Great Barrier Reef to the Rainforest

During you Reef and Rafting on a Budget 2 day package experience a full day on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, snorkelling amongst the beautiful corals and colourful tropical marine life of the Great Barrier Reef along with 2 hours of  fun filled Whitewater Rafting on the Barron River.

You will be alternating smooth and bumpy waters of the Barron river as it winds it way through the heart of the Barron gorge National Park. All the time being Guided by your experienced River Guide.

This Reef and Rafting on a Budget 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

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

Tour Highlights

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

Included in Your Great Barrier Reef Cruise

  • Snorkel Equipment hire & tuition (excluding wetsuits)
  • Floatation devices (children and Adult Sizes)
  • Fresh fruit platters,
  • Coffee and Tea when boarding and available all day whilst boat is stationary
  • 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

Important 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

Itineraries can be subject to change and weather dependent

0730 – Check in direct to Compass at Marlin Wharf Berth 18

0800 – Depart Marlin Marina Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef

1030 – 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 (qualified)
  • Resort Scuba Diving $65.00 0r 2 Dives for $100 (no experience necessary) – (see Medical Conditions)
  • Dive Guide for Certified Divers $15.00 per person per dive per person
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours available (weather permitting)  $15.00
  • Return Bus transfers from your Cairns City Accommodation $12.00 (please advise when booking where you are staying to enable us to process your reservation efficiently)
  • 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 (keep the memories of your day) 
  • Fully licensed bar

Day 2 – Half Day Whitewater Rafting

Pay on Board Rafting Levy of $30.00 per person

Minimum Age 13 years of age

White  Water Rafting on the Barron River is a great and fun way to discover the pristine  rainforest surrounding Cairns, in Tropical North Queensland. Take in the  breath-taking scenery rapids alternating smooth and bumpy waters of the Barron river as it winds it way through the heart of the Barron gorge National Park. All the time being Guided by your experienced River Guide.

Feel the rush of white water rafting within the awesome wilderness of  Australia’s tropical rainforests.

You will commence rafting with  your personal guide and negotiate grade 2 to grade 3 rapids such as  Cheese Churn, Hell’s Gate and Rooster  Tail.

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.

Tour Highlights

  • Up to 2 hours Whitewater Rafting
  • Grade 2 and 3 Rapids
  • 8 Person inflatable Raft
  • All equipment included
  • Safety Training

Whitewater Rafting Inclusions

  • Up to 2 hours rafting through Barron Gorge National Park
  • Return air-conditioned coach transfers from your accommodation
  • Rafting Safety equipment – life jacket, helmet and spray jacket
  • 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
Book Read policies


Active fun on the river

White Water Rafting Cairns – Half Day Barron River

Half Day Rafting Barron River

Rafting is fun, exciting and exhilarating!


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