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  •  Day Trips
  •  Queenstown, Strahan
  •  Tasmania Queenstown King River Full Day Rafting Tour

Tasmania Queenstown King River Full Day Rafting Tour

  • Queenstown, Strahan
  • English
  • 9 hours (approx.)
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Standard Inclusions

  • 1. Full day wilderness rafting experience
  • 2. Trained and qualified guides
  • 3. Comprehensive commentary on the natural and human history of the area
  • 4. All the requisite rafting and safety gear, including wetsuit, helmet and lifejacket
  • 5. Generous & scrumptious Lunch, plus snacks of sweets and nuts and water
  • 6. Return transport between the river and the departure point in Queenstown.
  • 7. Use of waterproof cameras to take photos of your rafting experience (Purchase a USB drive with all your photos for extra $25)
  • 8. Review the days photos on the return trip to Queenstown on our bus' TV
  • 9. All day parking available at the West Coast Wilderness Railway Station (Parking fees apply).
  • * Please note: guests must have a competent swimming ability and be able to understand and follow guide instructions in English, to participate in the rafting tour. This is for your safety, English speaking and comprehension will be assessed by guides at the time of arrival; if there are concerns about your ability to understand instructions and communicate with the guides, you will not be able to participate in the tour and no refund is available or will be provided. Rafting is not suitable for anyone who may be pregnant.
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1 Key Facts

Included

  • 1. Full day wilderness rafting experience
  • 2. Trained and qualified guides
  • 3. Comprehensive commentary on the natural and human history of the area
  • 4. All the requisite rafting and safety gear, including wetsuit, helmet and lifejacket
  • 5. Generous & scrumptious Lunch, plus snacks of sweets and nuts and water
  • 6. Return transport between the river and the departure point in Queenstown.
  • 7. Use of waterproof cameras to take photos of your rafting experience (Purchase a USB drive with all your photos for extra $25)
  • 8. Review the days photos on the return trip to Queenstown on our bus' TV
  • 9. All day parking available at the West Coast Wilderness Railway Station (Parking fees apply).
  • * Please note: guests must have a competent swimming ability and be able to understand and follow guide instructions in English, to participate in the rafting tour. This is for your safety, English speaking and comprehension will be assessed by guides at the time of arrival; if there are concerns about your ability to understand instructions and communicate with the guides, you will not be able to participate in the tour and no refund is available or will be provided. Rafting is not suitable for anyone who may be pregnant.

Not included

  • 1. Transport from/to hotels
  • 2. Food & beverages not listed as Inclusions
  • 3. Souvenirs
  • 4. Travel Insurance
Destination Queenstown, Strahan
Depature point ● Departs: Operates 7 days per fortnight
● Departure Point: West Coast Wilderness Railway station, in Driffield Street, Queenstown
● Departure Time: 08:00 (approx.)
* Departure time is reference only and subject to availability. Precise departure time will be advised in your booking confirmation email.
● Arrives back at approximately 17:00
How to get there Please make your own way to the departure point for pick up on the travel date.
Reconfirmation requirements Please be advised you are required to contact The Service Provider 24 hours prior to the travel date during business hours to reconfirm your booking, pick up location and time, and departure time with your confirmation number. Please adjust your travel plan according to the details given by The Service Provider at time of reconfirming.
Check-in requirements Please ensure you arrive at the meeting point /departure point 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time to allow enough time to check in. Regrettably, failure to arrive before this time will most likely be classified as no-show and result in forfeiting the booking and it cannot be refunded or transferred.

If you are not familiar with the area or travelling on a weekend or local public holidays / school holidays, please make sure you've checked your timetable or driving route beforehand, and allow extra travelling time for unexpected delays to ensure you do not miss your check in
What to bring/wear ● Wear some garments that can be worn under a wetsuit ie. bathing suit or spare undies
● Wear secure footwear which will not come off your foot while rafting such as running shoes or sandals with an ankle strap.
● Bring a change of clothes for after the trip.
● Bring a towel
● Bring a bag to put your gear in on the bus
● Hat, sunscreen lotion
Other info ● The maximum is 30 person in each group with minimum of 4. Your booking may be cancelled if  the minimum number of travelers is not met.

● For this rafting experience, children have to be 10 years old. Children 14 and under are to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

● It is recommended a reasonable level of fitness for this tour, the most physically challenging part of the trip is the portage around the Sailor Jack Rapid which is required at medium to high river levels. The portage involves a small amount of rock scrambling with a few steps and short ladders up and down, and is generally navigable by most people, and a guide will always be close at hand to aid if required.

● If guests need to take medication during the day, give this to the guide who will arrange for it to be carried on the trip.

● If guests wear prescription glasses these should have a strap on them, but normal sunglasses are not necessary or recommended.

2 Overview

From Queenstown, there are amazing rafting experiences which take guests through the west coast wilderness around the King River. Paddle pristine riverine environment, see Huon Pine and the untouched rainforest, plus learn about the natural and human history of the area from the experienced guides. All tours start from the West Coast Wilderness Railway Station in Queenstown.

King River Full Day Rafting Tour

 

King River Full Day Rafting Tour is an exhilarating full day rafting experience through the lush wilderness of the West Coast's temperate rainforest. This 20 km journey down the King River is Tasmania's only regular one day wilderness rafting trip and a highlight of any visit to Tasmania's West Coast. This trip has it all, from the exhilaration of the swiftly flowing gorge and the roar of the famous Sailor Jack Rapid, to the serenity of the rivers tree-lined lower reaches.

From Queenstown, the experienced guides will take you to Newall Creek on the King River, where the rafting experience begins. The journey down the river will take about six hours. It will paddle past thousands of Huon Pine trees, see the Garfield River platypus pool, traverse the Sailor Jack rapid, spot the Abt Railway, discover West Coast mining history and more. Wildlife in the thick West Coast bush can be hard to see but guests may catch a glimpse of a timid platypus or a subtle movement signalling a passing wallaby. The small birds of the forest are about and as you near the sea the White-bellied Sea Eagle may be soaring overhead.  Evidence of past mining and man's industrialisation will be everywhere, slowly rusting back into the bush as nature reclaims its own. The skilled guides will tell of both the natural and human history of the area and ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable day. 

 

Experience Highlights 
  • Raft the King River Gorge with exciting Class III Rapids
  • Get up close to ancient rainforest and rare Huon Pine and King Billy Pine trees
  • See the unspoiled environment of the Garfield River
  • Portage the exhilarating Sailor Jack rapid
  • Experience the calm, serene reaches of the river
  • A beautiful photo opportunity at Water Fall Gully
  • Catch glimpses of local wildlife and birds
  • Visit sites of historical interest including the original town of Teepookana and the old Cascades Hotel

3 Policy

Cancellation Policy

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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