Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting From Cairns Or Port Douglas

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
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  • Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    Arrive at Lake Placid by 2:20pm if self-drive option selected., For pickups, depart at 1:15pm from Port Douglas or 2pm from Cairns. Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the loca.. read more
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from all hotels and accommodations in Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas.
  • Return Details :
    Returns to Cairns at approximately 5:30pm and Port Douglas at approximately 6:30pm
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Enjoy an outdoor adventure in Queensland with a 2-hour white-water rafting tour in Barron Gorge National Park. This experience is a suitable introduction to river rafting for first-timers, providing an exhilarating time with a rafting guide. Take in rainforest views along the Barron River as you navigate rapids up to grade III. When booking, you have the option to include pickup in Cairns and the Northern Beaches or Port Douglas, or drive yourself to the starting point.


Informative, friendly and professional guide

Hotel pickup included

Know More about this tour

Just 20 minutes from central Cairns and 40 minutes from Port Douglas, Barron gorge national park is convenient for whichever option you select when bookingeither hotel pickup by coach or driving yourself to Lake Placid. The park is known for its rugged rainforest mountains, steep ravines, Barron Falls, and, of course, Barron Gorge, carved out over thousands of years by the Barron River.

When you arrive at Lake Placid, meet your guide to get ready for your white-water rafting tour on the river, which snakes its way down from the mountains toward the Coral Sea. During this scenic experience, enjoy a combination of calm water and a series of white-water rapids, providing you with both peaceful floating and more exciting action. Youll raft for up to two hours on rapids up to grade III.

No experience is necessary, making this a good choice for beginner rafters. Rafts hold up to seven passengers plus your river guide, who keeps you safe and entertained. When your tour is over, return to your pickup point. Total duration of this tour depends on your pickup location or if you drive yourself.


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)

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 experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Traveler Reviews

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  • 05-Nov-2022

    Our day was so epic! And our tour guide tommy topped it off was such a epic day definitely recommend the boys! Very happy boys 👌🏽

  • 01-Nov-2022

    Absolutely amazing experience!!!! Curtis our guide was outstanding. He ensured we knew exactly what to do and made sure we had a heap of fun! I was super anxious to start with but felt safe the entire time. I would highly recommend this experience for a first timer like me. Thank you so much for such a great time.

  • 31-Oct-2022

    Jess was an excellent guide. She made it fun and refreshing on a hot day. She was excellent in teaching us how not to tip over. We were able to take breaks and go swimming in between the rapids. Much needed on a hot day.

  • 31-Oct-2022

    My (adult) kids voted his half day rafting tour as the best thing we did in Cairns. Great fun at a good level of action (not too tame, not over the top). Excellent organisational skills by the operator - everything just hummed along. Our guide Jack G was fantastic. I was fortunate to have borrowed a friend's gopro and lucked out to get the only helmet with a mount. Footage came out great (similar to on their website) so I do recommend using one if you have one and if you trust the helmet mount.

  • 30-Oct-2022

    The tour operators were extremely friendly and professional. Safety and rules were explained in great detail. Livy our guide was sensational!! I was originally reluctant to do this activity … I am so glad I was talked into it. This is an experience I will remember always!

  • 30-Oct-2022

    Had our group of 24 booked in and we all LOVEEEED the experience. From the bus ride/ safety guide by Chris who is hilarious, to all our individual guides 👏 highly recommend!!! Eli was very patient, educational & created a safe and fun environment. Thanks for ending our BUCKS/HEN trip on a high 💯 Thanks Team

  • 30-Oct-2022

    Crew was awesome! We had Kris as our guide tour and he was amazing! Kept cracking jokes that entertained our group and made the experience a memory we will never forget. Thank you so much for the amazing time and would highly recommend to those who have not done this yet. Would definitely do it again.

  • 29-Oct-2022

    Was amazing! White water rafting was an amazing experience! Will be telling friends and family to do when they go to cairns! We had Dave as our guide and he made us feel at ease by making us laugh when we were anxious and nervous to start. Very experienced and know you'll have the time of your life!

  • 26-Oct-2022

    Amazing experience, and very well run. We had Tom as our guide/captain - he was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and made the adventure so much better! Really beautiful scenery and a lot of fun!

  • 25-Oct-2022

    Awesome adventure. Our guide Carlos kept things fun but barked out the orders when he needed to. Somehow managed to get all of us soaking wet while staying in the raft! Well worth doing if you are in the area 5* review! See you at Nautilus Carlos 👍

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