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

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

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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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
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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)

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After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

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

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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
Q:
What are grade 1 rapids?
A:Grade 1 rapids are defined as: Rapids are small to regular waves. The passage is clear and easy to recognize and negotiate. Care may be needed with obstacles like fallen trees and bridge piers.
Jun 2021
Q:
What are grade 2 rapids?
A:Grade 2 rapids are defined as rapids with medium-sized waves (less than 1 m); low ledges or drops; easy eddies and gradual bends. The passage is easy to recognize and generally unobstructed though there may be rocks, overhanging branches or log jams.
Jun 2021
Q:
What are grade 3 rapids?
A:Grade 3 rapids are defined as rapids with fairly high waves (1-2 m); broken water, stoppers, and strong eddies; exposed rocks; small falls. The passage may be difficult to recognize from on the river. Maneuvering to negotiate the rapids is required.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I participate in the Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting tour if I have no prior experience?
A:Absolutely! The Barron River Half Day Tour is a fantastic introduction to White Water Rafting. It’s fun, exciting, and exhilarating, suitable for beginners or experienced rafters alike! No experience is necessary.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns or Port Douglas?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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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." See review
  • "We had a fantastic rafting leader and would highly recommend this excursion for anyone visiting cairns!" See review
  • "The Rafting itself is a lot of fun, not too extreme or tiring but a great experience." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Great intro to white water rafting.
arranbreslin
, Nov 2021
Total professionals . Well run from start to finish. Highly recommend for all the family. The comedic factor from captain John the kiwi, worth the price of the trip alone.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback, great to hear you and your family enjoyed our Barron Rafting trip so much and were highly entertained by Johnny! Thanks for traveling with us :-)
star-4
Quite ride down the river!
Priscilla_B
, Nov 2021
Great experience, looking for a bit more adventure. Hoping in and out of the water to flow down stream rather just riding the rapids. Funny tour guys made the day, was fun would recommend but at the end of the day if you want even only one photo it’s going to cost you $55. This is approximately 50 photos they say. Disappointing with this price, a bit rich.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Good to hear you enjoyed your rafting trip on the Barron River and were entertained by our crew, thanks for traveling with us! :-)
star-5
Fun
Dwight_P
, Oct 2021
I’ve never been white water rafting before & totally enjoyed the experience.The guides & staff were amazing very helpful as well as having fun 🤩
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Great to hear you enjoyed your first white water rafting trip so much and were well looked after by the crew! Thanks for traveling with us! :-)
star-4
Enjoyable
Michelle_S
, Sep 2021
Our guide was amazing and the experience was fun and the water refreshing. The whole trip was entertaining from the pick up to the drop off. Made friends with other rafters.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Good to hear you enjoyed your rafting trip on the Barron River, thanks very much for traveling with us! :-)
star-5
A must do
Birgit_V
, Sep 2021
Rod was awesome and the experience will never be forgotten. The pristine rainforest was unbelievable
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Great to hear you enjoyed your rafting trip with Rob so much! Thanks for traveling with us and for your awesome feedback and recommendation! :-)
star-5
Fantastic
Greg_R
, Jul 2021
The great guide Steve that made you feel safe and explained everything that needed to be done to survive each rapid. We are in our 60s and had no problems enjoying the experience
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Wonderful to hear you had a great time rafting with Steve! Thanks for taking the time to share your awesome feedback :)
star-5
Active way to enjoy Cairns
Ayako_C
, Jun 2021
The course was accessible for all ages and fitness levels. Our tour leaders, James and Justin were professional and friendly making our experience memorable.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Good to hear you enjoyed your rafting trip with James and Justin, thanks for traveling with us!
star-5
Great experience for the family highlights walk!!!
David_L
, Jun 2021
An exciting and enjoyable experience that was edgy for a family of 5 but manageable and safe. It was beautiful scenery and going through the rapids was exhilarating. The adventure was just the right length - a half day was perfect and not too exhausting for everyone.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Great to hear you and your family enjoyed rafting through the beautiful Barron Gorge, thanks for taking the time to share your wonderful feedback! :)
star-4
Great family experience!
Tracy_W
, Jun 2021
We had a great time on the river and Tom, our guide, made our experience enjoyable. The only reason I gave it 4 stars rather than 5 was there were 130 people on the water so we had a lot of downtime between the rapids. Our families favorite activity on our trip and would definitely recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Great to hear you and your family had a wonderful time rafting on the Barron with Tom! Apologies you experienced some down time on the day of your tour, the river had been closed for a couple of weeks so there was a backlog of bookings. Great to hear this was still the highlight of your activities on your trip, thanks for traveling with us :)
star-1
They Canceled at last minute
Lynda_S
, Jun 2021
Was canceled that morning - only 4 hours before pick up and it was to late to book something else. It literally spoiled the day for us. So I wouldn’t risk booking it again.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Our apologies for the disappointment of not being able to go rafting, unfortunately the water level was not going to be sufficient to run an enjoyable trip so the decision was made to cancel the tour to avoid further disappointment. We hope you enjoy the rest of your time in the region.

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