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  • Location: Cairns, Northern Beaches, Australia
  • Duration:  3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Seeking a white water rafting adventure? The Barron River, 20-minutes north of Cairns, offers spectacular scenery including the Barron Falls on this two-hour white water rafting tour from Cairns.

Highlights

  • 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

Best Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns

Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns

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.

Customer Reviews

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!

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Wow!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

great, safe, exhilarating fun!

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

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.

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.

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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