BARRON RIVER RAFTING

GET READY FOR FUN TIMES RAFTING ON THE BARRON

HALF DAY TOUR

The Beautiful Barron River. The best place to enjoy white water rafting for the first time, with the family or just for a few hours of fun times. This half day eco adventure usually operates in the afternoons, from 2pm to 6pm, but sometimes it can be run in the mornings due to weather or capacity. So we’ve got two Barron River itineraries, check them out below, which are exactly the same except for departure times. The tour and times we’re running for the date of your intended travel will display during the booking process. Get ready for white water rapids and some calm water paddling in the spectacular Barron Gorge National Park.

Barron Late Itinerary

Rafting Season (subject to change, based on water levels)

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Prepare for plenty of thrills and excitement as we paddle through some grade 2 & 3 rapids, surf the rafts into the free standing waves and go over the huge drop at Rooster Tail. We’ve got you covered at Raging Thunder. We’re all about the fun factor during your time with us and the half day Barron River tour, is the perfect way to get amongst the amazing natural paradise, we call home. No experience necessary, all equipment and instruction is included, just bring your smile and get ready for a good time. If self-driving, the meeting point is at Lake Placid.

  • 14.00 – 14.30
    Pick-ups around Cairns and Northern Beaches. Drive to Lake Placid and rendezvous with other (self-drive) rafters.
  • 14.30 – 14.45
    Travel further into the Barron River Gorge to our start point and get fitted with rafting gear.
  • 14.45 – 17.00
    Meet your River Guide who will give you a safety briefing and paddling instructions before it’s time to hit the water!
  • 15.00 – 17.00
    Raft down the Barron River conquering awesome grade 2 & 3 rapids!
  • 17.00 – 17.30
    Arrive at the take-out point and change into dry clothes before heading over to the Lake Placid Tourist Park for some tea and coffee, view photos of your trip and compare river stories.
  • 17.30 – 18.00
    Kick back and relax as we transfer you back to your accommodation.
  • Cairns ~ From 2pm – 6pm
  • Lake Placid ~ From 2.30pm – 5.30pm

Barron Early Itinerary

Rafting Season (subject to change, based on water levels)

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Same awesome rafting eco adventure – just running at a different time. Why? The Barron River is an integral part of clean, green energy production, thanks to the operations of the 66 MW Barron Gorge Hydro. They vary the water release time pending capacity, production and volume which means we vary our Barron rafting itinerary in line with them. This ensures you’ll have the very best rafting experience possible on the Barron River, with Raging Thunder. If self-driving, the meeting point is at Lake Placid and please stay with your vehicle.

  • 08.00 – 08.30
    Pick-ups around Cairns and Northern Beaches. Drive to Lake Placid and rendezvous with other (self-drive) rafters.
  • 08.30 – 08.45
    Travel further into the Barron River Gorge to our start point and get fitted with rafting gear.
  • 08.45 – 09.00
    Meet your River Guide who will give you a safety briefing and paddling instructions before it’s time to hit the water!
  • 09.00 – 11.00
    Raft down the Barron River conquering awesome grade 2 & 3 rapids!
  • 11.00 – 11.30
    Arrive at the take-out point and change into dry clothes before heading over to the Lake Placid Tourist Park for some tea and coffee, view photos of your trip and compare river stories.
  • 11.30 – 12.00
    Kick back and relax as we transfer you back to your accommodation.
  • Cairns~ From 8am – 12pm
  • Lake Placid~ From 8.30am – 11.30am

Barron River RaftingRates and Information

Please note that you should have some swimming ability and basic understanding of English, to participate in Barron River rafting. Rafting is not suitable for anyone who may be pregnant.

Times and activities in this itinerary are intended as a guide only and are approximate and subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control (i.e. weather/water). The minimum age to participate is 12 years, those under 18 years must travel with a responsible guardian or adult. For your safety you will not be permitted to raft if we detect you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol and in these instances, no refund will apply. Action digital photos of the day will be available to buy, at the end of the tour, please see link below.

Rates and Dates

Days Check Availability
Price (ex Cairns) $133 per person + $30 levy = $163
Price (ex Lake Placid) (Self Drive) $123 per person + $30 levy = $153
Digital Action Photos Preview & Purchase Online

Additional Information

Minimum Age 12 years
Includes Return transfers, all training & equipment
What To Bring Swimwear, towel, change of dry clothes, secure footwear such as sandshoes or adventure sandals (no thongs), waterproof sunscreen, cap to wear under helmet (optional). Hire shoes available for $5 if you don’t want your shoes getting wet. Also bring your voucher and money for additional refreshments and purchase of any digital photos you may like as an awesome reminder of your epic adventure. Please leave jewellery and valuables at your accommodation.

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