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  • King River Rafting Team

King River Rafting is owned and operated by husband and wife team Paul Steane and Michele Cordwell-Steane. 

After almost 40 years in the Tasmania Police, with more than half of that the Sergeant in charge of the Search and Rescue Section Paul has retired to help wife Michele run the company.   He has had a lifetime of working and playing in the Tasmanian wilderness.  He has walked, flown, sailed and canoed extensively around the island.  Having been a keen canoeist since he was 15 years old he is now keen to share his experiences with others.

Michele has worked for the Education Department for 10 years and oversees the day to day running and management of the business. With safety of the utmost importance, Michelle has developed the company’s comprehensive operations manual. 

Michele will be there to send you off in the morning and will meet you at the other end of the journey, with refreshments in hand. 

A team of experienced and qualified guides will join Michele and Paul.  Many of the guides are graduates of Tas Tafe’s Tourism (Guiding) course, which combines knowledge of Tasmania’s natural and cultural heritage with interpretive presentation, technical wilderness skills and first aid training.

View Charli from Getaway enjoying a day with us on the King River Gorge.



King River Rafting will supply you with all the equipment you need, including wetsuit, helmet, lifejacket and sprayjacket.


Safety is paramount and visitors will receive a full safety briefing at the beginning of the trip.

All visitors are provides with life jackets, helmets, wetsuits and thermals and spray jacket to keep you warm all day.  

All our trips are comfortable and ideal for families and first timers.  Rivers change day to day depending on the flow of the river.  Guides are assessing risk all the way down the river and every rapid has been inspected.  There’s just one rapid which we don’t usually  attempt – this is where we pull over and get you to have a wander up and along the river bank while we portage our raft around this particular section.


You will be advised when booking the starting time for your trip.  Different trips start at differnt times and places so read your confirmation email.  Our King River trips meet at the West Coast Wilderness Railway Station in Driffield Street, Queenstown unless otherwise notified.  If you are staying in Strahan check out our shuttle option in the extras page or we may be able to drop you at your accomodation at the end of the trip if required. 

The King River is controlled by Hydro Tasmania and the clean, green power generated by these waters is used to feed in to the National Energy Grid. Our trips are dependent on Hydro Tasmania running the John Butters Power Station.   We have an agreement with Hydro Tasmania that at least a minimum flow will be delivered into the river to coincide with King River Rafting trips.   Sometimes events will occur that are outside the control of both King River Rafting and Hydro Tasmania that may prevent a trip running as planned.   In this case you will be offered a refund or an alternate trip.