What Should I Bring Rafting

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 Raging Thunder HQ, 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).

Where is the Tully River?

The Tully River is located 2.5 hours south east of Cairns and 1 hour west of Mission Beach, you can see the Tully River here on Google Maps.

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 Tully Gum Boot, no later than 9:10am in the morning, and we will then transfer you to the top of the river aboard our coach.

Where can I go for more information?

We also recommend visiting the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef – Official Tourism Website where you will find information about our fantastic region, and a wide range of other exciting adventures.