Reef Cruise and Waterfalls is the best of both worlds.

We know you will enjoy this Reef Cruise and Waterfalls combination.

Day 1 – Rainforest & Waterfalls

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 and the beauty of the Atherton Tablelands during this Rainforest and Waterfalls Tour.

All Day Fun Fun Fun!!

We’ll be walking and talking, swimming, rock sliding, singing in waterfalls, floating in a volcanic crater lake.

Then an exciting journey home!

We look forward to welcoming you into our family and sharing fun times.

Yours in Fun, Falls and Forest.

Waterfalls & Rainforest Highlights

  • Babinda Boulders – Rainforest, swim in crystal clear mountain water. AMAZING!
  • Josephine Falls – Stunning three stage rainforest waterfall that has a great swimming hole.
  • Tea House – We take our food very seriously, and you will not be disappointed…!
  •  Milla Milla Falls – Are you ready to swim behind a 30 meter (100 foot) waterfall? If not, let us help take you.
  • Lake Eacham – A volcanic crater lake over 60 meters deep created by underground pressure which erupted and left a large crater.
  • Yungaburra – Our last stop is an exceptional one as we will be looking for an extraordinary creature called a Platypus.

Waterfalls & Rainforest Itinerary

  • The day begins with a visit to the Babinda Boulders. After a delicious morning tea, you take your first walk and swim of the day.
  • From here, your 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. Uncle Brian will keep you amused and entertained with tales of adventure!
  • Enjoy lunch at the Falls Tea House with a selection of cold roast meats, salads and vegetarian meals, dessert with freshly baked cake and freshly brewed local tea and coffee.
  • When you get to Millaa Millaa Falls, make your way to beneath the waterfall and SING your heart out! Millaa Millaa Falls is one of the most photographed waterfalls in Australia and has made appearances in many films over the years.
  • Delicious afternoon tea of hot chocolate and muffins follows a swim or stroll around Lake Eacham.
  • Platypus spotting is next. It’s a beautiful moment when you see one.
  • You get to relax by a volcanic crater lake in the evening before the exciting journey home with Uncle Brian.

Waterfalls & Rainforest Inclusions

  • Morning and afternoon drinks and snacks.
  • Delicious home cooked two-course lunch.
  • Visit 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.

Day 2  – Reef Cruise

Today you will escape for an unforgettable day at one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef, on this budget Great Barrier Reef Cruise.

Enjoy a leisurely reef cruise fun day with the crew aboard Compass Cruises to the outer Great Barrier Reef.  Snorkel amongst beautiful corals and a colourful variety of tropical fish, giant clams, turtles, moray eels and huge Cod.

Relax and soak up the sun on the vast sundeck and take the “Wild Ride” on the famous Compass Boomnet.

Diving is also available (at extra cost) for all levels of experience and snorkelling is made easy with the helpful crew to assist you.

Tour Highlights

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

Reef Cruise Inclusions

Great Barrier Reef Inclusions

  • 2 Spectacular Reef Locations
  • Unlimited snorkelling
  • All snorkelling equipment (excluding Wetsuits)
  • Flotation devices if required Friendly crew assistance for non-confident swimmers
  • Boomnetting – “The Wild Ride” (weather permitting)
  • Delicious BBQ lunch with fresh salads
  • Fresh fruit platters
  • Tea and Coffee all day (while the boat is stationary)
  • A glass of wine, cheese & crackers on return journey

Reef Cruise Itinerary

Reef Cruise Itinerary

  • 07:45 – Board Compass Cruises vessel at the Marlin Jetty, Cairns
  • 08:00 – Departure Marlin Jetty for the reef cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • 09:00 – On the way, you will hear a detailed dive & snorkelling briefing
  • 10:30 – Arrive at our first spectacular reef site,
  • 11:30 – Glass Bottom Boat tour (Optional Extra)
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 13:00 – Cruise to our second location
  • 14:30 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef
  • 14:40 – Boomnetting
  • 15:30 – Glass of wine, tropical fruits, cheese & biscuits
  • 17:15 – Arrive back in Cairns
  • All Government Taxes and Levies Included

How to Get There

Compass Cruises departs from Cairns Marina: ‘Marlin Wharf berth 18’ View map to Cairns Marlin Marina

Boarding commences at 7:30 am for an approximate 8:00 am a departure, directly on the boat ‘Compass.’

Arrive back to Cairns Marina at approximately 5:30 pm

Where Can I Park?

Many parking stations throughout Cairns are in walking distance of the Marina.  Click here to see where

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.

To avoid disappointment on your day of travel, we strongly recommend that all of our passengers complete our dive medical questionnaire before booking as some medical conditions, age and/or medications may prevent you from scuba diving.   It is always our mission to provide our passengers with the very best Great Barrier Reef experience.

Compass Cruises Medical Questionnaire

We are pleased 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
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