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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)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
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.

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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
Awesome experience!
Clinton_W
, Jan 2022
Carlos was a fantastic guide! He was funny and supportive. Pick-up and drop-off was on time. The rafting crew are very experienced and we always felt we were safe. Overall, a great experience!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Great to hear you had an awesome time rafting with Carlos and the crew! Thanks for traveling with us and for sharing your wonderful feedback :-)
star-5
Awesome day
Amelia_H
, Jan 2022
We had so much fun. Rhees was a great guide and although a few scary moments we felt safe the whole time. Highly recommend for all ages. Our boat ranged from 12-65. 13 yr old - it was exciting and will definitely do it again
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thanks for your wonderful feedback and recommendation, great to hear you all enjoyed your rafting trip with Rhys so much and everyone felt safe, thanks for traveling with us :-)
star-5
Great fun
Jo_F
, Jan 2022
Great family experience with teenagers. Our guide Jean (Scooby) was excellent. Loved it! Exhilarating but safe.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thanks for letting us know how much you and your family enjoyed your rafting trip with Jean! Thanks for traveling with us :-)
star-5
Fantastic tour, worth every penny!
MegG
, Jan 2022
Absolutely 100% recommend this tour! Exhilarating, exciting and so much fun! Our guide Joe was just fantastic and made sure we were safe at all times. To say this is one of the best experiences we've had would be an understatement. The rapids were wild, the leisurely swim in the pools just serene and the scenery beautiful. The photos were absolutely worth it too! Thank you Joe for a most memorable and enjoyable afternoon. Fantastic tour with a professional company. Highly highly recommend this tour!!!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thanks so much for your fantastic feedback and recommendation, we're delighted to hear you had an epic time rafting with Joe! Thanks for traveling with us :-)
star-5
It was truly amazing experience
Parul_D
, Dec 2021
It was our first time and we enjoyed it a lot. The team was really amazing and helped create an awesome memory
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Great to hear you enjoyed your first white water rafting experience so much! Thanks for traveling with us and for your awesome feedback :-)
star-5
Excellent
Wei_G
, Dec 2021
That was excellent experience, our family enjoyed a lot. Our guide Jordon was excellent, very experienced, funny and really look after us. Highly recommend to try this when come to cairns.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thanks for letting us know what an excellent time you and your family had rafting with Jordan! Thanks for traveling with us and for your recommendation :-)
star-5
Safe, enjoyable challenges as you go with the flow of the bountiful Baron River rafting
Jenny_B
, Dec 2021
Marco was a wonderful guide for our experience. Our group was friendly and chatty which enhanced the experience too. The whole experience was timely including bus pickup and drop-off. It was very well organised though with a great casual vibe, the rapids were heaps of fun, the swimming was a welcome relief from the heat, the views were fabulous, the instructions and clarity around process both on and off the water were excellent and safety remained paramount throughout. A wonderful afternoon and great value for money. Highly recommended. We are in our 60s and loved it.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback Jenny, we're delighted to hear how much you both enjoyed the tour! Thanks for traveling with us :-)
star-5
Fantastic afternoon on the river!!
AjiaMoon_F
, Dec 2021
We had an absolutely fantastic time on the Barron river! Our guide Justin was excellent- very friendly and safe- he made the whole experience even more enjoyable! Would definitely go back and have already recommended this trip to family
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thanks for your wonderful feedback and recommendation! Great to hear you had such a fantastic time with Justin and the crew, thanks for traveling with us! :-)
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! :-)

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