Port Douglas River Drift

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  • River Drift Adventure
  • Cairns/Palm Cove add-on
Half Day River Drift Ex:Port Douglas/Mossman (Adult)
AUD$145.00
Half Day River Drift Ex:Port Douglas/Mossman (Child4-15yrs)
AUD$110.00
Half Day River Drift Ex:Port Douglas/Mossman (Family 2A2C)
AUD$80.00
Cairns/Palm Cove Transfer add-on (Adult)
AUD$466.00
Cairns/Palm Cove Transfer add-on (Child)
AUD$60.00
Cairns/Palm Cove Transfer add-on (Family2A2C)
AUD$270.00

Tour Information

For tour meeting point and time, please take the tour vouchers as the final confirmation. The meeting point and time in the tour info are only for reference.

From Port Douglas, the tour takes approx. 3.5 hours return including transfers.
We aim to spend up to 2 hours in the river, but this can vary based on group size. Smaller groups may finish earlier, based on reduced time taken for pickups/getting ready.

Our tours depart every day of the year except Christmas day
Departure times vary based on the day and pickup location. Please check your booking confirmation for exact pickup times, or contact our office if unsure.

Pick up from Port Douglas

Morning Tour    Afternoon Tour
9.00am –  12.30pm    2.00pm –  5.30pm

What to expect

An amazing eco-immersion adventure that’s different every time!

It’s swimming, floating and a river walk. All combined into the best rainforest experiences in the region!
Step into the cool, crystal-clear water and drift with the current as you explore life under the water’s surface.
Watch fish dart in and around the river stones and keep your eyes out for the occasional turtle.
You’re in control… Navigate down a flowing rainforest river with your sturdy river sled.
The perfect way to stay cool in the hot tropics before heading out to the reef.
Our experience can be both fast-paced and slow, depending on how much water is in the river. If you’re not a confident swimmer or have low mobility and or fitness this activity may not be suitable. More information can be found here

What can I see

As you explore one of the cleanest rivers in Australia, keep an eye out for some of the friendly inhabitants

Turtles
Over 30 species of fish
Water Dragons
Colourful birds
Electric blue butterflies
Elusive platypus!

What you’ll need to be able to do

River Walk

Lead you through previously unseen parts of the river. Equipped with river sleds, you’ll experience varying river flows—from calm glides under lush canopies to exhilarating navigation through faster currents.

Paddling

Our river sleds are controlled by paddling, similar to how one would paddle while laying on a surfboard. While you don’t need to be a professional athlete, you should have enough upper body strength and endurance to paddle for short periods. If you’ve ever tried to paddle on a surfboard, you’ll have a good idea of the kind of effort required. This is a key part of navigating certain sections of our river, and enjoying the full experience.

Carrying Equipment

Each guest will be responsible for their own river sled, which weighs approximately 3kg. You’ll need to be able to carry this equipment over short distances, and they have convenient handles to make this easier.

Navigating Uneven Terrain

Our tour includes walking through a river with round, loose rocks and a current, as well as a rainforest trail with uneven ground. This requires balance, stability, and the ability to walk on irregular surfaces. If you’ve ever walked along a pebbly beach or walked along the uneven surfaces of a dry creek bed, you’ll understand the kind of mobility required. This ability to adapt to changing and uneven surfaces is crucial for safely navigating our river and rainforest trail.

Exiting the River

At the end of the tour, you’ll need to exit the river by climbing up a few of steps made from strong tree roots, similar to climbing a ladder. This climb is approximately 1-2 feet high. It requires some lower body strength, upper body strength for grip, and the ability to climb without assistance. If you’re comfortable climbing a small ladder or a steep set of stairs, you should be able to handle this part of our adventure.

Water Confidence

Our river tour is an immersive water experience. Therefore, it’s essential that all guests are comfortable in water. This doesn’t mean you need to be an Olympic swimmer, but you should be able to handle yourself confidently in a water environment. If you’re unsure about your water confidence, consider how you feel when you’re in a swimming pool or at the beach. Can you enter the water without fear, move around comfortably, and exit without assistance? If so, you’re likely to be just fine on our tour.

Treading Water

During our river tour, there may be times when you’ll need to tread water. This means staying afloat in one place, using only your own physical ability. You don’t need to be able to do this for hours on end, but you should be able to tread water for at least a minute without assistance. This is a basic safety requirement for participation in our tour.

Tour Inclusions

  • 2 hours River Drift Adventure
  • Free Hotel transfers from Port Douglas & Mossman (Cairns & Palm Cove transfers available for additional cost)
  • River sled to float on (Small children can share with an adult)
  • Wetsuit, boots(Max wetsuit size 3XL, Boots US 13 are available)
  • Life jacket (PFD) Can be provided if request
  • Experienced river trained guides
  • Light snacks after the tour )We provide drinking water and biscuits._
  • Free tour photos Posted on our Facebook Page after each tour. Free to download. Due to the nature of our tour, photos are not guaranteed.
    You are always welcome to bring a waterproof camera with wrist strap along with you.

