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Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns

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Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Experience the fun and thrills of a half-day whitewater rafting trip on the Barron River, located just 20 minutes north of Cairns. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics as you raft through stunning terrain, including highlights such as Barron Falls. Your expert guide provides all necessary rafting equipment and paddling instruction for the 2-hour rafting trip, you simply bring clothes that can get wet. No experience needed for this fun and safe rafting excursion. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off from Cairns and the Northern Beaches.
  • Feel the rush of white water rafting on this half-day tour from Cairns
  • 2-hours rafting through Barron Gorge National Park
  • Safety equipment including spray jackets, helmets and life jackets
  • Rapids are graded to 3, perfect for beginners
  • English-speaking informative and enthusiastic river guides
  • Hotel pick up and drop off from centrally located Cairns and Northern Beaches hotels
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Professional river guide
Transport by private vehicle
Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
All rafting equipment (except shoes)
Coffee and/or Tea
Photos and DVD's (available for purchase)
Rafting shoes (available to hire)
$30 per person levy is payable direct on day of travel

Departure Point

1: Lake Placid Road, Lake Placid Rd, Kamerunga QLD 4870, Australia
2: Palm Cove, Palm Cove, Cairns Region, Queensland
3: Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Traveler pickup is offered
We can pick up from any Cairns City accommodation. Guests are more than welcome to make their own way to Lake Placid Park (self drive).

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After hotel pickup in Cairns or the Northern Beaches, transfer to the river where your guide welcomes you.

Receive a safety briefing and get outfitted with the provided gear, including life jackets, helmets and paddles. Then learn paddling basics from professional guide, before hopping in your raft for a thrilling ride through Barron Gorge National Park.

As you glide through calmer sections, admire the surrounding World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics and hear about regional animal life, plants and highlights such as Barron Falls. The famous Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway also traverse sections of the gorge.

Expect to get wet when you go through rapids with colorful names such as Rooster Tail and Cheese Churn. This section of the Barron River is rated as grade three, which means that the waves can measure approximately 3–6 feet (1–2 meters) and passengers need to hold on at times in rapids. Bring sturdy shoes that can get wet, swimsuit and towel, plus dry clothes to change into after your trip.

After your 3.5-hour rafting trip, your tour ends with hotel drop-off.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Children aged 12-18 years require a Parents or Guardians counter signature on waiver form
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Raging Thunder White Water Rafting

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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns.
What is the maximum group size during Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns?
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns.

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Traveler Tips

  • "some of the guides/staff need to work on personal hygiene with increased use of deodorant especially when working in close proximity to other people." See review


66 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Fun Adrenaline Pump
, Jul 2021
Overall it was a really enjoyable experience. The rapids were really fun and the bus picked us up on time. Our guide Jordan was very knowledgeable and made the trip safe while also pumping the adrenaline. Some downsides: - The hidden river levy ($30 per person), this is not included when booking online and is collect on the bus - you’re required to carry the raft back out of the water up the hill at the end. - some of the guides/staff need to work on personal hygiene with increased use of deodorant especially when working in close proximity to other people.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Good to hear you enjoyed your rafting trip with Jordan, thanks for traveling with us! :)
Best memories and laughter ever!
, Jun 2021
Justin our guide was a legend and got us through the rapids with ease and so much fun. All the staff were wonderful, the equipment was good, the views were stunning and safety was a priority.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed your Barron Rafting trip with Justin and the crew, great to hear! Thanks for traveling with us :)
White water rafting
, May 2021
Sarah was a fantastic guide. Great afternoon had by all. The rapids were great for the kids first white water rafting experience.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thanks for letting us know you and your kids had a fantastic time white water rafting with Sarah, we appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback :)
Amazing experience
, Apr 2021
Amazing experience. Sarah made it easy to understand how not to capsize or run into a boulder without killing ourselves. :) Really enjoyed our time and we will be back. Thanks Sarah Wheny and Darryl
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thanks for your wonderful feedback Wheny and Darryl, great to hear how much you enjoyed your Barron River Rafting trip with Sarah! :)
Exciting but not dangerous
, Jan 2021
The tequila guy is super experienced and highly recommended. We very much enjoy being able to raft with him
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thanks for letting us know you had a great day rafting with our crew!
Super fun!!
, Sep 2019
This was a last minute booking but so glad we did it! The company was very responsive to our inquiries and made everything very easy. Well organized and our guide - Sammy was great! Navigated the raft expertly and made sure we got the full experience. Definitely recommend doing this!!
great company... safe...
Dior b
, Nov 2017
great company... safe.. informative... staff are funny... photos are excellent as well.. thrilling.. will be trying the next grade next time with them
We went on this tour after a lot of...
Colleen Q
, Jan 2017
We went on this tour after a lot of rain, so what was billed as category 3 rapids was catagory 5 per the guide the day we went. This should have, at the very least, been told to passengers before the pick up so folks could opt out. The guide, let the passengers self-select where they wanted to sit in the raft. We had the two weakest, and most inexperienced rafters in the front. Many people, including our guide, myself 2ce and my husband were hurled from the boat. After the first men overboard, the guide gave more tips to the front rowers, but as the leader, he really should have put them in the middle and the strongest rowers up front.
This half day 'introduction' to...
, Mar 2016
This half day 'introduction' to WWRafting is good and long enough for most people. There is a day-long tour offered by Viator and I think this would be the next logical step if you enjoyed the half day. The Raft holds six people and a skipper who works very hard to get the best thrills. We sometimes got stuck on the rocks - it happens. We start with donning life jackets and I strongly recommend you hire their raft shoes. The raft fills with water to above your ankles so your own trainers get soaked, as does the whole of you. Flip-flops and slip-ons are not good as they are dangerous. Rafts automatically drain themselves so they never sink, in case you were wondering I wore swimmers and t-shirt some people also put on swiming goggles to avoid water in their eyes. The eventure starts with a safety briefing and trying out the various instructions: these are important as WWR can be dangerous. I felt safe with our guide who certainly steered clear of problems. There are some big-ish rapids which throw you about some smaller ones and at one stage we get to go for a swim and flaot down minor rapids - like Baloo the bear in The Jungle Book. Be prepared to get soaked and to fall in although this is not recommended, it happened to me. You do need to be flexible and this is not good for people with bad backs or necks. You also need to think 'safety' all the time and be agile enough to move quickly within the Raft. Professional photographs are worth it the helmets have GoPro attahcments too if you want your own. Overall a good half-day professional team easy pick-up. There were gaps between the thrills of the rapids so perhaps a half day is indeed ideal.
i loved it - the staff were great...
, Jan 2016
i loved it - the staff were great - my first experience WWR - and I'm no spring chicken - it was a lot of fun

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