Balloon, Tully Raft, Passions Reef

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This 3 Day Package Option 2 is designed for the adventurous in mind. Get high with Ballooning, get wet on the Tully Rafting and snorkel or dive deep at the Great Barrier Reef.

Package Highlights:

  • 30 minute scenic hot air ballooning
  • Breathtaking scenery
  • Tully River Rafting
  • Grade 4 rapids
  • Passions of Paradise
  • 2 unique reef locations



  • Return hotel transfers
  • Magnificent 30 minute flight
  • Personalised flight certificate
  • Spectacular scenery
  • Aviation levy

Enjoy a magical and exhilarating flight of your life in the world's largest commercial hot air balloon. The Atherton tablelands provide the perfect conditions for Hot Air Ballooning and the view from your basket of rolling hills and winding streams is stunning.

Raging Thunder will pick you up from your Cairns accommodation at 4.00am for the 90-minute drive to the flight site. You will arrive just in time to see the balloons beings inflated. As the sun rises your pilots gently lift off and quietly glide the balloons over the panorama of the Cairns Highlands .

Raging Thunder in-flight digital photo technology - Opportunity to have your photo taken whilst in-flight high above the Atherton Tablelands in one of the majestic balloons is a moment to be treasured forever. Your photo is then available for purchase.

A light Breakfast (muffins, danishes, tea & coffee etc) is available for purchase at the Mareeba Heritage Museum at an additional cost.

The tour returns to Cairns at 9am.

Please Note
* Not suitable for pregnant women. It is a CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) requirement that all passengers be able to climb in and out of the basket unassisted.  



  • Accommodation Transfers
  • Approximately 5 hours of white water rafting
  • Guaranteed water levels all year round
  • All tuition, no experience necessary
  • Safety equipment including life jacket, helmet and spray jacket
  • BBQ lunch beside the river
  • Tully River National Park Levy of $30

Raging Thunder offers an excellent full day of action packed white water rafting on the Tully River.

You will need to be up bright and early with a 6:30am pick-up from your accommodation, travelling to the upper gorge of the Tully River in an air-conditioned, video equipped coach for approximately 5 hours on the river.

The Tully River is about 2.5 hours south of Cairns and is rated Grade 3 and 4 which means there are exciting rapids and a good chance you will be in the water at some stage during the day. With over 27 rapids on the river this is the longest Tully River rafting trip available.

Your "Rescue 3" trained guide will give you all the tuition needed for this exciting days rafting, and only the world's best rafts are used! Each raft holds a maximum of seven passengers and one river guide, who will guide you safely down your river adventure. Minimal swimming ability required.

When you arrive at the river you will be fitted with a helmet and life jacket, allowing you to float along the river should you happen to fall out. All of the rafts stay together, traversing the rapids in a carefully planned sequence with guides providing cover from the river banks.

Lunch is a delicious BBQ on the banks of the river with a chance to take in the spectacular scenery. Follow this with more action in the foaming white water of the lower gorge.

The entertainment does not stop there - you return to the exclusive Raging Thunder Cafe where screams of laughter abound as you watch the day's action on video before you and your memories return home. It really is a very memorable, fun day with beautiful scenery running the length of the river. Photos are available at the cafe after the thrilling day.

* Minimum age for Tully River Rafting is 13 years old.

DAY 2:  PASSIONS OF PARADISE - Sailing Reef Trip

Passions of Paradise visits two unique outer reef locations on the Great Barrier Reef.  

The crew at Passions are dedicated to providing a truly unique and personalised reef experience.

Award Winners: Having recently won the Queensland State Tourism Awards Hall of Fame for Adventure Tourism you can be confident you are in great company. Passions of Paradise is also awarded  as a Climate Innovator with Eco-Tourism Australia.  Passions of Paradise have made significant progress towards reducing their carbon and environmental footprint.


