River Tubing On The Mulgrave River Near Cairns With The Kids

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The kids and I did a whole heap of fun (and sometimes scary) adventures when we were away in Cairns and Port Douglas.

It’s taking me forever to sort through the photos. I blame my PT office job writing a website with Autism Spectrum Australia. But mustn’t grumble as I have spent some of my well-gotten gains on a new computer and so working on the photos is MUCH faster than it used to be.

And today, let me show you some photos from a really hilarious half day of river tubing which the twins and I did from Cairns.  Teen17 went proper whitewater rafting, but the twins are eight and so too young to be able to do that.

The river tubing is fine for kids over the age of five.


‘Welcome to my office,’ said Mikey, our main guide for the morning.

You know in life there are guides and guides and some are keen and fresh and enthusiastic, and others a bit jaded.

Well, Mikey was just terrific, full of beans, funny, dead keen and great with the kids. He kept up very amused as well as safe and sound.


Once kitted up we carted the tubes up the riverbank and then hopped in for the first gentle ride downstream.


The rapids got a bit busy as we headed for this bridge.

Kids jump off bridge

All the kids on the trip loved leaping off the bridge… so did I but there’s no photographic proof of my daring leaps.


We then went down some more rapid rapids… and at the end we could carry the tubes back up to the top and ride down again.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Rusty Rocket did fall off his tube at one stage and was washed down the river a bit which he found scary, but he got back on for more turns, so all was well. I got washed out too once, was no trouble at all.


This trip is very tame, I believe, compared to the real whitewater rafting.

It suited all of us well, and ended too soon altogether.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs you can see, the weather wasn’t fabulous that day. I thought we might get cold as we didn’t wear wetsuits and did get completely soaked. But I think all the movement kept us warm.

River Tubing – The Details

We went with Foaming Fury, see heir website here.

The trip cost $79 for the adult, me and $59 for each twin. We also had to pay $5 to hire the crocs we wore on our feet as we didn’t have our own. This included transport fromt he hotel, guides, tubes and a snack and drink on the way home.

Wear swimmers and shorts and t-shirts than can get wet.

Take towels and dry clothes to change into afterwards.


Family Holidays in Cairns and Port Douglas – More Posts

If you’re thinking of a holiday to Cairns or Port Douglas start with..

Tips for Planning Family Holiday to Cairns and Port Douglas (has a good list of things to do)

 Family Packing List for Cairns, Port Douglas and Other Hot Places

And here are detailed posts on what we enjoyed

Coral Reef Dreaming – Overnight Yacht Trip to the Great Barrier Reef

 Why We Are Loving The Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

Muddy’s Playground On The Esplanade In Cairns

 Miracle on the Great Barrier Reef – Kids Take Photos of Mum For Once!


Have you ever been river tubing or whitewater rafting?



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Posted on: October 24, 2014