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  • 2 hours White Water Rafting
  • Beautiful Barron Gorge National Park
  • All equipment included
  • Training and guides included
  • Up to grade 3 rapids
  • Stunning rainforest scenery

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Barron River Half Day Rafting Self Drive

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The Cairns area's popular Barron River is a great venue to get out on the water and take part in a white water rafting adventure! This Barron River half day white water rafting tour - that includes all necessary rafting equipment - offers 2 hours of pure rafting fun, on a course that offers the intermediate challenge of Grade 3 rapids. With guaranteed water levels all year round, the Barron River makes for the ideal rafting destination due to its reasonable distance form Cairns.

Booking this tour will let you join a friendly, experienced guide and the rest of your rafters on the alternating smooth and bumpy waters of the Barron River as it winds its way through the heart of the Barron Gorge National Park. You'll be surrounded by the beautiful greenery of Cairns' tropical natural rainforest that provides a great visual contrast to the waters you'll be having fun on - if you're out for a semi-challenging, enjoyable rafting experience in the Cairns region, then this is the package for you!


  • 2 hours of White Water Rafting on the Barron River
  • Rafting equipment
  • Guaranteed water levels all year round
  • All tuition (no experience necessary)


  • Hotel transfers (you will need to make your own way to the rafting departure point, 100 Lake Placid Rd, Caravonica)
  • Meals
  • A $30 per person Rafting Levy is not included and is payable directly to the local tour operator on the day of the activity


  • Fun, exciting and exhilarating for all the family
  • Rafting in the beautiful Barron Gorge
  • Close to Cairns & Port Douglas


  • Please meet at 100 Lake Placid Rd, Caravonica at least 30 minutes prior to tour departure. Tours depart Fridays, Saturdays and Wednesdays at 2pm and return at 5.30pm

Departure Location

  • Please meet at 100 Lake Placid Rd, Caravonica (Approx 25 minute drive from Cairns City and 60 minute drive from Port Douglas). Once you have received your voucher, please call the operator to confirm the tour departure time

What To Bring

  • Your tour voucher and $30 Rafting Levy (cash or credit card accepted)
  • Swimming costume
  • Towel
  • Money for souvenirs and snacks
  • Leave all jewellery and valuables at your accommodation
  • A change of clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Secure footwear that you will be prepared to get wet

Terms And Conditions

  • Please note that some medical conditions, disabilities and impairments may exclude participants from rafting for safety reasons, e.g. pregnancy and serious vision impairments. Passengers should disclose any medical condition, disabilities and impairments at time of booking
  • Every participant must sign a Liability Release Form prior to commencing rafting tours
  • For safety reasons, some medical conditions, disabilities and impairments may exclude participants from rafting. Passengers should disclose any medical conditions at time of booking
  • Passengers under the age of 18 years must have a parent or guardian to sign the Liability Release Form on their behalf
  • Minimum age is 12yrs

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
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Nathan Foley 4 months ago
A great afternoon of action on the Barron River. We did self-drive and were picked up near caravan park on lake placid road. A short drive up to the top with a little paperwork on the way went in no time. Did this with my 2 boys and they also loved it. The guides were well drilled and made it good fun. Great scenery which was a bonus to the action itself. Keen to do it again.
A great afternoon of action on the Barron River
Nathan Foley 4 months ago

A great afternoon of action on the Barron River. We did self-drive and were picked up near caravan park on lake placid road. A short drive up to the top with a little paperwork on the way went in no time. Did this with my 2 boys and they also loved it. The guides were well drilled and made it good fun. Great scenery which was a bonus to the action itself. Keen to do it again.

Honestly it was such a great experience
Kate Armstrong 2 years ago

Honestly it was such a great experience! The instructors were incredibly friendly and helped everybody feel comfortable and at ease, we had a lot of fun together as a group. We didn't know everybody in the raft but by then end we were a team! Even though our raft got stuck at one point, throwing a few people out, the instructors remained calm and helped make sure everybody was safe. All the equipment was in good condition, I felt safe at all times and was able to enjoy the ride! I would 100% do this again and would 100% recommend the experience to friends.

