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  • King River Rafting Team

King River Rafting was established in 2014 by husband and wife team Paul Steane and Michele Cordwell-Steane.   After working with the Tasmanian Government for almost 40 years we started King River Rafting in 2014 with the ambition of returning something to the state which had been so good to us. 

With a passion and love of wild places and Tasmania’s rivers in particular we saw the potential of the King River as a wilderness white water rafting destination.  The ability of Hydro Tasmania to control the flow in the King River was a key ingredient in the success of our idea.   With the cooperation of Hydro Tasmania and the hospitality of the renown West Coast Wilderness Railway the Tasmanian community has come together to develop a product of which we and all of Tasmania can be truly proud.

Our wonderful professional guides will look after you and take you down the river in safety and ensure that you have the very best time.  From the moment we meet at the West Coast Wilderness Railway Station in Queenstown to when we say our goodbyes at the end of the day your safety and satisfaction will be at the forefront of the guides minds.  Purchase a photo USB and a company drink bottle as keepsakes of your adventure on Tasmania’s west coast and make sure that you tell all your friends of King River Rafting.

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.  

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.