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CAIRNS CANYONING Half Day At Crystal Cascades

Canyoning Adventure

Bring out your inner dare devil Canyoning in the rainforest where you abseil, Zip Line, Slide & Jump beside waterfalls and into pools.  Crystal Canyon is in a secluded section of Crystal Cascades where the excitement of Canyoning a rocky watercourse can be enjoyed in a safe and controlled environment under the supervision of experienced guides.

Designed for Beginners: This half day adventure is suitable for most fitness levels, including those who cannot swim.  Beginners and those who have tried Canyoning before are welcome.  Participants are challenged to push their own boundaries with the assistance of specialist guides to support and help conquer your fears.

Small group of up to 12 people:  2 adventure guides  (who carry all the heavy equipment required for Canyoning) 

The adventure starts at the viewing platform at Devil’s Drop, Crystal Cascades where you leave the public access areas, for the higher reaches of the tropical watercourse.  This is fed via a series of controlled spillways by Copperlode Dam.  After a detailed safety talk and short walk up the track, your first abseil for the day is an 11m controlled descent down the granite rock beside your first waterfall in the spillway section.

Cool off at the bottom in the slippery dip slide that will lead you to where your next challenge awaits...the biggest drop of the day, a 30m abseil down Big Cheese! The course continues with a total of 8 rappels, 3 Jumps, 2 slides and a very cool Zip Line!  Along the way you will also have the use of hand lines to ensure you are extra safe while having fun.

This Canyoning adventure will push you outside of your comfort zone as your tackle the challenge of conquering massive boulders and white water in the pristine beauty of a secluded rainforest watercourse.  Wildlife including monitor lizards, snakes, birds and a array of colourful butterflies and dragonflies can be seen.

Half Day Morning and Afternoon Tours:

Half Day Morning and Afternoon tours:
  • 6:30am or 12:00pm  Pick-up from your accommodation (Time provided when booking).  
  • Scenic drive to Crystal Cascades
  • After changing into Canyoning gear walk 20 minutes before arriving at the viewing platform
  • Safety briefing at Devil’s Drop
  • Walk up 400 metres to the top of the course
  • Familiarise yourself with your gear while your Guides prepare the course
  • Descend into the canyon
  • Allow approximately 2 hours for your group to complete all sections of the canyon including 8 abseils, 3 jumps, 2 slides
  • and a very cool zip line with water landing!
  • Arrive at the viewing platform and make your way down towards the change area
  • Change into dry clothes and grab a quick bite before boarding the bus
  • 1:15pm or 6:15pm  Return to pick-up point

Note:  Port Douglas tour includes a 10:00am pick-up from your accommodation.  Free time in Cairns.  Return to Port Douglas at 6:15pm approx.



  • 6.30am – return 12.30pm
  • 12.00pm – return 6.00pm

Cairns Northern Beaches

  • 6.00am – return 12.15pm

Port Douglas

  • 9.30am – return 6.15pm

Check out the breathtaking CRYSTAL CASCADES

Check out the breathtaking CRYSTAL CASCADES

Hidden in the tropical rainforests, Crystal Cascades is a natural series of waterfalls that flow into large pools.

It is one of the few places in the world where you can go Canyoning without a heavy wetsuit.  It is easily accessible from Cairns and can be used year-round, unlike the seasonal Canyoning locations in Europe

Our canyoning course has been designed to have no environmental impact, and includes :

  • 5 Abseils up to 32 metres (104 ft)
  • Rock slides and swimming
  • 4 Rock Jumps if you are feeling brave
  • 30m Zip Line with water splashdown


  • Board shorts and swimmers
  • Dry clothes, towel and sunscreen
  • Daily medication
  • Your voucher and money
  • Prescription glasses should be worn rather than contact lenses

We supply: 
Padded activity shorts to wear under board shorts, helmet, socks, Canyoning boots, carabiners, harness, light lunch and cold water.  Protective safety gear including Canyoning harness, helmet, shoes, longsleeve thermal top for sun protection, neoprene shorts and a low-profile life jacket all padded to provide extra protection from the rocks.

Ability Level: 
Designed for beginners and those who have tried Canyoning before.

Fitness Level: 
Most fitness levels however you do need some fitness.  It is also challenging.  Those who cannot swim can still participate.

Prices are per person, including return transfers, all training & equipment and a light lunch

Cairns Canyoning Reviews


Steven Taylor

My friend and I had a GREAT time last week on this excursion! The guides were phenomenal! I have done things like this in Mexico, the US, and Canada...but this was the BEST! Definitely recommend!


Feli Falsch

Great adventure with only five costumers and two tour guides who did an amazing job. Waited patiently for me when climbing the hill to the top which is the most difficult part of the adventure. Always felt save during abseiling... And had a nice chat, too on the way back to the bus where yummi lunch waited... Highly recommended!!!!


Cairns Canyoning

The Crystal Cascades is a cascade waterfall on the Freshwater Creek in the Far North region of Queensland, Australia. Wikipedia DEPARTS DAILY FROM Cairns 6.30am – return 12.30pm 12.00pm – return 6.00pm Cairns Northern Beaches 6.00am – return 12.15pm Port Douglas 9.30am – return 6.15pm

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