Cairns on a Budget 4 Day Reef to Rainforest

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 then Whitewater Rafting  on the mighty Barron River.

This Cairns on a Budget package can be done in any order and you can also have a days break in between if you wish.

Daintree Rainforest

Travel from Cairns to Cape Tribulation.  One of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia!

First stop is the Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas. See the endangered cassowary and other wildlife. 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 feel like you have entered a different world with Rainforest towering over narrow winding roads.

Daintree Rainforest Itinerary

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

Daintree Rainforest Inclusions

  • 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

What to Bring

  • 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

Tablelands and Waterfalls Adventure

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.

Tour Highlights

  • Babinda Boulders – Rainforest, swim in crystal clear mountain water…AMAZING!
  • Josephine Falls – Stunning three stage rainforest waterfall that has an awesome 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 a very special one. We will be looking for a very special creature called a Platypus.

Tour Inclusions

  • Morning and afternoon drinks and snacks.
  • Delicious home cooked 2 course lunch.
  • Visiting 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 a long on the homeward journey.
  • Pick up & return from/to your Cairns CBD accommodation.

Tour 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, you journey on to Josephine Falls. Enjoy a small 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!
  • Lunch at the Falls Tea House with a selection of cold roast meats, salads and vegetarian meals.
  • Freshly brewed local tea and coffee is served with freshly baked cake for dessert.
  • When you get to Millaa Millaa Falls, make you way to beneath the waterfall and SING your heart out! This is one of the most photographed waterfalls in Australia and has made appearances in many films over the years.
  • A delicious afternoon tea of hot chocolate and muffins follows a swim or stroll around Lake Eacham.
  • Platypus spotting is next. It’s a wonderful 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.

What to Bring

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

Barron River White Water Rafting

Feel the rush of white water rafting in the awesome wilderness of Australia’s tropical rainforests. A fun afternoon with a few thrills and spills.

Whitewater Rafting Itinerary

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

Included in your Half Day Rafting

  • 2 and a half hours whitewater rafting.
  • Return air-conditioned coach transfers to and from your Cairns City accommodation.
  • All safety equipment – life jacket, helmet and instruction.

What to Bring

  • 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.
  • Money for photos & rafting levy.
  • Digital photos available for purchase.
  • Shoe hire is available.

Important Information

  • Minimum age: 13 years (Under 18 years must travel with a guardian or parent).
  • Every participant must sign a Liability Release Form prior to 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

Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise

You will have an unforgettable day on Compass Cruises! Enjoy a relaxed cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel amongst beautiful corals. View a colourful variety of tropical marine life. Relax on the huge sundeck. Take the “Wild Ride” on the famous Compass Boomnet.

Unlimited snorkeling is included while at the Great Barrier Reef, whilst Scuba Diving is available for all levels of experience (at an additional cost).

Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

  • 07:30 – Check in direct 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.

Whats Included

  • 2 spectacular outer barrier reef locations (weather permitting).
  • Up to 4 hours snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Snorkel equipment hire & tuition (excluding wetsuits).
  • Flotation devices if required.
  • Fresh fruit platters.
  • Delicious BBQ lunch.
  • Boomnetting (weather permitting).
  • Glass of wine, cheese & crackers on return journey.
  • Complimentary tea & coffee all day (whilst vessel is stationary).
  • Experienced & helpful crew.
  • All Reef Taxes and Levies.
  • Friendly crew assistance for non confident swimmers.

Optional Extras

  • 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  (please advise when booking where you are staying to enable us to process your reservation efficiently).
  • Wetsuit hire
  • Prescription masks
  • Underwater Camera Hire
  • Fully licensed bar

What to Bring

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

Important Information for Scuba Diving

Safety Always Comes First!

Not sure if you’re medically fit to dive in Queensland? Take our Can I go Diving?questionnaire.

It is not our company’s decision regarding these laws –  we are regulated by the  Queensland Government.

If you have existing medical conditions, operations, taking medication have used an inhaler then you will need permission from the Dive Doctor to Scuba Dive.  If you have any doubts or queries regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

  • Please read the important information, terms and conditions prior to booking your trip. Some medical conditions and/or medications may prevent from participation in scuba diving activities. Children’s prices are for ages 4-14 years.
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