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Melbourne, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Explorer

15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,059

Escape to Australia with a brilliant combination of urban highlights and natural icons. On this Australia vacation, you’ll see the Sydney Opera House, snorkel and dive through the Great Barrier Reef in northern Queensland, and enjoy the trendy bars and restaurants of the world’s most livable city, Melbourne.

This 15-day Australia vacation takes you from Melbourne to the Great Barrier Reef and finally to beautiful Sydney.

Your Australia vacation begins in Melbourne, Australia’s cultural capital and the world’s most livable city according to The Economist. It also just keeps getting cooler. You won’t find a more vibrant mix of arts and culture and high living standards in the country. Ground zero for the trendy scene is Federation Square, where you’ll find the laneway and rooftop bars and restaurants that lead the city’s culinary innovation. For more traditional sights, head to St. Kilda’s famous amusement park, Luna Park, or enjoy a pint with the locals in bohemian Fitzroy.


From Melbourne, head north to tropical Cairns, the nation’s gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns may be small, but it offers plenty of atmosphere. Be sure to shop the Promenade and take a dip in the massive saltwater lagoon before heading on an excursion onto the Great Barrier Reef. As the world’s largest living structure and home to over 1,500 species of fish, the Great Barrier Reef is a marvel. You’ll enjoy snorkelling on Michaelmas Cay, with the chance to just relax on the beach when you're done. After you return to Cairns, you'll enjoy a day at leisure, doing which you might opt to head to the Daintree Rainforest, the mystical home of the “dreamtime” that has been a significant part of indigenous Australian culture for thousands of years.

End your Australia trip in Sydney. Few cities are as naturally appealing as Australia’s largest urban centre. Blessed with a massive natural harbour and home to a diverse range of communities, Sydney is a city as gorgeous as it is vibrant. There are a lot of ways to spend your time while in Sydney, so follow your fancy and take advantage of the city’s multifaceted appeal. Be sure to visit the harbour to see the iconic Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. If you want to take advantage of the sun, head to Bondi Beach and bond with the surfers who turn to Sydney when northern countries grow cold. To say “G’day” to marsupials like kangaroos, koalas, and wombats, head to Taronga Zoo, or go for a full-day hike in the gorgeous Blue Mountains to get a taste of Australia’s famous wilderness. Sydney will also treat you well if you have an appetite for culture; with plenty of museums and world-class restaurants to keep you occupied.

This Australia vacation showcases the natural and urban highlights of this incredible nation.



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15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,059

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart from North America aboard Virgin Australia to begin your exciting adventure to Australia 


Day 2

Cross International Dateline

You will cross the International Dateline today and ‘lose a day’, but don’t worry , this will be regained on your journey home


Day 3

Arrive Melbourne

On arrival you will need to make your way to your Melbourne accommodation.  If you prefer, Goway can prebook all your airport transfers (additional charge applies). 

Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, is stylish and cosmopolitan. It has been voted by The Economist as the “World’s most Livable City”. Part of this is the abundance of parks and gardens. The capital of Victoria, it is situated on an estuary of the Yarra River and boasts world-class culture, sports and dining.


Hotel Category Hotel
Economy Mercure Hotel Welcome 
Moderate - Until
31 Mar '20
The Jazz Corner Hotel

Moderate - From
1 Apr '20

The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins
First Class Crown Promenade Hotel
Duration4 Nights
Day 4-6

At leisure in Melbourne

We have included in your vacation package an I-Venture Multi City Attraction Pass. This includes entry to 5 top attractions and can be used in Melbourne as well as Sydney later in your trip. Some of the featured attractions include entry to the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and SEA Life Melbourne Aquarium or Melbourne Zoo. Perhaps enjoy a Melbourne River Cruise – these are just a few of the included attractions. 

