One Day White Water Rafting

//One Day White Water Rafting

One Day White Water Rafting


The Barron River Half Day Tour is a fantastic introduction to White Water Rafting. It’s fun, exciting, exhilarating, suitable for all the family. Enjoy up to two hours rafting, on up to grade 3 rapids.

Terms and Conditions


The beautiful Barron Gorge National Park is only 20 minutes from the centre of Cairns (40 minutes from Port Douglas).  It is known for its rugged rainforest mountains, steep ravines, the mighty Barron Falls and of course, Barron Gorge which has been carved out over thousands of years by the Barron River.

This is where we do our half day white water rafting tour, on the ebb and flow of the Barron River as it snakes its way down from the mountains and heads out to the Coral Sea. This is a scenic rafting/rainforest adventure which combines calm water floating with a series of white water rapids for adventure and action.

The Barron River Half Day Tour is a fantastic introduction to White Water Rafting. It’s fun, exciting and exhilarating, suitable for all the family. Enjoy up to two hours rafting, on up to grade 3 rapids.

Barron River begins its way on the Atherton Tablelands and flows towards Kuranda before descending down the 260 metre high Barron Falls and reaching the Cairns floodplains. The steep, narrow Barron Gorge is formed at the base of these falls. Much of the water that flows along the gorge is used to generate electricity at the Barron Gorge Hydroelectric Power Station. This is ideal for rafting, providing a consistent supply of water all year round. The trip commences 100 metre south of the Barron Hydro Station. A short walk over the rocks is required to access the rapid section, and then the adventure begins! Enjoy up to 2 hours of white water rafting grade 2-3 rapids. You will discover rapids such as ‘Rooster Tail’, ‘Mother in Law’, ‘Cheese Churn’ and ‘Hells Gate’ plus experience the meaning behind their names. The rafting guides are all very professional and safety conscious, but at the same time will ensure you have lots of laughs and the best time ever. They will share some of the scenic highlights and historical points of interest in the area. In between rapids you will have the chance to admire and take in the dense rainforest surrounds and outstanding scenery of the gorge.

Please note – there is a White Water Rafting Levy to pay direct – AUD30 per person

Additional information


Half Day


Dailiy from Cairns at 8:45am and 2:00pm


Returns to Cairns at 1:00pm and 5:30pm.

Group Size

8 passengers in each Raft

Additional Levies

$30 Rafting Levy payable to Tour Company on the day

Fitness Level:

Moderate level of fitness required
Please note – some medical conditions, disabilities and impairments may exclude participants from rafting for safety reasons such as pregnancy and serious vision impairments. Passengers should disclose any medical condition, disabilities and impairments at time of booking.

What to bring:

Bring your Travel Voucher and Pay on Board levy of $30 (payment cash or credit card).
Wear swimming costume under your clothes
Large towel
Money for souvenirs and snacks
Change of clothes – you will get wet and will appreciate dry clothes to change into
Water resistant sunscreen
Secure footwear – lace up shoes, joggers or reef sandals that will get wet ($5 hire fee if you do not have any suitable footwear)
Do NOT bring any jewellery or valuables


VIP Rafting on the Barron River
Are you a very important person? Do you want to travel exclusively in your own raft? Well, whether you are a group of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 people, this option is available. Contact Travel Forever for a price.

General Information:

All participants will be required to sign a liability release form prior to the trip commencing. The Mulgrave River may be used for half day rafting tours when the Barron River is not available due to river levels or other reasons.


Travel insurance is recommended for all tours reserved through Travel Forever.

You should ensure you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation at a minimum. We recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Finally, to ensure you are covered in the event of unseasonal weather and conditions that may cause road and national park closures, please make sure your policy considers costs incurred by any unforeseeable tour cancellations.

Travel Forever can assist you with the purchase of Travel Insurance if you are already in Australia, or if you are coming from abroad, we recommend you purchase Travel Insurance through an Insurance Company in your home country prior to departure.


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