White Water Rafting on the Barron River

Tour Code: 474

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches

Half Day Tour
  • The highly entertaining and personable river guides will make the afternoon. It’s great fun and provides a truly unique way to experience the rainforest
  • Learn fascinating facts about the wildlife and nature unique to the area. Your guides know the river intimately and are sure to reveal something even a hardened local wouldn’t know

Included In Price

  • Return transfers in air conditioned vehicle
  • Experienced river guide
  • Coffee and tea at the end of your trip
  • Life Jackets & Helmets
  • Grade 2-3 guided White Water Rafting

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!

Take Me to the River

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.  

What To Wear?

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. 

All Aboard!

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.

Thrills and Spills

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. 

Homeward Bound

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!

Tour Languages Offered
  • Chinese
  • English
  • Japanese
Departs From


Departure Time
  • Cairns 2.00pm & Port Douglas 10.00am Daily
  • Returns Cairns 6.00pm & Port Douglas 6.15pm
Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Pick up from Port Douglas for additional charge


Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Departure subject to water levels and weather conditions


Half-day afternoon tour

Available for Purchase / Hire

Souvenir images taken on the day

Fitness Level Required


  • Minimum age for participation is 13 years
  • Not recommended for pregnant women
  • Prior to your rafting trip you will be required to complete a medical questionnaire and sign the liability waiver
  • If you have a medical condition, please consult your medical practitioner prior to travel
  • Maximum size life jacket is XXXL
Additional Information

Chinese and Japanese speaking guides subject to availability, please advise at time of booking

Eco Certifications
Ecotourism Certified
  • Swimsuit worn under clothes
  • Board shorts
  • Change of clothers
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Please do not bring aerosol sunscreen or insect repellent.
  • Sun shirt/rashie or t-shirt
  • Secure fitting, flat shoes that will stay on in fast moving water

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.

  • Cancellation fees apply as per Terms and Conditions
  • Bookings cancelled within 24 hours of travel are subject to 100% cancellation fee

White Water Rafting on the Barron River

Tour Code: 474

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches

Half Day Tour



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

Child: au$106.00
Family: au$424.00

Tour Code: 474



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

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