Tully River Full-Day White Water Rafting From Cairns Including Lunch - Mission Beach

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 12 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    6:00am Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    39 Porter Promenade, Mission Beach QLD 4852, Australia
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


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.


  • Instant Confirmation
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Led by a local guide
  • All necessary equipment included

Know More about this tour

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.


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


Rafting at Tully Gorge

All rafting equipment (except shoes)

Experienced river guides

Hotel pickup and drop off (except from Tully)

BBQ lunch




Photos (available for purchase)

Rafting shoes (available to hire)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children aged 13-18 years require a parent or guardians counter signature on waiver form

Please bring 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 sunscreen

Minimum age is 13 years

Traveler Reviews

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  • 12-Dec-2019

    Was so amazing, worth the long bus ride! If in cairns, it is a must do! Spent the day going down the Rapids and even when falling out, it was a blast! Lunch was served and delicious! Couldnt have asked for a better day

  • 12-Nov-2019

    Thank you to Paul for making our rafting experience a great one! Highly recommended when in Cairns..

  • 27-Sep-2019

    We had a great time. Fantastic fun rafting with vibrant and knowledgable guides in a spectacular setting. Opportunities to jump out and float downstream, slide into a plunge pool and jump off a 5-metre rock if you dare. It doesn't get any better than this.

  • 01-May-2019

    Superior rafting experience!
    Good tea/coffee and breakfast. Nice lunch. Friendly guide.
    Requires good amount of exercise during the activity.
    Make sure you understand the safety requirement and protect yourselves and others as I saw few peoples got hurt.

  • 31-Oct-2017

    OMG this was one of the most fun things I've ever done! We decided to book this trip for our last day visiting Australia. Our river guide was, Marty. We were so lucky to have Marty as our river guide, because in our opinion, he was the most experienced AND entertaining : Rafting wasn't too hard, but still exciting. If you know how to follow directions, then you can definitely do this. The views of the surrounding greenery were amazing! It was worth the trip, and the photographer took great pictures of us that we got to show everyone!

  • 21-Oct-2017

    Spent a lot of time on the river waiting for the other 8 boats. When we were moving it was fun. When we changed out of our wet clothes at the end of the day the girls go behind the bus and the men change in front of everyone on the side of the road. It was pouring rain and I'm standing in the mud with clean dry clothes in one hand and a towel in the other and no where to set the dry clothes. When I complained they said That's how we do it in Australia.

  • 10-Jul-2017

    Completely taken care of from hotel pick up to hotel drop off. Our guide, Morris, was extremely attentive to my nervousness while making it completely adventurous for my husband and three teenage boys. Then during the rafting trip, you walk into the forest and there is literally a BBQ waiting for you! Just a great day, great photos, great guide!!

  • 15-Mar-2017

    This was my favorite experience in Australia. There were just enough rapids to keep the adrenaline level high but not raise the fear factor. Our guide was awesome. In my opinion this is a must do for anyone visiting Australia.

  • 13-Jan-2017

    Well it was a work out but it was great the guide was awesome and I just would say be sure to bring sunblock. But the only negative thing is the BBQ didn't have many options.

  • 17-Oct-2016

    Jeremery was knowledgeable and safe instructor ...and the funniest person known to mankind! Sweet AS! From Los Angeles! Mom and daughter team!

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