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Half Day Family Rafting Barron River

The Family Rafting Half Day Tour is a fantastic introduction to White Water Rafting. This fun and exciting tour is designed for children aged 6 – 11 years and operates on the lower section of the Barron River rapids and Lake Placid, in the Barron Gorge National Park.

This stunning national park is just 20 minutes from Cairns city (40 minutes from Port Douglas) and is known for its spectacular World Heritage listed Rainforest, scenic mountain ranges and of course the Gorge itself, which has been carved out over thousands of years by the flowing waters of the Barron River.

The Half Day Family Rafting Tours in the Barron River is the perfect introduction to children’s rafting. 8 person rafts & 2 person sports rafts are used to experience both styles of rafting during your trip. Sports Rafts are two per raft with an adult and child in each raft. Children 10 years old and above can be in a raft without an adult. A high guide to passenger ratio ensures safety is first class with an emphasis on having a fun day.

The whole family will experience the thrills of paddling in rapids graded 1 – 2, under the watchful eye and tuition of fully trained and certified River Guides. The backdrop is pristine rainforest, providing outstanding scenery and photo opportunities. Please note that this tour does include a brief walk over rocks, to access the rapid section.

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


  • Cairns: Pick up at approx 2pm | Return 5.30pm
  • Port Douglas: Pick up at approx 1.15pm | Return 6.30pm


  • Minimum 8 persons to operate
  • Minimum age to participate is 6 years
  • All participants will be required to sign a liability release form prior to the trip commencing. Should the power station be unavailable the tour will continue to operate on Lake Placid. Rapids will be experienced when power station is operational.
  • Please see our Important Information for this tour

What Does It Include?

Return transfers (from Cairns and Port Douglas), 2 Hours White Water Rafting (rapids graded 1 – 2), 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 family 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, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Hot Air Ballooning 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.