River Drift

Duration | 4 Hours
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TOUR UPDATE: Cyclone Jasper has opened up new sections of the Mossman River for us to discover, adding an exciting layer to the River Drift tour.
While snorkelling is temporarily paused, we're offering a new river walk through these fresh, uncharted areas.
The core drifting experience, a favorite among guests, continues to be a key part of the tour, now enriched by these novel exploratory opportunities.

River Drift is a half day experience departing from Port Douglas & Palm Cove.

Morning and Afternoon options are available. Drift with the flow of the pristine Mossman River while you explore life under the water’s surface.

Allow the gentle waters to guide you through the rainforest on this unique half-day journey. Experience the magic of the rainforest from above and below the water. Safe, fun and very relaxing. 

Operating only 15 mins from Port Douglas, this tour gives informative local history, flora and fauna information as well as the chance to float effortlessly through an ancient rainforest river. Expect to see freshwater fish, turtles, butterflies, birds and platypus.

Tour Times
River Drift offer a complimentary pickup & drop off  from most Port Douglas & Mossman accommodation.

Cairns and Palm Cove transfers are available to book as extras for the morning tours.

Morning Experience Pickup Times
07.15am Cairns
08.00am Palm Cove
09:00am Port Douglas
09:15am Mossman

Afternoon Experience Pickup Times
02.00pm Port Douglas
02.15pm Mossman

Morning Experience Dropoff Times
12.15pm Mossman
12.30pm Port Douglas
01.00pm Palm Cove
01.30pm Cairns

Afternoon Experience Dropoff Times
5.15pm Mossman
5.30pm Port Douglas

Included in Your Day

  • Complimentary pickup & drop off
  • All wetsuits and snorkelling gear
  • Prescription masks (limited)
  • All Safety equipment
  • Safety trained river guide
  • Snacks. 

What to Bring
All snorkelling, wet suit and flotation equipment is provided. We recommend guests wear their swimmers on the day as there are no change rooms at the river.

River Drift is a great family experience. Children can safely journey down the river on large river sleds.

About your Guides
Back Country Bliss Outdoor Education Instructors have a combination of over 10 years of experience in leading groups in remote areas of Australia. Their exceptional safety standards, combined with a high level of enjoyment, mean that guests will have a great experience every time within the natural environment. 

River Drift Family Pricing
We offer special rates for families. Please check the booking form for up to date family pricing for your group.
Children (8 - 15 years) 
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) 

Mossman gorge is located 20 mins drive  from Port Douglas

Free tour photos are available for all guests on our shared tours.  Due to the nature of our activity, there may be times we are unable to guarantee photos.  

Safety Requirments

  • Not recommended if pregnant
  • Must be able to walk easily over uneven surfaces and through moving water.
  • Minimum age to participate is 8 years old.
  • Max wetsuit size 3XL, max shoe size US 13.
  • Max weight limit is 120kg

Water Confidence
Our river tour is an immersive water experience. Therefore, it’s essential that all guests are comfortable in water. This doesn’t mean you need to be an Olympic swimmer, but you should be able to handle yourself confidently in a water environment. If you’re unsure about your water confidence, consider how you feel when you’re in a swimming pool or at the beach. Can you enter the water without fear, move around comfortably, and exit without assistance? If so, you’re likely to be just fine on our tour.

Treading Water
During our river tour, there may be times when you’ll need to tread water. This means staying afloat in one place, using only your own physical ability. You don’t need to be able to do this for hours on end, but you should be able to tread water for at least a minute without assistance. This is a basic safety requirement for participation in our tour.

Snorkelling (Temporarily Unavailable) 
If you’ve never snorkelled before, don’t worry! Our experienced guides will be there to help you explore the underwater environment. They’ll provide guidance and support, ensuring you’re comfortable with the equipment and techniques before you start.

However, if you decide that snorkelling isn’t for you, that’s perfectly fine too. The rainforest above the water is equally impressive and there’s plenty to see and enjoy while others are snorkelling. Our tour is about experiencing the beauty of the river environment, both above and below the water, in a way that suits you best.

Your comfort and enjoyment are our top priorities. Whether you’re snorkelling or simply soaking in the sights of the rainforest, we’re here to ensure you have a memorable experience.






We had an absolute ball our guides made us feel at ease and were very helpful



Fantastic family experience
Thanks to Dylan and Kate!!


Susy Spinoso

Vincent was a great guide, very knowledgeable, warm & friendly


Kylie Astell

Brilliant informative guides. Great time had by all. Well worth the money


Scott Allen

What a new experience, loved it


Brian Lukins

Michaela our guide was fantastic and really looked after us. We had a great morning and the whole experience was fantastic. Would definitely recommend River Drift Snorkelling.

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Back Country Bliss picks up from Palm Cove at 6.00am, Port Douglas at 6.30am and Mossman at 6.45am