5 star rating: Highly Recommended 62 Reviews

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  • Location: Cairns, Northern Beaches or Palm Cove area
  • Duration:  12 hours (approx.)
Want to go white water rafting on your vacation to Tropical North Queensland? Go rafting on the the Tully River on this action packed full-day white water rafting adventure from Cairns! The Tully River rafting adventure, one of Australia's most popular rafting excursions, winds through World Heritage Rainforest and offers rapids up to grade 4.

Highlights

  • 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

The Tully River is Australia's best and most famous one-day white water rafting experience. It's North Queensland's ultimate white water, white knuckle adventure, with up to 5 hours of rafting over more than 45 rapids through World Heritage Rainforest.

The drive to Tully, 87 miles (140 kilometers) south of Cairns, is a scenic journey through cloud-covered coastal mountains, clear rivers and streams, fields of sugar cane and exotic fruits. Rafting in North Queensland has the advantage of departures all year round, tropical water temperatures and ease of access to compliment breath-taking scenery and rapids.

Rapids include the unforgettable "Alarm Clock", "Wet and Moisty", "Stair Case" and the dramatic "Theatre" - all before a riverside BBQ lunch opposite "Ponytail Falls" where time is made to replenish your batteries before the afternoon's remaining rapids.

All you need to bring is lace-up shoes (that WILL get wet), swim suit and towel (you will need to be wearing your swim suit at the time of pick 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.

Itinerary

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 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 size 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 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!

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!

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.

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Absolutely fantastic day out, highlight of our holiday, we laughed all day. Tim was great, we certainly had the best guide. Highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Lots of fun - greatly appreciated having a river guide on the raft who didn't talk to us as if we were 8 years old. Thanks Al.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

The absolute best day of my life. Was terrified beforehand but it was an amazing experience is recommend to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

It was freaking fun experience I ever done! Tully National park was really real nature!
And Fun and friendly guide and staff! I never forget this Tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Absolutely adrenalin pumping experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Our instructor Sean was patient with us and taught us the basic skills. It helped that I had a really good team as well. Enjoyable day and the surroundings were fantastic. It was very surreal.

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