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Half Day Rafting Barron River

The beautiful Barron Gorge National Park is only 20 minutes from the centre of Cairns (40 minutes ex-Port Douglas). It’s known for its rugged rainforest mountains, steep ravines, the mighty Barron Falls and of course, Barron Gorge, which has been carved out over thousands of years by the Barron River.

This is where we do our half day white water rafting tour, on the ebb and flow of the Barron River, as it snakes its way down from the mountains and heads out to the Coral Sea. This is a scenic rafting / rainforest adventure which combines calm water floating with a series of white water rapids for adventure and action.

The Barron River Half Day Tour is a fantastic introduction to White Water Rafting. It’s fun, exciting and exhilarating, suitable for all the family*. Enjoy up to two hours rafting, on up to grade 3 rapids.

Our rafts carry up to seven passengers plus your river guide. No experience necessary.

Let our guides entertain you on this spectacular river, offering guaranteed water levels year round!


  • Cairns (Daily): Pick up at approx 2pm | Return 5.30pm
  • Cairns (Seasonal): Pick up at approx 8.45am | Return 1pm – Contact Us
  • Port Douglas (Daily): Pick up at approx 1.15pm | Return 6.30pm
  • Port Douglas (Seasonal): Pick up at approx 8am | Return 2pm – Contact Us


  • Minimum 8 persons to operate
  • *Minimum age to participate is 12 years
  • All participants will be required to sign a liability release form prior to the trip commencing. The Mulgrave River may be used for half day rafting tours, when the Barron River is not available due to river levels or other reasons.
  • Please see our Important Information for this tour


What Does It Include?

Return transfers (from Cairns and Port Douglas), 2 Hours White Water Rafting (up to grade 3 rapids), All Tuition (and safety equipment), River Guides (professional and certified), Barron Gorge National Park (stunning rainforest). Optional Extras: Shoe Hire ($5) | Snacks & Souvenir Photos

What Else Can I Do?

So much! There’s a stack of excellent tours departing Cairns every day. Combine Foaming Fury with a visit to Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef, a journey to the Atherton Tablelands and its waterfalls, Hot Air Ballooning, Bungy Jumping and more. Book with us and save.

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Dear Valued Guest,

Cairns Adventure Group has been significantly affected by Cyclone Jasper and the subsequent flooding across the region. Due to current road closures and damage to Barron Gorge hydro station, we are unable to operate Barron River Rafting.

We are happy to announce Barron Rafting wil return in late June 2024. Please check out our availability for dates.