Great Barrier Reef Tour and Horse Riding

Experience the joy of a full day Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef and a half-day riding on horseback through the Aussie Bush, Rainforest, Mangrove Wetlands on this two day Reef and Tropical Adventure.


Day 1   Great Barrier Reef Tour

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
  • Unlimited snorkelling
  • Up to 4 hours at the Great Barrier Reef
  • Great crew

Great Barrier Reef Inclusions

  • Snorkel Equipment hire & tuition (excluding wetsuits)
  • Floatation devices (children and Adult Sizes)
  • Fresh fruit platters,
  • Coffee and Tea when boarding
  • Delicious BBQ Lunch with an assortment of fresh salads (dietary requirement catered for)
  • Boomnetting the “Wild Ride” (weather permitting)
  • A glass of wine, cheese & crackers on the return journey
  • Complimentary tea & coffee all day (whilst the 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 

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

7:30 Check indirect to Compass at Marlin Wharf Berth 18

8:00 Depart Marlin Marina Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef

10:15  Arrive at your first Great Barrier Reef Location

12:30  BBQ Lunch with fresh salads 1300 – Cruise to 2nd Reef Location

15:30  Depart the Great Barrier Reef

17:30  Approximately Arrival time at Cairns Marina 

Optional Extras

  • Certified or Resort Scuba Diving (no experience necessary): 1 or 2 dives available (see medical Conditions)
  • Guided dives for certified divers
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours
  • Bus transfers from your accommodation
  • Wetsuit hire
  • Prescription masks Fully licensed bar 

Day 2    Horse Riding Adventure

Experience the joys of horse-riding through the Aussie bush, Rainforest, Sugar-cane fields and Wetlands all in one ride. Imagine having the chance to see a crocodile in the wild when you draw upon horseback alongside the Billabong for a billy tea over a campfire!

 Tour Highlights

  • Horse riding through Rainforest, native bush, cane fields and mangrove wetlands
  • Suitable for all levels of experience
  • Great family Tour
  • Billy Tea by the Billabong

This Cairns Horse riding tour is suitable for all ages (minimum child age is 4 years) and levels from beginners to the more experienced along with being a perfect family adventure. (minimum age is 4 years)

The horses are of a friendly, mature nature and are hand-picked to match your skill level and ability.

After a safety and introductory riding lesson, you will then be divided into groups to match your skill levels to ensure you have a safe and fun horse riding experience.

Horse riding Adventure Inclusions

  • Return City Transfers to and from your accommodation
  • All Safety Equipment
  • Morning or Afternoon Tea
  • Horse riding Guide 

What to Bring

  • Long pants
  • Covered shoes (no thongs or trail sandals, runners are OK),
  • At least a T-Shirt (no Singlets or sleeveless shirts)
  • Optional items that may be helpful
  • Sunscreen
  • Bush hat or truckers hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Socks 



8:45   Pick up at Your Accommodation

9:15   Arrive at Blazing Saddles and be greeted with Morning Tea

9:45   Helmets fitted and horses assigned, safety lessons, Tour Commences

11:15  Return to base with Refreshments and hot snacks

12:00  Return to your Accommodation


10:45  Pick up at Your Accommodation

11:15  Arrive at Blazing Saddles and be greeted with Morning Tea

11:45  Helmets fitted and horses assigned, safety lessons, Tour Commences

13:15  Return to the base with Refreshments and hot snacks

14:00  Return to Accommodation


12:45  Pick up at Your Accommodation

13:15  Arrive at Blazing Saddles and be greeted with Morning Tea

13:45  Helmets fitted and horses assigned, safety lessons, Tour Commences

15:15  Return to the base with Refreshments and hot snacks

16:00  Return to Accommodation


14:45   Pick up at Your Accommodation

15:15   Arrive at Blazing Saddles and be greeted with Morning Tea

15:30   Helmets fitted and horses assigned, safety lessons, Tour Commences

16:30   Return to the base with Refreshments and hot snacks

17:00   Return to Accommodation 

Safety Standards and Protocols

  • No experience is necessary and we have a range of horses suitable for all levels of experience.
  • We have a short training and familiarisation course which everyone must complete before beginning the trail ride.
  • At Blazing Saddles we only use the highest standard of equipment and we recently invested in the best stirrup in existence to reduce the risk of getting caught in the stirrup iron, that is the ‘Safe rider’ safety stirrup which has a highly engineered quick release mechanism used by professionals and recreational riders alike.
  • We believe the soundest method to reduce the risk of an accident is to employ suitably experienced staff and to train them to our own high standards of safety.
  • We know each of our horses well and being able to match horse and rider is part of our “workplace horse and safety programme”.
  • In our time of running tourist trail adventures, Blazing Saddles has maintained an excellent safety record and enough experience to realise that the best way to avoid accidents is preparation and training.
  • “The horses are in excellent condition, as good as any individually owned and cared for horse.” Veterinary Surgeon – Marlin Coast Veterinary Clinic Blazing Saddles has received certificates in the highest safety standards set for the industry to date in Australia.
  • These 2 certificates are extremely difficult to achieve and require the highest standards in safety and training for horse-riding operators.
  • Some of the main points operators are required to have for these new certificates include Safety Clogs –
  • These new safety ‘shoes’ attach to the stirrup and prevent any rider from having their foot caught in the stirrup in case of a fall. Walking Guide -One guide must be walking with the riders to assist at any stage of the ride.
  • Public-Access Roads – At no stage must a horse riding trail cross a road used by cars.
  • This prevents the horse from panicking and becoming unpredictable.
  • Horse Selection – Horses must be chosen for beginner rides with a suitable temperament.
  • Ex-racehorses must never be used for tourist trail rides. Staff Training
  • All Lead guides should be First Aid certified and highly experienced horse riders.
  • Japanese (or other international) staff should also be trained to a high level in their language to ensure they are confident and capable around the guests and horses.
  • Group Size – One group of horse riders should be no larger than 12 people per riding guide plus one walking guide.
  • Blazing Saddles uses a ratio of one guide to every four customers, including the walking guide.
  • 2-Point contact on Saddles – All saddles should have at least one main girth (underbelly) strap and one back-up safety attachment.
  • Lesson and Ability of Riders – All customers should have a comprehensive safety lesson and be questioned to their ability and how much prior experience they have had.
  • This should be recorded in writing and forms part of the AHIC Waiver form.
  • Emergency Procedures – Emergency procedures should be displayed on the property, and regular practices held. Also, suitable facilities should be located nearby, e.g. ambulance station. Insurance –
  • All horse riding operators should maintain both Public Liability and Personal Accident Cover to Australian Government standards. This certificate should be regularly checked by agents.
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