About Us

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Description of Our Business

Kuranda Riverboat and Kuranda Rainforest Tours has been operating since June 1982 during which time it has built a reputation for offering informative and rewarding rainforest river cruises. One main feature has been the ability to provide quality tours at very reasonable rates without clients having to travel great distances from major accommodation centers in the Cairns region.  We are one of the original companies specialising in rainforest interpretation in Far North Queensland.  Warren Clinton bought the business from its original owner in September 2015.  

Our Location
Conveniently situated, only a few minutes walk below the Kuranda Railway and Skyrail Stations on the Esplanade of the Barron River. Access to our departure jetty is over the railway footbridge and down the stairs. The Esplanade extends approximately two kilometres along the riverfront and offers panoramic views of the forest areas in which we operate our river cruises and connects to the village via the river walk circuit.

Kuranda Riverboat

Our vessel is registered and complies with the AMSA requirements.  M.V. “Kuranda" is licensed to carry 30 passengers & 1 Crew/Guide.


We maintain a flexible schedule to suit your group sizes and any special needs they may have. Over the years we have gained vast experience working with natural history special interest groups as well as language groups and their interpreters.  

The Kuranda Riverboat can be hired for small wedding ceremonies or have your wedding in the rainforest on the other side of the river, which is private and secluded and accessible only via the Kuranda Riverboat.  We can recommend marriage celebrants to you.  We can organise witnesses for an elopement, as well as accommodation.  Please contact us for more details.

Get a group of friends together for a birthday celebration or other event and BYO food and drinks for a cruise on the Barron River in Kuranda. A minimum of 10 adults is required for this cruise.  This cruise must be pre-booked with a minimum of 24 hours notice and would be available from 3.30 pm. Sunset cruises can also be arranged.  Please contact us for more information.  

Our Staff

Our team of dedicated local naturalists are experienced with international and domestic groups on the river.


We have exclusive rights to operate river cruises on the Barron River and the only river cruise tour company operating within the village of Kuranda.

FOC Policy

Accompanying tour managers, guides, hostesses and language interpreters can travel FOC. Other requests will have to be authorised through our office.


Book your tour online.  Cash ONLY is accepted on the boat to save time and make sure that each tour departs on schedule.  For more information regarding group bookings please email us at tours@kurandariverboat.com.au.

Phone  Warren Clinton on +61 412 159 212 or Melissa Clinton on + 61 418 930 511

© Melissa Clinton 2017