About Raging Thunder

Raging Thunder Adventures is Australian owned and operated by Experience Co the largest adventure company in Australia. We have a reputation for excellence and have established ourselves as a World Leader in Adventure Tourism.

Raging Thunder specialise in adventure ecotourism. The World Heritage listed Wet Tropical Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef are our workbenches. Our guides are trained to leave nothing but a footprint and take nothing but photos. Cairns and the surrounding areas make up the world’s natural adventure playground and we want to share it with you.

We offer adventures designed for those of you that want to experience soft adventure through to your adrenaline seeking thrill seekers. We white water raft some of the best rivers in the world year round, sea kayak over the Great Barrier Reef and fly the largest hot air balloon in the world, to mention but a few of the activities that await you.

Our History

Raging Thunder Adventures pioneered rafting in Queensland, Australia in 1984. Our first commercial trip on the Tully River consisted of three nervous passengers. Since then we have expanded our product range to include a series of adventure tours suitable for all levels of excitement includes white water rafting, reef-rafting, sea kayaking, hot air ballooning, sky diving, 4WD tours, horse riding, and fishing to name but a few.

In 2004 we carried over 150,000 adrenaline charged passengers on our various tours, which serves to highlight that adventure tourism is no longer just a special interest activity, and indeed forms the basis of many tour itineraries. We also have a range of extended packages suitable for the independent traveller. These packages incorporate tours throughout the East Coast of Queensland.

In November 1998, we launched our new balloon, which is the largest commercial balloon in the world. Raging Thunder Balloon Adventures now has a capacity to carry 104 people per day making it the largest Hot Air Balloon company in Australia.

Our unique flying conditions provide us with 98% tour reliability. This statistic is unmatched anywhere in the world within the Ballooning industry. Raging Thunder remains at the forefront of ballooning from our in-house pilot training programs to our state of the art equipment, thus ensuring a high level of service and product quality.

Raging Thunder Balloon Adventures Pty Ltd is the holder of an Air Operator’s Certificate Number C520686-10, issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Australia.

The Directors of Raging Thunder Adventures have placed great emphasis on safety and training. We have pioneered many of the Swiftwater Rescue procedures and techniques used around the world. Our guides are trained to this high standard which includes Wilderness Medivac training, by our wholly owned subsidiary, Rescue 3 Australia; a franchise of the world renowned Rescue 3 International.

The mood of our trips is informal; the emphasis is on team work and sharing. The pioneering of our tours and equipment, safety procedures, and highly trained adventure guides, have made Raging Thunder Adventures the leaders in Adventure Tourism.

The difference is our dedication to quality and safety.


Raging Thunder Adventures is owned and Operated by Experience Co Limited (EXP)
Experience Co Limited (EXP) is an adventure tourism and leisure company (previously known as Skydive the Beach Group Limited, ASX:SKB). From its origins in Wollongong NSW in 1999, it now provides tandem skydiving experiences in 18 locations in Australia and 3 locations in New Zealand. EXP also provides activities of white water rafting, hot air ballooning, canyoning, boat tours and helicopter tours to the Great Barrier Reef, and personalised tours to the Daintree Rainforest in North Queensland, Australia. Since successfully completing an initial public offer (IPO) in March 2015, EXP has acquired Australia Skydive (March 2015), NZone Skydive, NZ (October 2015), Skydive Wanaka, NZ (July 2016), Raging Thunder Adventures (October 2016), Reef Magic Cruises (April 2016), Byron Bay Balloons (August 2017), Great Barrier Reef Helicopters (November 2017), Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises (December 2017), and Tropical Journeys (December 2017).