Great Barrier Reef, Raft & Rainforest

See the highlights Cairns Tropical North has to offer with an adventure filled itinerary over 3 days or spread out the tours for a more relaxed feel.

Escape for an unforgettable day to The Great Barrier Reef. Experience the fun, thrills and spills on a white water rafting day you will never forget.

Then travel north on one of the most scenic coastal drives in Australia along the Captain Cook Highway from Cairns to the idyllic Port Douglas and onto Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest with guided walks and wildlife spotting.

This Cairns Reef, Raft and rainforest package can be done in any order and you can also have a days break in between if you wish

Day 1 – Great Barrier Reef

Escape for an unforgettable day to The Great Barrier Reef from Cairns aboard ‘Compass Cruises’. Visit 2 Outer Great Barrier Reef locations and snorkel or scuba dive amongst fantastic coral formations teeming with colourful tropical fish and exotic marine life.

Tour Highlights

  • Two spectacular Reef locations
  • Unlimited snorkelling
  • Up to 4 hours at the Great Barrier Reef
  • Great crew

Great Barrier Reef Inclusions

  • Snorkel equipment hire & tuition (excluding wetsuits)
  • Floatation devices
  • Fresh fruit platters
  • Coffee and Tea 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

What to Bring

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

Additional Information

  • Please advise of any dietary requirements upon booking.
  • Compass Cruises is also family friendly and disability friendly
  • Please read the important information, terms and conditions prior to booking your trip.
  • Scuba Diving is an optional extra in this tour. If you are considering scuba diving please be aware that 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

Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

  • 0730 – Check in direct to 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

Optional Extras

  • Certified Dive $55.00 or 2 Certified Dives for $100.00
  • Resort Scuba Diving $65.00 0r 2 Resort Dives for $115.00 (no experience necessary) – (see Medical Conditions  below)
  • Dive Guide for Certified Divers $15.00 per person per dive
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours available (weather permitting)  $15.00
  • Return Bus transfers from your Cairns City Accommodation  $12.00 return
  • Outside Cairns City area $22.00 per person return
  • Wetsuit hire $5.00 (During stinger season, stinger suits are included with your equipment. These are not the same as wetsuits, which provide flotation and warmth)
  • Prescription masks $10.00
  • Underwater Camera Hire $59.00
  • Fully licensed bar 


Day 2 –  Whitewater Rafting Tully River

$30 Rafting Levy to be paid on board

White Water Rafting down the Tully River is Australia’s most famous White Water Rafting full day adventure .

An an action packed experience filled with fun, thrills and spills on a day you will never forget.

White water rafting on the Tully River in this extreme five hour white water adventure in remote World Heritage Rainforest. rating down grade 3 and 4 rapids with an unforgettable backdrop

Tour Highlights

  • Rafting through World heritage rainforest
  • Grade 3 and 4 rapids
  • Riverside BBQ Lunch

Tully River Itinerary

  • 06:10 – Pick ups from Northern Beaches accommodation
  • 06:30 – Pick ups from Cairns accommodation commence
  • 07:00 – Depart Cairns
  • 07:30 – Pick ups from Mission Beach accommodation
  • 08:00 – Depart Mission Beach
  • 08:30 – Arrive at Rafters Cafe for morning tea and coffee
  • 09:00 – Depart Rafters Cafe & Bar
  • 09:45 – Arrive at top of the Tully River for a safety demonstration and to be supplied with safety equipment
  • 10:00 – Commence rafting. Brave the first few rapids,
  • 12:15 – Arrive Ponytail Falls for  BBQ lunch
  • 12:45 – Commence afternoon rafting
  • 15:00 – Arrive at take out point. Pack up raft and change into dry clothes
  • 15:45 – Arrive at Rafters Cafe & Bar.
  • 17:00 – Return to Mission Beach accommodation
  •  18:30 -Return to Cairns accommodation (approx.)
  • 19:15 – Return to Northern Beaches accommodation

What to Bring

  • Your ticket and
  • POB Levy of $30
  • You will need to sign an adventure waiver form
  • A cap or sun visor which can be worn under your safety helmet (eg. baseball hat)
  • Water resistant 15 + sunscreen
  • Swimming costume
  • towel. (you will need to have your swimming costume already on when you are picked up)
  • Secured footwear is mandatory – lace-up shoes or sandals that will get wet (limited shoe hire available at an additional cost)
  • Some money for photos and souvenirs
  • Change of clothes
  • We strongly recommend you bring an extra t-shirt or rash vest to wear under your life vest to prevent sunburn
  • Enthusiasm for an Awesome day

Additional Information

  • Minimum age: 13 years,
  • under 18 years must travel with a guardian or parent
  • Rafting is not suitable for anyone who is pregnant

Day 3 –  Cape Tribulation – Daintree Rainforest

Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest – Premier option includes the best of  Cape Tribulation and  Daintree Rainforest with guided walks, lunch, and guaranteed wildlife spotting.

Enjoy  one of the most scenic coastal drives in Australia along the Captain Cook Highway  to Port Douglas before arriving at the oldest rainforest in the World the Daintree Rainforest

Tour Highlights

  • The  Wildlife Habitat – See the endangered Cassowary and rare Lumholtz’s Tree  Kangaroo along with other wildlife, with the opportunity to have your photo  taken holding a koala, snake or crocodile (at a discounted price). Snacks  available for purchase.
  • Daintree River Cruise-  Spot Crocodiles, birds and other wildlife as your guide takes you through the  mangroves.
  • Alexandra Lookout – Stop for magnificent views of the Daintree River  and Coral Sea.
  • Picnic Lunch at picturesque setting (included)
  • Dubuji Rainforest Boardwalk – Spot more wildlife on this guided rainforest walk, with great photo  opportunities.
  • Enjoy free time to relax or walk along the Beach  at Cape Tribulation & Daintree Rainforest
  • Depart  Cape Tribulation and  Daintree Rainforest for return journey at approx 4.30pm, crossing the Daintree River  on Cable-driven Ferry.

What's Included

  • Pickup and Return to Cairns Accommodation
  • Scenic Coastal Dive
  • Wildlife Habitat
  • Tropical Lunch
  • Cape Tribulation Beach
  • Rainforest Walk
  • Alexandra Lookout
  • Daintree River Cruise

What to Bring

  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat
  • Water Resistant 15+ sunscreen
  • Walking shoes
  • Swimming costume
  • Towel Food or money for drinks & meals

Cape Tribulation Itinerary

  • 07:30 – Bus transfers commence from Cairns City accommodation
  • 0900 – Arrive at The Wildlife Habitat (Port Douglas)
  • 1100 – Daintree River Cruise 1200 – Alexandra Lookout
  • 1230 – Picnic Lunch
  • 1345 – Rainforest boardwalk
  • 1530 – Cape Tribulation Beach free time
  • 1630 – Depart Cape Tribulation
  • 1930 – Arrive back to Cairns
  • Please note times are approx only

* Note – this Cairns Reef, Raft and Rainforest package does not include any overnight accommodation, evening meals or breakfast.

* Please read the terms and conditions of each tour.

Some medical conditions and/or medications may prevent from participation in scuba diving activities.

* Minimum age 13 years for Rafting

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