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Informative, friendly and professional guide
Hotel pickup included
Just 20 minutes from central Cairns and 40 minutes from Port Douglas, Barron Gorge National Park is convenient for whichever option you select when booking—either hotel pickup by coach or driving yourself to Lake Placid. The park is known for its rugged rainforest mountains, steep ravines, Barron Falls, and, of course, Barron Gorge, carved out over thousands of years by the Barron River.
When you arrive at Lake Placid, meet your guide to get ready for your white-water rafting tour on the river, which snakes its way down from the mountains toward the Coral Sea. During this scenic experience, enjoy a combination of calm water and a series of white-water rapids, providing you with both peaceful floating and more exciting action. You’ll raft for up to two hours on rapids up to grade III.
No experience is necessary, making this a good choice for beginner rafters. Rafts hold up to seven passengers plus your river guide, who keeps you safe and entertained. When your tour is over, return to your pickup point. Total duration of this tour depends on your pickup location or if you drive yourself.
Hotel pickup and drop-off from Cairns or Port Douglas with transport by air-conditioned coach
National park fees
AU$30 river levy (payable direct)
Optional extras such as shoe rental ($5)
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Snacks (available to purchase)
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Minimum age is 12 years
Children between 12 and 17 years require a parent or guardian to sign a waiver form
Not recommended for pregnant women
Not recommended for participants with back problems
Pickup from Cairns accommodation, Northern Beaches, or Port Douglas, or drive yourself to Lake Placid
Arrive at Lake Placid by 2:20pm if self-drive option selected. For pickups, depart at 1:15pm from Port Douglas or 2pm from Cairns.
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
Returns to Cairns at approximately 5:30pm and Port Douglas at approximately 6:30pm