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White Water Rafting Cairns 

Rafting on the Nymboida River (or Nymbo as it's known to river guides) is certain to entertain the complete novice as well as experienced white water warriors.

Cairns has a reputation as the adventure capital of Australia and certainly it's tropical climate, long sunny days, seasonal heavy rainfalls and stunning scenery (both on land and out on the Great Barrier Reef) all add up to make it a fantastic place to feed your adrenalin habit.

Tully River White Water Rafting

If white water rafting is what you're looking for, Cairns has a number of locations to choose from, depending on the time of year and the water levels. Rafting companies have been operating on the Tully River for decades and the river still is still considered to be one of the best places to raft in both Australia and New Zealand. Some of the big names that offer adventure along this waterway include Raging Thunder, Adrenalin and RnR White Water Rafting and most of the trips run for a full day, with a picnic lunch throw in. With around 45 rapids, mainly grade 3 and 4, with such evocative names as Wet and Moisty, the Staircase and the Theatre, the Tully River is a truly exhilarating ride.

And if you're a seasoned rafter who'd really like a challenge, check out the Xtreme Tully Full Day White Water Rafting. This excursion offers 5 hours of white water action with the guides cutting a course through some of the biggest, fastest and most exciting rapids anywhere in the country.

Barron River White Water Rafting

If you are new to rafting and are in search of something slightly gentler, perhaps a half-day trip out of Kuranda to Barron Gorge could be just what you need. Surrounded by ancient protected rainforest which oozes with atmosphere and dotted with treacherous boulders and cascading waterfalls, rafting the Barron River is as beautiful as it is thrilling. Most of the rapids fall into the grade 2 and 3 category, making them less white-knuckle than some of the other white water rafting trips that run out of Cairns, but with names like butcher's Knife, Face Wash and Rooster Tail, you know it'll be anything but dull!

North Johnstone White Water Rafting Tours

If you are an experienced rafter and are on the hunt for a truly memorable ride, look no further than a 4 to 6-day Johnstone River rafting expedition. This really is the big one and is considered to be one of the Top 10 wilderness adventures on the planet. The North Johnstone River cuts a dramatic path through a stunning volcanic gorge in a remote part of North Queensland's World Heritage Rainforests, the Palmerston National Park.


This is coming face-to-face with nature at her most awe-inspiring and intimidating – the only way in is by helicopter (an unforgettable experience in itself) and the only way out is by raft. The white water rafting is 4 to 6-days of enormous grade 5 rapids thundering through total wilderness and camping by the mighty river for 3 to 5-nights with your fellow adventurers. If you want to test yourself, both mentally and physically, then this is the rafting tour for you.

The North Johnstone is a natural flowing river, unregulated by dams, and so the rafting season is dependent entirely on rainfall. Usually the months of April through to June see sufficient water in the river to allow for some of the best white water rafting in the world.