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Tully River Rafting Excursion - Tour from Cairns

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    • Adults (13+)
  • Children from age 0 to 12 are not allowed.
    • The tour is led by expert guides
    • Enjoy a BBQ lunch on the river banks
    • Experience the thrill of white water rafting in the stunning rainforest
    • Book in confidence – our local partners are highly rated by users of Trip Advisor
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    12 hours (Rafting duration: 5 hours)

    Start Time

    Start Time: 0630h (06:30am)
    Duration: 12 hours (Rafting duration: 5 hours)

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Cairns or Northern Beaches.
    (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Cairns or Northern Beaches

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview Experience the thrill of Grade 4 rapids as you raft down the Tully river. Trained guides will make this experience truly memorable.

    While some other rivers in the area are subject to very high or low water levels, a hydroelectric plant far upstream on the Tully regulates the water flow to keep it at consistent levels.

    You will love the beautiful scenery of the World Heritage rainforest, exciting adrenalin-inducing rapids and great food. Prior rafting experience is not necessary, your enthusiasm is!


    You will be picked up early morning from your centrally located hotel in Cairns or Northern Beaches and proceed towards the Tully River rafting point in an air conditioned vehicle. Don your safety gear and receive instructions and safety guidelines.

    You will have trained guides steering inflatable rafts to help, guide and power the raft down the river.

    Tackle 12 kilometres of river winding through the World Heritage Rainforest. You’ll experience 44 rapids graded between 3 and 4 by the Australian Whitewater Rafting Grading System.

    Enjoy a BBQ lunch along with cold drinks.

    The tour ends at the starting point.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Hotel pick-up & drop-off
    • Up to 5 hours of white water rafting
    • Grade 3-4 rapids
    • All tuition and equipment, no experience necessary
    • "Rescue 3" trained river guides
    • Barbecue lunch
    • Rafting Levy payable direct
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details

    The tour from Northern Beaches requires a minimum of 7 passengers to operate. If you book this tour and the minimum of 7 passengers is not met then you will be given the option to move to another departure date or a full refund will be given

    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

    Rafters may encounter different conditions. Here is the Australian Whitewater Rafting Grading System. (1995)

    RAPID GRADE (1) Rapids are small regular waves. The passage is clear and easy to recognize and negotiate. Care may be needed with obstacles like fallen trees and bridge piers

    RAPID GRADE (2) Rapids with regular medium sized waves (less than 1 m); low ledges or drops; easy eddies and gradual bends. The passage is easy to recognize and is generally unobstructed although there may be rocks in the main current, overhanging branches or log jams

    RAPID GRADE (3) Rapids with fairly high waves (1-2 m); broken water, stoppers and strong eddies; exposed rocks; small falls. The passage may be difficult to recognize on the river and inspection from the bank may be required

    Manoeuvering to negotiate the rapids is required


    Difficult rapids with high, powerful, irregular waves; broken and confused water; often boiling eddies; strong stoppers; ledges; drops and dangerous exposed rocks. The passage is often difficult to recognize and inspection from the bank is preferable. Precise and sequential manoeuvering is required

    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

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