The Best Australia White Water Rafting Trips

Australia White Water Rafting Trips
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Australia white water rafting destinations are known for their many relatively short and fast-flowing rivers. Our top choices cover the longer, overnight camping, out of the ordinary rafting experiences.

A helicopter ride to a remote river rafting trip is one of the best ways to explore Australia's wilderness that is un accessible by hiking or vehicle.

The Best Australia Rafting trips are based on rivers that fall into the Classes III - V, have long periods of rapids, and great scenery.

The Best Australia White Water Rafting Destinations

The North Johnstone River, Queensland
Class IV-V
One of the most challenging white water rivers and longest runs in Australia. The North Johnstone runs through canyon with dense rainforest, waterfalls, dark basalt cliffs, and exotic wildlife. It originates some 450 miles above in the World Heritage rainforests of Palmerston National Park. Rafting trips meet at an old converted dairy farm at Mulgalli Falls, a two hours drive from Cairns. From there, rafters and equipment are helicoptered into the heart of the rainforest to begin their 4 to 6 day journey.
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Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa
Queensland, Australia
Set on 30 acres of lush landscaped rainforest gardens this private boutique beach front property provides the ultimate Australian vacation experience. With a focus on environmental sensitivity, superb cuisine & world class service, while boasting extensive botanical gardens with detached secluded suites & spacious private bungalows it's no surprise that this wonderfully romantic hideaway has become a firm favorite with honeymooners & nature lovers the world over.

Franklin River, Tasmania
Class: I-V
Most of the runs are Class I & II with the most difficult level run a IV and you can choose to walk around these rapids.
This is a challenging and remote river trip. The river flows though rugged limestone gorges, and beautiful wilderness scenery. At the completion of the trip at the beautiful Sir John Falls, a seaplane will transport you back to Strahan on the west coast. Water levels fluctuate dramatically and can rise to 3 meters and occasionally up to 5 meters in 6 hours. The area is known for having periods of difficult weather. Trips run for 5, 7 and 10 days.
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Clydesdale Manor

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Recently completed an extensive refurbishment which was inspired by Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill who is regarded as Europe's leading interior decorator of Georgian estates.