White Water Rafting in Cairns, Australia

Jessica Peterson

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Cairns is nothing if not an adventure sport destination. I love adventure travel so I was more than ready to white water raft for my first time ever back in February.

If you have no aversion to looking like a deranged Teletubby for an adventure sport, then don a GoPro-mounted helmet and go white water rafting. What’s that you say? The water is brown? No worries. It’s clean. This is Australia—the place where you can be fined hundreds of dollars for leaving a stray piece of fruit in your carry-on. Don’t worry about water-born illness; worry about keeping your slippery backside on the raft because your guide at Raging Thunder has other plans.

Barron Gorge is a level three of six as treacherousness goes, so it was good for this novice to acquaint herself with white water rafting. Just note: there is no graceful way to climb back in your raft. My guide, a cheeky man named Tim, had me go under water, kick my legs up, and experience the sensation of what I can only describe as being born. Actually, it was a cross between birth, waterboarding, and those nightmares of being naked in high school. In other words, great fun!

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Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island. Jessica is currently on the Great American Roadtrip in her Airstream trailer.
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