Closure Notice

Kakadu Cultural Tours have suspended our operations for the 2020 season effective immediately.

Namely ; Guluyambi Cultural Cruise, Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge & Arnhemlander 4wd Tour. A re-commencement date for operations will be completely dependent on when the endless and compounding effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are actually known. Our intention is to re-assess the suspension before the end of June 2020.

We will keep you posted as information becomes available.

Don’t hesitate to email ( booking requests for the 2021 calendar year.


Guluyambi Cultural Cruise on the East Alligator River

The Guluyambi Cultural Cruise is a unique boat tour on Kakadu’s scenically spectacular East Alligator River.

Take in the wonderful pristine wilderness of this World Heritage landscape as you leisurely cruise up stream. An Aboriginal guide provides guests with an insight into their culture, local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain, traditional uses for many plants & animals as well as bush survival skills.

Disembark on the Arnhem Land side of the river for a display of traditional hunting & gathering implements. Limited to just 25 guests, the Cruise ensures an intimate & personalised cultural experience.

  • Experienced Aboriginal cultural guides
  • Breathtaking East Alligator River &  escarpment scenery
  • Traditional survival skills
  • Small groups - personal experience
  • 100% Aboriginal owned & operated
  • Count the crocodiles!

Wet Season Notice

Guluyambi Cultural Cruise & Arnhemlander Tour finished 2019 operations on the 30th November 2019. Both products operate between the 1st May and 30th November annually.

KCT intend operating the Ubirr Combo Tour between February and April 2020. We are however completely at the mercy of the environment with this particular product as we require reasonable water levels in the Magela Creek in order to operate. For this reason we don’t generally sell the tour well in advance and when we do commence we only have local retailers selling it. We are prepared to take tentative bookings for the Ubirr Combo Tour between the following dates; 15th February and 15th April 2020. That is on the condition the clients ring and confirm the booking 7 days out. 

At Cooinda Lodge they still operate the Yellow Water Cruise throughout the wet season including in December. Their contact details are

We would also encourage you to touch base with the Bowali Visitor Centre front counter who will be able to inform you what places are accessible in the Park at the time of your visit. Try; 08 89381120  or or 

Experienced Aboriginal Guides

Experienced Aboriginal Guides

Traditional survival skills

Traditional survival skills

100% Aboriginal owned and operated

100% Aboriginal owned and operated

Small groups – personal experience

Small groups – personal experience

Breathtaking East Alligator River & escarpment scenery

Breathtaking East Alligator River & escarpment scenery

World Heritage land and culture

World Heritage land and culture

Guluyambi Departure Point

Getting there: 

Allow 45 minutes from Jabiru. From the Arnhem Highway 5km west of Jabiru, turn north onto the Oenpelli Road. After approximately 36 km turn off to the right following a sign to the Guluyambi Cultural Cruise and Upstream Boat Ramp (East Alligator River). This turnoff is about 400 metres before the Border Store.  The road is sealed all the way.

Allow approximately 4 hours traveling time and 300kms distance from Darwin to Upstream Boat Ramp.

What to Wear & Bring:

  • Comfortable clothes for sun protection
  • Comfortable walking shoes for disembarking in Arnhem Land
  • Camera, binoculars, water bottle
  • Hat, sunscreen & repellent
  • Rain jacket early or late in the season

What's included:

  • Iced water
  • Expert Aboriginal Guide
  • Specialised small group 24 seat boat cruise
  • Traditional Owner Land-use fees

Parking: A large public carpark is available at the Upstream Boat Ramp. Parking is at own risk.

Check in: Give your name, number of people in your party and confirmation number to the Guluyambi check-in staff at the shelter at least 10 minutes in advance and await boarding instructions.

Special Needs: If any member of your group has special needs or requirements as part of the cruise, please call the Jabiru office at least a day in advance on 1800 525 2381800 525 238.

Cancellations: If you find that you will be delayed and unable to make the cruise that you have booked, please ring the Jabiru office on 1800 525 2381800 525 238 FREE and every effort will be made to reschedule your departure subject to availability.

Locality Map: - Guluyambi Cultural Cruise Locality Map - Guluyambi Cultural Cruise (387 KB)

Please Note

Note 1: We reserve the right to modify itinerary and cruise operations to an alternative water system if environmental and cultural issues prevent access to advertised waterway. Wet season operations are usually possible on Magela Creek.

Note 2: We reserve the right to use non-indigenous guides on this cruise on occasions where, for cultural reasons, replacement staff are required.

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Guluyambi to the rescue!

Please Note

We encourage clients with special needs to contact our reservation staff in advance of booking.  
All efforts will be made to accommodate special need requirements within the safety conscious environment in which we operate.