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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Seeking a white water rafting adventure? The Barron River, 20-minutes north of Cairns, offers spectacular scenery as you paddle through the Barron Gorge National Park on this exciting two-hour white water rafting tour from Cairns.
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In Brief

Location:
Kamerunga, Australia
Country:
Australia
Duration:
3 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
Daily
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The spectacular Barron Falls, further upstream, are considered a sacred site. The famous Kuranda Railway and Skyrail Cableway also traverse sections of the gorge. The rapids are up to Grade 3.

This heart thumping ride spears through The Barron Gorge National Park and the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics. In the calmer sections you will get to enjoy the ethereal beauty of the worlds oldest rainforest and waterfalls from a unique waterline perspective. During the day you will also discover why the Barron's rapids have names such as 'Rooster Tail', 'Cheese Churn' and 'Hells Gate'.

All you need to bring is lace-up shoes (that WILL get wet), swimming costume and towel (you will need to have your swimming costume already on when you are picked up), a spare change of clothes and don't forget the 15+ sunscreen. You will be provided with safety equipment, including life jacket, helmet and spray jacket, as well as light refreshments after the trip while viewing the day's photos.

Australian Whitewater Rafting Grading System.

Grades do vary when water levels vary. As a generalization grades tend to go higher as water levels increases because of the steep nature of river gradients in this country. These grades are referred to as the NORMAL grade. Below are the general characteristics of the six grades of whitewater.

The Barron Gorge is graded rapids up to 3.

RAPID GRADE (1) Rapids are small regular waves.

RAPID GRADE (2) Rapids with regular medium sized waves (less than 1 meter) RAPID GRADE (3) Rapids with reasonable size waves (1-2 meters) with a need to hold on at times.

Inclusions

  • Professional river guide
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • All rafting equipment (except shoes)
  • Coffee and/or Tea

Exclusions

  • Photos and DVD's (available for purchase)
  • Rafting shoes (available to hire)
  • All Fees and Taxes

Departure Point

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

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).

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • 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 13-18 years require a Parents or Guardians counter signature on waiver form
  • Minimum age is 13 years
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.96 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

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!!
• Submitted 23 Sep 2019
great company... safe.. informative... staff are funny... photos are excellent as well.. thrilling.. will be trying the next grade next time with them
• Submitted 13 Nov 2017
Great fun and a memorable day.
• Submitted 20 Mar 2017
BRILLIANT
• Submitted 21 Jul 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.
• Submitted 25 Mar 2016
This was so much fun! We had an absolute ball. Wish it went for longer!
• Submitted 05 Aug 2015
White water rafting was fantastic and the staff very competent and knowledgeable. Had an absolute blast and wished it had gone for longer!
• Submitted 27 May 2015
A great, safe and exciting experience. Our guide Mez did a great job. We were ready for more rapids, but the trip was a great intro for new rafters and an excellent afternoon trip.
• Submitted 24 Feb 2014
Wow!!
• Submitted 26 Aug 2013
great, safe, exhilarating fun!
• Submitted 29 Jul 2013
Had heaps of fun, but it was too short. Would try the full day Tully River rafting next time
• Submitted 19 Jul 2013
we had a ball. fun, friendly, safe but exhilarating
• Submitted 22 Jul 2013
My family has just come back from Cairns last weekend. It's a fantastic adventure. Our leader Jesse explains carefully how we cope with the rapids. My family had a very enjoyable and safe journey and will definitely go to the Tully River next time.
• Submitted 04 Jan 2013
Really great trip! First timer so was a bit aprehensive but was def a highlight of our trip.They put a package of photos on a usb for only $30 which was great. Guides are friendly and up for a laugh.
• Submitted 20 Nov 2012
Funtastic experience for a beginner, friendly staff, this tour will have you wanting more.
• Submitted 18 Sep 2012
We had a wonderful time. Our guide Marty was great. A fun adventure! Also, our first experience with reasonably priced photos! Thanks guys!
• Submitted 03 Mar 2012
Fantastic!!~
• Submitted 19 Dec 2011
All I can say is AMAZING! Guide was a riot and made sure it was a blast!
• Submitted 11 May 2011
Probably one of the best things I did in Australia, ideal if you're a beginner.
• Submitted 26 May 2010
It was a really wonderful experience. The price worked out cheaper with Viator.com. We were actually bumped to another provider when we called the actual provider. But, it was no hassles. I will look in Viator for future trips.
• Submitted 28 Jan 2010
This was lots of fun, and the guides were really funny. I really enjoyed the experience, and the Barron River has some good rapids on it. Perfect for beginners.
• Submitted 23 Dec 2009
As beginner's trip and introduction to white water rafting, this was excellent. Very well organised.
• Submitted 13 Oct 2008
It was awesome. I will definitely go again and strongly recommend it.
• Submitted 13 Oct 2008
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.
• Submitted 23 Jan 2017

In Brief

Location:
Kamerunga, Australia
Country:
Australia
Duration:
3 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
Daily

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