Tully River Rafting

Tully River Rafting

Raging Thunder Adventures are the pioneers of rafting in Queensland, Australia! 22 years later we continue to raft the Mighty Tully River, regarded as the best rafting river across Australia and New Zealand. Join us for a day of adventure!

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.

- Minimum age: 13 years
- Rafting is not suitable for anyone who is pregnant
- Port Douglas departures available for groups on request






Xtreme Tully River Rafting

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 !

- Minimum age: 15 years (rafters aged 15-17 years must be accompanied by an adult)
- Rafting is not suitable for anyone who is pregnant
- All Xtreme rafters must be confident swimmers and have good English skills



Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the standard Tully Rafting trip and Xtreme?

The Xtreme trip is designed for passengers who are confident swimmers, and who are looking for an adrenalin packed rafting adventure. Only our most senior guides qualify to become Xtreme guides, and they will take you on the most exciting ride possible down the Tully RIver, which is regarded as the best rafting location anywhere in Australia or New Zealand.

The strictly limited numbers allow our guides to customise this trip on a daily basis, based on the abilities of the rafters and what level of adventure they'd like to experience. There are extra challenges to try such as jumping from the cliffs which line the side of the river into the deep pools below, swimming through rapids wearing your life jacket and raft surfing - where recirculating water from a rapid holds the raft in place.

Plus running ahead of the main trip, the Xtreme trip is usually the first to travel the river each day giving you a much better chance to see wildlife.

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.

Cameras are not recommended as there is a high chance of you loosing them if you fall out of the raft, and you should leave any jewelry or watches in the safe 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.




Contact Details

07 4057 4312
+61 7 4057 4312

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