Our King River White Water Rafting trip is a full day rafting experience which takes you through the lush temperate rainforest wilderness of Tasmania’s West Coast. The rafting trip takes you from the exhilaration of the swiftly flowing gorge and the roar of the famous Sailor Jack rapid, to the gentle tranquility of King rivers tree-lined lower reaches. This white water rafting trip is a 20 km journey down the King River. The only regular one day wilderness rafting trip on Tasmania's West Coast.
King River White Water Rafting
The King River White Water Rafting tour starts from Queenstown where our experienced rafting guides will take you to Newall Creek on the King River. The journey down the King River takes approximately six hour. Your see magestic Huon Pine trees, the Garfield River platypus pool, portage the Sailor Jack rapid, locate the Abt Railway and find out about the West Coast’s mining history plus more. Keep an eye out for the timid platypus or a passing wallaby – wildlife in the thick rainforest can be hard to see so keen eyes are needed.
The King River White Water Rafting runs during the summer months only.
King River White Water Rafting Snapshot
- Rafting in the King River Gorge
- Exciting rapids to grade three
- Pass through 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 calm serene reaches
- Catch glimpses of local wildlife and birds
- Visit sites of historical interest
- Full day wilderness rafting experience
- Trained and qualified guides
- Learn about the natural and human history of the area
- All the requisite rafting and safety gear, including wetsuit, helmet and lifejacket
- Lunch, plus 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
What to bring:
- Swimmers, a towel and bag to put your gear in.
- Hat and sunscreen is recommended.
- Wear secure footwear such as runners
- Suitable for families with stronger children (10–15 yrs).
- Under 18 years will need a parent/guardians permission to raft
- Allow 9 hours for your white water rafting tour.
- Start time is 8am, ending around 5pm.
Numbers on the day:
- Minimum group of 4, maximum 30.
- Operates 7 days per fortnight.
Start & end location:
- West Coast Wilderness Railway station, in Driffield Street, Queenstown.
After something a little more gentle on the King River. Take a look at our King River Gorge Kayaking Tour.