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Barron River Rafting Half Day Tour

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  • The ever-lively waters of Cairns' popular Barron River make this an ideal location year-round.
  • Grade 3 rapids throw an intermediate challenge your way, making for an adventurous activity.
  • Your expert tour guide will keep you company on the alternating smooth and bumpy waters.
  • You'll be surrounded by Cairns' tropical rainforest, contrasting the blue waters of Barron.
  • Choose to get picked up from your hotel/accommodation (in Cairns or Port Douglas) or drive on your own to the location.
  • Fun fact: The Barron River is known for its class 3 rapids that are often characterized by bigger waves and more complex currents.


  • 2-hr white water rafting on Barron River
  • Rafting equipment
  • Hotel transfers (optional)


  • $30 levy charges
  • Shoes (available on hire for $5 per pair)

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.


377 reviews
Rhonda Jean



Sep, 2023

The great tour guide/instructor. Perfect day. Only negative is when signing up for the trip headiut prints the total fee for Headiut!! They fail toention that there is a $30 fee for the park which is payable before bus may move. Very misleading thinking there are no additional fees!!
Michelle Anderson



Aug, 2023

Our guide Matt was absolutely brilliant. He was a date devil but without putting anyone in harms way. He was funny and made the afternoon very memorable. Thank you for the great experience. Just wondering about the photos. Don't seem to have received them. Thank you
Helen Jane Hey



Jul, 2023

Very Professional .. good correspondence. Good level of equipment. Great course leader in Big Jayden who explained everything really clearly and in a measured way when we needed the info, Thrilling experience
Kerrie Martin



Oct, 2023

The experience paddle lead fellow was terrific. Booking was easy
Andrew Simmons



Sep, 2023

Awesome experience with excellent guides who were all about safety and fun. Recommend to anyone

Enjoy 2 hours of pure rafting fun on Cairns' popular Barron River. This is known to be a great venue to get out on the water and partake in adventurous water sporting activities, and what better way to start your trip than by white water rafting! This course offers the intermediate challenge of Grade 3 rapids, dialing up the fun factor. Guaranteed water levels throughout the year make for the ideal rafting destination- that, and the fact that it is not too far away from Cairns! A friendly but professional tour guide will join you and the rest of the rafters before navigating your way through the smooth and bumpy waters of the Barron River. Be enveloped by the striking greenery of Cairns' tropical rainforest, a great visual contrast to the blue waters you'll be gliding on. This semi-challenging, and super enjoyable rafting experience in the Cairns region simply cannot be missed!

Important Information

  • All guests need to check-in before tour departure here.
  • A rafting levy of $30 per person is payable directly to the supplier.
  • Leave all jewelry and valuables at your accommodation.
  • It is recommended to bring along mobile vouchers, a swimming costume, towel, money for souvenirs & snacks, a change of clothes, sunscreen, and secure waterproof footwear.


Daily: 2pm - 5:30pm

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly
  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo while boarding
  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the start time of your tour to avoid delays

Self Drive

Meeting Point

  • If you choose the self-drive ticket option, you will have to report at 82-100 Lake Placid Rd
  • This is by Lake Placid Park

Get Directions to the Meeting Point

Return Transfers

  • If you choose the return transfer ticket options (from Cairns OR Port Douglas), hotel pickups and drop-offs are included in the price of your ticket
  • On the day of your tour, please report at your hotel lobby 10-15 min prior to your scheduled departure
  • If your hotel does not have a lobby, please wait at the entrance of the hotel
  • Your Headout host will be waiting for you here
  • This is only applicable for hotels/accomodation in Cairns or Port Douglas


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