King River Rafting White Water Tour

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Booking Terms
The John Butters Power Station is subject to programmed maintenance for short periods of time, during which time flows in the King River may be restricted. The summer maintenance program is usually confirmed in September or October. Should your booked date correspond with a maintenance period we will contact you as soon as possible to make any suitable arrangements.

Due to this uncertainty initial bookings may be confirmed with a 20% deposit with the balance payable prior to the trip. You will receive a reminder payment email 30 days before the trip. By this time we will know of any programmed maintenance.
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Terms & Conditions

All customers of King River Rafting Pty Ltd must complete a waiver of liability form before coming on any tour. King River Rafting Pty Ltd reserves the right to refuse to take any person on a tour based on an assessment of their physical abilities. We will however, do our best to cater for a range of abilities and ages. Please call 0409 664268 if you have any concerns about any aspect of our trips.

Please let us know if you have any pre-existing injuries or medical conditions that may affect your ability to participate in the tour. If you need to bring medications with you we can carry them for you in our waterproof first aid kit.

Please also let us know if you have any special dietary requirements so our chef can accommodate your needs

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations made within 2 days of booking arrival date incur a 100% cancellation fee. Cancellations made with more than 7 days’ notice incur an administration charge of 20% of total booking fee. We encourage our customers to purchase travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances.

King River Rafting Pty Ltd reserves the right to cancel or change any tours at any time due to unsafe weather or river conditions. Where we are able to offer an alternate venue and still go rafting, this is in the spirit of adventure recreation and no refund will be offered. Where we are unable to offer an alternate venue, customers will be given the choice of a similar tour on another day or a full refund. King River Rafting Pty Ltd will not accept any liability for travel, accommodation or other inconvenience or cost caused through the cancellation of, or delay in a trip.

King River Rafting Pty Ltd takes the safety of its guides and customers seriously. White water rafting is an adventure activity and King River Rafting Pty Ltd will not accept any liability for loss or damage to your clothing or belongings. Equally at no time during the trip should you be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, nor should you take medication that will impair you judgment whilst on the river.

Children 14 and under are to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

King River Rafting Pty Ltd takes all reasonable precautions possible to secure your credit card details and to protect that information from misuse or loss and from unauthorized access, modification or disclosure. We do not share this information with any third party and we will not identify your credit card details to any organization or individual other than the clearance organization.

Your details will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided them and will not be added to a marketing list for distribution to others, unless agreed by you. We will only disclose individually identifiable information to any third party directly involved in your tour such as your hotel or air carrier. This means that your e-mail address, your name and any other personal details you may provide will not be passed on or sold to any company for any reason.

King River Rafting Pty Ltd may share general information about our customers with third parties, however this data will be collated into aggregate totals and will not contain details which could help identify specific individuals. Photographs taken during trips may be circulated with other guests, used on the King River Rafting web site, Face book or other promotional material.

If you have further queries about our security or privacy policy or the use of your personal information by King River Rafting Pty Ltd, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Tour Details

8 Hours
Available on selected dates between November and April
Regions Visited
  • Queenstown

Tour Description

King for the Day 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, our experienced guides will take you to Newall Creek on the King River, where your rafting experience begins.  The journey down the river will take about six hours. We'll 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 you 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. Our 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


Full day wilderness rafting experience
• Trained and qualified guides
• Comprehensive commentary on the natural and human history of the area
• All the requisite rafting and safety gear, including wetsuit, helmet and lifejacket
• Generous & scrumptious King River Rafting Lunch, plus River snacks of sweets and nuts and water
• Transport to and from the river from Queenstown. 
• Use of waterproof cameras to take photos of your rafting experience (Take these memories with you: purchase a King River Rafting USB drive with all your photos for $25)
• Review the days photos on the return trip to Queenstown on our bus' TV
• All day parking available at the West Coast Wilderness Railway Station

Suitable for: families with stronger children.
Price: Adults $250, Children $180 (10 - 15 yrs)
Start time: 8am
End time: Approx. 5pm
Duration: 9 hours
Start & end location: West Coast Wilderness Railway station, in Driffield Street, Queenstown
Minimum group of 4, maximum 30.
Operates 7 days per fortnight.