Budget Buster

Looking for value for your money? Well check out our Budget Buster 3 day Package! Just because you are on a budget doesn’t mean you have to miss out on seeing the great things in our beautiful Cairns region!

Spend your 1st day on a reef cruise snorkeling at 2 outer Great Barrier Reef locations with “Compass Cruises”.

On your 2nd day you will be on an adventure filled day exploring the cool tropical Atherton Tablelands. With Rainforest, Volcanic Crater Lakes and swimming at spectacular waterfalls.

The 3rd day you will be travelling north from Cairns to Cape Tribulation. Along one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia, visiting the oldest living Rainforest on earth “The Daintree Rainforest”.

Day 1 – Great Barrier Reef

This Great Barrier Reef Budget Cruise is Cairns best value reef tour and a true Cairns icon.  If you’re looking for and a memorable day on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef then this Cruise has it all! What better way to start the Budget Buster package!

We will have you escaping for an unforgettable, un-rushed day enjoying a relaxed leisurely cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel among beautiful corals and a colorful variety of tropical marine life at one of the natural wonders of the world.

Inclusions

  • Up to 5 hours at two Outer Great Barrier Reef locations
  • Unlimited Snorkelling. Snorkelling mask, snorkel and fins included for the adults and kids
  • Free buoyancy aids – snorkelling vests and noodles
  • Delicious BBQ Lunch with fresh salads (Dietary requirements are catered for: vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and food allergies – please advise us upon booking)
  • Fruit Platters while boarding. Tea & coffee available all day while boat stationary. Water fountain to fill your water bottle
  • Glass of wine, cheese & crackers on return journey
  • Assistance for non-confident swimmers from friendly crew
  • Stinger suits are included with your trip during jellyfish season in the tropics
  • Boomnetting – “The Wild Ride” (weather permitting)
  • A complete family friendly tour
  • Reef tax, fuel levy & national park fees for visiting the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are included in this trip cost

Itinerary

  • 07:30 – Board the boat Compass, at Cairns Marina ‘Marlin Wharf Berth 18’, for check-in.
  • View map to Cairns Marlin Marina
  • 08:00 –Approximately depart Cairns to the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Safety talk, snorkel and dive briefings
  • 10:30 – Arrive at your first Great Barrier Reef Location
  • 12:30 – BBQ Lunch with fresh salads
  • 13:00 – Cruise to 2nd Reef Location
  • 15:30 – Depart the Great Barrier Reef
  • 17:30 – Approximate Arrival time at Cairns Marina

Optional Extras

Why not try a scuba dive!

  • Scuba diving for introductory divers and certified divers.  Minimum age is 12 and medical conditions do apply.
  • Dive Guide for a guided tour around the reef. Scuba dive with a buddy or pay for a guided scuba dive with one of our wonderful crew. Travelling alone? The Compass Cruises team will happily organise a buddy for you on the day if you wish to dive without a guide.
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour (weather permitting)
  • Wetsuit Hire (Great for flotation and warmth)
  • Underwater Digital Camera Hire
  • Snack Bar Purchases: Soft drinks, chocolate, chips, alcohol etc.
  • Prescription Mask Hire if you require stronger lenses to see (contact lenses can be worn in most circumstances)
  • Bus transfers from accommodation to and from the Cairns Marina.

What to Bring

  • Proof of qualification as a Certified Diver
  • Cash or credit card for purchases
  • Swimming Clothes, Towel, Hat, Sunglasses, Sun Cream

Getting There

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

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

Arrive back to Cairns Marina at approximately 5:30pm

Important Information for Scuba Diving

Your safety is our first priority

We have a passion to show 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.   We are regulated by the Queensland Government Code of Practice and comply with all rules 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 prior to 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 very happy to help you with any questions you may have.   Please Contact our office on 07 4037 2700 or email us at tourdesk@reeftrip.com,

Or alternatively, you may like to consult your own 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 24 hours whenever possible

Day 2 – Rainforest and Waterfall Tour

Next up on the Budget Buster.. 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.

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.

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.
Pick up and drop off times and locations can vary, once booking is confirmed you will receive the information suitable for your location.

Itinerary

All Day Fun Fun Fun!!

  • 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

DAY 3 –  DAINTREE & CAPE TRIBULATION

Last but not least for the Budget Buster! A tropical wonderland stretching from Mossman to the Bloomfield River and only 2 and a half hours north of Cairns, travelling from Cairns to Cape Tribulation. (The headland of the Daintree National Park) along one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia the “Captain Cook Highway”.

First stop is the Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas where you will see the endangered cassowary and other wildlife along with your chance to have your photo taken holding a Koala, Snake or Crocodile (extra cost).

Heading further north and crossing the mighty Daintree River on a cable ferry. This is where it all begins to change. You will feel like you have entered a different world with Rainforest towering over narrow winding roads.

You have now entered the “Daintree Rainforest”.

Inclusions

  • Air conditioned 21 seater coaster bus
  • Pickup and return Bus transfers from your Accommodation
  • Entry to the Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
  • Tropical Picnic lunch
  • All National Park Fees

Itinerary

  • 7:00am  Commence pickups from Cairns accommodation.
  • 7:45am  Depart Cairns. Travel to Port Douglas via the Captain Cook Highway
  • 8:05am  Commence pickups from Port Douglas accommodation.
  • 8:45am  Arrive at 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.
  • 13:50pm  Depart Cape Trib Beach House and visit Cape Tribulation Beach and Boardwalk for a guided rainforest walk
  • 14:35pm  Depart Cape Tribulation for return journey, with some comfort stops along the way.
  • 15:35pm  Stop at Alexandra Lookout for magnificent views.
  • 16:00pm  Daintree River Cruise. Spot crocodiles, birds and other wildlife
  • 17:00pm  Arrive south-side of river to board bus
  • 18:00pm  Arrive at Port Douglas accommodation.
  • 19:00opm Arrive at Cairns accommodation.
All times are approximate and subject to change.

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 

Please Note:  Accommodation is not included in the Budget Buster package.

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Uncle Brian's has been sharing rainforest and waterfall experiences with amazing people for over 21 years. The combination of music, food, world people's and breathtaking natural history has made us who we are. Your driver and Gus the bus are as excited to be on the tour as you will be, they do it because they love showing off their backyard.

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  • 12 October 2017: Great day on the reef
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  • 10 October 2017: Best value day out on the reef!
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