Raging Thunder Adventures Director of Sales Peta Zietsch said the new half-day Cairns Canyoning tour was just a 25-minute drive from Cairns city and suitable for beginners, including non-swimmers, aged 8 to 80 and those who had done canyoning before.
“The excitement of canyoning in a rocky watercourse can be enjoyed in a safe and controlled environment with a maximum of 12 people under the supervision of two experienced guides who carry all the heavy equipment,” she said.
“The rainforest adventure takes you beyond the public access areas of Crystal Cascades for an 11m controlled descent beside a warm tropical waterfall.
“Cool off at the bottom in the slide before the challenge of the biggest drop of the day, a 30m abseil down Big Cheese.
“The course continues with a total of eight rappels, three jumps, two slides and a very cool zip line, all with the bonus of hand lines to sure you are extra safe while having fun.
“Crystal Canyon is in the tropical rainforest so it is one of the few places in the world where you can go canyoning year-round without the restriction of a heavy wetsuit.
“Protective safety gear including a canyoning harness, helmet, shoes, long-sleeve thermal top for sun protection, neoprene shorts and a low-profile life jacket are all padded to provide extra protection from the rocks.”
Barry Goes, who has designed and operated canyoning courses in New Zealand and Switzerland, helped design the course.
“This course is world class with an added advantage of being in warm rainforest waters, as opposed to freezing snow melt waters, and close to a recognised tourism destination with an international airport,” Mr Goes said.
The Crystal Canyoning guides have white water river guide, first aid and swift water rescue qualifications. Chinese, Korean and Japanese guides are available on request.
Cairns Canyoning at Crystal Canyon is $169 per person including return transfers, all training, equipment and a light lunch. Book atwww.ragingthunder.com.au