Hot Air Balloon & Rafting Combo

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Raging Thunder will take you up on a magical and exhilarating flight of your life in the world's largest commercial hot air balloon. The Atherton Tablelands provide the perfect conditions for Hot Air Ballooning and the view from your basket of rolling hills and winding streams is stunning.

After a little rest you are now ready for an afternoon of rafting on the Barron River. Your "Rescue 3" trained guide will give you all the tuition needed for this exciting afternoon rafting, and only the worlds best rafts are used! No experience is necessary.


Raging Thunder will pick you up from your accommodation at approx 4.10am for the 90 minute drive to the flight site. You will arrive just in time to see the balloons beginning to inflate.

The balloon tour returns to Cairns at 10.00am and you can expect to be back at your hotel by 10:30am.

After a break at your hotel with plenty of time to have lunch and a rest you will be picked up at around 1:30pm for the Barron River Rafting experience.


  • All accommodation transfers
  • 30 minute balloon flight
  • Souvenir flight certificate
  • Approximately 2 hours of white water rafting
  • All tuition - no experience necessary
  • Safety equipment including life jacket, helmet and spray jacket
  • Balloon and rafting levy


Ballooning: wear comfortab
le clothing and warm clothing in winter months (White or light coloured clothing is not recommended as it is easily stained by the red volcanic soil of the Tablelands) hat, sunglasses, camera, bottle of water, snacks

Rafting: Lace-up shoes or reef / teva sandals, swimming costume, change of clothes, towel, sunscreen.
Please do not wear any jewellery - it is recommended that you leave anything of value in your hotel safe for this trip.


  • Not suitable for anyone who is pregnant
  • You must be able to climb in and out of the balloon basket unaided using the footholds as this is a CASA safety regulation

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Guest Reviews

Barron Rafting RagingThunder (14)

Wild times Barron Rafting, Highly recommended

Amazing experience. Very friendly guides going above and beyond. Highly recommended.

Posted By Sarah Smith

Great Day

I particularly enjoyed my wife falling out of the raft !!

Posted By Mike Banks

Unbelievable experience!

Unbelievable experience! The instructors were funny, entertaining and the rafting was great! Highly recommend coming here for a holiday/birthday/bucks party/hens or even just to be outside and enjoy the river! Nori and rob were awesome! Horrrrrda horrrrrrrda horrrrrrda !!!

Posted By Claude Bova

The rafting was great fun,

The rafting was great fun, and the guides excellent. The only disappointment was the lack of water in the river, and thus the guides having to lift the raft over the rocks on a number of occasions when we were stuck. They even pointed out the the river was well below the normal water line level that day.

Posted By Mark Koch

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Would happily recommend them.

My 4 year old and I loved it. Staff were great and professional. Would happily recommend them.

Posted By Hayley Wallace

Great trip

Kenji was great.

Posted By Yoma Nazareth

We had a wonderful time!

We had a wonderful time! What an adventure. Pilot was very knowledgable of what he was doing.

Posted By Ashley Stanley

The silence and tranquility

A balloon flight is one of the activities you have to put on your list 100 things to do before your time is up.
The silence and tranquility put a new dimension to flying.

Posted By Colin McInnes

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