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Half-Day Barron River Rafting Trip
Raging Thunder

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This 1/2 day trip is rated moderate.

Departure Information
Departure is from your lodging at 2:30 PM every day, return time 6:00 PM.
Lodging Pick Up Times: Cairns2:30 PM
 Port Douglas1:30 PM

The Trip

This half-day trip floats the Barron River through the Barron River Gorge, where you will see steep rainforest clad slopes rising up from beside the river. A hydroelectric dam regulates the portion of the river traveled and provides reasonably consistent water levels and rapids rated Grades 2 and 3, in other words, "moderate rapids with the need to hold on at times, and maintain control of the rafts." There are calm stretches between the rapids where you can catch your breath and admire the scenery. Raging Thunder considers this trip to be "a fantastic introduction to white water rafting." The actual time spend rafting is a bit over two hours.

Inflatable rafts are steered by a trained guide, with participants (yes, you!) using oar power to help guide and power the raft down the river. Usually from 5-8 people are in each of the rafts, and the number of rafts the company uses varies with the number of guests. A bus picks you up at your lodging, at around 10:00am in the Cairns area, and 8:30am in Port Douglas. The river is located about 15 minutes outside of Cairns. The minimum age for this trip is 13, and remember to leave your jewelry at home on any rafting trip you take.


  • 2 hours of rafting
  • all instruction
  • transfers to and from lodging (Cairns and Beaches)
  • tea and coffee

Book This Trip
All prices are in US Dollars.

Suggested Items to bring on this trip:

lace-up shoes swimming gear hat change of clothing waterproof sunscreen towel money for drinks, sourvenirs

The Company

Raging Thunder has operated rafting trips on area rivers since 1984 and is one of two companies responsible for pioneering white water rafting in the Cairns area. They also own Rescue 3, which trains Australian and Asian river guides, including those working at Raging Thunder, assuring that their staff is extremely well-trained and qualified. In the last five years the company has expanded its offerings to include kayaking and ballooning trips.

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