White Water Rafting in Far North Queensland

Cairns White Water Rafting is all about team adventure! White Water Rafting is not for the faint-hearted, but an exhilarating ride down a raging river in an inflatable rafting boat provides excitement that will be difficult to beat on any Cairns holiday.

The white water rafts are tough inflatable's with self-draining floors. All the water that comes in over the side of the rafts and drains right back out again so there is no risk of sinking while you're white water rafting. Not only is white water rafting exciting, it's a fantastic source of exercise!

We have full day white water rafting on the famous Tully River in Mission Beach or half day rafting on the Barron River in Cairns. 

The white water rafting on the Barron River is family friendly for children from 12 years of age and the wild Tully River is only suited for 13 year olds travelling with parents  

New Cairns Attractions

The white water rush in Cairns and the Tully River has just got a bit more exciting with "face first" River Boarding, Tubing, Canyoning and Abseiling. River tubing is a fun half day morning or afternoon activity from Cairns that everyone can enjoy on grade 1 and 2 rapids surrounded by beautiful rainforest scenery at Behana Gorge.

Also at Behana Gorge we now have canyoning, abseiling and cliff jumping on a new full day tour that also includes snorkelling, rocksliding and some well deserved tucker which is laid out for all under the canopy of the gorges rainforest trees. 

If you have heard about the reputation of the Tully River then you must take a peek at this new adrenaline rush "face first" white water tour. They call it river boarding and we call it downright scary! Watch our video and judge for yourself or even better book a river boarding tour and experience it for yourself. 

White Water Rafting in Far North Queensland

You are assured of complete safety during your Cairns white water rafting tour. All white water rafting guides are fully trained and have experience handling the local raging rivers waters. All rafting guides have rode the rivers many times and have an intimate knowledge of its curves, bends, drops and tricky spots before they are permitted to take visitors in the boats. Of course, everyone must wear a life jacket and the white water rafting guides give a full safety demonstration before the trip. No need for a camera on the ride as there are staff that work at the best picture points of the rivers to snap those action packed photographs that can be purchased for a very reasonable price at the end of your day. With the exception of The Family Rafting Adventure, the minimum age for rafting is thirteen years of age and if under eighteen years, a form must be signed by a parent or guardian. Be sure to bring a towel, sunscreen, closed in shoes that will not fall off and money for optional extras such as rafting photos and snacks. Wetsuits and rafting shoes are also available for hire.

Rivers in Cairns vary from mild to wild, in fact this is one of the slogans of a Cairns white water rafting company. Depending on your taste you can opt for gentle rivers with a minimum of white water for family rafting or your first time introduction to rafting, or absolutely raging extreme rafting torrents where you need to keep your wits about you and listen to your guide.

The Tully River is regarded by many expert white water rafting enthusiasts as the best rafting river in Australia and New Zealand with rapids that range from grade 1-4.

You can take this tour in two different levels, the regular Tully White Water Rafting or the Tully EXTREME Rafting. The Extreme rafting includes extra challenges such as rock jumping, rapid swimming and raft surfing.

The rapids come in quick succession. After an exhilarating ride through thrashing water, you'll catch your breath and regain your grip on the world only to be confronted with the next rumble of water. A full day rafting on the Tully River has more than fourty five rapids twisting through untouched rainforest.

The expedition stops at a picnic shelter for lunch. From there the day continues in more twists and turns through the raging Tully River.

The Russell River is simply one hour away from Cairns and like the Tully river is full of excitement and the thrill of diverse drops and twists. The Russell River rapids range from grade 1-4. The Russell River rafting tour does not feature an extreme upgrade option but on the other hand does feature the option of not only the eight seater rafts but also the sports rafts. The sports rafts are two seater river rafts in which you go with a friend for some action and adventure together.Instead your rafting tour leader guides you from the larger eight seater raft with strict instruction and supervision. Although this might sound a touch scary, it is also incredibly fun to jump into your day sitting "in the drivers seat".

The Barron River is 20 minutes away from Cairns and is available for half day rafting and the rafting bus picks you up from your hotel accommodation at aproximately 2:00 PM or those wishing to make their own way can do so for a 2:30 PM start. The rapids range from grade 1-3. The half day White Water rafting is perfect for those wanting to do a combination of tours in one day or even just to indulge in sleeping in on your holiday and taking your day at a leisurely pace. Like the Russell River, the eight seater rafts are available for those interested in the bonding, laughing and team effort that White Water Rafting is. The two man sports rafts are also available for the adrenaline junkie who dares to try out this incredibly fun activity without a guide onboard their raft. Two full hours of white water rafting are included in the half day which can either be the perfect amount for some and leave others craving more, in which the full day excursions are perfect.

