White Water Rafting Barron River - Half Day

Tour Code: 57

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas

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  • The ‘Kitchen Sink’ ‘S-Bend’ and ‘Cheese Churner’ white water rapids you’ll learn to manoeuvre with joy on this tumbling ancient rainforest-river system!
  • You may find you love negotiating the tumbling rapids in a half day tour so have a chat with our tour specialist about tackling an all-day rafting adventure next time around!

Included In Price

  • Rafting equipment
  • All tuition (no experience necessary)
  • Return transfers from Cairns, Palm Cove and Northern Beaches accommodation
  • Enjoy up to two hours rafting on up to grade 3 rapids

The perfect tropical afternoon activity in Cairns is white water rafting in the lush cool rainforests of the Barron Gorge. Jump in our eight-man rafts or our two-man rafts to tackle the 1-3 grade white water rapids.

For newbies to Cairns and the tropics of Australia, a half day white water rafting tour in the Barron Gorge is a must! 

You’ll find white water rafting is the ride of a lifetime in nature’s own water theme park!

After pick-up from your holiday accommodation in Cairns the Northern Beaches or Port Douglas, you’ll be welcomed onto an air-conditioned bus and shuttled to the stunning realms of Barron Gorge National Park.

This World Heritage-listed beauty is part of the famed Wet Tropics, and your surroundings today are a backdrop of the oldest jungle known to man.

With a degree in 'fun' and a certification with the International White Water Rafting Federation, your expert river guides will have already started your journey with a welcoming friendliness.

Get geared up and get ready for Fun!

The next adventure begins upon the beautiful banks of Lake Placid. Moving on from there, your white water raft instructors will suit you up with helmet and buoyancy vest, and share some safety tips, along with manoeuvers to enhance your rafting experience.

Once you have done some rock hopping you reach the beginning of the Barron River and it's time to ride the crystal tides in your white water rafts. 

Get ready for the most thrilling wet and wild activity, as you joyride overflowing ledges and swirl around the cascades created by ancient boulders.

There will also be ample opportunity to drift along captivating streams and take in a remarkable view of mountain peaks, lush valleys and perhaps even some unique wildlife.

These white water rapids are grade 1 - 3 and you negotiate your way down the river based on the force of the water.

Begin your Cairns White Water Rafting Adventure

From your Cairns, Port Douglas and Northern Beaches accommodation, you’ll join a welcoming bus ride bound for the refreshing waters of the Barron Gorge National Park.

Along the journey, your hosts will explain a couple of safety tips, and the best white water manoeuvers to enrich your experience.

They also share some intriguing facts about the World Heritage rainforest, the rare wildlife that resides there, and the woven indigenous legends.

From the stunning shores of Lake Placid, to the crystal-clear streams of Barron River, you’ll embark on a sensational wild exploration! River shoes are available too, if you don’t want to get your own wet on holiday. 

Barron Gorge National Park

The Barron Gorge National Park is an ancient rainforest estimated at over 100 million years old.

Lake Placid which you’ll find along your travels is a stunning lagoon rich with rare vegetation and wildlife.

And at your ‘Drop In’ point (where you enter the water) there lies in a majestic bowl of ancient boulders that stand sentry along the steep cliffs of this spellbinding gorge.

The park extends from coastal lowlands to the elevated regions of the Atherton Tableland, and the gleaming river winds through the Macalister and Lamb ranges to meet with the Coral Sea.

You’ll find the wonder of this timeless sanctuary a perfect host to your white water rafting experience.

Grade 3 White Water River Rapids - Cairns

One of the best parts about paddling through this natural theme-ride is that the water levels promise an electrifying experience all year round!

This tour takes advantage of a grade 3 river joyride that the planet provided!

You will experience waves reaching a metre or so, with the water tumbling in crystal waters around granite boulders that decorate the river.

The mysterious narrow chutes will mean you get to put those water manipulation skills you’ve learned into practice.

You’ll glide over a few small falls, and encounter some exciting dips and canyons along the way. 

Barron River Wildlife

You may be so taken by the legendary scenery here, it could be easy to forget the iconic nature of your surroundings.

Yet it’s astonishing to bear in mind the fanning rainforest on the shoreline is part of the oldest on our planet!

And they’ll be some spots where the river is calm and you can take in the stunning scenery, and perhaps spot a few of its unique inhabitants.

With a whopping 60% of Australian butterfly species flitting around, there’s every possibility you’ll encounter the majestic emerald and gold of a Birdwing, the largest butterfly in the country. 

White Water Rafting on the Barron River

From a glorious granite canyon ‘Drop In’ point, you’ll join a smooth current that takes you on a remarkable journey. In the glistening cascades of a few ‘Face Wash’ grade 3 rapids, you’ll experience thrills and spills as you manoeuver the flowing ledges and chutes that lead to a flush out basin.

Don’t fear if you’ve never rafted before; with expert tuition and the accompanying exhilaration you’ll form on this ride, you’ll be gliding like a professional in no time.

See more white water rafting tours in Cairns and Mission Beach 

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time
  • Cairns (Daily): Pick up at approx 2pm | Return 5.30pm
  • Port Douglas (Daily): Pick up at approx 1.15pm | Return 6.30pm
  • Cairns (Seasonal): Pick up at approx 8.45am | Return 1.00pm
  • Port Douglas (Seasonal): Pick up at approx 8.00am | Return 2.00pm
Departure Instructions

Please wait out the front of your accommodation for pick up

Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Palm Cove
  • Port Douglas
  • Cairns
  • Barron River
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Excludes Christmas Day


Half Day - approx 2 hours of White Water Rafting

Fitness Level Required

Medium, Active


Please note that some medical conditions, disabilities and impairments may exclude participants from rafting for safety reasons e.g. pregnancy and serious vision impairments. Passengers should disclose any medical condition, disabilities and impairments at time of booking.

Additional Information

Pay on board River and Rafting Levy $30 per person

Eco Certifications
Certified Tourism
Eco Climate Action Innovator
Ecotourism Certified
  • Swimming costume
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Cash for drinks and snacks & river tax
  • Change of Clothes

Minimum age 12 years

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.

  • 50% refund within 48 hours of departure.
  • No refund within 24 hours of departure

White Water Rafting Barron River - Half Day

Tour Code: 57

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Palm Cove, Port Douglas

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Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Tour Code: 57



1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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