Reef and Rainforest on a Budget

Our Reef and Rainforest on a Budget package allows you to see Cairns Reef, Train and Skyrail – Cairns’ highlights at a reasonable price. Take the adventure of a lifetime out to visit the Great Barrier Reef; which is a World Listed Heritage site. Then travel to the stunning Kuranda Village by Train and Skyrail.

Day 1: Great Barrier Reef Budget Cruise

Compass Cruises is a Cairns local icon and has been taking people to the  Outer Great Barrier Reef for many years.

If it’s value for money you’re looking for and a memorable day on the Great Barrier Reef  then this Great Barrier Reef Budget Cruise has it all!

Compass will have you escaping for an unforgettable, unrushed day enjoying a relaxed leisurely cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

Snorkel and dive amongst beautiful corals and a colourful variety of tropical marine life at one of the natural wonders of the world.

Relax on the huge sundeck, see the Great Barrier Reef from the glass bottom boat (optional Extra) or take the “Wild Ride” on the famous Compass Boomnet.

Scuba Diving is available for all levels of experience and snorkelling is made easy with our helpful crew.

What's Included

  • Snorkel Equipment hire & tuition (excluding wetsuits)
  • Floatation devices
  • Fresh fruit platters when boarding
  • Delicious BBQ Lunch with an assortment of fresh salads (dietary requirement catered for)
  • Boomnetting the “Wild Ride” (weather permitting)
  • Glass of Wine, cheese & crackers on return journey
  • Complimentary tea & coffee all day (whilst vessel is stationary)
  • All Reef Taxes and Levies
  • Assistance for non confident swimmers
  • Compass Cruises is also a disability friendly tour
  • Please advise of any dietary requirements when booking 

What to Bring

  • Cash or credit card for purchases
  • Suncream
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Swimming Clothes
  • Proof of certification if a certified diver
  • Booking voucher 

Important Additional Information

  • Please read the important information, terms and conditions prior to booking your trip.
  • Some medical conditions and/or medications may prevent from participation in scuba diving activities.
  • Children prices are for ages 4-14 years.
  • Family prices are for 2 adults + 2 children age 4-14 years only.
  • When Booking please advise your accommodation details in the Notes section for the Scenic Train and Skyrail section for Pickup

Day Two: Scenic Train & Skyrail

Cairns Scenic Train and Skyrail  journey to Kuranda is an exciting one.  Just 25km northwest of Cairns in far north Queensland (1180ft above sea level) and surrounded by world heritage rainforest is this picturesque mountain retreat.

Combining the Scenic Rail journey with the world famous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a great way to experience this World Heritage listed tropical rainforest and Kuranda.

Travelling by the scenic rail you will learn about the pioneering history of the tropical north. During the 90 minute journey  climbing over 40 small bridges and through many dark tunnels while winding its way from Cairns to Kuranda.

You will be in awe of the excellent views of the world listed rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls within the Barron Gorge National Park.

Whilst Kuranda Scenic Rail gives visitors an amazing view of the rainforest at ground level, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway provides an extraordinary birds-eye-view of the rainforest as it soars silently only meters above the rainforest canopy.

Stretching 7.5 km through the tropical rainforests of North Queensland, Skyrail provides people with a unique opportunity and a world first, to see and experience the rainforest in a safe and environmentally friendly way.

You’ll glide just metres above the rainforest canopy before descending through the canopy layers and deep into the heart of the rainforest at Skyrail’s two mid-stations where you can hop off and enjoy rainforest walks along the boardwalks.

What's Included

  • Return bus transfers to and from Cairns City Accommodation (Bus Pickups are not available from Outside of Cairns City Area example Northern Beaches, Port Douglas)
  • 5 hours to spend exploring Kuranda Village
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Skyrail Cablecar 

What to Bring

  • Comfortable Walking shoes
  • Camera Cash/Creditcard for purchases
  • bottle of water


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