Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns

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From £49.37
Location: Cairns, Northern Beaches or Port Douglas, Australia
4star based on 2 reviews

Seeking a white water rafting adventure? The Barron River, 20-minutes north of Cairns, offers spectacular scenery including the Barron Falls on this two-hour white water rafting tour from Cairns.


  • Rafting at Barron Gorge
  • All rafting equipment (except shoes – available on rent)
  • Experienced river guides
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Tour conducted in English

The Barron River Gorge is located just 20 minutes drive north of Cairns and lies along a traditional pathway used by the original indigenous Djabugay people. The spectacular Barron Falls, further upstream, are considered a sacred site. The famous Kuranda Railway and Skyrail Cableway also traverse sections of the gorge. The rapids are up to Grade 3.

This heart thumping ride spears through The Barron Gorge National Park and the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics. In the calmer sections you will get to enjoy the ethereal beauty of the worlds oldest rainforest and waterfalls from a unique waterline perspective. During the day you will also discover why the Barron’s rapids have names such as ‘Rooster Tail’, ‘Cheese Churn’ and ‘Hells Gate’.

All you need to bring is lace-up shoes (that WILL get wet), swimming costume and towel (you will need to have your swimming costume already on when you are picked 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, as well as light refreshments after the trip while viewing the day’s photos.

Australian Whitewater Rafting Grading System: Grades do vary when water levels vary. As a generalization grades tend to go higher as water levels increases 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 six grades of whitewater.

The Barron Gorge is graded rapids up to 3.

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 size waves (1-2 meters) with a need to hold on at times.


Departure Point: Tour departs from your accommodation
Departure Time:

  • Cairns and Northern Beaches – 1:30pm
  • Port Douglas – 1:05pm

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.

Return Details: Returns to original departure point

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As beginner’s trip and introduction to white water rafting, this was excellent. Very well organised.

Reviewed by: Simon T, United Kingdom


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