The Tully River has earned an international reputation as Australia’s best rafting river. Enjoy this awesome full day rafting tour on grade 3-4 rapids as you take in the spectacular scenery on this adrenalin pumping adventure. Experience is not necessary, although swimming ability and a good level of fitness is. The Tully River is approximately 2 hours south of Cairns or 1 hour from Mission Beach. We include hotel transfers, all rafting equipment, experienced rafting guides and lunch.
Australia’s Best Rafting River. Home to the 2019 World Rafting Championships, the Tully offers plenty of thrills and adrenaline pumping action. Allow around 12 hours for this full day eco adventure. We’ve got two Tully River itineraries, which are exactly the same except for departure times. The Tully River is a Hydro River and we’re informed on water release, which determines when we run. Confirmation of your day tour timing is provided 24-hours prior to travel, so make sure you set the whole day aside for this epic rafting adventure. Non stop action from the put in point to the take out!
Minimum age to do this tour is 13 years.
- Return hotel transfers from Cairns or Mission Beach
- All training and equipment
- 1 meal
What to bring:
Swimwear, towel, change of dry clothes, secure footwear such as sandshoes or adventure sandals (no thongs), waterproof sunscreen, cap to wear under helmet (optional).
Hire shoes available for $5 if you don’t want your shoes getting wet. Thermal tops and dry tops available for $5 for hire each.
- 06.00 – 08.30 – Pick up from accommodation and enjoy the scenic drive to Tully via Feluga.
- 08.30 – 09.00 – Comfort stop and time to grab a quick breakfast at the iconic Feluga Hotel.
- 09.00 – 09.45 – Travel to the top of the Tully River Gorge and get fitted with rafting gear.
- 10.00 – 12.00 – Meet your River Guide who will give you a safety briefing and paddling instructions before it’s time to hit the water!
- 12.00 – 12.30 – Stop for a quick break to recharge the batteries and enjoy a riverside picnic lunch.
- 12.30 – 14.30 – It’s back to the churning white water to tackle more epic rapids on the lower section of the river.
- 14.30 – 14.45 – Arrive at the take-out point and change into dry clothes.
- 14.45 – 16.00 – Transfer to the Feluga Hotel where you can enjoy a cold beverage or hot snack (own cost) with your Guide & crew surrounded by a living history of RT & Tully Rafting memorabilia.
- 16.00 – 18.00 – Sit back and relax as we transfer you back to your accommodation.
TIME CHANGE SUBJECT TO HYDRO STATION WATER RELEASE
Same Hard Core Rafting Adventure – Just Different Start and Finish Time. Why? The Tully River is an integral part of clean, green energy production, thanks to the operations of the 88 MW Kareeya Hydro. They vary the water release time pending capacity, production and volume which means we vary our Tully rafting itinerary in line with them. This ensures you’ll have the very best possible rafting experience. This itinerary includes a hearty pub dinner.
- 10.00 – 11.00 – Pick-ups from Cairns accommodation.
- 11.00 – 13.00 – Depart for the scenic drive to Tully.
- 13.00 – 13.45 – Rendezvous with other (self-drive) rafters at the Golden Gumboot (Tully), before we stop in Tully to grab a quick bite of lunch (optional, own cost).
- 13.45 – 14.30 – Travel to the top of the Tully River Gorge and get fitted with rafting gear.
- 14.30 – 15.00 – Meet your River Guide who will give you a safety briefing and paddling instructions before it’s time to hit the water!
- 15.00 – 18.00 – Raft the world-renowned Tully River conquering awesome grade 3 & 4 rapids!
- 18.00 – 19.15 – Arrive at the take-out point and change into dry clothes before the short journey to the Feluga Hotel, a traditional Queensland country pub and the Tully home of Raging Thunder.
- 19.15 – 20.15 – Indulge in a hearty pub dinner with your guide and crew, view photos of your trip and compare river stories surrounded by a living history of epic rafting on the Tully River!
- 20.15 – 22.00 – Kick back and relax as we transfer you back to your accommodation.