Barron Gorge World Heritage Area

The Barron Gorge National Park is a part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage area. It’s home to towering mountains, covered with thick rainforest, the deep and dominating Barron Gorge, the Barron River and several other waterfalls, creeks and streams. Spectacularly scenic, it’s been a tourism mecca for decades.

Where Is The Barron Gorge National Park? – The coastal lowlands section of the Barron Gorge National Park, around Lake Placid, is just a 20-minute drive north from Cairns city. The park extends up the mountains and includes the Barron Gorge and Barron Falls lookout, as well as terrain underneath Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. On its southern end, the Barron Gorge National Park joins with Dinden National Park, creating a significant and protected wilderness area on the Atherton Tablelands.

Welcome To Country – The Traditional Owners of the country in the Barron Gorge National Park, are the Djabugandji Bama. In 2004, the Barron Gorge National Park became Queensland’s first park to have native title determination, which recognised the interests and rights under customary law and tradition, that already existed. As well as maintaining traditional links, the Djabugandji people are actively involved in the park’s management. We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

Cairns Adventure Group Run Daily Rafting Tours In The Barron Gorge National Park, With Pick-Ups From Cairns & Beaches.


The Barron Gorge National Park is an ancient landscape which began to form over 400 million years ago. Earth movements uplifted and compressed sediment and volcanic rocks, forming low-grade slates and siltstone. Over hundreds of thousands of years, the passage of the powerful Barron River flowing over this stone eventually weakened it; it subsequently subsided, creating the Barron Gorge. The stronger rock remained, helping to create the 250m high broken waterfall, known as Barron Falls. Today, in the lower reaches of the Barron Gorge, the Cairns Adventure Group runs half day rafting tours. Guests drive into the gorge, before getting into the rafts for a white water adventure, surrounded by towering walls and lush tropical rainforest. Your Barron Gorge Rafting Adventure, Starts With Us – Cairns Adventure Group, Adventures For Everyone.

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Cairns Adventure Group loves the Barron Gorge National Park, it’s the perfect playground for half-day adventure rafting tours. Traversing this landscape on the river, there’s plenty of time to appreciate the wild beauty of the surrounds, as well as the white water rapids of the Barron Gorge.

While the landscape looks untamed, Barron Gorge is home to Australia’s first underground power station. As far back as the 1930s, Australian’s were looking for sustainable energy supplies, and harnessed the power of the Barron Falls to create hydro-electricity. While the original station has been replaced, power production continues and the subsequent release of water facilitates perfect conditions for year-round white water rafting.

The Barron Gorge National Park offers a range of adventure activities. In addition to the Cairns Adventure Group’s white water rafting, there are several excellent walking tracks and trails, some of which cross over the ancient trails of the Djabugandji people, and the more recent tracks created by gold miners, cattle drovers and timber cutters in the late 1800’s.

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