Only a 20-minute drive from Cairns, you’ll spend the afternoon white water rafting on the Barron River under the expert supervision of your river guide. As a half-day adventure, this tour is perfect for those wanting to fit more into their day.
Come on a half day white water rafting tour on the Barron River located just 20 minutes outside of Cairns city.
You’ll experience the exhilaration of white water rafting as you take in the magnificence of the surrounding national park rainforest.
Under the tutelage of your expert white water rafting river guide, you’ll easily navigate the tricky waters of the Barron River while having plenty of thrills and possible spills along the way.
This session, whilst still great fun and filled with thrills and adventure, is ideal for those without previous white water rafting experience.
The Barron River white water rapids are a fun Grade 2 and 3 which promise excitement but are a bit easier to manoeuvre.
Filled to the brim with laughs, this is a great adventure for the whole family with plenty of opportunities for a swim in the pristine river waters.
Courtesy coach transfers to and from the Barron River are included in the total white water rafting price.
If you are coming from a location other than Cairns city or the Northern Beaches, contact us to enquire about alternative arrangements.
And if this afternoon excursion leaves you thirsty for more, there’s always the full-day Tully River session!
The beauty of the Barron River Rafting tour is it’s an afternoon tour so you’ll have time in the morning for other activities. Only 20 minutes from Cairns, the bus transfers from your accommodation will start at approximately 1.45pm, whether you’re coming from the city or the Northern Beaches.
You’ll be taken straight to the meeting point at the top of the Barron River. While on the bus you’ll be given your safety instructions for the adventure that lies ahead.
As there are no change facilities at the top of the river, you’ll need to be ready for rafting when your transfer picks you up. So it’s best to wear your swimsuit under your outfit.
While rafting, some are happy to don only a swimsuit, while others prefer quick-dry shorts over swimwear such as gym, or board shorts.
The essential part of the outfit is rubber-soled shoes. Ideally lace-ups, but if you know they won’t slip off in fast-moving water, you’re good to go. Thongs or flip-flops are not permitted.
If you don’t have suitable footwear you can hire a pair before setting off. Wetsuits are also available for hire.
After the provisioning of your paddle, life vest and helmet, it’s all aboard the raft!
There are up to seven people in each raft, plus your guide. Each guide is highly experienced and knows the ins and outs of the river’s ecosystem more intimately than you could imagine.
Your guide will provide you with your paddling and rafting instructions as soon as you’re in your raft, so pay attention.
You’ll be riding your first lot of white water within a couple of minutes of pushing off from the bank.
No need to panic; you are in safe hands.
While there will certainly be some physical work involved as you ride your way through the rapids, the afternoon is peppered with moments of floating downstream in your life jacket, looking up at the rainforest canopy.
And not because you’ve been thrown out of the raft, but because it’s a calm stretch and your guide has invited you to have a swim.
Lie back and soak up the tranquility, there surely isn’t a better way to experience the rainforest.
Eventually, all good things must come to an end. By approximately 5.00pm you would’ve finished riding the rapids and disembarked.
At the Lake Placid Caravan Park by the river, you’ll change into the set of dry clothes you brought along.
These would’ve been looked after by the crew on land so don’t worry, they will be dry.
Throughout the afternoon the professional photographer would’ve situated themselves in optimal positions to capture action shots.
Help yourself to a cup of tea or coffee and gather around to check them out. Return accommodation transfers will start at about 6.00pm.
If this afternoon excursion has left you thirsty for more, there’s always the full-day Tully River session!
January - December
Departure subject to water levels and weather conditions
Half-day afternoon tour
Souvenir images taken on the day
Chinese and Japanese speaking guides subject to availability, please advise at time of booking
Minimum age for participation is 13 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.
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 474