Since 1984 when Raging Thunder was the first company to raft the Tully River, it has remained THE MUST DO adventure activity, attracting vistors from around the globe.
Each raft is controlled by a highly trained river guide, who teaches you the correct techniques during the day, and who will share with you the history and wonders of this magnificent landscape which few get to see.
Xtreme Tully Option
Xtreme is a small, exclusive trip with our very best river guides taking you on the wildest ride possible.
It's faster ... it's a greater rush .. it's extra challenges ... it's XTREME !
Guaranteed small groups allowing you to raft faster and further, with less interruption
Highly experienced senior guides who will take you on a more thrilling path through the rapids
- Extra challenges such as rock jumping, rapid swimming and raft surfing
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear rafting?
Wear the same clothes you would wear to the beach as you will definitely get wet, board shorts are recommended for both guys and girls. Make sure you bring a towel and a set of dry clothes to change into after your rafting adventure. It is recommended you apply sunscreen before you go rafting, but don't apply this to the back of your legs (as rubber and sunscreen make for a slippery combination) or above your eyes. You will need to wear secure footwear which will not come off your foot while rafting such as running shoes or sandals with an ankle strap. If you don't have suitable footwear (or don't want yours to get wet) we have sandals for hire at the Tully Cafe which we stop at before we go rafting.
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. This allows us to raft all year round, even when its raining. For those who feel the cold we have free spray jackets and hire wetsuit tops from our cafe which we stop at in the morning before we go rafting.
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. If you need to take medication during the day, give this to your guide who will arrange for it to be carried on the trip. If you wear prescription glasses these should have a strap on them, but normal sunglasses are not necessary or recommended. Handheld ameras are not recommended as there is a high chance of you loosing them if you fall out of the raft, however we do have some helmets with GoPro mounts if you want to film your day. You should leave any jewelry or watches in the safety of your hotel room (as the river has already claimed several wedding rings).
How safe is White Water Rafting?
Like any adventure activity, rafting carries with it inherent risks and you will be required to sign an indemnity form to this effect on the day.On each trip our River Medics examine the health questionnaires completed by our rafters, and are able to address concerns in relation to rafting such as medication, diabetes, and prior injuries. These select senior guides are also trained as Emergency Medical Technicians, with on-river oxygen and defibrillator kits to complement our comprehensive first aid and trauma kits. This enables us to keep rafting as safe as possible for people from all nationalities and walks of life, while still allowing everyone to experience the thrill of rafting.
What safety gear will I wear?
All of our rafters are fitted with life jackets and helmets as a safety precaution at the top of the river, you will need to wear these while in the raft.
What medical conditions will prevent me from rafting?
Pregnancy and rafting do not mix, and you must have minimal swimming abilities. Our river medics will discuss with you any other medical conditions you may have, and how best to manage these during your adventure.
Where is the Tully River?
The Tully River is located 2.5 hours south east of Cairns and 1 hour west of Mission Beach.
Can I drive my car to the Tully River?
You won't be able to drive to the top of the river yourself on the day of your rafting trip, as we don't return to the top of the river after the trip. You can however choose to meet us at the Raging Thunder Tully Cafe no later than 8am in the morning, and we will then transfer you to the top of the river aboard our coach.