During your 3 Day Rafting – Reef and Rainforest adventure experience a full day on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, snorkelling amongst the beautiful corals and colourful tropical marine life and 2 hours of fun-filled Whitewater Rafting on the Barron River National Park.

Then travel to the stunning Kuranda Village, the village in the Rainforest, by Kuranda Scenic Train and Skyrail Cablecar.


Do the Reef and Rafting on a Budget package in any order, and you can also have a days’ break in between if you wish.

Day 1 – Great Barrier Reef

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

Snorkel 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,  or take the “Wild Ride” on the famous Compass Boomnet.

Tour Highlights

  • Unlimited snorkelling
  • Up to 4 hours at our Outer Great Barrier Reef Locations
  • Delicious BBQ lunch with fresh salads
  • Fruit Platters
  • Friendly Crew Assistance for Non-confident Swimmers
  • Boom netting – “The Wild Ride” (weather permitting)
  • All Government Reef Levies and Taxes included in the price

Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

0730 – Check-in directly on Compass at Marlin Wharf Berth 18

0800 – Depart Marlin Marina Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef

1015 – Arrive at your first Great Barrier Reef Location

1230 – BBQ Lunch with fresh salads 1300 – Cruise to 2nd Reef Location

1530 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef

1730 – Approximately Arrival time at Cairns Marina 

Great Barrier Reef Cruise Inclusions

  • Snorkel Equipment hire & tuition (excluding wetsuits and stinger suits)
  • Floatation devices (children and Adult Sizes)
  • Fresh fruit platters,
  • Coffee and Tea when boarding and while the boat is stationary
  • Delicious BBQ Lunch with an assortment of fresh salads (dietary requirement catered for)
  • Boomnetting the “Wild Ride” (weather permitting)
  • A glass of wine, cheese & crackers on the return journey (cordial for the children)
  • Complimentary tea & coffee all day (while the vessel is stationary)
  • All Government Reef Taxes and Levies
  • Assistance for non-confident swimmers

What to Bring

  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Voucher
  • Swimmers
  • Cash or credit card for extra purchases

Optional Extras

  • Scuba Dive – Introductory and Certified
  • Dive Guide for Certified Divers
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours available (weather permitting)
  • Return bus transfers from your Accommodation
  • Wetsuit hire
  • Prescription masks
  • Fully licensed bar 

Additional Information

  • Compass Cruises is also family-friendly and disability friendly.
  • The minimum age for Resort Scuba Diving is 12 years of age
  • Children prices are for ages 4-14 years.
  • Family prices are for two adults + 2 children age 4-14 years only
  • Infants 0-4 years travel free on our Compass Cruise

Important Information for Scuba Diving

We have a passion for showing you Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, so please make sure you understand the scuba diving laws.

Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world but also the safest scuba diving record.   The Queensland Government Code of Practice regulates us and comply with all regulations, including medical as is the law.

We strongly recommend that our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking as some medical conditions, age and medications may prevent scuba diving.

It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Medical Questionnaire

We are happy to help you with any questions you may have.   Please contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us at [email protected],

Or you may like to consult your Doctor for a Dive Medical using the Australian Standard Forms ‘AS.4005.1

Flying after Scuba Diving

For a single no decompression scuba dive, you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive.  For multiple dives, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive.  If Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning you must wait 24 hours after your dive.  We recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible

Day 2 – Whitewater Rafting


This half-day Whitewater Rafting on the Barron River is a great and fun way to discover the pristine rainforest surrounding Cairns, in Tropical North Queensland.

Feel the rush of white water rafting within the remarkable wilderness of  Australia’s tropical rainforests with your experienced River Guide. Travel along alternating smooth and bumpy waters of the Barron River as it winds its way through the heart of the Barron Gorge National Park, and its breathtaking scenery.

When finished, enjoy a swim, pack up your raft and change into dry clothes, then enjoy tea and coffee before transferring back to your accommodation.

Minimum age 13 years 

Whitewater Rafting Inclusions

  • Up to 2 hours rafting through Barron Gorge National Park
  • Grade 2 and three rapids
  • 8 Person inflatable Raft
  • Return air-conditioned coach transfers from your accommodation
  • Rafting Safety equipment – life jacket, helmet and spray jacket
  • Safety Training
  • Tea and coffee at the end of your rafting trip

What to Bring

  • Ticket or voucher
  • Swimming costume (you will get wet)
  • Lace-up shoes or sandals that won’t fall off
  • Towel
  • Dry clothes
  • Sunscreen but don’t apply to the back of your legs
  • Money for photos & rafting levy

Optional Extras

  • Digital photos available for purchase
  • Shoe hire

Day 3 – Scenic Train & Skyrail

Travelling by scenic rail, you will learn about the pioneering history of the tropical north.

During the 90 minute journey, it is 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.

While Kuranda Scenic Rail gives visitors a fantastic view of the rainforest at ground level, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway provides an extraordinary birds-eye-view of the rainforest from above. You soar silently only meters above the rainforest canopy.

Glide 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.


As at July 2020, Skyrail will not be operating until mid-2021.  This tour itinerary has changed, and you will now be transferred from Kuranda at 3.00 pm by air-conditioned coach to your Cairns accommodation.

What's Included

  • Return bus transfers to and from Cairns City Accommodation
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Butterfly Sanctuary entrance
  • Skyrail Cablecar
  • Time in Kuranda Village

What to Bring

  • Comfortable Walking shoes
  • Camera, cash/credit card for purchases
  • Bottle of water

Make your time in Cairns, Far North Queensland a memorable by booking this three-day Budget Tour

Important Information


As at July 2020, Skyrail will not be operating until mid-2021.  This tour itinerary has changed, and you will now be transferred from Kuranda at 3.00 pm by air-conditioned coach to your Cairns accommodation.

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