Spend a relaxed day on one of the natural wonders of the world the” Great Barrier Reef” and a day visiting Kuranda the Village in the rainforest combining the Kuranda Scenic Train journey and the world famous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway along with a visit to RainForestStation Nature Park.

This Reef and Rainforest Family Getaway can be done in any order and you can also have a days break in between if you wish.

This package is for families of 2 Adults and 2 Children age 4-14 years. (Under 4 years travel free). 

Day 1 – Great Barrier Reef

Compass Cruises is a local Cairns icon and has been taking families to the Outer Great Barrier Reef for many years.

If it’s value for money you’re looking for and a memorable day for your family on the Great Barrier Reef then our budget cruise has it all!

We will have you all escaping for an unforgettable, unrushed day enjoying a relaxed leisurely cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef.

Your family will be Snorkelling 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, see the Great Barrier Reef from the glass bottom boat (optional Extra) or take the “Wild Ride” on the famous Compass Boomnet.

If you would like to try a Scuba Diving it is available as an optional extra for all levels of experience.

Compass offers something for everyone and can be enjoyed by people of all ages, even those with limited swimming ability.

Travel on our family day tour to the Great Barrier Reef with Compass Cruises and enjoy the magic of the outer Great Barrier Reef !

Great Barrier Reef Inclusions

  • Two spectacular locations (weather permitting)
  • Unlimited Snorkelling
  • Snorkel Equipment & Tuition (except wetsuits)
  • Free Scuba Diving Demonstration (+12 years only)
  • Up to 4 hours on the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Delicious BBQ lunch with Fresh Salads made daily on the Reef
  • Friendly Crew assistance for non confident swimmers
  • Floatation devices /Bouyancy aids
  • Boomnetting (weather permitting)
  • A glass of Wine, (cordial for children), cheese & biscuits on return journey
  • Complimentary tea & coffee all day while boat is stationary


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

1530 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef

1730 – Approximately Arrival time at Cairns Marina 

What to Bring

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

Optional Extras

  • Certified Dive $55.00 or 2 Introductory Dives for $100.00
  • Resort Scuba Diving $65.00 0r 2 Dives for $115.00 (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
  • Wetsuit hire $5.00
  • Stinger Suit Hire $5.00
  • Prescription masks $10.00
  • Underwater Camera Hire $49.00
  • Fully licensed bar 

Day 2 – Kuranda Train and Skyrail

Kuranda Scenic Train from Cairns to Kuranda is step back in time to the day of our Pioneers.

During your 90 minute journey you will learn about the pioneering history of the tropical north that shaped the region of today.

Climbing over 40 small bridges and through many dark tunnels while winding its way to the picturesque mountain retreat of the Kuranda Village.

Combining the Scenic Train journey with the world famous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a great way to experience this World Heritage listed tropical rainforest and Kuranda Village.

You will be in awe of the excellent views of the world listed rainforest, steep ravines and picturesque waterfalls within the Barron Gorge National Park.

While the Kuranda Scenic Train gives visitors an amazing view of the rainforest at ground level, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway provides an extraordinary birds-eye-view of the rainforest as it soars silently only meters above the rainforest canopy.

Stretching 7.5 km through the tropical rainforests of North Queensland, Skyrail provides people with a unique opportunity and a world first, to see and experience the rainforest in a safe and environmentally friendly way.

Gliding just metres above the rainforest canopy before descending through the canopy layers and deep into the heart of the rainforest at Skyrail’s two mid-stations where you can enjoy a walk along the boardwalks.

Kuranda is not complete without a visit to RainForestStation Nature Park.

An all weather nature park set on 100 acres of World Heritage Rainforest and a unique tourist attraction and home to the Army Duck Rainforest Tours on land and water, the Pamagairri Aboriginal Experience and the iconic Australian animals in the Koala and Wildlife park.

The Outback Restaurant is styled as a traditional Aussie Outback venue and is where you will enjoy your  delicious BBQ Buffet Lunch.

Kuranda Classic Inclusions

  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Time in Kuranda Village
  • Rainforestation Nature Park
  • BBQ Buffet Lunch Enjoy a delicious hot buffet and a wide selection of salads, cheeses and fruits.
  • Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience
  • learn to throw a boomerang and watch spear-throwing
  • Learn how to play a didgeridoo
  • Army Duck Rainforest Tour with tropical orchard
  • Koala & Wildlife Park
  • Join a guided tour, and see crocodiles, wombats, snakes, dingoes and a cassowary, and hand feed kangaroos and wallabies.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to have your photo taken cuddling a holding a small crocodile (Optional extra) 
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cable car
  • Return Transfers to and from Cairns City Accommodation 

Kuranda Classic Itinerary

  • 7.20-7.30 am Approximately – Pick up from your Cairns Accommodation
  • 8:00 am   Arrive at Freshwater connection which has a small Railway Museum and Pioneer Cottage for you to explore
  • 8:50 am   Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway.
  • 10:15 am  Arrive Kuranda Railway Station with time in Kuranda Village
  • 11:45 am   Please be at the bus stop outside the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary to transfer to Rainforestation Nature Park.
  • 3:45 pm    Transfer to Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Terminal for 4 pm boarding.
  •  5.15 pm    Your coach will be at the Caravonica Skyrail Terminal to transfer you to your Cairns City Accommodation. 

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • hat, sunglasses, Camera
  • Cash/Credit card for purchases
  • bottle of water 
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