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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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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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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 travellers
  • Not recommended for travellers 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
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travellers
  • 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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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
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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
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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 sanitisation during Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns or Port Douglas?
A:The policy on sanitisation is:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers 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
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! :-)
star-5
Unforgettable and exhilarating rafting experience in FNQ
Karen_E
, Jun. 2022
Transported to the beautiful, lush Barron River & Lake Placid. Guides were friendly, confident, experienced and safety conscious for all participants. Rafting was exciting and energising with rafting teams working together to manoeuvre the undulating river and rapids. A thoroughly enjoying experience!
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Thanks very much for your awesome feedback Karen, we're chuffed to hear what a fantastic time you had rafting through the beautiful Barron Gorge! Thanks for traveling with us, we hope you enjoy the rest of your time in the region! :-)
star-5
Great experience, great...
Nicole_B
, Jun. 2022
Great experience, great instructors, this activity was certainly worth the money. The staff were friendly
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Thanks for letting us know you had a great time rafting on the Barron River with our crew, much appreciated! :-)
star-5
GOOD DAY
Sharnie_j
, May 2022
Good Crew And great day to meet new people. I went solo and there were a few other people on their own too. Don't wait for your mates, just go do it!!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Great to hear you rafted as a solo traveller and had an awesome time, thanks for traveling with us! :-)
star-3
This was awesome! Such a...
Sarah_M
, May 2022
This was awesome! Such a beautiful way to see the Barron. Not to wild at all. Only thing that let them down was the organisation at the start, was a bit all over the shop and picking up from every hotel takes ages so I'd recommend getting yourself to the meeting spot to save time.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for the feedback, we are currently weighing up weather time saving central meeting points vs time consuming individual pick up service might be the way forward. I am glad to hear you enjoyed the tour once we got the bus transfer out of the way.
star-5
I recommend it to everyone.
Dimitar_D
, May 2022
I had an amazing day with these people. Our coach Kristian was cracking jokes at all the time. We glided through the obstacles the safest and the most fun way ever possible. I definitely will do it again.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks for the review mate, please do recommend it to everyone hahaha , how funny is Kristian natural comedian right there.
star-5
Ride the Barron
Richard_W
, May 2022
Christian did a great job of leading our crew. Heaps of fun. Loved the rapids and good humor. A highlight of any trip to Cairns.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thanks very much for your wonderful feedback Richard, great to hear what an awesome time you had rafting with Kristian! Thanks for traveling with us, we're rapt our tour was the highlight of your trip to Cairns! :-)
star-5
Great experience
Jenny_R
, Apr. 2022
We absolutely had a ball on the water. Great guide Ben and trained us well before we started. It’s safe and fun.
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
Great to hear you had a fantastic time white water rafting on the Barron River, thanks for traveling with us! :-)
star-4
Many interruptions during the ride
PAULO_C
, Apr. 2022
It was a pleasant trip, however many boats and lots of interruptions during the ride to wait for others, this was disappointing
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
Great to hear you enjoyed your rafting trip but we're sorry you were disappointed with the waiting involved, unfortunately during the busy period this is unavoidable as we have to ensure all boats get through the rapids safely. Thanks for traveling with us, we hope you enjoy the rest of your time in the region :-)
star-1
Not recommend
Minjia_Q
, Apr. 2022
Not fun at all. Long waiting time, bad organizing. Half an hour fun on water, but claiming 3 hours fun, most of time waiting. Not worthy the money.
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
Thank you for your feedback although we're very sorry to hear you were disappointed with your experience, please contact us directly if you would like to discuss this further.
star-4
Tour guides are...
Jesse_Q
, Apr. 2022
Tour guides are absolutely amazing. Total blast and perfect for those looking for a new experience and those who love a good adrenaline kick.
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
Thanks for your awesome feedback about our crew, we're stoked to hear you had such a good time rafting on the Barron with us! :-)
star-5
Best experience in Cairns ever!
A_S
, Mar. 2022
What a fantastic experience. The hole experience from pickup at hotel and introduction and then get familiar with Sarah (our instructor) was amazing. We had lots of fun in water and undefined exciting time. And the day after, when we received the photos we get impressed again by the professional job done. Any time I will be in Cairns definitely want to have this experience again with this cool team 😊
icon Response from Host , Mar. 2022
Thanks very much for letting us know what an awesome time you had rafting on the Barron River with Sarah and the rest of our cool crew! :-) Thanks for traveling with us, we look forward to seeing you again next time you're in Cairns!
star-5
Tour guides where...
Sha_N
, Mar. 2022
Tour guides where friendly and informative made sure we all felt comfortable and explained every step of the wat
icon Response from Host , Mar. 2022
Great to hear you were well looked after by our crew on your Barron River Rafting adventure, thanks for traveling with us! :-)
star-2
DECEPTIVE WEBSITE VIATOR
James_R
, Mar. 2022
The white water company was ok it was your site VIATOR that is deceptive , first you provide the wrong name for the bus to pick us up then you then there the $30 extra each person is hit with when you get to the river so basically you tuck it away so people dont notice it the $30 extra should be highlighted and put in a position people can see it , your sleazy , even the tour guides say its a sleazy move by Viator and they have to deal with angry tourists as a result of Viators deception I bet you dont put this review up but it does not matter because we are all going to spread the word about Viator being sleazbags ,,, PISS OFF
icon Response from Host , Mar. 2022
Thanks for your feedback James although we're sorry to hear your frustration regarding not being aware of the rafting levy. Viator do display the levy on their site however we're in discussions with them regarding making this more visible.
star-5
Highly recommended!
Zubia_m
, Mar. 2022
Friendly guide. A must-try with friends!! We saw a crocodile while passing the lake. We are definitely coming back.
icon Response from Host , Mar. 2022
Great to hear you had a wonderful time rafting with our friendly crew, thanks for traveling with us and recommending our tour! :-)
star-5
Team Karel
Colleen_E
, Mar. 2022
Excitement packed afternoon rafting the Barron. My husband Ioved this activity while staying in Cairns. Well organised, our safety was always paramount with the crew and our captain Karel made tbe whole experience so much fun. Highly recommend as a must do activity.
icon Response from Host , Mar. 2022
Thanks for your wonderful feedback and recommendation, great to hear you and your husband had an excellent time with Karel! Thanks for traveling with us! :-)
star-5
The BEST time!
Nat_S
, Mar. 2022
We had the BEST time white water rafting, John and Karl were amazing from pick up to drop off, very funny, very professional, we felt completely safe in the capable hands of Captain Karl and had so much fun! Would absolutely do it again in a heart beat!
icon Response from Host , Mar. 2022
Thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed your rafting trip with Johnny and Karl, great to hear! Thanks for traveling with us, we hope to see you again some time! :-)

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