Barron River Rafting | 2pm - 5pm

Duration | 3 Hours
Mobile Ticket OK

Experience the thrill of rafting on the legendary Barron Gorge with the Raging Thunder Barron River half day adventure. Just a short drive from Cairns, this 2-hour excursion is suitable for those aged 12 and up. Transportation from Cairns and the Northern Beaches is provided, or you can opt to drive yourself if you have your own vehicle. Experience the rainforest while navigating the turbulent waters of the Barron River.


  • 2 hours of rafting Grade 3 rapids
  • Visit Barron Gorge National Park
  • Rafts carry up to 7 passengers plus River Guide
  • No experience necessary
  • Change rooms available after rafting
  • Accommodation transfers from Cairns, Northern Beach

Pick-up and Departure times
The Barron River is only 20 minutes from Cairns & Northern Beaches.

  • Pick up Cairns : 2pm daily
  • Return Cairns : 5:45pm

Self Drive Option
For a self-drive, meet the group at the Lake Placid Car Park at 2:30pm.


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
Transfer you back to your accommodation.

What to Bring

  • Wear swimming costume under your clothes
  • Towel
  • Leave all jewelery and valuables at your accommodation
  • Change of clothes
  • Water resistant sunscreen
  • Secure Footwear - lace up shoes or sandals that will get wet

Instant Booking & Mobile Friendly Tickets
Check availability & book here to secure your place on the Barron River Rafting experience.
Pre-booking is essential. Please do not turn up on the day without a booking.



Brec Mitton

guides were very professional and upbeat had 12 year old son and nervous partner not keen at end of trip son wanted to go again photos were great


Chris Golder

Had an awesome day. Our Scottish guide(the guy with the wine glass tattoo) was fun and engaging- skilful in getting us through the Rooster tail rapids in the raft!! Cheers from the Farming family


Margaret Ward

Was a great experience and the team were super friendly knowledgeable and helpful.


Claude Bova

Unbelievable experience! The instructors were funny, entertaining and the rafting was great! Highly recommend coming here for a holiday/birthday/bucks party/hens or even just to be outside and enjoy the river! Nori and rob were awesome! Horrrrrda horrrrrrrda horrrrrrda !!!


Corneila Parker

Thank you for a fantastic time, will return next year to do the Tully, everybody we had dealings with were very professional and very friendly, very impressed


Jennifer Ross

Keanu was hard working, and a clear communicator with a good command of the people on the raft. He was fun as well as responsible.

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The Barron River Rafting tour will pick you up from Cairns City at 2pm.
Return to Cairns at 5.45pm