These days are free to explore Melbourne. Federation Square is the perfect starting point, a major meeting place with its exhibitions, restaurants, bars and shopping. To see Melbourne from a different perspective, visit the Eureka Skydeck in the Eureka Tower (also included in the I-Venture Pass) for stunning views of the city’s heritage buildings especially when lit up after dark.

A newer development is the restored Docklands where one can enjoy award-winning restaurants and stylish bars and cafes. For something different, head to St. Kilda’s or Fitzroy, colourful neighbourhoods with characters of their own. St. Kilda’s has its own beachfront and is home to Luna Park, the renowned amusement park.


Duration4 Nights
Day 7

Depart Melbourne for Cairns

Make your way to the airport for your flight to Tropical North Queensland.  On arrival you will make your way to your Cairns hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.  Nestled between the Great Barrier Reef and the lush, tropical rainforest of North Queensland, Cairns is your ideal base for exploring.

Hotel Category Hotel
Economy Cairns Plaza Hotel
Moderate Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside
First Class Pacific Hotel Cairns
Duration4 Nights
Day 8

Michaelmas Cay Great Barrier Reef Cruise.

A full day cruise to Michaelmas Cay for snorkelling, diving and sailing on Australia's magnificent Great Barrier Reef. Set sail aboard Ocean Spirit's five star catamaran and enjoy a reef experience like no other. Your tour includes: four full hours on the reef, morning refreshments, superb hot and cold buffet with seafood, afternoon tea, snorkelling demonstrations and tuition plus use of all snorkelling equipment, use of flotation vests, informative ecological presentations by a qualified marine biologists, coral viewing on a glass bottom boat, guided bird tours, musical entertainment on the homeward sail to Cairns and a high crew to guest ratio (1:9).


Meal Plan Lunch
Day 9-10

Cairns at leisure

Cairns is a small city in the tropical north of Queensland and is best known as the Gateway to Great Barrier Reef, one of Australia’s most popular destinations. From Cairns, there is easy access to rainforests, tropical islands, reefs and mountains. Not far away, you can enjoy world-class diving or snorkeling getting close to schools of tropical fish and abundant marine life.


Day 11

Depart Cairns for Sydney

Make your way to the airport this morning for your flight to Sydney. On arrival in Sydney you will need to make your way to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Nature blessed Sydney with one of most idyllic settings in the world which is reflected in its large eye-appealing harbour and excellent beaches. This cosmopolitan city is not only scenically beautiful but, like most major cities, has an abundance of culture, history and venues to keep any visitor occupied for several days.

Hotel Category Hotel
Economy Travelodge Sydney 
Moderate Travelodge Wynyard
First Class

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel

Duration4 Nights
Day 12-14

Sydney at Leisure

These days are free to explore Sydney. Perhaps use some of your I-Venture Multi City Attraction Pass entries.  Some of the attractions you can choose from include a hop on hop off Sydney sightseeing gour, entry to Taronga Zoo, Sydney Opera House tour, entry to Madame Tussauds, Sea Life Aquarium or Wild Life Sydney Zoo, OZ Jet-boating on Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Cruise and much more…

Day 15

Depart Sydney for North America

You will need to make your way back to the airport for your flight back to North America.

Other Information



Departures from Los Angeles
Price in US $



First Class

1 - 31 Oct '19 $2,499 $2,599 $3,019
1 Nov - 5 Dec '19 $2,339 $2,439 $2,859
6 - 12 Dec '19 $2,499 $2,599 $2,889
13 Dec '19 - 11 Jan '20 $3,189 $3,399 $3,669
12 - 31 Jan '20 $2,339 $2,349 $2,699
1 - 29 Feb '20 $2,459 $2,299 $2,859
1 - 31 Mar '20 $2,269 $2,299 $2,859
1 Apr - 28 Jun '20 $2,059 $2,179 $2,619
29 Jun - 31 Aug '20 $2,229 $2,489 $2,779

For departures from Las Vegas add $100, Phoenix add $205. Austin/New Orleans/Seattle add $310, Seattle/Portland add $385, Cleveland/Orlando/Chicago add $415, Atlanta/ Denver/Minneapolis add $485, Dallas add $510. Add on amounts may slightly vary upon reservation and are subject to availability. Please enquire about add on airfares from other US cities.


