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Rapid River Boarding

White Water Rapid River Boarding
  • Australia's only River Boarding
  • Adrenaline Pumping Fun
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Rapid River Boarding Tours

Barron River Half Day  
FROM $160 per adult
Tully River Full Day  
FROM $250 per adult

Rapid River Boarding Info

Rapid Boarders is Australia’s only white water river boarding tour and one of the most exciting and adrenaline-pumping adventure tours to do in Cairns.

Experience up to grade 3 rapids at face level!


  • Light breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Quality equipment
  • 4.5 hours on the river
  • Return hotel transfers from Cairns
  • $25 insurance / person

Early Start
Your day with Rapid Boarders begins at 5:30am with a trip south on a fully air-conditioned bus to the Tully River. Watch white water videos on the way; enjoy a light breakfast and the chance to get to know the crew and other guests.  Expect to be back at your Cairns hotel by 4.30pm approximately.

Your Day
Once at the river, your safety gear including a life jacket, helmet, wetsuit pants, knee/shin guards and fins will be provided. Looking safe and stylish, all participants will complete a rapid swimming training lesson, safety guidelines and board manoeuvring, and then its time to commence a day of adrenalin pumping action!

Lying face first on a world-class river board, you’ll head through up to grade 3 rapids surrounded by tropical rainforest. The Tully River offers a unique combination of high rainfall and a power dam release every day. 

Starting at Carson waves you will journey through a number of rapids till we conquer the biggest rapid of the day Zig-Zag. After the white water action is over, it’s time to dry off and head for some much deserved lunch.

The Rapid Boarders day tour is limited to a maximum number of 12 participants.

The location on the Tully River is world class; perfect for a white water adventure like no other.


  • River boarding is a physically demanding white water adventure.  For your own protection, there are a number of compulsory requirements for individuals wishing to participate in this day tour.
  • You must be a confident swimmer, have a medium level of fitness and have a comprehensive understanding of English.
  • Guests wanting to book a Rapid Boarders white water river boarding tour should be over 18 years of age. People aged 16 years and over can participate, but will need to be accompanied by a parent / guardian.
  • Every participant must sign a liability release form prior to commencing boarding or swim training.  Passengers under the age of 18 years must have a parent or guardian sign on their behalf.
  • Water Confidence Training
    All participants have to complete water confidence training, which will involve swimming a grade 2 rapid prior to the starting the tour.  If unable to complete the training for whatever reason, individuals will not be able to participate in the tour.

What to bring:

  • Swimming costume and shirt for water use
  • Towel
  • Enclosed shoes for water use
  • Change of clothes and shoes
  • Water resistant sunscreen
  • $25 insurance / parks and wildlife levy
  • Money for souvenirs
  • Sense of adventure