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Barron River White Water Rafting Tour – From Cairns & Northern Beaches

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Key Highlights

  • Make your way through a gush of white water with this rafting tour
  • The route takes you through a world heritage listed rainforest
  • Get photographed while you fight the waves at the infamous Rooster Tail
  • Suitable for first time rafters
  • English speaking guide will be at your disposal at all times
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off from Cairns and the Northern Beaches
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    4 hours

    Start time

    1400h (2:00pm)
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meeting Point

    You will be picked up from your hotel in Cairns or the Northern Beaches. (please advise your hotel details at the time of booking).

    Ending Point

    Same as the start point

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Raft your way through the famous Barron Gorge, a world heritage listed rainforest and enjoy an action-packed afternoon of fun and adventure.

    Raft through the Barron Gorge National Park onboard an inflatable raft. The rapids on the Barron River are grade 2 and 3, which means they're ideal for first timers. Also tackle the infamous Rooster Tail where an action photograph will be taken to capture the moment.

    At the end of the adventure, you can optionally enjoy swim in Lake Placid.


    For your Barron River White Water Rafting Tour, you will depart from your hotel in Cairns or Northern Beaches from 1:45 pm onwards. The course of your tour for the entire duration is as follows:

    1:45pm to 2:25pm: You will travel to Lake Placid, a suburb of Cairns, after being picked up from your accommodation.

    2:30pm to 3:00pm: You will meet your river guide and your fellow paddlers on the bank of the River Barron. The guide will give you your rafting gear, after which you are ready to hit the waters.

    3:00pm to 4:45pm: Your guide will give you safety instructions and train you in paddling techniques and command, before you start your rafting experience through scenic Barron Gorge. Tackle grade 2 and 3 rapids including the infamous Rooster Tail where action photos will be taken, before cooling off with a refreshing swim in Lake Placid which is optional

    4:45pm to 5:15pm: After rafting, relax with some tea or coffee and change into dry clothes. Also, check out the photographs of your rafting act and rewind the experience in your mind.

    < b>5:30pm to 6:00pm: You will be dropped back to your hotel in Cairns or Northern Beaches.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Return accommodation transfers
    • Introduction to white water rafting technique
    • Grade 2-3 moderate rapids
    • Rescue 3 trained river guides
    • Up to 2 hours of white water rafting
    • All tuition and equipment, no experience necessary
    • Bonus: Shoe hire per person
    • Tea, coffee and water


    • AUD25.00 Rafting levy, payable direct
    • Optional purchase of souvenirs and photographs
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
    There should be minimum 12 passengers for guaranteed departure. Should this number not be met for your chosen date you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund.
    A rafting levy of AUD25.00 per person applies. This charge is payable direct and subject to change without notice.
    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. What to Bring:Lace up shoes or adventure sandals for wearing on raft (which will get wet)Swimming costume (optional shorts, T'shirt /singlet for wearing over costume)Cap to wear under helmet (optional)Waterproof sunscreenComplete change of dry clothes including shoes, towelMoney for photos and levyPlease leave jewelry and valuables at home