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Half Day White Water Rafting Barron River - Raging Thunder

5.0 (2 reviews)



  • Paddle through grade 2 & 3 rapids
  • Experience the huge drop at Rooster Tail
  • Best place for white water rafting, especially for first-timers
  • Set in the stunning Barron Gorge National Park
  • No experience is necessary, all equipment and instruction included


  • All training and equipment
  • Return transfers
  • A guide


Day 1: Barron River White Water Rafting

Cairns pickups at approximately 08:00 - 08:30 am for the morning tour and 1:45 - 2:15 pm or the afternoon tour.
Followed by a 20-minute drive from the city to the Barron River and up the Barron Gorge Valley to the Top Of the River. Time to gear up with life jackets, helmets and paddles. Your guides will provide a safety briefing. Raft from just below Barron River Power Station down a series of grade 2 and 3 rapids - From the last rapid there is a short paddle along Lake Placid to the take-out point. Change into your dry clothes before heading back to Cairns. Your action photos are available to view and order whilst on board the bus. Return to Cairns approx. 12:00 pm for the morning tour and 6.00 pm for the afternoon tour.

Meals: None

Pickups / Departures

Morning tour 08:00 - 08:30 am
Afternoon tour 1:45 - 2:15 pm

Morning tour 12 pm
Afternoon tour 6 pm
Pickups in Cairns & Northern Beaches region


What to bring

Change of dry clothes
Secure footwear such as sandshoes or adventure sandals (no thongs)
Waterproof sunscreen
Cap to wear under a helmet (optional)
Hire shoes available for $5 if you don’t want your shoes getting wet
Money for additional refreshments and purchase of any digital photos

Extra costs

$30 River Levy, payable to Raging Thunder directly on the day of activity
$5 Hire shoes available, if you don’t want your shoes getting wet


5.0 (2 reviews)
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Alice G. 27 Sep 2023
This was the best day ever, absolutely loved it! The guides are awesome, patient and show you everything you need to know to stay safe. Great experience, can't wait to go again!
Alan L. 31 Aug 2023
The most amazing first time experience for us! Convenient location from the town city, chill and easy going staff, great site for rafting. Although the rivers were a bit gentler than we expected, we were told they would be much more wilder especially after rain season! All in all, a great trip worthy of value P.S. Elliot was super fun and helpful, he offered to drive back to the hotel and return something of ours when we almost lost it on the raft!

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Half Day White Water Rafting Barron River - Raging Thunder

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