The North Johnstone is a steep, natural flow river that carves its way through a spectacular volcanic gorge.
Limited frequency of departures, restricted group sizes and stringent National Park permits ensure that the North Johnstone River and surrounding ancient rainforests are preserved for all time, enabling our rafters a rare glimpse of a very precious and untouched part of North Queensland’s World Heritage Rainforests.
Our 4 Day Expedition rafting adventure is rated in the Top 10 wilderness adventures in the world, and is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! From the exhilarating helicopter ride in, through 4 days of gigantic Grade 5 rapids, breathtaking scenery and unforgettable companions, to the serenity of camping 3 nights under the stars in riverside rainforest clearings, you’ll never experience anything like it.
Each trip is costed and organised on an individual basis, depending on the number of people participating, skill levels, availability of suitably qualified guides, water levels etc.
Read an article from Mens Health Magazine about the awsome adventure on the North Johnstone River.
Medical & Personal Injury Insurance
The NJ is a remote river only accessible for entry by helicopter, and as a seasonal river, trips are dictated by weather patterns, river levels, and market forces. The NJ is graded as a 4/5 – 6 rafting river operated in extremely difficult and remote terrain. Tours of this nature have been difficult to insure in the past and in the current climate, now impossible to insure for Public Liability. As a result, any groups wishing to undertake an NJ expedition are required to seek their own medical and personal injury insurance. Any insurance should cover the need for heli-evacuation of injured persons or parties as a requirement within the insurance.
RnR Rafting via White Water Rafting Queensland, can provide rafts, equipment and suitably qualified Guides to undertake the rafting expedition, however you must negotiate rates and payment terms with the guides for this tour. RnR Rafting accepts no liability in relation to the activities or conduct of any NJ rafting expedition organized, and all participants are required to sign a binding release and waiver in respect to liability prior to the tour departing.
If you are able to obtain your own Public Liability cover and wish to go ahead with arranging a trip, please enquire with us below. An indemnity release form must be signed and the environmental levy paid when boarding. This trip is suitable for anyone aged 15+ with a reasonable level of fitness and swimming ability.
RnR White Water Rafting operates Adventure Tours, Day Tours and Holiday Packages from Cairns, Mission Beachand Tully
with Grade 3, 4 and 5 White Water Rafting Experiences on the Barron, Tully and North Johnstone Rivers.