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Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns or Port Douglas

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From $84.77

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  • 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Tackle the grade II and III rapids of the Barron River on this adrenaline-pumping half-day tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. Prepare to get wet and wild as you hurtle over the rapids, then float downstream past the jagged cliffs, plunging ravines and lush rainforest of the Barron Gorge National Park. Best of all: with gentle rapids and full instruction provided, this tour is suitable for all levels, including complete beginners.
  • White water rafting tour from Cairns or Port Douglas
  • Navigate the Grade II and III rapids of the Barron River
  • Full instruction provided: suitable for complete beginners
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pickup and round-trip coach transport

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Cairns or Port Douglas with transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Safety equipment
  • River guide
  • National park fees
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • AU$30 river levy (payable direct)
  • Optional extras such as shoe rental ($5)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Snacks (available to purchase)

Departure & Return

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Please Note

We pick up from all hotels and accommodations in Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Children between 12 and 17 years require a parent or guardian to sign a waiver form
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travelers
Operated by Foaming Fury

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:What time is pickup and drop off for the Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting tour?

A:For guests staying in the Cairns area, approximate pickup is 2 pm with drop off around 5:30 pm. For guests staying in Port Douglas, approximate pickup is 1:15 pm with drop off around 6:30 pm.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring my young child with me on the Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting tour?

A:For safety reasons, the minimum age to participate is 12 years old. Guests under 18 years old require a parent/guardian to sign their waiver form in order to participate.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I sign the waiver for the Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting tour prior to arrival?

A:Yes - you will receive a link to the electronic waiver form on your ticket upon confirmation.

Jun 2021

Q:How long do we spend on the river during the Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting tour?

A:The group will spend approximately 2 hours white water rafting.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I participate in the Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting tour if I have medical conditions?

A:Some medical conditions, disabilities, and impairments may exclude participants from rafting for safety reasons. Guests should disclose any medical condition, disabilities, and impairments at the time of booking.

Jun 2021

Q:How do you keep guests safe during the Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting tour?

A:All customers are fitted with hand-checked, top-of-the-line safety equipment. Safety handouts are provided in various languages. Detailed safety talks are conducted prior to any rafting and guides monitor passenger safety during every rapid.

Jun 2021

Q:What kind of training do the guides have on the Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting tour?

A:Guides receive regular ongoing first aid and river training to maintain existing high standards. All guides carry safety equipment to deal with any situation. Guides also have detailed knowledge of their local area and surroundings.

Jun 2021

Q:What should I bring with me on the Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting tour?

A:Bring your ticket, a large towel, a change of clothes, water-resistant sunscreen, and cash/credit card for the $30 river levy and any additional souvenirs and snacks. Please leave all jewelry and valuables at home or at your accommodation.

Jun 2021

Q:What should I wear on the Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting tour?

A:Wear your swimsuit under your clothes and secure footwear (lace-up shoes or reef sandals that will get wet.) If you do not have appropriate shoes (or don't want your shoes to get wet) you can rent shoes for $5 upon arrival.

Jun 2021

Q:What kind of rapids will we encounter during the Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting tour?

A:On this tour you will enjoy approximately 2 hours rafting on rapids up to grade 3. Your experienced guide will be with you the whole time to make sure you have a safe, fun time!

Jun 2021

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Rapids are pretty mild, so not a thrill seeking option but would be perfect for families or for a first try at rafting.
We had a fantastic rafting leader and would highly recommend this excursion for anyone visiting cairns!
The Rafting itself is a lot of fun, not too extreme or tiring but a great experience.
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This was awesome! Such a...
Sarah_M, May 2022
This was awesome! Such a beautiful way to see the Barron. Not to wild at all. Only thing that let them down was the organisation at the start, was a bit all over the shop and picking up from every hotel takes ages so I'd recommend getting yourself to the meeting spot to save time.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thanks for the feedback, we are currently weighing up weather time saving central meeting points vs time consuming individual pick up service might be the way forward. I am glad to hear you enjoyed the tour once we got the bus transfer out of the way.
I recommend it to everyone.
Dimitar_D, May 2022
I had an amazing day with these people. Our coach Kristian was cracking jokes at all the time. We glided through the obstacles the safest and the most fun way ever possible. I definitely will do it again.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thanks for the review mate, please do recommend it to everyone hahaha , how funny is Kristian natural comedian right there.
Ride the Barron
Richard_W, May 2022
Christian did a great job of leading our crew. Heaps of fun. Loved the rapids and good humor. A highlight of any trip to Cairns.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thanks very much for your wonderful feedback Richard, great to hear what an awesome time you had rafting with Kristian! Thanks for traveling with us, we're rapt our tour was the highlight of your trip to Cairns! :-)
Great experience
Jenny_R, Apr 2022
We absolutely had a ball on the water. Great guide Ben and trained us well before we started. It’s safe and fun.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Great to hear you had a fantastic time white water rafting on the Barron River, thanks for traveling with us! :-)
Many interruptions during the ride
PAULO_C, Apr 2022
It was a pleasant trip, however many boats and lots of interruptions during the ride to wait for others, this was disappointing
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Great to hear you enjoyed your rafting trip but we're sorry you were disappointed with the waiting involved, unfortunately during the busy period this is unavoidable as we have to ensure all boats get through the rapids safely. Thanks for traveling with us, we hope you enjoy the rest of your time in the region :-)
Not recommend
Minjia_Q, Apr 2022
Not fun at all. Long waiting time, bad organizing. Half an hour fun on water, but claiming 3 hours fun, most of time waiting. Not worthy the money.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you for your feedback although we're very sorry to hear you were disappointed with your experience, please contact us directly if you would like to discuss this further.
Tour guides are...
Jesse_Q, Apr 2022
Tour guides are absolutely amazing. Total blast and perfect for those looking for a new experience and those who love a good adrenaline kick.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thanks for your awesome feedback about our crew, we're stoked to hear you had such a good time rafting on the Barron with us! :-)
Best experience in Cairns ever!
A_S, Mar 2022
What a fantastic experience. The hole experience from pickup at hotel and introduction and then get familiar with Sarah (our instructor) was amazing. We had lots of fun in water and undefined exciting time. And the day after, when we received the photos we get impressed again by the professional job done. Any time I will be in Cairns definitely want to have this experience again with this cool team 😊
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thanks very much for letting us know what an awesome time you had rafting on the Barron River with Sarah and the rest of our cool crew! :-) Thanks for traveling with us, we look forward to seeing you again next time you're in Cairns!
Tour guides where...
Sha_N, Mar 2022
Tour guides where friendly and informative made sure we all felt comfortable and explained every step of the wat
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Great to hear you were well looked after by our crew on your Barron River Rafting adventure, thanks for traveling with us! :-)
DECEPTIVE WEBSITE VIATOR
James_R, Mar 2022
The white water company was ok it was your site VIATOR that is deceptive , first you provide the wrong name for the bus to pick us up then you then there the $30 extra each person is hit with when you get to the river so basically you tuck it away so people dont notice it the $30 extra should be highlighted and put in a position people can see it , your sleazy , even the tour guides say its a sleazy move by Viator and they have to deal with angry tourists as a result of Viators deception I bet you dont put this review up but it does not matter because we are all going to spread the word about Viator being sleazbags ,,, PISS OFF
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thanks for your feedback James although we're sorry to hear your frustration regarding not being aware of the rafting levy. Viator do display the levy on their site however we're in discussions with them regarding making this more visible.
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