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Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns or Port Douglas

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Tackle the grade II and III rapids of the Barron River on this adrenaline-pumping half-day tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. Prepare to get wet and wild as you hurtle over the rapids, then float downstream past the jagged cliffs, plunging ravines and lush rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park. Best of all: with gentle rapids and full instruction provided, this tour is suitable for all levels, including complete beginners.
  • White water rafting tour from Cairns or Port Douglas
  • Navigate the Grade II and III rapids of the Barron River
  • Full instruction provided: suitable for complete beginners
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pickup and round-trip coach transport
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Hotel pickup and drop-off from Cairns or Port Douglas with transport by air-conditioned coach
Safety equipment
River guide
National park fees
Air-conditioned vehicle
AU$30 river levy (payable direct)
Optional extras such as shoe rental ($5)
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Snacks (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from all hotels and accommodations in Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Children between 12 and 17 years require a parent or guardian to sign a waiver form
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Foaming Fury

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What time is pickup and drop off for the Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting tour?
A:For guests staying in the Cairns area, approximate pickup is 2 pm with drop off around 5:30 pm. For guests staying in Port Douglas, approximate pickup is 1:15 pm with drop off around 6:30 pm.
Jun 2021
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Can I bring my young child with me on the Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting tour?
A:For safety reasons, the minimum age to participate is 12 years old. Guests under 18 years old require a parent/guardian to sign their waiver form in order to participate.
Jun 2021
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Can I sign the waiver for the Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting tour prior to arrival?
A:Yes - you will receive a link to the electronic waiver form on your ticket upon confirmation.
Jun 2021
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How long do we spend on the river during the Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting tour?
A:The group will spend approximately 2 hours white water rafting.
Jun 2021
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Can I participate in the Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting tour if I have medical conditions?
A:Some medical conditions, disabilities, and impairments may exclude participants from rafting for safety reasons. Guests should disclose any medical condition, disabilities, and impairments at the time of booking.
Jun 2021
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How do you keep guests safe during the Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting tour?
A:All customers are fitted with hand-checked, top-of-the-line safety equipment. Safety handouts are provided in various languages. Detailed safety talks are conducted prior to any rafting and guides monitor passenger safety during every rapid.
Jun 2021
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What kind of training do the guides have on the Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting tour?
A:Guides receive regular ongoing first aid and river training to maintain existing high standards. All guides carry safety equipment to deal with any situation. Guides also have detailed knowledge of their local area and surroundings.
Jun 2021
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What should I bring with me on the Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting tour?
A:Bring your ticket, a large towel, a change of clothes, water-resistant sunscreen, and cash/credit card for the $30 river levy and any additional souvenirs and snacks. Please leave all jewelry and valuables at home or at your accommodation.
Jun 2021
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What should I wear on the Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting tour?
A:Wear your swimsuit under your clothes and secure footwear (lace-up shoes or reef sandals that will get wet.) If you do not have appropriate shoes (or don't want your shoes to get wet) you can rent shoes for $5 upon arrival.
Jun 2021
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What kind of rapids will we encounter during the Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting tour?
A:On this tour you will enjoy approximately 2 hours rafting on rapids up to grade 3. Your experienced guide will be with you the whole time to make sure you have a safe, fun time!
Jun 2021
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What are grade 1 rapids?
A:Grade 1 rapids are defined as: Rapids are small to regular waves. The passage is clear and easy to recognize and negotiate. Care may be needed with obstacles like fallen trees and bridge piers.
Jun 2021
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What are grade 2 rapids?
A:Grade 2 rapids are defined as rapids with medium-sized waves (less than 1 m); low ledges or drops; easy eddies and gradual bends. The passage is easy to recognize and generally unobstructed though there may be rocks, overhanging branches or log jams.
Jun 2021
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What are grade 3 rapids?
A:Grade 3 rapids are defined as 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 from on the river. Maneuvering to negotiate the rapids is required.
Jun 2021
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Can I participate in the Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting tour if I have no prior experience?
A:Absolutely! The Barron River Half Day Tour is a fantastic introduction to White Water Rafting. It’s fun, exciting, and exhilarating, suitable for beginners or experienced rafters alike! No experience is necessary.
Jun 2021
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What is the policy on sanitization during Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns or Port Douglas?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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What is the maximum group size during Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns or Port Douglas?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 70 travelers.

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Happy Days
G-T-M
, Jun 2021
Fun activity all in all (Sarah (our guide) did a great job, explaining, apart from a couple of paddles not being held properly, other done that happy days! Enjoyed the swim time.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Good to hear you had fun rafting on the Barron River, thanks for sharing your feedback! :)
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A fun afternoon
Jordan_R
, Jun 2021
We had a fun day. The guides were great. Beautiful surroundings. Rapids are pretty mild, so not a thrill seeking option but would be perfect for families or for a first try at rafting. Everything is very safe. Our favourite part was the mother in law (not something I’d usually say). Thanks guys.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Ha ha, I hope your mother in law doesn't see that! ;) Great to hear you had a fun afternoon rafting, thanks for sharing your feedback and for traveling with us.
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Best experience
JINSUN_S
, Jun 2021
Juzzy was a great guide for us! It was safe and also very fun! would definitely go back! this activity made our honeymoon perfect!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Congratulations on your wedding! Great to hear Juzzy made your honeymoon perfect, thanks for traveling with us! :)
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Good intro to white water rafting
daz4shaz
, May 2021
Loved it, Great intro to white water raftinh. Johny our guide was amazing. Next time we will do the Tully rapids.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed your Barron Rafting trip with Johnny, we look forward to taking you down the Tully sometime in the future! :)
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Fast safe fun
Tiffany_L
, May 2021
Our guide Andy was professional but also a lot of fun, we felt safe the whole time and had an amazing time on the rapids. Thanks so much for the great day!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thanks for letting us know what an amazing time you had rafting with Andy, thank you for traveling with us! :)
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Awesome experience
Bradley_S
, May 2021
Had a great afternoon ,what a beautiful river & Andy our guide was fantastic .awesome rapids .will definitely recommend to others
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback and recommendation, we're rapt to hear what a great trip you had with Andy! :)
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Great day out
Caroline_S
, May 2021
The team was awesome, entertaining but professional. Made for an exciting day. Thanks heaps for making my nieces 18th birthday a time she will never forget 😊
icon Response from Host , May 2021
We're so happy we were able to help make your nieces 18th birthday a day to remember! :) Thanks for choosing to celebrate with us!
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A rapid experience
Arron_G
, May 2021
From pick up to drop off we had the most amazing afternoon in the company of Kye and Kris. It was our first time doing rafting of any kind & will most certainly not be our last. A big thank you to the 2 guys for making the day a memorable one!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Great to hear you were so well looked after by Kris & Kye and had a memorable rafting trip! We hope to be able to take you rafting again in the future :)
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Enjoyable and exciting.
Penny_K
, May 2021
Thoroughly enjoyed myself and the guides were fantastic. Great experience with lovely scenery. Perfect set up and was great to be picked up and dropped back to our accommodation.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed your Barron Rafting trip, and we agree the scenery is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your great feedback :)
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Fun time on the barron river
CHLOE_MS
, May 2021
It was a great crew that made me feel comfortable and safe. The rapids were fun. Would recommend it for a beginner.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Great to hear you had a fun trip rafting on the Barron River and felt safe, thanks for your feedback and recommendation :)
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