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Tully River: Guided Rafting Trip with Gear & Lunch or Dinner

1. Tully River: Guided Rafting Trip with Gear & Lunch or Dinner

Prepare for a wild ride on this guided white water rafting tour down the Tully River. Receive all rafting training and equipment needed before venturing into the water and taking on grade 3-4 rapids. End your experience with lunch or dinner. Begin your adventure with pickup or choose to self-drive to the starting point. Once here, meet your river guide and fellow paddlers and get fitted with your life jacket, helmet, and rafting shoes (if you choose to rent a pair).  Once out on the water, spend up to 4 hours white water rafting on grade 3 and 4 rapids. Paddle hard as you carve your way through the spectacular gorge surrounded by pristine rainforest that’s been listed as a World Heritage Site and was home to the 2019 World Rafting Championships. Rest assured that no experience is necessary for this rafting experience. You’ll receive a comprehensive safety briefing and paddling instructions from your guide who will be there to help throughout your experience.  After your time on the water, replenish your energy with a Riverside BBQ burger lunch or dinner at the Feluga Hotel, depending on the time of your trip. Look over photos of the day and choose to purchase some as souvenirs.

Barron Gorge: Half-Day Barron River White-Water Rafting

2. Barron Gorge: Half-Day Barron River White-Water Rafting

Experience white-water rafting in Barron Gorge National Park, known for its rugged rainforest mountains, steep ravines, and the falls carved out over thousands of years by the Barron River. Enjoy complimentary transfers from Cairns or Port Douglas before heading to the national park. Meet your guide at Lake Placid, and get ready for your river rafting tour on the river. Enjoy the area’s scenic beauty and a combination of calm water and a series of white-water rapids as well. Spend two hours navigating rapids up to grade three. No experience is necessary, making this a good choice for beginning rafters. There is also plenty of excitement for the more experienced.

Cairns: 6-Hour Canyoning Tour to Crystal Canyon

3. Cairns: 6-Hour Canyoning Tour to Crystal Canyon

Meet your guides and head towards your destination at the Crystal Canyon Waterfalls. Receive instructions on rappelling techniques on the safety of the flat ground.  Start your adventure near the top of the gorge and abseil into the freshwater. From here you can swim, walk over rocky gorges, and through the tropical rain forest, leap off rocks into the deep pools below and canyon through Crystal Canyon.  Don’t worry, anyone with a reasonable fitness level will love this adventure. Enjoy a snack and relax while taking in this beautiful area that nature provides. After this, head back to Cairns and you'll be dropped off at your accommodation.  The qualified guides have vast experience in canyoning and show the highest professionalism to ensure you have a safe and fun day.

Cairns: Raging Thunder Barron Gorge River Rafting Trip

4. Cairns: Raging Thunder Barron Gorge River Rafting Trip

Prepare for adventure and action on this guided white water rafting tour on the Barron River. Receive all rafting training and equipment needed before venturing into the water to experience grade 2 and 3 rapids. Enjoy private changing facilities and tea or coffee at the end of your trip.  The Barron River is located only 20 minutes from Cairns and offers a great introduction to white water rafting. You’ll get to experience up to 2 hours of rafting with a combination of exciting rapids and calm water paddling. Begin with pickup from your accommodation or self-driving to the starting point at Lake Placid. Once here, meet your river guide and fellow paddlers and get fitted with your life jacket, helmet, and rafting shoes, if you choose to rent a pair.  Follow a short track with your group down to the river where you will board your raft and receive a comprehensive safety briefing and paddling instructions from your guide. You will have the chance to practice in the flat water before it's time to hit the white water. The first couple of rapids you raft through are small and easy, giving you plenty of time to get a feel for how the raft moves through the water before it's time to navigate the bigger, more exciting rapids, including the Rooster Tail. The combination of grade 2 and 3 rapids will ensure you have a thrilling trip rafting down the Barron. At the bottom section of the river, enjoy a flat paddle where you'll have time to admire the stunning scenery and learn about the surrounding rainforest and native wildlife. After arriving at the take-out point, head to the Lake Placid Rainforest Retreat, where you can use the facilities to change into your dry clothes in a private changing space before enjoying a poolside tea or coffee while viewing photos of your afternoon's adventure.

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What people are saying about Cairns

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 55 reviews

This was an absolute blast! We had so much fun on this trip and it left us wanting for more. The guides are all there because they love what they do and I did not see one boat with one unhappy person. I would recommend this for all. We had Jack G. and people who did not speak English in the boat but we didn't have to speak to work together to get it done. Lots of laughting and smiles instead. So much fun! Highly recommend.

A fun experience for myself and my two teenage boys, with enough rapids to keep it exciting whilst safe and the guides were fun personalities. A gorgeous location close to Cairn. Excellent afternoon activity.

Fantastic afternoon, lots of laughs. Our guide Jack G was fabulous, so knowledgeable, professional and fun. We shared the raft with wonderful people from Victoria. Our family loved our adventure. Thank you

Fun activity to do with any kind of fitness levels. was very thrilling but also safe cuz the staffs are super nice and helpful

White water rafting on the Tully? Just do it! What an experience, we loved it, and a big thankyou to our rafting guide Kris.