Cairns on a Budget 4 Day Reef to Rainforest

You will see the best of our region without breaking the bank on this Cairns on a Budget tour!

Spend a day on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy a day in the oldest living rainforest on the planet the Daintree Rainforest. Cool off in the Atherton Tablelands, after that, Whitewater Rafting on the mighty Barron River.

Daintree Rainforest

Travel from Cairns to Cape Tribulation. One of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia!  Firstly, you’ll stop at the Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas.

See the endangered cassowary and other wildlife. Meanwhile, have the chance to have your photo taken holding a Koala, Snake or Crocodile (extra cost).

Heading further north, you will cross the mighty Daintree River. You will certainly feel like you have entered a different world with Rainforest towering over narrow winding roads.

Tablelands and Waterfalls Adventure

Secondly on your Cairns on a Budget tour! Jump aboard Gus the Wonder Bus! Uncle Brian will take you in his fun and friendly way on a day of adventures in our natural world.

We’ll visit ancient coastal Rainforests in addition to the beauty of the Atherton Tablelands.

Meanwhile, we’ll be walking and talking, swimming, rock sliding. Sing in waterfalls in addition to floating in a volcanic crater lake. Then an exciting journey home! We look forward to welcoming you into our family and sharing fun times.

Barron River White Water Rafting

Feel the rush of white water rafting. The impressive wilderness of Australia’s tropical rainforests will impress you. Above all, a fun afternoon with a few thrills and spills.

Barron Gorge National Park is known for its rugged rainforest mountains and steep ravines.  The gorge has been carved out over thousands of years by the Barron River.

Enjoy this scenic rafting and rainforest adventure. Combine calm water floating in addition to a series of white water rapids for adventure and action.

Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise

In conclusion, you will have an unforgettable day on Compass Cruises! The best ending to your Cairns on a Budget package.

Enjoy a relaxing cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel amongst beautiful corals. View a colourful variety of tropical marine life. Meanwhile, relax on the huge sundeck.

Take the “Wild Ride” on the famous Compass Boomnet.

Unlimited snorkelling while at the Great Barrier Reef, after that, Scuba Diving is available for all levels of experience (at an additional cost).


Daintree Rainforest

  • 7.00 am Pick up from Cairns accommodation.
  • 7.45 am Travel to Port Douglas via the Captain Cook Highway.
  • 8.05 am Commence pickups from Port Douglas accommodation.
  • 8.45 am The Wildlife Habitat. Join a guided tour with the opportunity to have your photo taken holding a koala, snake or crocodile (extra cost).
  • 10.15 am Depart The Wildlife Habitat.
  • 11.00 am Cross the Daintree River ferry.
  • 12.15 pm Arrive at Cape Trib Beach House for a Tropical Lunch. Free time for a swim or a walk along the spectacular Cape Tribulation Beach.
  • 1.50 pm Depart Cape Trib Beach House and visit Cape Tribulation Beach and Boardwalk for a guided rainforest walk.
  • 2.35 pm Depart Cape Tribulation for the return journey, with some stops along the way.
  • 3.35 pm Stop at Alexandra Lookout for magnificent views.
  • 4.00 pm Daintree River Cruise. Spot crocodiles, birds and other wildlife
  • 5.00 pm Arrive south-side of the river to board the bus
  • 6.00 pm Arrive at Port Douglas accommodation.
  • 7.00 pm    Arrive at Cairns accommodation.


  • The day begins with a visit to the Babinda Boulders. After that, a delicious morning tea. Take your first walk and swim of the day.
  • Meanwhile, you journey on to Josephine Falls. Enjoy a short rainforest walk before sliding down a waterfall.
  • Drive to the beautiful Tablelands, in addition to Millaa Millaa Falls. 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.
  • Secondly, 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! Certainly one of the most photographed waterfalls in Australia.
  • Delicious afternoon tea of hot chocolate and muffins follows a swim or stroll around Lake Eacham.
  • Platypus spotting is next.
  • In conclusion, you get to relax by a volcanic crater lake in the evening. After that, the exciting fun journey home with Uncle Brian.

White Water Rafting

  • 2.00 pm Pickup from your Cairns City accommodation
  • 2 Hours rafting grade 2 and 3 rapids
  • 6:00 pm return to accommodation

Great Barrier Reef

  • 07:30 – Check indirect to Compass at Marlin Wharf Berth 18.
  • 08:00 – Depart Marlin Marina Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef.
  • 10:30 – Arrive at your first Great Barrier Reef Location.
  • 12:30 – BBQ Lunch with fresh salads.
  • 13:00 – Cruise to 2nd Reef Location.
  • 15:00 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef.
  • 17:30 – Approximately Arrival time at Cairns Marina.


Daintree Rainforest

  • Air-conditioned 21 seater coaster bus
  • Pickup and return bus transfers from your accommodation
  • Scenic coastal drive
  • Entry to the Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
  • Tropical picnic lunch
  • All National Park and ferry fees
  • Daintree River Ferry Crossing
  • Daintree River Wildlife Cruise
  • Guided rainforest walks
  • Cape Tribulation beach
  • Rex Look Out
  • Alexander Look Out


  • 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.

White Water Rafting

  • Two and a half hours whitewater rafting.
  • Return air-conditioned coach transfers to and from your Cairns City accommodation.
  • Safety equipment life includes jacket, helmet and instruction.

Great Barrier Reef

  • Two spectacular outer barrier reef locations (weather permitting).
  • Great Barrier Reef.
  • Snorkel equipment hire & tuition (excluding wetsuits).
  • Flotation devices if required.
  • Fresh fruit platters.
  • Delicious BBQ lunch.
  • Boomnetting (weather permitting A glass of wine, cheese & crackers on the return journey.
  • Complimentary tea & coffee all day. (while the vessel is stationary).
  • Experienced & helpful crew.
  • All Reef Taxes and Levies.
  • Friendly crew assistance for non-confident swimmers.

What to Bring

Daintree Rainforest

  • Money for drinks and snacks
  • Camera
  • Water Resistant 50+ sunscreen
  • Comfortable Walking shoes
  • Swimmers and Towel (optional)
  • Your booking Ticket
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect Repellent
  • Bottle of Water


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

White Water Rafting

  • Swimming costume (you will get wet).
  • Lace-up shoes or sandals that won’t fall off and you can get wet.
  • Towel
  • Dry clothes
  • Sunscreen but don’t apply to the back of your legs.
  • Cash or credit card

Great Barrier Reef

  • Hat & towel
  • Swimming clothes
  • Proof of certification if you are a certified scuba diver.
  • Cash/Credit card
  • Please advise of any dietary requirements upon booking.
  • Children’s prices are from 4 – 14 years.

Optional Extras

White Water Rafting

  • Digital photos areilable for purchase.
  • Shoe hire is available.

Great Barrier Reef

  • Certified Dives
  • Resort Scuba Diving
  • Dive Guide for Certified Divers.
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours available (weather permitting).
  • Return Bus transfers from your Cairns City Accommodation 
  • Wetsuit Hire
  • Prescription Masks
  • Underwater Camera Hire
  • Fully licensed bar

Important Information

White Water Rafting

  • Minimum age: 13 years (Under 18 years must travel with a guardian or parent).
  • Every participant must sign a Liability Release Form before commencing rafting.
  • Medical Conditions: some medical conditions, disabilities and impairments may exclude participants from rafting for safety reasons, e.g. pregnancy and serious vision impairments.
  • Passengers should disclose any medical condition, disabilities and impairments at time of booking.

Great Barrier Reef

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 Cairns on a Budget package, 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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