Ocean Free Reef & Uncle Brian's

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2 day tour package Option 4 is a great choice for anyone interested in having fun in a small group setting. 

The package combines sailing to a reef and island destination with Ocean Free followed by an Atherton Tablelands Fun, Falls and Forest adventure with Uncle Brians.  These 2 daytrips can be done on any two days of your holiday in no particular order. 

What makes it great?

  • Suitable for all age groups
  • Small passenger numbers
  • Personalised touring
  • Only sailing trip to Green Island
  • Atherton Tablelands Fun, Falls and Forest adventure
  • Swimming, walking, relaxing


Ocean Free is a beautiful 63ft schooner, which sails daily to tropical "Green Island" on the Great Barrier Reef.

This is the only boat operating out of Cairns to offer a personalised reef, sail and island experience all in the one tour.

What makes it great?
  • Maximum 25 passengers
  • Stunning 16 metre schooner - a truly great sailing boat
  • 4.5 hours of Reef and Island experience
  • True 'hands-on sailing' if you want to try it
  • Personalised service
  • Flexible time to enjoy Green Island
Departures: Daily
  • Check-in at Reef Fleet Terminal at the Ocean Free counter from 7:15am for an 8:00am departure
  • Arrive back into Cairns approx 5pm
  • Danish pastries, fresh fruit, Tea & Coffee on boarding
  • Snorkelling tuition and equipment: masks, fins, snorkel, buoyancy snorkel vests, wetsuit or lycra suits (depending on season) 
  • Transfers to and from Green Island
  • Reef Talk by Marine Interpreter
  • Over 4.5 hours on Pinnacle Reef + Green Island
  • Tropical smorgasbord lunch served onboard including smoked salmon & prawns, meat & chicken platter, 3 salads, assorted breads
  • Complimentary glass of wine, platters of tropical fruit, cheese and crackers and cake served on the sail home
  • Environmental Management levy
Sail to exclusive mooring on Pinnacle Reef, just 1km offshore from Green Island. This Marine Park Reserve is protected from fishing and has an abundant range of marine life.

Upon arrival at Pinnacle Reef, enjoy a swim, snorkel, scuba dive (extra charge) or just relax. Ocean Free's exclusive mooring ensures that the ocean is uninterrupted by crowds.

The "bommies" (coral outcrops) and coral gardens, are just 1 metre under the surface and are teaming with life. Easily viewed snorkelling and scuba diving (extra charge).

Ocean Free provides tender transfers to Green Island throughout the day, so you can spend time on the reef and the island.

You have the option to:

  • Spend the rest of the time on Green Island.
  • Spend an hour on Green Island and return to the boat to do more snorkelling and diving (extra charge) on the reef.
  • Remain on the boat...The choice is yours!

On Green Island:

  • Wander along the beautiful beach at Green Island, swim, sunbathe
  • Visit Marineland Melanesia (extra charge)
  • Take a Glass bottom boat or semi-submersible tour (extra charge)
Additional Costs:
  • Intro / Certified diving (1-2 dives)
  • Glass Bottom Boat & Semi-Submersible tour from Green Island
  • Marineland Melanesia at Green Island
  • Underwater Camera
  • Coach transfers from your Cairns or Northern Beaches Accommodation (Trinity Beach, Palm Cove)

Please Note:

  • Scuba Diving: If a diver has any history of asthma, heart conditions, epilepsy, diabetes or any other medical conditions or are taking any medication may prevent you from diving – all potential divers will need to fill out a diving medical questionnaire onboard to assess suitability to dive.


Uncle Brian and Gus the Wonder Bus look forward to welcoming you on this Atherton Tablelands Fun, Falls and Forest adventure through the Atherton Tropical Tablelands Region. Come and enjoy a magical time, always on the bright side of the road.

Departs: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday around 7.45am and Returns at around 8.00pm/8.30pm


  • You will experience a full day of fun in the Atherton Tablelands and also get to enjoy the magical transformation of this area from day into night
  • Babinda Boulders & Josephine Falls
  • Enjoy morning and afternoon drinks and snacks
  • Feast on a deliciously home cooked, two course lunch at Falls Teahouse for a selection of cold roast meats, salads and vegetarian meals.
  • Freshly brewed local tea and coffee is served with freshly baked cake for dessert.
  • Visit Ancient Coastal Rainforests
  • Experience the beauty of the Atherton Tablelands
  • Swimming, walking, relaxing
  • Visiting the Atherton Tablelands  famous waterfalls - Millaa Millaa Falls
  • Lake Eacham
  • Platypus spotting
  • Enjoying friendly relaxed company
  • Enjoy a fun-filled day and then a joyous musical journey home

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Guest Reviews

Ocean Free Green Island (19)

Great experience

A great trip for two old farts. The crew were excellent - very caring and supportive. The sailing was a great experience. Thankyou.

Posted By Warren Easton

Incredible day

Such an incredible day, with wonderful staff and even a great lunch. When we had to reschedule at the last minute due to illness, they were helpful and accommodating, happily moving our booking to the end of the week.

Posted By Alanna Thom

Highlight of our holiday!

Travelling on the Ocean Free was the highlight of our holiday to Cairns. The whole experience was magical and the staff were so friendly. What a thrill to travel on a sail boat. The whole day was excellent.

Posted By Marta Larzabal

Highly recommend

Highly recommend the sailing experience on Ocean Free. The crew were fantastic and helped look after my 10 year old daughter in the water. Really enjoyed the snorkelling on the reef where the coral was amazing and we saw turtles and sharks! I especially liked that there was only 25 max passengers which contributed to more personalised experience.

Posted By Andrew Murrell

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We loved it

No matter your age, being told that it is mainly for young who enjoy a good time and joins in with games & singing, if you are also close to 60yrs old, like walking, swimming,singing, laughing, will talk to anyone, are a happy person, join in, we loved it..Thanks Sid you are very knowledgeable and a great bloke.

Posted By Susana Salvestrin

Best tour in the world

I really recommend this tour to anyone visiting Cairns. I did a six month trip around the world and this tour was the most fun.

The tour guide gets everyone to introduce themselves at the start of the trip and created a great atmosphere on the minibus. The driver had a number of games to play on the bus to keep everyone entertained when we were on the bus.

The views on the tour were great. The rainforest and lakes were very interesting. Everyone enjoyed the rock slide into one of the lakes. The driver explained the various types of trees and insects very well during the rainforest walk.

Also, it was great that the driver had a camera which anyone on the bus could use during the day. The driver took pictures of everyone jumping into the water. All photos were uploaded onto Facebook at no charge.

Posted By James K

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