Its a wonderful experience we had with u guys
Muhammad 3 years ago

Its a wonderful experience we had with u guys. Team is very friendly. They made it so safe and secure. We were scared initially but got comfortable once we started it. Max gave us briefing before starting and it was great. Enjoyed the joke max told us during the rafting. You guys really work hard to make these acrivities wonderful. Really appreciate it. Will definitely recommend to family and friends back home. Thanks a lot!

The day was terrific
Jeanne Lee 3 years ago

The day was terrific. Our guide Dylan was great fun and made the trip down the river entertaining. The rafting crew were highly professional and proficient in getting the group out and moving quickly. The great start for a first time white water rafting. Thanks.

Time to pickup: sharp on time
Ivo 3 years ago

Time to pickup: sharp on time. Attention by staff: superb. They walked us carefully through the process, especially since this was our first time. Their names were Mickey (from Kiwiland) and Ben (The pirate who boarded our ship as he wished). For them, we want to express our best words of praise and gratitude. They made this an unforgettable experience. Highly recommend this tour and this company for river rafting in Cairns.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable and exhilarating experience
Neil 4 years ago

This was a thoroughly enjoyable and exhilarating experience. I'd never done white water rafting before and the instruction we were given before hand set us all up well for what to do and how to deal with every situation that arose. From the first rapid to the last it was adrenaline pumping and full of laughs and fun. At the end we spent 15 minutes or so cruising gently over lake placid while our guide gave us a biology talk on the local area and in particular the rain forest. A thoroughly enjoyable half day from beginning to end. I would highly recommend anyone to do this. We had a guy on with us who couldn't swim and he was fine so there's no excuse not to try this amazing experience. What you waiting for. Book it. You won't regret it.

Being the first timer
Wendy 4 years ago

Being the first timer, I was nervous before getting into the raft, but the experience turned out to be great fun. Friendly and experienced staff made the trip memorable. Will definitely do it again.

We quite enjoyed the whole rafting activity
Khai Theng Wai 4 years ago

We quite enjoyed the whole rafting activity. They can have more improvement in safety issue and may lengthen the period of rafting.

Barron River rafting was truly enjoyable
Namis 4 years ago

Barron River rafting was truly enjoyable. I learned the many skills that is used for rafting in dangerous river waters. And made lots of awesome friends in the process. I also did some swimming in the cold waters of Barron River. It was Fun!!! Had an awesome time!

Fantastic - I wish I'd had the time to do a full day
Sarah 6 years ago

Fantastic - I wish I'd had the time to do a full day! All of the paperwork etc was done on the bus there so that meant we could pretty much get ready and straight into the water. You leave your stuff on the bus and go straight out on the raft to meet the bus at the bottom. Each raft holds a group of 6 and the rapids are enough to be fun without being too scary - perfect for the first-timer like me! The instructions are really well explained and you do a few practice runs before you get out on the raft. They talk to you about the river a little bit as you go and there are a couple of points where you get to stop and swim about in the river and a few photo opportunities along the way too (taken by staff on the banks). Once you get to the bottom, you can get your stuff off the bus to get changed (in some public toilets, unfortunately, but at least in private if you need!). You can also grab a drink etc there. You only get about 15-20 mins at the end to get changed but you're never rushed at any point. On the drive back you can order your photos to be sent to you anywhere in the world at a set price. Remember your instructor's name because you put it on the form to get your photos back. Some other main things to remember are to wear your swimwear there as there aren't any changing facilities at the start, and wear proper shoes that you can get wet! You can't wear flip-flops/thongs as you'll loose them and you can't go barefoot because the rocks you walk across are sharp and pointy! Crocs work well, but I personally wore chucks and just brought a change of shoes with me. Basically they need to be able to stay on your feet securely. Also, you leave your bags and everything on the bus, so don't bring valuables just in case. Don't bother bringing cameras or anything like that - you WILL get wet. You'll end up in the river whether you meant to or not.

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Take some dry clothes with you for the return journey home, as you will get really wet on the tour. You can leave extra clothing on the bus, but it's suggested to leave any valuables at your hotel, as you won't want to lose them in the river.
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