Tour Exclusions

  • Main Meals
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personnel Consumption
  • Cairns Transfer at extra Cost

Transportation

  • Free Hotel transfers from Port Douglas & Mossman
  • Extra Cost Transfers from Cairns & Northern Beaches
    Available for our morning tour only.
    $70 adult / $50 child
    Cairns & Northern Beaches transfers Including: Yorkey’s Knob, Smithfield, Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach, Clifton Beach, Palm Cove, are available for an additional cost when booking.
  • Self-drivers
    While we still need to drive you the last bit, this is a great option if you’re travelling up from Cairns, or simply wanting a more flexible day.
    Due to limited parking and a different finish location, we can’t meet you at the river.
    The closest place to meet us is in Mossman, 5 minutes away. This is a great place to meet us if you are planning to visit Mossman Gorge in the afternoon, or continue north towards the Daintree.
    - Self drive to Mossman
    This is the closest meeting point to where our tour operates, and a great option if you’re planning to visit Mossman Gorge or travel north to the Daintree. We meet guests at George Davis Park Mossman, in front of the toilet block (under the giant trees).
    Pickup is approx. 20 minutes after our Port Douglas pickups
    - Self Drive to Port Douglas
    The closest pickup point from Cairns & Palm Cove self-driver . We meet guests at the Wildlife Habitat carpark.
  • Transfers
    Return transfers from all major Port Douglas accommodations are included in your tour price. There may be times where we ask you to meet close by at an alternative location.
    Cairns & Northern Beaches transfers Including: Yorkey’s Knob, Smithfield, Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach, Clifton Beach, Palm Cove, are available for an additional cost (available when booking).
    If you are not waiting at your pick-up point at the date and time specified in your booking, you will forfeit 100% of the total price paid.
    Pick up times are approximate and can vary due to factors outside our control. Wherever possible we will contact you directly or your hotel reception to inform you of any delays/changes.
  • Please  fill in your accommodation details when you make a booking.

Notices

  • Price list in AUD.
  • Children love this tour, however please note the below requirements:
    Minimum age is 4*
    Child price is for ages 4-15 inclusive
    All children 4-8 are required to wear a PFD/life jacket (provided)
  • Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over 18
  • Guests aged 16 & 17 must have their waiver and medical form signed by a parent or guardian over 18
  • Child booster seats available free of charge for children under 7
  • You are responsible for the safety of any children in your care
  • Our family rate is for 2 x adults + 2 x children (4-15) If a family rate is booked with children older than 15, we will update your booking to reflect the correct charges and send a payment request for the remaining balance.
  • All guests are required to complete a medical declaration form & sign our liability waiver to participate in this tour.
    Assumption of risks
    Your safety is our number one priority.  However there will always be risks involved with participating in recreational activities.
    By signing our liability waiver, you acknowledge that there are numerous risks you may face during your involvement in the activities.
    Medical declaration
    For safety reasons, some medical conditions, disabilities or impairments may exclude participants from our River Drift tour.
    You understand that this activity requires physical exertion and it is your responsibility to make sure you’re healthy enough to participate.
    Any serious medical condition or history may disallow you from participating in the tour.
  • Can I be a spectator?
    Unfortunately not.  Due to the tour starting and finishing in different locations, there are no suitable areas to sit and watch.
  • Do we still run the tour if it is raining?
    Generally yes! However, it depends on how much rain and also where the rain is falling. 1-5mm of rain will hardly wet the ground in the tropics, so please don’t worry if this is the forecast. If you have any concerns, please contact us for an update on the river conditions, as heavy rain can influence the safety and overall enjoyment of this tour. As this tour is weather dependent, it may be cancelled in conditions of heavy rainfall or extreme weather. If this occurs, an alternative date will be offered, or you will be refunded in full.
  • What about crocodiles?
    We don’t swim with crocs! You should always be Croc-wise in Croc country; that is why you can rest assured that our tour operates in a very safe, Croc-Free stretch of water. Crocodiles use the water, sun and shade to maintain their preferred body temperature of 30–33°C. Where we swim is too clear, too cold at 16-22°C, and too shaded for crocodiles. The cool water is one reason we provide you with a very fashionable wetsuit to use during your tour. The best way to see crocodiles in the wild, is with Bruce Belcher’s wildlife cruises on the Daintree River (not the same river)
  • What to bring?
    Swimmers to wear under your wetsuit
    There are no change rooms at the river, so please wear your swimmers underneath your clothes
    Towel & comfortable footwear
    Thongs or sandals are fine as boots are provided
    You can’t spend any money on this tour
    Leave all valuables behind, including any loose fitting jewellery and rings that can be removed
    Waterproof camera
    Gopro’s and waterproof cameras can be brought at owners risk. We highly reccomend a wrist strap.
    Prescription glasses with case
    These can be worn to help with walking to the river, our guide can store them in a waterproof bag when you’re in the water.
    Anything you won’t be swimming with, will be left in our vehcile at your own risk.
  • Free tour photos
    Free tour photos are available for all guests on our shared tours. Examples of previous tour photos can be viewed on our Back Country Bliss facebook page.
    Due to the nature of our activity, there may be times we are unable to guarantee photos. All guests are required to sign a media release as photos are shared online, and may be used to advertise Back Country Bliss Adventures on social media & print advertising.All guests can easily choose to opt-out of photos when completing their waiver form if they do not consent. You are welcome to bring your own waterproof camera (at own risk). We highly reccomend a wrist strap.

Cancellation Policy

Free Cancellation if cancel outside 3days. No refund if cancel within 3days.
Noticed: If you would like to cancel, please kindly email us to cancel the tour at least 2 business days prior to this cancellation period. Once cancellation is confirmed, you will receive your refund within 7-28 business days.
Cancellation notification needs to be formally replied receipt by us during our office hours as acknowledgement.

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