White Water Rafting Half Day From Cairns

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Half Day Afternoon Barron River Rafting | BR | RnR
  • Departs From: Cairns, Cairns Beaches
  • Duration:

    4 hours (approx)

Take a fast ride down a gushing Barron River in a rubber raft with some fellow adrenaline junkies. These white water warriors are now on your team as you become one to paddle your way down the Barron River rapids as the water is released from the station above the gorge

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Extreme white water rafting Cairns & Mission Beach

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Tully River White Water Rafting & Extreme Rafting | RT
  • Departs From: Cairns, Cairns Beaches, Northern Beaches, Mission Beach
  • Duration:

    5 hours White Water Rafting

    Approx 11 Hours full day duration including travel time

Upgrade to the "Extreme Tully River" white water rafting trip of a lifetime! Try some cliff jumps or raft surfing over the falls, extreme rafting is hard core fun for adrenaline junkies. Minimum age for extreme rafting is 15 years old and a strong confident swimmer who has a good understanding of English language

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Barron River White Water Rafting | Half Day | FF
  • Departs From: Barron River, Cairns
  • Duration:

    Half Day - approx 2 hours of White Water Rafting

A great afternoon activity in Cairns is white water rafting on the Barron River. Suitable for kids from 12 years old they can ride the grade 2 & 3 rapids which will have them screaming with delight along with all the other adrenaline junkies in the raft. Free pick ups from your accommodation. Bring a spare pair of clothes as you will be soaked on this white water rafting tour

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Cairns Combo Tour - Skydive and Rafting

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Cairns 1 Day Package Tours | Barron Rafting & Skydiving | FP2
  • Departs From: Cairns
  • Duration:

    Full day tour

Two adrenaline rushing tours in one day! Go skydiving in Cairns in the morning and white water rafting in the afternoon. The perfect combo package tour for those short on time or for those looking for a great deal on an adrenaline rushing tour

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Face First River Boarding Cairns Go On We Dare You Pussy

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White Water Rapids River Boarding | Tully River | Face First | Cairns | Mission Beach
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    Full day

The gnarly Tully River awaits your arrival to tackle grade 3 rapids face first on our river boards. Crash helmets are not optional on this extreme Tully River tour. Once you have tried river boarding you will never white water raft again as this is the extreme way to tackle the Tully River

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Adrenaline Pumping White Water Rafting

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Afternoon Barron White Water Rafting Adventure | RT
  • Departs From: Cairns
  • Duration:

    5 Hours - 2 hours White Water Rafting

Cairns is the adrenaline junkie capital of Australia and you can even have the kids join in on some adrenaline fun with an afternoon white water rafting tour on the Barron River. Children need to be 13 years and older to take on these grade 2 and 3 rapids. White water rafting is a good leveller and great fun activity in Cairns

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White water rafting Tully River Mission Beach

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$179.00

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Tully River White Water Rafting | Full Day | TR | RnR
  • Departs From: Cairns, Mission Beach
  • Duration:

    From Cairns 11.5 hours (approx)
    From Mission 8.5 hours (approx)

This is white knuckle white water rafting on the famous Tully River in Mission Beach. With more than 45 rapids as big as grade 4 you will be loving this raging river as you scream down its falls in your rubber raft with your newly acquainted fellow adrenaline junkies

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Dedicated Camera Man - Skydiving Cairns

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Cairns 2 Day Package Tours | Tully Rafting & Skydiving | FP3
  • Departs From: Cairns
  • Duration:

    2 Full Day tours

The ultimate in adrenaline rush, jump out of an airplane with a stranger on your back holding the strings to your parachute freefalling at over 200klm an hour one day and the next riding a rubber raft down the world famous Tully River with your newest best mates in rapids up to grade 4

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Explore Behana Gorge on this Adventure Tour

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Behana Gorge Canyoning Tour - Abseiling Cliff Jumping Adventure | Cairns
  • Departs From: Cairns
  • Duration:

    8 hours (approx)

Beautiful Behana Gorge is the place you will spend your day of canyoning, cliff jumping and abseiling amongst the granite boulders and waterfalls in the this national parks rainforest setting. It may not quite be white water rafting but it sure is adrenaline pumping and a lot of fun

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Waterfall Zipline - Canyoning Tour Cairns

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Cairns 2 Day Package Tours | Barron Rafting, Canyoning & Skydiving | FP6
  • Departs From: Cairns
  • Duration:

    Day 1 Full Day - Rafting & Canyoning

    Day 2 Half Day - Skydiving

This is a triple header combo package tour that not only saves you $$$ but gives you the thrill of a lifetime over two days of adrenaline rushing fun. Half day white water rafting, canyoning in the gorges of Crystal Cascades and skydiving in Cairns at 14,000 feet. Its a crazy great combo deal for the adrenaline junkie

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River tubing fun with friends | Cairns River Tubing Tour

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Cairns Aussie Drifterz Behana Gorge River Tubing
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    4 Hours Total with 2 Hours River Tubing

Cairns newest attraction is not quite white water rafting but it is pretty close as your place your backside in a round rubber tube and float down the rapids of the Behana Gorge in double time! These are grade 1 1nd 2 rapids so you can brings your kids along too

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Abseiling Beside Flowing Waterfall - Cairns Canyoning Tour

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Cairns Canyoning Tour Crystal Cascades | Abseiling, Ziplining & Cliff-Jumping | RT
  • Departs From: Cairns
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    Departing Cairns:

    Morning Tour – 6:30am to 1:15pm

    Afternoon Tour – 12:00pm to 5:15pm (10:00am to 6:15pm if staying in Port Douglas)

    2 to 3 hours of Canyoning depending on canyon conditions and speed of tour group

    Departing Port Douglas:

    10:00am to 6:15pm

This new Cairns canyoning tour is a blast!. A half day tour to Crystal Cascades to take on the gorges and try some abseiling, ziplining, cliff jumping and canyoning amongst the granite boulders. The padded pants give you a great Kardashian bum look and the crash helmet is there to protect your scone

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