This adrenaline-filled adventure will see you cliff jumping, abseiling down rocks and waterfalls, canyoning in the river and swimming under the waterfall,
Locals refer to this unique canyoning experience at Behana Gorge in the Wooroonooran National Park as “the Cairns hike in paradise”. And paradise it truly is! In this scenic location, clear crystal waters run fresh from the rainforest along Behana Creek, over smooth boulders and through the surrounding foliage of a eucalypt forest. So stunning is the tropical backdrop, it has featured in many television commercials.
This adrenaline-filled adventure will see you cliff jumping, abseiling down rocks and waterfalls, canyoning in the river, swimming under the waterfall, bouldering and sliding over rocks, yabby hunting and snorkelling in crystal clear waters. If you prefer things a little more laid-back than action-packed, simply sit back and sun bathe whilst taking in the beautiful surrounds.
Suitable for both beginners and more experienced canyoners, Behana's experienced and attentive guides and instructors will ensure you a
Your tour transfer will collect you from your Cairns accommodation and within about 45 minutes you'll arrive at stunning Behana Gorge. With a minimum of two people and a maximum of ten, you will be embarking on this adventure in a small intimate group. Your guides are supportive and knowledgeable and provide the right mix of safety and fun, with loads of encouragement to enable you to push yourself to the edge of your boundaries.
Canyoning is an adventure activity that has grown in popularity around the world and is known by many names. In South Africa it’s called ‘kloofing’, in the United States it’s ‘canyoneering’, in Italy it’s ‘torrenismo’, in Wales it’s ‘cerdded ceunant’, and in Japan and Taiwan it is called ‘river tracing’. Whichever country you’re in, the basics are the same - to start at point ‘A’ and work your way through the canyon to get to point ‘B’. It's an obstacle course made by nature!
Behana Gorge is ideal for canyoning as the water from the rainforest has carved its way in the bedrock stone over thousands of years to create a narrow gorge with numerous drops, sculpted walls and some spectacular waterfalls. This World Heritage listed area boasts the most extensive wet sandstone canyoning system on earth.
On arrival at Behana Gorge you will be briefed on the day’s activities and given your safety equipment.
Then get set to jump, slide, swim and climb your way through the gorge!
Rappeling or abseiling is a technique used when a cliff or slope is too steep or dangerous to navigate without the use of ropes. A professional abseiling instructor will brief you in the method. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to pick up, and will find yourself scaling down the steep drop offs like a pro in no time.
One way to make your way down the Behana Gorge over larger rocks and cliffs is to just jump off them! Launch yourself off in an exhilarating leap as you plunge feet first into the clear crystal waters below. The jumps are tried and tested and perfectly safe, and if they are too high you can rappel down.
The waterfalls in this area have been widely photographed for their scenic beauty and appear in many commercials (Herbal Essences, XXX Beer) and music videos (Peter Andre – Mysterious Girl video). You’ll feel like you’re in a picture postcard, or indeed a commercial, as you swim under these scenic waterfalls.
The large smooth granite boulders that line the Behana Gorge make for the perfect natural slide. Wheeeeee! So much fun as you build up momentum and then splash into the clear waters below.
During your one-hour lunch break you can enjoy a snorkel in one of the many glorious waterholes at Behana Gorge. The water is so clear you won't even need a snorkel mask to spot the many fish, eels and yabbies (a freshwater crustacean that is like a crayfish) to be found here.
The lush rainforest around Behana Gorge belongs to the oldest rainforest in the world. As you trek under leaves the size of umbrellas branching from ancient ferns, it’s hard not to imagine a dinosaur popping its head out of the leaves. Trailing fig tendrils and the burbling of rainforest creeks will bring out the inner Jane or Tarzan in you.
Midway through the day you will stop to rest and eat by a beautiful scenic waterhole. You’ll enjoy delicious mixed sandwiches which cater for all tastes and dietary requirements. Your lunch break lasts one hour and you can choose how you wish to spend it. Laze under the tropical sun and soak up the beauty of the rainforest. Jump into a natural waterhole and snorkel and swim in the crystal clear waters. Search for yabbies or just cool down in this natural paradise.
January - December
Closed on Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and 26 January - Australia Day.
Approx. 8 hours
Digital photography of your tour available for purchase
Weight: Up to 125 Kg / 276 Lb
Minimum age is 8 years old
All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.
A 24-hour cancellation policy applies. Any cancellations made within 24 hours of the tour will incur a 100% cancellation fee. Cancellations made prior to this will be given a full refund.