Russel River Rafting

Full Day Pack Rafting

  • Return Transfers from Cairns
  • 3 Hours Rafting
Inc. all levies & taxes

Russel River Rafting Info

We are excited to offer full day packrafting tours from Cairns every Tueday, Sunday & Friday. This is a great way to experience pristine rainforest, crystal clear rivers and breathtaking scenery.

What is packrafting?
Packrafting uses an individual-size inflatable raft designed to fit in your backpack so you access remote rafting destinations.


  • Return transfers from Cairns and Port Douglas
  • 3 Hours White Water Rafting (up to grade 4 rapids)
  • Spectacular Rainforest Walk
  • All Tuition and safety equipment
  • Professional and Certified River Guides
  • Snacks and Lunch
  • Time for a Swim

Optional Extras

Shoe Hire ($5)
Warm Long Sleeve Dry Top ($5)

The Russel River Rafting Experience

You will be picked-up from you Cairns accommodation around 8am for an hours journey south to the Russel River.

Hike through breathtaking rainforest and wade through crystal clear creeks following an ancient aboriginal fishing trail to the river.

This 1hr hike is immersive and a fully guided, upon arrival you will find spectacular grade 3-4 rafting waiting to be tackled.

The 1 man pack rafts are light and rugged, they are deflated and carried in to the start of the river along with your lunch and an inflation bag (total weight 4.5 kgs).

Follow a single file track through the lush rainforest of Wooroonooran National Park to get to the crystal clear waters of the Russell River 3 hours of exhilarating white water rafting, lunch on the river bank and ample opportunities to swim are just some of the highlights.

On the river, Pack Rafts are group guided. Skilled guides show you how best to negotiate the rapids while maintaining a very safe environment in which you can enjoy the thrills and sometimes spills.


  • 0730 - 0830 Pick up from accommodation, transfer to our depot and collect hire shoes before departing Cairns.
  • 0845 - 0945  Sit back and admire the views on the scenic drive south passing cane fields and rainforest streams.
  • 0945 - 1000 Arrive at the Golden Hole recreation area, comfort stop and change into rafting gear.
  • 1000 - 1100 Embark on a one hour trek through the rainforest learning about the local Indigenous culture and surrounding flora and fauna before arriving at the crystal clear waters of the Russell River.
  • 1100 ? 1130 Follow the simple procedure of inflating your pack raft and get fitted with your helmet & life jacket.
  • 1130 - 1445 Receive a comprehensive safety briefing and paddling instructions while getting a feel for your easily manoeuvrable craft, then under the close supervision of our highly trained guides you?re ready to go!  Enjoy up to 3 hours of white-water action on continuous rapids ranging in grade from 1 to 4, although you?ll have the chance to take a break in between and admire the stunning scenery while you enjoy a tasty picnic lunch.
  • 1445 - 1530 Arrive at the take-out point and change into dry clothes.
  • 1530 - 1630 Enjoy a well-earned rest on the one hour drive back to Cairns before being dropped off at your accommodation.

Cairns: Pick up at approx 8am | Return 4.30-5.30pm

Safety Requirements
The Russel River Rafting tour is suitable for rafters of all experience levels, from beginner to advanced.

A reasonable (medium) level of fitness is required for this tour, as is a comprehensive understanding of English.

Minimum age to participate is 13 years

Other Info
RnR may vary the type of craft used to suit the prevailing conditions. When 4 Person Rafts are used, actual on water time may vary. Rapid Grade at this level is  grade 3-4.
All participants will be required to sign a liability release form prior to the trip commencing.

Prepare for your Rafting Trip

  • Wear swimming costume under your clothes
  • You must wear shoes - reef sandals, sneakers or anything with an ankle strap is suitable.
  • Bring a towel and a spare change of clothes
  • Leave all of your jewellery at your accommodation
  • Hire shoes are available for hire at $5/pair if you do not wish to get your own shoes wet

Russel River Rafting Gallery

Russel River Rafting Rates

All prices shown in Australian Dollars

Prices valid from now until 31 March 2030

Russel River Rafting Adult Children Family Enquire
Russel River Rafting + Cairns Transfers $200
Includes Levies
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Russel River Rafting + Northern Beaches Transfers $210
Includes Levies
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