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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.)
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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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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

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Tom is awesome
Jo_S
, Aug 2022
Tom was an awesome guide! I felt incredibly safe from the moment I stepped into the raft. I loved it! What an amazing experience.
star-5
Barron white water rafting
Fergus_M
, Aug 2022
Johnny and the guys at the adventure group were great guides and we had heaps of fun! Would recommend
star-5
Fantastic Time!!
annie927
, Aug 2022
Really fun time on the river! Guides are AWESOME! Out of 7 rafts there were no capsizes! Highly recommended!
star-5
Barron Gorge White Water Rafting
Linda_B
, Jul 2022
This tour was a fantastic beginner rafting experience! The guides were experienced and entertaining.
star-5
Safe but thrilling
Dermot_O
, Jul 2022
Great banter on bus trip to Gorge and then 2-3 great drops on the river Well organised, safe but great fun
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Dermot :-) Thanks so much for your review :-) it's nice to hear you enjoyed a little bit of banter and your rafting trip! Thanks for traveling with us
star-5
We all had an exciting...
David_D
, Jul 2022
We all had an exciting time. The staffs were so friendly and helpful. The activity gives us good memory. We'd like to say thanks to them.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi David_D it's terrific to hear that you had such an exciting experience! Thanks for traveling with us :-)
star-5
The best!!
Shonet_N
, Jul 2022
The best!!!!! This was so amazing and our guide Dan was the best! Totally recommend this! We really loved this
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks for the recommendation and for traveling with us! We hope to see you again next time your in the region :-)
star-5
Great trip
Mark_L
, Jul 2022
The river was fun and had some good runs and our guide Levi taught us the skills we needed to use in a fun and informative manner.
star-5
Rafting adventure-a must!!
Olympia_G
, Jul 2022
An absolutely memorable experience beyond our expectations. Kai was awesome, friendly and provided us with great photographs that captured our experience. Thank you Kai and team!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Olympi We are so pumped to hear you had a memorable experience rafting with us on the Barron! We will pass on your awesome feedback to our crew! Thanks for choosing to travel with us!
star-5
Sweet ride
Matthew_S
, Jul 2022
Great whitewater rafting starter experience, Tom was a great steering wheel and it was good to meet people from all over the world
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for traveling with us Matthe! It's terrific to hear you had a great day rafting and meeting folks from all over the world!
star-3
Disappointing trip
Sheree_O
, Jul 2022
Tour was disorganised, expensive for what you get, pay fee online then pay more when you get there (should be done at same time), not many rapids, bit disappointing and not value for money.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Sheree_O Sorry to hear you found rafting on the Barron disappointing! Thanks for taking the time to write a review and we hope you enjoy the rest of your time FNQ!
star-5
Barron River White Water Rafting
Bruce_B
, Jul 2022
There was good rain in the region and the river was in good flow. With one set of rapids too high for the grading we were led up on land and past that set of rapids and back down to the river. This was just one example of great safety that the adventure companies operated at with everyone's safety at the highest level. The raft ride was terrific fun with great scenery and a sparkling, clear, sunny afternoon. Thanks to all the guides for their great effort and humour.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for traveling with us Bruce_B and thanks for taking the time to share your experience! It's awesome to hear you had such a terrific time rafting! We will pass on your thanks to all our wonderful guides!
star-5
Wild rapid adventure
Sarah_S
, Jul 2022
Great wild adventure, awesome rapids, an experience we’ll never forget. We will try the Tully River course next time.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks Sarah_S we are pumped to hear you enjoyed the wild adventure :-) looking forward to having you join us next time on the Tully!
star-5
Awesome experience
Shandelle_D
, Jul 2022
It was an awesome day, such fun! Jack M was brilliant tour guide and really made our experience exceptional. Would definitely do it again. Highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for the recommendation Shande :-) we are stoked to hear you had an awesome day rafting with the amazing Jack! Thanks for choosing to travel with us.
star-5
Top Value. Awesome experience
Sharelle_S
, Jul 2022
Awesome scenery, Excellent Guide and instructions. Felt extremely safe as the group of rafts had excellent communication and support of each other. Would highly recommend it to everyone, I’d do it again and again.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Sharell, thanks for the review and for sharing your experience! It's awesome to hear that you enjoyed it and would do it again and again :-) thanks for choosing to travel with us!
star-5
White Water Rafting
Jade_B
, Jul 2022
We loved white water rafting on the Barron River. The staff were upbeat and friendly, and our guide Jackie made our entire experience so fun. Thank you for an incredible day!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks Jade_B for taking the time to share your experience. We will pass on your feedback to our upbeat crew :-) thanks for choosing to travel with us!
star-5
Spectacular experience!
Louise_R
, Jun 2022
Took visiting family (including 12 and 15 year old girls) on the trip. The younger one was nervous but ended up absolutely loving the experience! Our guide, James, was very capable. He quickly helped us all feel confident in knowing what to do in terms of paddling etc etc. By the end, our raft was moving through the rapids like a well oiled machine. The trip was not too long or too rough, just the perfect amount of scariness to make it super exciting. Doing the trip through pristine, beautiful rainforest was icing on the cake. Definitely recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Louise R :-) we are delighted to here you all had such a spectacular day! We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience!
star-4
Great day
Sue_F
, Jun 2022
Hadn’t been white water rafting before enjoyed the day. Dan was a fun guide. Would recommend it Very cold
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Sue_F :-) thanks for choosing to experience your first time rafting with us! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed it! Hope you join us again next time your in the region!
star-5
Top afternoon on the Barron River
Owen_A
, Jun 2022
Great fun for couples, families and friends. Well organised with knowledgeable, experienced and welcoming staff. Good excitement on the rapids without being too intimidating for the less adventurous. Many thanks to our guide, Johnny, for making it such a memorable experience.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Owen_A thanks for the awesome review! We are pumped to hear you had such a memorable experience! We will pass on your comments to our awesome crew!!
star-4
Love it
Nora_Y
, Jun 2022
Jesse, our team leader got the sence of humour and very professional! We had really good fun!! Thank you.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for letting us know what a fun time you had on your rafting adventure with Jesse, great to hear! :-)

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