Looking for an exciting activity on a hot summer’s day? How about going whitewater rafting in the Snowy Mountains? This extreme sport will be sure to get your adrenaline pumping as you navigate the twists and turns of a powerful river.
Australia's Murray River is referred to as the "Mighty Murray." It is a 25-minute drive from Thredbo and the perfect spot for novice rafters.
The Murray River is the longest river in the country. As it descends from the magnificent highlands, the Murray River meanders down valleys and marks the border between Victoria and New South Wales. The river flows south and west all the way to South Australia and "The Coorong" and eventually emptying into Lake Alexandrina.
Rafting Australia will guide you on how to manoeuvre your boat and you’ll be given paddling training throughout the day, making white river rafting on this pristine stretch of water a beginner-friendly activity.
The trip also includes regular grade 1 to 3 rapids and the best months to whitewater raft in this river is between September to April.
The equally iconic Snowy River, with the magnificent Snowy River Gorge, offers rafting thrills and a trip back in time on the Indigenous Ngarigo People's historic roadway. The Snowy River flows through the isolated Byadbo Wilderness, 30 kilometres from Jindabyne.
The Snowy River is a Class IV river, which, when conditions are right, is one of the best in Australia. It passes through remote gorges with huge granite walls. The gorge section is about three km long and has some very exciting rapids with a powerful current flowing around boulders and rocks.
It is less than an hour’s drive from Thredbo. This one is for those seeking adventures in the wilderness and it takes place in the Byadbo Wilderness of the Snowy Mountains, with a variety of birds, and small boulders, side streams, and waterfalls along the way.
Check Alpine River Adventures to find out more about their pricing and booking.
Why go whitewater rafting in the Snowy Mountains?
1. It is an amazing adventure experience!
How often do you get the chance to paddle your way through a mountain stream? A whitewater rafting adventure is one of the most fulfilling and exciting things to do in nature. There's nothing like being thrown about by strong currents while floating down mountain streams and looking out at lush alpine scenery.
You will be expected to guide your raft over large boulders, fallen trees and deep gorges. If you’ve ever wanted to combine your love of the outdoors with some adrenaline-pumping fun, then this is it!
2. The river experience is simply awesome!
There's no way to describe white water rafting in the Snowy Mountains - it simply has to be done to have an unforgettable experience! If you're in Australia and are looking for truly stunning scenery and an alpine river adventure then this is your best bet.
3. Meet new people
The Snowy Mountains are the place to find great company. It's a life-changing experience that will stay with you forever because you'll be able to make friends with people who share the same adventurous spirit.
4. Exposure to fresh air
You will have a great time on this river trip, not only are you getting fresh air which is good for your health, but it's also an exciting experience! The cold air cleanses the lungs and improves blood flow in the body. Double bonus — healthy plus exciting.
5. Builds up muscle strength
White water rafting is an incredible experience that builds up your strength and endurance. This strenuous activity on your arms, upper torso and legs can upgrade any level of fitness!
6. Boosts self-esteem
The fun and thrill of white-water rafting on this iconic river will spur you to try harder on this casual fun trip. It's hard not to feel proud of yourself when you’ve successfully completed a Snowy River rafting adventure! You’ll also have plenty of time to be mesmerised by the awesome scenery along the way.
7. Inspires others
Snowy river rafting inspires others, especially people who want to try water sports but are not confident to do it yet.
Getting ready for your trip
1. Take care of your health
This is of utmost importance when you are participating in outdoor activities, including summer rafting. Even though you are on the cool waters of a mountain stream, the summer heat may cause dehydration so it is crucial that you drink plenty of fluids during your day trip. Sunscreen is also essential in the higher altitude as the sun’s rays burn more quickly and the cool air can hide the effects of sunburn.
2. Brush up on Swimming
Swimming experience in river trips like these are essential because there is a possibility you might fall in the water. Basic swimming skills are essential on any white water rafting trip since river conditions are unpredictable.
3. Find out the river stretch you are planning to raft
The white water season in the Snowy Mountains says it all. The best months for this adventure are from spring to autumn or between September to April. At this time of year, most tourists are only paddling class 1-2 rapids.
4. Discover how to put your personal survival kit to good use.
This is an essential item for any white water rafting trip. But make sure you look things over before you go.
5. Wear your helmet and life jacket at all time
The white water rafting season in the Snowy Mountains can be unpredictable. So you’ll need to wear safety equipment provided by your tour operator, like a helmet to protect your head and a life jacket to keep you afloat if you fall off the raft.
6. Pay attention to the weather
Heavy rain and thunderstorms can occur, although they are normally short-lived. If the weather is bad, the river guides may cancel your trip. Check the trip is still going ahead beforehand.
7. Be prepared to get wet and muddy
It's something no one can tell. You may be wearing a sweater in the morning when you start your trip, but you may find yourself soaking wet after your first major rapid. Make sure you bring extra clothing.
Essentials you must bring on your trip
- Bring an extra layer of clothes in case you get wet. An extra layer will help you keep warm and dry in the cold first few minutes after emerging river access from the raft.
- Sunscreen is as important as waterproof clothing. The hot Australian sun can be very strong even in the winter months.
- A first aid kit: In case of minor injury, you need to have items like bandages, painkillers and medical tape handy.
- Snacks and drinks: This can help you keep your energy levels up during the trip and also eating will make you feel better when you emerge from the raft.
When is the perfect time to visit the Snowy Mountains for white water rafting?
The best time to go is from September to April. The warm weather and high precipitation in this period means that the rivers are mostly clear, which makes for a safe adventure.
White water rafting is not only an enjoyable summer experience, but it's also an exhilarating trip.
Come witness Australia's wild rivers if you're looking for some thrilling-pumping excitement! If the great outdoors is your thing, then this will be a sight to behold!
If you are not into White Water Rafting, check out our tours and activities page to make sure you still get the most of your stay at Thredbo.
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