Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns or Port Douglas - Self Drive 14:30 - Adults (age 12-80)

Barron Gorge National Park Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns or Port Douglas

3 hours 30 minutes Cairns, Australia

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Enjoy an outdoor adventure in Queensland with a 2-hour white-water rafting tour in Barron Gorge National Park. This experience is a suitable introduction to river rafting for first-timers, providing an exhilarating time with a rafting guide. Take in rainforest views along the Barron River as you navigate rapids up to grade III. When booking, you have the option to include pickup in Cairns and the Northern Beaches or Port Douglas, or drive yourself to the starting point.

Just 20 minutes from central Cairns and 40 minutes from Port Douglas, Barron Gorge National Park is convenient for whichever option you select when booking—either hotel pickup by coach or driving yourself to Lake Placid. The park is known for its rugged rainforest mountains, steep ravines, Barron Falls, and, of course, Barron Gorge, carved out over thousands of years by the Barron River.

When you arrive at Lake Placid, meet your guide to get ready for your white-water rafting tour on the river, which snakes its way down from the mountains toward the Coral Sea. During this scenic experience, enjoy a combination of calm water and a series of white-water rapids, providing you with both peaceful floating and more exciting action. You’ll raft for up to two hours on rapids up to grade III.

No experience is necessary, making this a good choice for beginner rafters. Rafts hold up to seven passengers plus your river guide, who keeps you safe and entertained. When your tour is over, return to your pickup point. Total duration of this tour depends on your pickup location or if you drive yourself.

Stop At:

• Foaming Fury, 19-21 Barry St, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
• Barron Gorge National Park, Wrights Lookout Rd, Queensland Australia


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Cairns or Port Douglas with transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Safety equipment
  • River guide
  • National park fees
  • Air-conditioned vehicle


  • AU$30 river levy (payable direct)
  • Optional extras such as shoe rental ($5)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Snacks (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from all hotels and accommodations in Cairns, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Children between 12 and 17 years require a parent or guardian to sign a waiver form
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff


669 Reviews

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Wanderlusttt911607 November 2021

For a first time doing white water rafting, this experience was great! As someone who is not necessarily an adrenaline junky, this was perfect - some time in the rapids and some calm moments to swim. Jordan was amazing and I was really glad he was our guide. He was very focused on safety and good at steering the boat. If you are an experienced rafter and love a rougher ride, the Tully tour might be more up your alley.

G2067KUguyv November 2021

Brilliant day of fun. We were total novices, the entire crew were friendly and helpful and put us at ease. The scenery is beautiful, rapids fun and not too scary at all. Highly recommend you do this!

gavins990 November 2021

A fun afternoon out. Jordan, our guide, was great and very informative. He made you feel comfortable and ensured we all knew what to do when the time came. I recommend you give this a go on your next visit to Cairns.

vman7898 November 2021

I had great fun!! Our guide Jonah was pretty awesome and made it so much for us. Ebery single person on our tour was pretty happy and really freindly staff and people all around.

659xc November 2021

Me and my friend we had Steve as our instructor, he is a super responsive guy who take good care of no only our squad but also other team. It was a big fun to do rafting w Steve, he understood the culture differences and gave us a comfy but amazing trip guide. We all got wet after the tour even some of our team member they were scared of water and could not swim, we all had a big fun. Thanks Steve, you are amazing .

petermA9223ZJ November 2021

Fantastic experience. Well organised from pickup to return. Very knowledgeable guide Jordan, not only focused on ensuring we had a great time but covered safety aspects and gave us the opportunity to practice these in calmer waters.

N1794NKnicolas November 2021

Was so much fun the guides explained everything you needed to know! Definitely would come back and do it again

T2967BHsaraha November 2021

Amazing experience! My mother in law was extremely nervous and rob made her feel so comfortable while also making it an amazing adventure for us more daring. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Highly recommend!

svetlanah837 October 2021

It was my first time rafting and I loved it, I would highly recommend this tour, such a great experience

emilydK212XY October 2021

We had an awesome time white water rafting! We were a bit nervous but felt in safe hands with Captain Carlos!! The bus pick up to and from Port Douglas also made the day super relaxing. Highly recommend this experience to anyone in Cairns, Port Douglas or in between!

davidkP5123HU October 2021

We had a Amazing time on Barron river, the activity is highly recommended by us. Carlos is a true blue Aussie legend

EllaElaine October 2021

FUN! So much fun. The tour guides were all fantastic; the safety briefing in the bus had us in stitches learning why it was important for guys not to wear Budgie smugglers while rafting haha. Our raft guide was Johnny and he was hilarious. The rafting itself was great, our first time doing it. Johnny was an excellent coach, and made sure everyone felt safe while having lots of fun. Barron Gorge is a perfect first time experience and has inspired us to try a Grade 4 next time. We would definitely book through Foaming Fury again as their whole operation was seamless from start to finish. Highly recommend!

Jhoogmoed October 2021

Rob, Jordan and Hannah were super engaging tour guides! Their knowledge and energy was unreal. Discussing the surroundings whilst simultaneously making it captivating! He knew everyone’s limits within the raft and still managed to make sure everyone had a blast! We will be back again!

MarkOxman October 2021

We had an awesome time on the Barron River with Steve, Christian and Jordan. Great guides and too blokes too. Would recommend for all sorts. We are looking forward to doing this again in the wet season.

mervc2020 October 2021

The team made picking you up at the hotel fun and continued this right through the tour. Although a serious sport the staff conveyed instructions and made sure you understood them. The ride was serious but with fun involved. A enjoyable and exciting tour. Well done fellows.

523clivew October 2021

An excellent outdoor activity for even those only moderately adventurous. Rob read the group really well - from non swimmers to a couple hardened thrill seekers he managed to ensure everyone got what they came for. Would definitely do again.

lovers1996 October 2021

I must admit that this activity initially went under my radar. My wife and I are so glad we did this. We were picked up on time from our hotel by Jordon and Steve. This was a real adrenaline rush activity. Not only that, when you did look up, the scenery was amazing. Our guide was Steve and he was fantastic. For obvious reasons you can’t take anything with you in the raft, including phones or cameras. Photos were taken by Jordon and available for purchase for $55. We got 74 photos and they show all the action. Steve and Jordon dropped us back at hotel which concluded a wonderful afternoon. This is what I class as a bucket list activity and I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Cairns.

helsimbur October 2021

This was amazing. Have never done it before and a bit nervous Christian made us feel so at ease, honestly was the most entertaining, down to earth guide and was well suited to our group of inexperienced rafters. We all had a lot of laughs along the way. No experience necessary, just be prepared to get wet! Definitely recommend paying to get the photos, they captured some candid moments and certainly we will get a lot of laughs looking through them and be reminded of the fantastic day we had. Thanks for an amazing day, we would definitely do this again. Thanks Christian!

Dwight_P October 2021

I’ve never been white water rafting before & totally enjoyed the experience.The guides & staff were amazing very helpful as well as having fun
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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