Location: 20 Minutes Drive from Cairns
The Barron River is situated just 20 minutes drive north of Cairns in Northern Queensland, Australia. It’s course winds through Barron Gorge National Park and the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics of the Atherton Tablelands. Rafters put on the Barron River just downstream of famous Barron Falls, a 230-meter high waterfall that is considered a sacred site by the indigenous Djabugay people.
Level of Difficulty: Class III / Beginner
The Barron River is rated Class III, making it a very accessible way to experience some of the more remote beauty of Barron Gorge National Park and the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics. Minimum age on this river ranges from 10 to 13 years old. This is a great choice for families or beginners!
Canyon: Rainforests of Mount Hypipamee National Park
Originating in the rainforests of Australia’s Mount Hypipamee National Park, the Barron River flows first across the Atherton Tableland through one of Australia’s highest elevation rainforest belts before entering the dramatically incised confines of Barron Gorge. Rafters get to float through some of the world’s oldest rainforest and past numerous waterfalls while enjoying the intimacy of a rugged and dramatic gorge. Surrounded by such a diverse landscape, the Barron River provides plenty of opportunity for unique wildlife sightings, including tree-kangaroos, spotted-tail quolls, the brilliant blue Ulysses butterfly, and, on rare and special occasions, the endangered Cassowary bird. Whitewater rapids with names like “Rooster Rail”, “Cheese Churn”, and “Hells Gate” ensure plenty of excitement to go along with all that sightseeing.
The Southern Hemisphere’s summer (December – February) is the most popular time for rafting, however trips are available throughout the year.