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  • Location:Cairns, Northern Beaches or Palm Cove area
  • Duration:12 hours (approx.)

Tully River Full-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns including BBQ Lunch

This Tully River rafting trip provides an action-packed full day of adventure in North Queensland, including five hours of white-water rafting with experienced river guides and a barbecue lunch. Paddle your raft through 45 or so rapids — some up to Grade 4 — with the World Heritage–listed rainforest as your scenic backdrop. Tully Gorge National Park boasts one of Australia's most popular rafting excursions, including opportunities to jump from the rocks into the tropical water. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off from Cairns, Northern Beaches and Mission Beach.


  • Action packed Tully River white water rafting full-day adventure from Cairns
  • 5-hours rafting through Tully River -- more than 45 rapids
  • Rapids are graded to 4 -- perfect for all levels of experience
  • Raft through World Heritage Rainforest
  • Enjoy a riverside BBQ lunch including refreshments
  • English-speaking informative and enthusiastic river guides
  • Hotel pick up and drop off from centrally located Cairns and Northern Beaches

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

One of the most amazing rafting adventures! Start out with the more challenging rapids to get the adrenaline flowing, then stop for a well-earned lunch before taking it a bit easier in the afternoon. The guides are very focused on your safety and enjoyment throughout. One of my all-time favorites!

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What You Can Expect

Tully River Full-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns including BBQ Lunch

Tully River, Ponytail Falls

Located approx. 87 miles (140 km) south of Cairns, Tully Gorge National Park is a premiere destination while visiting North Queensland. With tropical water temperatures year-round, Tully River white-water rafting provides the ultimate day trip.

Enjoy a convenient hotel pickup, including Northern Beaches and Mission Beach, or make your way to the designated starting point from Tully. Relax during the scenic drive to Tully, traveling through cloud-covered coastal mountains and past clear streams and sugarcane fields.

After a safety briefing and some paddling instruction from your river guide, you're provided with a life jacket, spray jacket and helmet in preparation for a white-knuckle adventure, including up to 5 hours of rafting over more than 45 rapids. Your guide helps to maneuver the raft over the rapids, which include some up to Grade 4. Ride the unforgettable Alarm Clock, Wet and Moisty, Stair Case and the dramatic Theatre all before a riverside barbecue lunch opposite Ponytail Falls.

Have free time here to recharge your batteries and take in the breathtaking scenery of the World Heritage–listed rainforest before negotiating the afternoon's remaining rapids. Afterward, change into dry clothes and end your full-day tour with a hotel drop-off.


Australian White-water Rafting Grading System
Grades do vary when water levels vary. As a generalization grades tend to go higher as water levels increase 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 grades of whitewater.

The Tully River is graded rapids up to 4.

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-sizes waves (1-2 meters) with a need to hold on at times
RAPID GRADE (4) Difficult rapids with high, powerful, irregular waves. Continual maneuvering of rafts is required to negotiate rapids

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

MY daughter's favorite of ALL the things she did in Sydney and Cairns!
She climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge, toured the Opera House, did a private tour
of Sydney Taronga Zoo, joined the Blue Mountains and Featherdale Wildlife Park/Zoo,
BUNGY JUMPED and did the MINGY SWING at Cairns, snorkeled the Great BArrier
MOST FAVORITE!!! She didn't want it to end!!! FUN FUN FUN!!! A MUST DO!!!

Marianne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Just awesome, so much fun!

Chris M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

from the hotel pick up to drop off the whole day was very organised, we had so much fun rafting, the guides were great and very safety conscious. Would definately recommend this to anybody looking for fun and thrills, not necessary to be a good swimmer, we had two non swimmers in our group

Laura M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016


Gjermund Å

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Awesome rafting trip.
Rafting through the rainforest, and with comfortable temperatures in the water.
Absolutely incredible. I loved every second.
The waterfalls are fine for beginners, but also fun for those who have some experience.
Good lunch halfway on the trip.
Wish rafting trip was even longer. But it just means that I have to go back to do it again.

Melissa N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

What a great day. Had a fab trip with a great host Angelo who kept us amused and informed about the beautiful area we were rafting through. I bought pictures that their photographer took. A great reminder of our fun day. I would do again if I am in the area a must do while in cairns

Brian P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fantastic day!! Great guide to take us down the Tully ! Thanks Paul! Very professional and operated as a team with everyone. Always took care of the customers!! I would come back and do it again for sure!

Katie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Wow! Fab day, one of the best things we've ever done. Brilliant guide who made the day so much fun, a real adrenaline rush - my fiance is now trying to find somewhere in the UK to do it for his stag do as he loved it so much! Only downside is the photos are expensive, but all around great day out!

Stacy E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

My first time whitewater rafting and it was amazing! They let you hop off the boat and float the river a bit which was really fun. Guides were very knowledgable and fun! Would definatelyits reccomend.

David E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

When you get there, there is an Extreme option. Don't book the extreme. It's exactly like the full day tour except you jump off a couple more rocks. Anyway, we had an AWESOME time!

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