  • Sailing on stylish and fast catamaran
  • 2 Outer Reef locations
  • Dedicated snorkelling instructor:
  • FREE tuition for those who want to learn to snorkel
  • FREE Guided Snorkel Tour
  • On-board marine naturalist presentation on coral
  • Snorkel gear including masks, snorkels, fins and floatation vests to aid non swimmers
  • 10 minute FREE scuba diving demonstration
  • Morning tea including freshly brewed coffee and muffins
  • Lunch tropical smorgasbord, two hot dishes, cold meats, salads, fresh tropical fruit, bread rolls and prawns.
  • Cheese platter for afternoon tea
  • Two unique outer reef sites visited daily:

Each day we will select the site best suited to the weather conditions to give our guests the best possible experience.  Our exclusive moorings include Flynn - Little Tracey, Flynn - Point Break, Milne - Three Sisters, Milne - The Whale, Milne - The Edge, Milne - The Drop, Thetford - 360. Thetford - Nolans Bommie, Moore - East Timor, Moore - West Timor, Moore - 5 Ways, Moore - Wildside, Pretty Patches, Breaking Patches - Long Bommie, Breaking Patches - Paradise Reef, Hastings Reef - 1770, Hastings Reef - Stepping Stones, Hastings Reef - Split Bommie and Norman Reef and so on...

All sites include stunning coral gardens, structures and fish.  Some are notable for swim-throughs while others have very shallow lagoons.  All reefs are different but you can be assured of having an enjoyable day with the best possible reef options offered on the day subject to tides and weather conditions. 

Certified scuba divers can experience depths of up to 25 meters along the edge, water clarity is good and the Outer Reef is host to many exciting fish species.

Optional Extras: (charges apply)

Introductory diving is safe, fun, easy and the best way to see the Great Barrier Reef.  You will be given a full on-deck briefing, shown how the equipment works and in small groups of no more than 4 divers, be led on a diving instructor controlled dive. 
A FREE "try before you dive" policy which means that you are welcome to join in the briefings, get into the water and use the apparatus for approximately 5 minutes before deciding to continue with the dive.

Certified Diving: Includes fully guided dive with all your equipment, including wetsuits and computers.

Prescription Masks and Lycra/wet suits are available on board.

Cairns & Northern Beaches Hotel Transfers can be arranged for an additional cost:   Most Hotels in Cairns City are close to the Reef Fleet Terminal and generally it is easy to walk. 

Underwater digital camera hire, T-shirts, assorted quality beers, wine and soft drinks.

Check-in Reef Fleet Terminal, Cairns at 7:30am for an 8am departure.
The Reef Fleet Terminal is located at 1 Spence St.
The trip returns into Cairns at 5pm.
What to Bring:

Bring, hat, sunscreen, bathing gear, sunglasses, towel, etc. as you would for travelling to the beach.



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Guest Reviews

Hot Air Ballooning (16)

Very helpful and organised service

Very helpful and organised service

Posted By Sandeep Singh

Well worth the money spent

Well worth the money spent. Seamless arrangements

Posted By Anand Khandelwal

Would happily recommend them.

My 4 year old and I loved it. Staff were great and professional. Would happily recommend them.

Posted By Hayley Wallace

Great trip

Kenji was great.

Posted By Yoma Nazareth

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Amazing time and amazing team!

Posted By Anais ILIOU

Complete package for a top day !!!

Hi Kim,

We had a terrific day. It was well organised, facilities were excellent, staff were great (particularly Alex who took us diving) and the weather was perfect. To top it off we swam with a turtle. How good does it get? Just the complete package for a top day!!!

Keep up the great work!!

Posted By Steve

Wonderful trip

Wonderful trip. Friendly and efficient and locally owned too!

Posted By Kate L-S

Awesome day

Just an awesome day, we were so impressed with the overall experience and the flawless delivery by really impressive team. The food was spot on for the activities we were doing.

Posted By Glenn Crimmins

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Fun and memorable experience

Rafting down the Tully river was an amazing experience with the family. Very experienced river guides, made it a fun and memorable experience. Highly recommend.

Posted By Julia

A great day out

A great day out. Our tour guide Andy went above and beyond to make the experience fun and enjoyable for us.

I went by myself and was put in with a group of other young women, and felt at home right away.

The rafting was both very scenic and fun.

Posted By Lauren Hendriks

Great experience

Thanks from all of us for this great experience

Posted By Fraz Ahmad

Would highly recommend

We had the best time and everyone was very professional. Would highly recommend.

Posted By Jodie Pignataro

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