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About King River Rafting
King River Rafting is Tasmania's one day white water rafting specialist. Usually based on Tasmania's west coast at Queenstown we mainly offer trips on the King River. With quality rapids, superb wilderness rainforest and assured water this is a quality trip. From the King River Gorge you can chose to catch the West Coast Wilderness Railway back to Queenstown or continue on down the more peacefull lower reaches of the river for a full day of wilderness rafting.
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M Riley wrote a review 18 Nov
Perth, Australia5 contributions
I was really nervous before doing this trip. I'm a reasonably heavyset guy, and whitewater rafting always seemed one of those experiences that might be a bit taxing. I was reassured because of reviews on Tripadvisor saying an 80 year old could do it without too much difficulty, although I took them with a grain of salt. But... Western Tasmania is a long way from home, and it's not like you get to see a river in a National Park everyday, so I figured "what the hell". Really, really glad I chose to do it. The rafting was incredibly fun. Olly and his team know what the hell they're doing, and the operation was pretty slick all things considering. The rapids were enjoyable without being terrifying. The boats are pretty sturdy, and the sorts of lines they take get you wet without putting you in mortal danger. It was exactly what I wanted for a half day rafting experience. The team are pretty chill, but their safety briefing was quite thorough, and I never felt out of my depth rafting despite the Grade 3 rapids and wet and windy conditions. Just a really good vibe. Not really much of a train guy, but the steam engine trip back was a nice way to unwind after a fun couple of hours - even if we did get a few funny looks when we were standing on the platform, waiting for our dry clothes to arrive Fair warning. The portage around the Canyon Gorge is quite physically challenging for the semi-unfit. It's an old scrambling track, and it's steep and slippery. Think climbing up about 50 double spaced rungs on a thin, slippery wooden ladder while covered in dirt, walking through 50m of slippery mud and jagged rocks, and then going down the same slippery ladder except the rungs are a third as wide, and are now triple spaced - and you'll get what I mean. I was not in my comfort zone, and I was nearing the limit of my physical abilities. Had I slipped, or sprained an ankle, or been unable to climb the full height, I'm not sure what Plan B was, because by the time we got there, there was no turning back. I'm not saying this to put you off, because disaster didn't strike. After a bit of huffing and puffing, I managed to do it, and was rewarded with an incredible experience. If you can do it, this is one of the great tourist experiences of Tasmania, if not Australia. But be a bit careful, because the activity is inherently risky, and there's a limit to how safe it can be made. Overall, I had an absolute blast. You probably will too, but be careful.
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Vanessa Ireland-Baratt wrote a review 13 Nov
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Geeveston Girl Guides had an absolutely wonderful trip with our fabulous River guides Paul and Pascal. The 12 of us enjoyed every second. It was such an exciting and enjoyable experience. Would definitely recommend!
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Ian wrote a review 7 Nov
Howrah, Australia1 contribution
Alice and Noah were terrific guides. We had a great experience and highly recommend this to others. We have booked the King river trip to Strahan for February 22.
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Klz84 wrote a review 2 Nov
Brisbane, Australia73 contributions24 helpful votes
Absolutely fantastic experience. The guides we had could not have been more supportive, helpful and friendly. Took my 80 year old Dad and he has not stopped raving about it. The portage element is a little challenging but Dad managed to do it so you definitely can.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Marija wrote a review Oct 2021
Brisbane, Australia1 contribution
Never been rafting so was nervous but the instructors made the experience great fun but safe. Would love to tackle some more rapids in the future. The train trip back was lovely as the guide could share some more local info. Would highly recommend.
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