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River rafting

Our most recommended Queensland River Rafting

Tully River: Guided Rafting Trip with Gear & Lunch or Dinner

1. Tully River: Guided Rafting Trip with Gear & Lunch or Dinner

Prepare for a wild ride on this guided white water rafting tour down the Tully River. Receive all rafting training and equipment needed before venturing into the water and taking on grade 3-4 rapids. End your experience with lunch or dinner. Begin your adventure with pickup or choose to self-drive to the starting point. Once here, meet your river guide and fellow paddlers and get fitted with your life jacket, helmet, and rafting shoes (if you choose to rent a pair).  Once out on the water, spend up to 4 hours white water rafting on grade 3 and 4 rapids. Paddle hard as you carve your way through the spectacular gorge surrounded by pristine rainforest that’s been listed as a World Heritage Site and was home to the 2019 World Rafting Championships. Rest assured that no experience is necessary for this rafting experience. You’ll receive a comprehensive safety briefing and paddling instructions from your guide who will be there to help throughout your experience.  After your time on the water, replenish your energy with a Riverside BBQ burger lunch or dinner at the Feluga Hotel, depending on the time of your trip. Look over photos of the day and choose to purchase some as souvenirs.

Barron Gorge: Half-Day Barron River White-Water Rafting

2. Barron Gorge: Half-Day Barron River White-Water Rafting

Experience white-water rafting in Barron Gorge National Park, known for its rugged rainforest mountains, steep ravines, and the falls carved out over thousands of years by the Barron River. Enjoy complimentary transfers from Cairns or Port Douglas before heading to the national park. Meet your guide at Lake Placid, and get ready for your river rafting tour on the river. Enjoy the area’s scenic beauty and a combination of calm water and a series of white-water rapids as well. Spend two hours navigating rapids up to grade three. No experience is necessary, making this a good choice for beginning rafters. There is also plenty of excitement for the more experienced.

Cairns: Raging Thunder Barron Gorge River Rafting Trip

3. Cairns: Raging Thunder Barron Gorge River Rafting Trip

Prepare for adventure and action on this guided white water rafting tour on the Barron River. Receive all rafting training and equipment needed before venturing into the water to experience grade 2 and 3 rapids. Enjoy private changing facilities and tea or coffee at the end of your trip.  The Barron River is located only 20 minutes from Cairns and offers a great introduction to white water rafting. You’ll get to experience up to 2 hours of rafting with a combination of exciting rapids and calm water paddling. Begin with pickup from your accommodation or self-driving to the starting point at Lake Placid. Once here, meet your river guide and fellow paddlers and get fitted with your life jacket, helmet, and rafting shoes, if you choose to rent a pair.  Follow a short track with your group down to the river where you will board your raft and receive a comprehensive safety briefing and paddling instructions from your guide. You will have the chance to practice in the flat water before it's time to hit the white water. The first couple of rapids you raft through are small and easy, giving you plenty of time to get a feel for how the raft moves through the water before it's time to navigate the bigger, more exciting rapids, including the Rooster Tail. The combination of grade 2 and 3 rapids will ensure you have a thrilling trip rafting down the Barron. At the bottom section of the river, enjoy a flat paddle where you'll have time to admire the stunning scenery and learn about the surrounding rainforest and native wildlife. After arriving at the take-out point, head to the Lake Placid Rainforest Retreat, where you can use the facilities to change into your dry clothes in a private changing space before enjoying a poolside tea or coffee while viewing photos of your afternoon's adventure.

Cairns: 6-Hour Canyoning Tour to Crystal Canyon

4. Cairns: 6-Hour Canyoning Tour to Crystal Canyon

Meet your guides and head towards your destination at the Crystal Canyon Waterfalls. Receive instructions on rappelling techniques on the safety of the flat ground.  Start your adventure near the top of the gorge and abseil into the freshwater. From here you can swim, walk over rocky gorges, and through the tropical rain forest, leap off rocks into the deep pools below and canyon through Crystal Canyon.  Don’t worry, anyone with a reasonable fitness level will love this adventure. Enjoy a snack and relax while taking in this beautiful area that nature provides. After this, head back to Cairns and you'll be dropped off at your accommodation.  The qualified guides have vast experience in canyoning and show the highest professionalism to ensure you have a safe and fun day.

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What people are saying about Queensland

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 55 reviews

We had such an awesome time out on the river with the raging thunder crew! Our guide Jackie was a legend, entertaining and informative and so good at tailoring our experience so that our whole group enjoy every aspect. We loved how many opportunities there were to jump in the water and cool off and how many laughs we had, at the expense of ourselves and some of the other boats. We were all first timers and will now seek out every opportunity to go down rapids again, so much fun!

This is a great activity to do & is lots of fun. The tour guides are terrific (big shout out to Hemy who was our guide on the day) & everything is very well organised. This white water rafting has different grade falls (all easy for a first timer) & allows time to swim & float down Barron Gorge enjoying spectacular scenery. Highly rate this experience.

We enjoyed the activity very much. The river is so beautiful and seeing both side the bank rainforest when you are rafting. The instructor Himi is very good. I recommend it to everyone. We are 63 years old, fit and no problems at all for this activity.

So much fun. Would go again. Felt very safe for my partner who did it for the first time

Awesome guides, awesome rafting. Shout out to Dan for making it fun!