White Water Rafting on the Tully River

Tour Code: 477

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Mission Beach

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  • The rock jump. Don’t be surprised if your legs turn to jelly when you finish the short climb to the top ... but it’s worth it! An exhilarating way to top of an exhilarating day
  • If you decide to do the rock jump, hold your nose! Listen to your guide. He or she will not only keep you safe, they have a wealth of knowledge to share about the river and rainforest wildlife 
  • Up to 5 hours rafting grade 3 and 4 rapids on the mighty Tully River

Included In Price

  • Return Air-conditioned coach transfers
  • Experienced Rescue 3 trained river guides
  • Riverside BBQ Lunch
  • Up to 5 hours rafting Grade 3 & 4 Rapids
  • Life Jackets and Helmets
  • Guaranteed water levels all year round

White Water Rafting on the world famous Tully River and experience the magnificence of Tropical North Queensland’s remote World Heritage Rainforest from a different perspective. Full of thrills and spills, on this adventure you tackle gnarly rapids, shower under waterfalls, and get totally wet!

As your white water raft comes crashing thru the rapids of the Tully River in Mission Beach you’ll be completely immersed in the wonders of nature as Blue Ulysses butterflies accompany you on this journey through remote World Heritage-listed Rainforest.

You and your fellow white water rafting team will tackle white water rapids, take spontaneous drenches under waterfalls, and float down calm stretches of river whilst trying to take a peek up at the towering landscape and lush vegetation that surround the Tully River Gorge.

As you travel to the Tully River in Mission Beach from Cairns you’ll receive a safety briefing from the rafting crew.

Then it’s time to settle in and take in the scenery as you drive past sugar cane fields, banana plantations and mountains fringed with low-lying cloud.

Once we disembark at the Tully River Gorge you’ll be paddling down the river before you know it, heading towards your first lot of challenging white water rapids.

Under the supervision of your experienced river guide, you’ll be in safe hands as you navigate your way down the mighty Tully River.

This is an adventure you won’t easily forget in your lifetime.

Towards the tail end of the day, you may even be game enough to rock jump with your guide, topping off what is guaranteed to be an exhilarating white water rafting experience on the Tully River. 

Take Me to the Tully River

Whether coming from the Northern Beaches of Cairns or city accommodation, you will be taken to the meeting point via complimentary bus transfer.

The whole process is smooth as the aim of the day is to maximise your time on the Tully River.  

Your host on the bus – one of the river guides who will spend the day with the group – will take to the microphone with a lot of humour and energy.

No doubt intended to jolt you out of any early-morning fogginess, you’ll be given an overview of the day ahead before being invited to sit back and relax for the remainder of the ride. 

The Journey

Travelling through a picturesque backdrop of cane fields and banana plantations framed by the distant coastal mountains, you’d be forgiven for forgetting you’re on your way to a day of thrills and spills.  

After an hour and 45 minutes, you’ll stop at the Feluga Hotel for a brief stop, where the self-drive guests will be meeting the rest of the group. This is where you’ll also have a chance to grab a bite to eat that you pre-ordered on the bus. 

It’s another 40-minute drive from the Feluga Hotel to the Tully River. When the road starts narrowing and you’re driving deeper into the rainforest, the glimpses of the Tully River rapids are also a little giveaway.  

Arriving at Your Destination

Upon arrival, it’s a quick change into your rafting gear if you’re not already wearing it.  Basically, wear anything you don’t mind getting wet, as long as it will dry quickly and won’t weigh you down. It’s recommended you wear a t-shirt as well, to protect your shoulders from getting sunburnt.

The essential part of the outfit for the day are rubber-soled shoes. Ideally, they’ll be lace-ups, but if you know they won’t slip off in fast-moving water, then you’re good to go. If you don’t have anything suitable you can hire a pair before setting off. Wetsuits are also available for hire.

Grab Your White Water Rafting Paddle

Before you know it you would have met your white water rafting tour guide. And with paddle in hand and life jacket on, you’ll be heading down to the famous Tully River.

Here you’ll board your white water raft with your team mates. There are up to seven people on each raft, plus your tour guide.

Each rafting guide is highly experienced and knows the river more intimately than we could ever imagine, so you are in safe hands.

Thrills and Spills

With up to 44 white water rapids to raft on the Tully River there’s no time to waste, so you’ll be riding your first lot of white water within minutes of pushing off from the river bank.

The beauty of the day is that the hard work of tackling the Tully rapids is peppered with moments of floating down stream in your life jacket, looking up at the rainforest canopy and towering gorge.

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. 

Before the BBQ lunch, you’ll ride more rapids and maybe take a refreshing shower under Pony Tail Falls.

The afternoon will consist of more adventures, including rock-jumping and rapid swimming if you’re game.

Homeward Bound

Eventually, all good things must come to an end. After changing into your dry clothes you’ll board the bus and set off to the Feluga Hotel.

Throughout the day the professional photographer would’ve situated himself in optimal positions to capture action shots throughout the day. Grab a soft drink, or beer, and snack and have a laugh at the pics with your group.

In addition to the photos, there are a few souvenirs available for purchase at the hotel. Then it’s on the bus to cruise home Cairns way. Chances are you’ll be keen on an early night. 

Check out the list of all the white water rafting options in Cairns, Barron River, Mission Beach, Tul;ly River and more.

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time
  • Tully River Classic Ex Mission Beach & Tully 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Tully River Classic Ex Cairns & Northern Beaches 6:30am - 6:00pm
Pickup Locations
  • Cairns
  • Cairns Northern Beaches
  • Mission Beach
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation


Operation may be affected by extreme weather events
Daily except Christmas & New Year's Day


Full day tour with up to 5 hours of rafting

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Shoe hire
  • Wetsuit hire
  • Souvenirs & images taken on the day
Fitness Level Required

Medium, Active

  • Medical questionnaire and Liability waiver to be signed before commencing tour
  • The Insurance Levy is payable direct on the day of travel
  • Not suitable for pregnant women
Eco Certifications
Ecotourism Certified
  • Swimming costume
  • Board shorts / Quick dry shorts
  • T-shirt or swim shirt
  • Towel
  • Dry change of clothes
  • Secure fitting, flat shoes.
  • Sunscreen and insect repellant
  • Hat
  • Cash or credit card for river levy, drinks & snacks.

  • Minimum age for participation is 13 years
  • All passengers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult on every tour

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.

  • Bookings cancelled or rescheduled within 24 HOURS before the tour departs will forfeit 100% of the total price paid.
  • We strongly recommend personal travel insurance

White Water Rafting on the Tully River

Tour Code: 477

Departing: Cairns

Pickup: Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches, Mission Beach

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

Child: au$139.00
Family: au$556.00

Tour Code: 477



15 yrs & over

13 - 14 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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