Departures from Vancouver
Price in CA $



First Class

1 - 31 Oct '19 $3,239 $3,319 $3,889
1 - 30 Nov '19 $3,179 $3,269 $3,829
1 - 10 Dec '19 $3,899 $3,999 $4,559
11 Dec '19 - 2 Jan '20 $3,619 $3,849 $4,199
3 - 31 Jan '20 $3,619 $3,849 $4,369
1 - 29 Feb '20 $3,399 $3,319 $3,889
1 - 31 Mar '20 $3,349 $3,269 $3,829
1 - 30 Apr '20 $2,899 $3,019 $3,589
1 May - 28 Jun '20 $2,859 $2,969 $3,529
29 Jun - 31 Aug '20 $3,159 $3,439 $3,829
For departures from Calgary/Toronto/Montreal/Ottawa/Quebec add $120 pp, from Winnipeg/Kamloops add $140 pp, Regina add $190, Charlottetown add $250, Halifax/ Fredericton/Moncton/Sydney add $290. Add on amounts may slightly vary upon reservation and are subject to availability. Please inquire about add on airfares from cities not listed.

Book By: 
31 Oct '19


  • Round trip airfares with Virgin Australia from listed cities to Melbourne, Cairns and Sydney
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in Melbourne
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in Cairns with full day Great Barrier Reef Cruise with lunch
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in Sydney
  •  iVenture Multi City Attraction Pass – includes entry to 5 top attractions in Melbourne and Sydney


  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks
  • Airport – hotel transfers

*Limited seats, subject to availability*


All prices are per person, based on twin share accommodation and include all taxes and fees. Limited seats and subject to availability. Includes international airfares from listed cities with Virgin Australia and parter airlines.  For departures from other cities, upgrades or extensions please inquire.Package is based on Transpacific flights on Mondays/Tuesdays/ Wednesdays/Sundays. If flying on a Thursday/Friday/Saturday a surcharge will apply.

 Hotels in Australia do have selected dates where special rates may not be available. If your travel falls over any dates listed below or crosses a seasonality a surcharge may be applicable or Goway may need to look at an alternate hotel for you.



Jazz Corner 2-9 Nov, 31 Dec, 20 Jan - 2 Feb
Mercure Welcome Melbourne

15 Aug, 25-26 Sep

Vibe Savoy Little Collins Street 5 Nov, 18-24 Nov, 13-14 Dec, 31 Dec-1 Jan, 22-26 Jan, 31 Jan - 2 Feb, 21- 22 Feb, 1 - 2, 8, 12-15 Mar, 8 Aug, 25 - 26 Sep
Crown Promenade 18-19 Oct, 25-26 Oct, 1-2 Nov, 4-5 Nov, 31 Dec, 31 Jan - 2 Feb, 13- 15 Mar, 20 - 22 Mar, 25-26 Sep & Every Saturday night
Travelodge Sydney 5 - 6 Oct, 12-14 Dec, 30 Dec - 1 Jan, 24 Jan - 2 Feb, 28 Feb - 8 Mar,
8 Aug
Travelodge Wynyard Sydney 6 - 6 Oct, 12-14 Dec, 30 Dec - 1 Jan, 24 Jan - 2 Feb, 28 Feb - 8 Mar,
8 Aug
Radisson Blu 1- 5 Oct, 30 Dec - 1 Jan, 29 - 31 Jan, 1 - 11 Apr
 Cairns Plaza 31-Dec
Pacific Hotel 31-Dec
Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside 1 - 7 Oct, 31 Dec, 24 Jan - 2 Feb

17 Apr 2020
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