Tully River Rafting

Duration | 11 Hours
Mobile Ticket OK

Raft the mighty Tully River, regarded as the best rafting river across Australia and New Zealand.  

Each raft holds a maximum of seven passengers and one river guide, who teaches you the correct techniques during the day.

The river is rated a Grade 3-4, which means there are some exciting rapids and guaranteed water levels all year round.  It really is a very memorable, fun day with the World Heritage rainforest providing an unforgettable backdrop.

With over 27 rapids on the river, this is the longest rafting trip available. No experience is necessary to raft these Grade 4 rapids.

Tully River Rafting Times & Seasons
Tully river rafting times may change depending on the water release.

Full Day 6am - 6pm 

  • February to Mid May
  • October to November

Tully River Rafting 6am - 6pm is a full day experience with departures from Cairns, Mission Beach and Feluga. Pick-ups in Cairns from 6am with a 6pm return to Cairns. This itinerary usually runs on the months indicated, but is subject to change. If self-driving, the meeting point is Feluga

  • Cairns: From 6am - 6pm
  • Mission Beach: From 7.45am - 5pm
  • Feluga: From 8.45am - 4pm

The Tully Gorge is 2.5 hours from Cairns and 1 hour from Mission Beach.

6am - 6pm Times

  • 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 instructions before rafting
  • 12.00 - 12.30 Stop for a quick break. Eenjoy a riverside picnic lunch.
  • 12.30 - 14.30 Back to the 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.
  • 16.00 - 18.00 Sit back and relax as we transfer you back to your accommodation.

10am to 10pm

  • Mid May to September
  • Decemeber to January

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. If self-driving, the meeting point is the Feluga Hotel

  • Cairns: From 10am - 10pm
  • Mission: Beach From 11.45am - 9.15pm
  • Feluga: From 12.45pm - 8.15pm

The Tully Gorge is 2.5 hours from Cairns and 1 hour from Mission Beach.

10am to 10pm Times

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 Feluga Hotel. 
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 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.


  • Return hotel transfers (except self-drive)
  • Approximately 5 hours of white water rafting grade 3-4 rapids
  • All tuition, no experience necessary
  • Safety equipment including life jacket, helmet and spray jacket, 8 man raft
  • BBQ lunch beside the river (6am - 6pm)
  • hearty pub dinner (10am - 10pm)

Driving from Port Douglas
When booking choose the "Adventure House" Pickup point at 6.30am or 10.30am. 
This is where you can park your car for the day and join the tour.
Adventure House: 52-54 Fearnley St, Portsmith QLD 4870

What to Bring: 

  • Lace-up shoes or sandals that won't fall off your feet (can be hired on the day)
  • Swimming costume
  • Change of clothes (sweater for bus ride home)
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Money for souvenirs and snacks, photos etc.
  • Please do not wear any jewellery - it is recommended that you leave anything of value in your hotel safe for this trip.

Tully River Rafting Safety
Raging Thunder has over 30 years experience on the Tully River and a 100% commitment to white water rafting safety.

  • Minimum age is 13 years, and those under 18 must travel with a guardian or parent
  • Tully river rafting is not suitable for anyone who is pregnant

If you have a medical condition and/or you are unsure that you are physically able to participate in the activity, we recommend that you consult with a medical practitioner prior to booking.

​Instant Booking & Mobile Friendly Tickets
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Jodie Pignataro

We had the best time and everyone was very professional. Would highly recommend.


Donna Raftis

Love the whole day


Robert McNulty

My family and my friends family had a great day with a great team - Thanks Nori and co.


Deborah Rios tijerina

Brilliant day.


Glenn Crimmins

Another awesome experience delivered by a professional crew. Their expertise and patience made for a great day. My partner was a little nervous beforehand, but the expert tuition and care by \"fish\" our guide, really made it an extremely enjoyable experience.


Andrew & Marianne Corbett

Leon was an awesome River Guide. I went twice! The first time with my my children (aged 18-24). The second time a group of four who were aged 50+. We all had a fantastic time.

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Tully River Rafting Departs Daily From Cairns
6.30am | Returns 6.00pm
Mission Beach Base located at 39 Porters Promenade, Mission Beach 8.30am departure | Returns 5.00pm
Tully Gum Boot 9.10am | Returns 5.00pm
The Tully Gorge is 2.5 hours from Cairns and 1 hour from Mission Beach

Self Drive: Please meet at the Raging Thunder Mission Beach Hub- 39 Porter Promenade, Mission Beach at 08:30 AM. Buses return to the same location after the tour between 3.30-4PM.