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  • Location:Cairns, Northern Beaches, Australia
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns

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

What You Can Expect

Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns

Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns

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.

Customer Reviews

Viv C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was so much fun! We had an absolute ball. Wish it went for longer!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

White water rafting was fantastic and the staff very competent and knowledgeable. Had an absolute blast and wished it had gone for longer!

Jeremiah D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

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.

Francesca P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013


Garry H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

great, safe, exhilarating fun!

Garry H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

we had a ball. fun, friendly, safe but exhilarating


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Had heaps of fun, but it was too short. Would try the full day Tully River rafting next time

Peggy S W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 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.

Avril C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

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.

indiana g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Funtastic experience for a beginner, friendly staff, this tour will have you wanting more.

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