Water activity

Cairns: Raging Thunder Barron Gorge River Rafting Trip

Activity provider: Cairns Adventure Group

Cairns: Raging Thunder Barron Gorge River Rafting Trip

Activity provider: Cairns Adventure Group

From US$ 84.98 per person

Embark on a scenic rafting day trip down the Barron Gorge that combines calm water floating with a series of 2-3 white water rapids. Get all the gear and training you need for a safe adventure.

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 4 hours
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Pickup optional
Please call 1-800-801-540 the day prior to travel to reconfirm your booking and pickup time.
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature while surrounded by a tropical rainforest
  • Master paddling techniques with rafting guides and practice rafting sessions
  • Feel refreshed while white water rafting through the scenic Barron Gorge
  • Experience bigger and fast-paced rapids as well as easy and gentle rapids
  • Warm up with tea or coffee at the end of your trip while looking over photos
Full description

Prepare for adventure and action on this guided white water rafting tour on the Barron River. Receive all rafting training and equipment needed before venturing into the water to experience grade 2 and 3 rapids. Enjoy private changing facilities and tea or coffee at the end of your trip. 

The Barron River is located only 20 minutes from Cairns and offers a great introduction to white water rafting. You’ll get to experience up to 2 hours of rafting with a combination of exciting rapids and calm water paddling.

Begin with pickup from your accommodation or self-driving to the starting point at Lake Placid. Once here, meet your river guide and fellow paddlers and get fitted with your life jacket, helmet, and rafting shoes, if you choose to rent a pair. 

Follow a short track with your group down to the river where you will board your raft and receive a comprehensive safety briefing and paddling instructions from your guide. You will have the chance to practice in the flat water before it's time to hit the white water.

The first couple of rapids you raft through are small and easy, giving you plenty of time to get a feel for how the raft moves through the water before it's time to navigate the bigger, more exciting rapids, including the Rooster Tail.

The combination of grade 2 and 3 rapids will ensure you have a thrilling trip rafting down the Barron. At the bottom section of the river, enjoy a flat paddle where you'll have time to admire the stunning scenery and learn about the surrounding rainforest and native wildlife.

After arriving at the take-out point, head to the Lake Placid Rainforest Retreat, where you can use the facilities to change into your dry clothes in a private changing space before enjoying a poolside tea or coffee while viewing photos of your afternoon's adventure.

  • Pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Up to 2 hours white water rafting on grade 2-3 rapids
  • Rafting training
  • Rafting equipment
  • Private change facilities
  • Tea and coffee
  • Rafting levy ($30 per person paid on-site)
  • Shoe rental (available for $5 per pair)
  • Souvenir photos (available for $55)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 3 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Arrive and park in the Lake Placid car park at 2:30 PM.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Hat
  • Swimwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Credit card
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
  • Sports shoes
  • Water shoes
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Intoxication
  • Jewelry
  • Valuables
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July 4, 2022

Product ID: 408943