Budget Waterfalls and Great Barrier Reef

Get ready for two fun-filled days on the Budget Waterfalls and Great Barrier Reef package! You will visit the best locations in the region. Cool off in pristine rainforest swimming holes. Before you dive into the warm waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour

Jump aboard Gus the Wonder Bus! Meanwhile, Uncle Brian will take you in his fun and friendly way on a day of adventures in our natural world.  We’ll visit ancient Rainforests and the beauty of the Atherton Tablelands Waterfall Tour.

All Day Fun Fun Fun!!

We’ll be walking and talking, swimming, rock sliding, singing in waterfalls, floating in a volcanic crater lake. Before an exciting and fun journey home!

We look forward to welcoming you into our family and sharing fun times. You’ll love the Atherton Tablelands Waterfall Tour and Gus the Wonder Bus SO much, and you’ll want to book a tour to the Daintree Rainforest as well!

Yours in Fun, Falls and Forest.

Great Barrier Reef Budget Cruise

This Great Barrier Reef Budget Cruise is Cairns best value reef tour and subsequently, a true Cairns icon.  If you’re looking for and a memorable day on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef then Great Barrier Reef Budget Cruise certainly has it all!

Above all, we will have you on an unforgettable, unrushed day. Meanwhile, enjoy a relaxed, leisurely cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. After that, snorkel among beautiful corals. Likewise, view a colourful variety of tropical marine life at one of the natural wonders of the world.

Sit Back And Relax!

Relax on the sun deck. See Australia’s Great Barrier Reef from the glass bottom boat (optional extra) before taking the “Wild Ride” on the famous Compass Boomnet. In addition, scuba diving is available as an optional extra for all levels of experience.

In short, Waterfalls and Great Barrier Reef on a Budget offer something that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, even those with limited swimming ability.




  • Firstly, the Atherton Tablelands Waterfall Tour begins with a visit to the Babinda Boulders. After a delicious morning tea, before you take your first walk and swim of the day.
  • From here, you journey on to Josephine Falls. Enjoy a short rainforest walk before sliding down a waterfall.
  • Drive to the beautiful Tablelands and famous Millaa Millaa Falls. Meanwhile, Uncle Brian will keep you amused and entertained with tales of adventure!
  • Lunch at the Millaa Millaa Falls Tea House is a selection of cold roast meats, salads and vegetarian meals.
  • For Dessert, enjoy freshly brewed tea, coffee and cake.
  • When you get to Millaa Millaa Falls, make your way to beneath the waterfall and SING your heart out! One of the most photographed waterfalls in Australia and therefore has made appearances in many films over the years.
  • Meanwhile, enjoy a delicious afternoon tea of hot chocolate and muffins follows a swim or stroll around Lake Eacham.
  • Platypus spotting is next. It’s certainly a beautiful moment when you see one.
  • In conclusion, you get to relax by a volcanic crater lake in the evening before the exciting journey home with Uncle Brian.


  • 0730 – Check-in direct to Compass at Marlin Wharf Berth 18
  • 0800 –Depart Marlin Marina Cairns to the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • 1030 – Arrive at your first Great Barrier Reef Location
  • 1230 – BBQ Lunch with fresh salads
  • 1300 – Cruise to 2nd Reef Location
  • 1500 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef
  • 1730 – Approximately Arrival time at Cairns Marina



  • Morning and afternoon drinks and snacks.
  • Delicious home-cooked 2-course lunch.
  • Ancient Rainforests.
  • Experience the beauty of the Atherton Tablelands.
  • Swimming, walking and just relaxing.
  • Milla Milla Falls
  • Babinda Boulders
  • Josephine Falls
  • Lake Eacham
  • Friendly, relaxed company.
  • Fun-filled day! Sing along on the homeward journey.
  • Pick up & return from/to your Cairns CBD accommodation.


  • Snorkel Equipment hire & tuition (excluding wetsuits)
  • Flotation devices (children and Adult Sizes)
  • 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)
  • A glass of wine, cheese & crackers on the return journey
  • Complimentary tea & coffee all day (while the vessel is stationary)
  • All Reef Taxes and Levies
  • Assistance for non-confident swimmers

What to Bring


  • Sense of fun
  • Sunscreen
  • Raincoat
  • Swimming Gear
  • Walking Shoes/Sandals
  • Towel
  • Change of Warm Clothes


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

Important Information for Scuba Diving

Safety Comes First!

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

Queensland, Australia has some of the strictest scuba diving rules in the world but certainly the safest scuba diving record.

The Queensland Government Code of Practice regulates us and we comply with all rules, including medical as is the law.

Consequently, to avoid disappointment on your day of travel, we therefore strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire.

Some medical conditions, age and medications may prevent you from scuba diving.

Above all, it is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Compass Cruises Medical Questionnaire

In conclusion, we are delighted to help you with any questions you may have.   Please contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us.

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, so you should not fly or go to altitude for at least 18 hours after a scuba dive.

If you complete multiple dives, you should not fly for 24 hours after your last dive. For example, if Skydiving or Hot Air Ballooning you must wait 24 hours after your dive. In addition, we recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours whenever possible
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