and enthusiasm to pass it on. We thouroghly loved it and can recommend this tour to anyone who has enough clothes to wear. Thanks guys!!!
Reviewed by: Simone, August 2009

Very helpful
Reviewed by: Ben, August 2009

Dawn on the billabong. Jabiru, crocodiles, spectacular numbers of ducks and other birdlife. All right there in front of me. Spectacular and not to be missed.
Reviewed by: Anna, August 2009

We found the operators knowledgible, understanding of the needs of the touirists and genuinely interested in showing people the area. A great package worth the price.
Reviewed by: John, August 2009

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