Reef and Rainforest Family Getaway

Spend a family day snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef and a day visiting the rainforest village of Kuranda.  Combining the Kuranda Scenic Train journey and the world-famous Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, with a visit to Rainforestation Nature Park. Your ‘Reef and Rainforest Family Getaway’ can be in any order.  You can also have a days break in between if you wish.

Great Barrier Reef Family Day Tour

Compass Cruises is a local Cairns icon.  We have been taking people to the Outer Great Barrier Reef for many years. If it’s value for money, you’re looking for, and a memorable day then our budget cruise has it all!

Snorkel and scuba dive amongst beautiful corals. See a colourful variety of tropical marine life. Relax on the huge sun deck. See the Great Barrier Reef from the glass bottom boat (Optional Extra). Take the “Wild Ride” on the famous Compass Boomnet.

Kuranda Train and Skyrail Family Day Tour

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

Kuranda is not complete without a visit to Rainforestation Nature Park. A unique tourist attraction. Home to the Army Duck rainforest boat tours, the Pamagairri Aboriginal Experience and the iconic Australian animals in the Wildlife Park.


Great Barrier Reef Tour

  • 0730 – Check indirect 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
  • 1500 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef
  • 1730 – Approximately Arrival time at Cairns Marina

Kuranda the Village in the Rainforest

  • 7.20-7.30 am Approximate – 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 at 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.


Great Barrier Reef Tours

  • Snorkel equipment hire & tuition (excluding wetsuits)
  • Two spectacular Reef locations (weather permitting)
  • Up to 5 hours at the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Friendly Crew Assistance for Non-confident Swimmers
  • Floatation devices (children and adult sizes)
  • Assistance for non-confident swimmers  and flotation devices
  • Delicious BBQ Lunch with fresh salads (dietary requirements catered for)
  • Fresh fruit platters
  • Tea and Coffee all day (while the boat is stationary)
  • Boomnetting the “Wild Ride” (weather permitting)
  • A glass of wine, cheese & crackers on the return journey
  • Complimentary tea & coffee all day (while the vessel is stationary)
  • All reef taxes and levies


  • 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 the 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

Optional Extras

Great Barrier Reef Tour

  • Certified  and Introductory/Resort Dives available (Medical Conditions Apply Click Here for more information) 
  • 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  (During stinger season, stinger suits included with your equipment. These are not the same as wetsuits, which provide flotation and warmth)
  • Prescription masks
  • Underwater Camera Hire  (capture your day’s memories)
  • Professional Photographer photos on board
  • Fully licensed bar

What To Bring

Great Barrier Reef

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


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

Important Information

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 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 delighted to help you with any questions you may have.

Please contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us at [email protected],

Alternatively, 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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