frequently asked questions

Which rafting trip is best for me?
What is a Rafting Levy
What should I wear rafting?
What should I Bring?
What can I bring aboard the raft?
Will it be cold?
Do we go white water rafting if it is raining?
Do you need to know how to swim?
What safety gear will I wear?
How safe is White Water Rafting?
What medical conditions will prevent me from rafting?
Will I get motion sick? 
Will I be expected to paddle?
Do I need to be young and fit to go rafting?
Can I bring young children on a rafting trip?
Do you have to book ahead?
What's the best time of year to go rafting?
How many people fit in a raft?
Can I reserve my own raft?
Do we end where we start?
What kind of air is put into the raft?
Are the rocks at the bottom of the river smooth from the rafts running over them?
How is the water pumped back up above the dam after we are done rafting?
Do you move the rocks and change the rapids?

Which rafting trip is best for me?

When choosing your white water rafting trip, consider the length of trip, activity level and age range of your group. We have trips ranging in length from half day to full day, and from mild to wild! To help you with the decision process we've created this cool flowchart.

What should I wear rafting?
You will definitely get wet so make sure you bring swimmers, wear them under your clothes on the way there. A sun shirt if you have one (rashie). Board shorts are recommended for both guys and girls. You will also need to wear secure footwear that will not come off while rafting such as running shoes or sandals. If you don’t have suitable footwear (or don’t want yours to get wet) sandals are available for hire. 

What is a rafting Levy?
Some Rafting operators as customers to pay a Levy on the day of travel. This is usually made up of insurance & Environmental Management fees. This "Pay on Day" fee is also use by some Reef & Tandem Skydive Operators.
For example: You might see a Tully River Rafting tour from Cairns advertised for $169 + $30 Levy payable on the day.
To save confusion we include the levy in our prices. When you book with Travstar there is no more to pay on the day.

What shall I Bring?
Make sure you bring a towel and a set of dry clothes to change into after your rafting adventure. Don't forget some money for souveniers and snacks. It is recommended to apply sunscreen before you go rafting,   however don’t apply this to the back of your legs (as rubber and sunscreen make for a slippery combination!) or above your eyes.

What can I bring aboard the raft?
Just yourself, all of your bags, towels and clothing will be locked aboard the bus which will meet you at the bottom of the river. Cameras, jewellery, watches are not recommended as there is a high chance of loosing them if you fall out of the raft.

Will it be cold?
Cairns is located in the tropics with average day time temperatures ranging from 25°C (77°F) in winter to 33°C (95°F) degrees in summer. Perfect conditions for rafting all year round! For those who feel the cold free spray jackets and hire wetsuit tops are available before rafting commences.

Do we go white water rafting if it is raining?
Yes! Rain is a feature of the wet tropics. Surrounded by tropical rainforest, the area must receive at least 1.3 metres of rain per annum. Most rainfall occurs during the summer months, December to March. Tully Gorge National Park is one of the wettest areas in Australia! White water rafting trips operate all year round and the rain simply adds to the experience and makes for some exciting rapids!

Do you need to know how to swim?
Rafting requires a moderate swimming ability as this is a water sport and you may end up in fast moving water. During the safety talk your guide will explain how to properly “swim” a rapid.

What safety gear will I wear?
All rafters are fitted with life jackets and helmets that are hand checked by the river guides prior to getting on the water. 

How safe is White Water Rafting?
Like any adventure activity, rafting carries with it inherent risks. Every participant must sign a Liability Release Form prior to commencing rafting. Detailed safety talks are conducted by river guides prior to any rafting. On shore safety cover is set up by river guides where necessary and guides monitor the passenger’s safety during every rapid.

All river guides are trained in first aid, CPR, river reading, river navigation and white water rescue. Guides receive regular ongoing river training and assessments to maintain their existing high standards. All guides carry safety equipment to deal with any situation. Not only are our guides highly trained in white watr rescue but they have detailed knowledge on their local area and surrounds.

What medical conditions will prevent me from rafting?
Injuries, pregnancy and some life threatening heart conditions do not mix with rafting. If you have allergies or a medical condition requiring essential medication please advise at the time of booking.

Will I get motion sick? 
The chances of getting motion sick are very low. River running is not like being at sea and does not seem to induce seasickness.

Will I be expected to paddle?
You are the engine of this raft. Everybody paddles whilst your guide shouts out instructions. This adds to the overall experience, excitement and adrenalin rush!

Do I need to be young and fit to go rafting?
Enthusiastic adventurers range in age anywhere from 5 years to 84 and older! There are some physical requirements for joining a rafting trip, and being healthy and reasonably fit certainly makes the experience more rewarding. People with medical conditions should have a physician's approval before taking an adventure travel trip. If you're in doubt about your fitness to go rafting, we recommend checking with your doctor before you go.

Can I bring young children on a rafting trip?
Yes! The Barron River Family Rafting and River Tubing invites children as young as 5 to participate. We want your kids to get outdoors have the time of their lives, and we want you to be relaxed and able to appreciate their enthusiasm and delight. Foaming Fury has designed adventures especially for families.

Do you have to book ahead?
It is advised to pre-book especially for the Xtreme Rafting and Rapid Boarders where passenger numbers are limited.

What's the best time of year to go rafting?
With guaranteed water levels all year round and a tropical climate, anytime of year is a great time to raft!

How many people fit in a raft?
Rafts carry up to 7 passengers plus your river guide.

Can I reserve my own raft?
Yes! Do it - Be a VIP! Whether you are 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 people - this option is available with Foaming Fury. What a fantastic personal way to experience white water rafting!! Min 2 - Max 6 passengers for a VIP raft.

Do we end where we start?
No - rafting is a one-way ride only.

What kind of air is put into the raft?
Nitrogen, oxygen and argon.

Are the rocks at the bottom of the river smooth from the rafts running over them?
Yes the base of our specially designed rafts are encrusted with a tough diamond pad that grinds and polishes the rocks, to achieve a smooth, glossy finish so the rafts can go faster through the rapids.

How is the water pumped back up above the dam after we are done rafting?
A clever method in the tropics we call a raincycle. This efficient system evaporates the water once it reaches the ocean in the form of water vapor, and returns to the land in the form of precipitation.

Do you move the rocks and change the rapids?
Yes each year on the 1st April we set up a new rapid course.


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