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Sydney and Great Barrier Reef Explorer

11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,689

An ideal Australia trip for first timers. This Australia vacation hits two of the country’s most popular destinations, Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy lots of time to see the sights your way (with an attractions pass in hand) and take an unforgettable cruise on the Great Barrier Reef.

This 11-day trip to Australia includes four nights in Sydney, where you’ll have the freedom to pick and choose your own attractions, followed by four nights in Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Your cruise on the reef is included, followed by time to explore tropical North Queensland your way.

Set on one of the world’s most beautiful harbours, Sydney combines the very best of an indoor and outdoor lifestyle in one magical city. Your time here is at leisure, leaving you to pick and choose three top attractions from your Sydney Attraction Pass. You might hang out with Hugh Jackman in Madame Tussauds, explore the eye-popping Sea Life Aquarium, visit iconic Taronga Zoo across the harbour, or take in a more leisurely cruise. Many of the city’s best attractions are also free, including Bondi Beach, the Maritime Museum, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Hyde Park, and the Botanical Gardens.

Fly to Cairns for a four-night stay to enjoy a more tropical, laid-back side of Australia. Included is a cruise to the Michaelmas Cay on the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll enjoy snorkelling in the Low Isles, glass bottom boat coral viewing, where you journey through elaborate coral gardens, take a guided beach walk or just relax on the beach. With the rest of your time in Cairns, enjoy some of the best beaches in Australia, or trek into the rainforest, visiting the village of Kuranda. Here, you can enjoy an Aboriginal ‘dream-time’ walk and cultural encounter.



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11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,689

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Depart North America

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


Day 2

Cross the 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 Sydney

On arrival in Sydney you will need to make your way to your hotel.  Goway can assist with prebooking transfers throughout your vacationif required (additional charge applies). 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 The Ultimo 
Moderate Rydges World Square Sydney
First Class

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel 


Four Seasons Hotel Sydney 

Duration4 Nights
Day 4-6

Sydney at Leisure

These days are free to explore Sydney. We have included in your vacation an I-Venture Sydney Attraction Pass, that includes entry to three top attractions in Sydney.  Some of the attractions include a hop on hop off Sydney sightseeing tour, entry to Taronga Zoo, a  Sydney Opera House tour, entry to Madame Tussauds, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium or Wild Life Sydney Zoo.  Other choices include thrilling OZ Jet-boating on Sydney Harbour, a  Sydney Harbour Cruise and much more…


Day 7

Depart Sydney for Cairns

Make your way to the airport for your flight to Tropical North Queensland.  On arrival 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 


The Riley Hotel - Crystalbrook Collection Resort 

Duration4 Nights
Day 8

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
Days 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.

In the city itself, go for a stroll along the Promenade and discover the very large saltwater lagoon in the centre of the city.
Hop on the century old scenic train to the rainforest village of Kuranda, famous for its markets, and experience an aboriginal “dream-time” walk and cultural performance. Cairns is also a great place to go walking as there are nearly 200 walking tracks around the city.

To the north of the city are a number of excellent beaches perfect for swimming and snorkeling and, why not travel to the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest surviving tropical rainforest. Where you can either simply relax or experience a unique rainforest tour.


Day 11

Depart Cairns for North America

Make your way to the airport today for your flight back to North America.


Other Information


Departures from Los Angeles
Prices in US $



First Class


12 Dec '20- 2 Jan '21 $2,519 $2,769 $2,889 $2,969
3- 31 Jan '21 $1,729 $1,979 $2,089 $2,399
1-28 Feb  '21 $1,689 $2,089 $2,049 $2,299
1-31 Mar ' 21 $1,689 $1,899 $2,049 $2,229

For departures from Las Vegas/Phoenix/San Francisco/Sacramento add $180, Dallas/ Seattle add $240, from Portland add $275, New York/Denver/Houston/Minneapolis/ Salt Lake City/St Louis add $325, Buffalo/Boston/Detroit/Memphis/Orlando add $400, Atlanta add $480, Anchorage add $770.  Upgrade to Premium Economy starting or Business Class – request a customized quote now

Departures from
Vancouver/ Edmonton/ Calgary/ Victoria/ Saskatoon/ Kelowna

Prices in CA $
First Class
11 Dec- 12 Jan '21 $3,899 $4,219 $4,399 $4,469
13 - 31 Jan' 21 $3,899 $4,219 $4,399 $4,749
1 Feb - 31 Mar ' 21 $2,699 $$3,099 $3,349 $3,499

For departures from Kamloops/Winnipeg add $125, Regina add $170, Toronto/ Montreal/ Ottawa/ Quebec City/ St Johns add $225 pp, Quebec City/ Regina/St Johns add $775, Halifax/Charlottetown/Sydney/Fredericton/Moncton add $380. Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class – request a customized quote now!

The order of the itinerary may change depending on departure date.


  • Round trip airfares from listed cities to Sydney and Cairns
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in Cairns with full day Great Barrier Reef Cruise with lunch
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in Sydney 
  • I-Venture Sydney Attraction Pass – includes entry to 3 top attractions in Sydney


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

Enhance your Australia Vacation with these great extension ideas

Eating and drinking well plays a significant part in the Australian way of life, the country’s food and wine scene continues to give travelers another reason to choose Australia. There are many food and wine inspired adventures – upgrade your vacation to include some of Goways favourite food and wine themed touring experiences;

  • Cruise Sydney Harbour and enjoy a 3 course contemporary Australian meal, a comprehensive wine list, live music and dancing, all set to the spectacular backdrop of Sydney by night
  • Visit the Hunter Valley, NSW’s premier wine region.  Explore cellar doors, enjoy a relaxing lunch paired with wines, visit artisanal producers, tour wineries and more
  • Experience the ultimate Sydney Opera House night. Enjoy a VIP guided tour followed by a 2 course dinner with matching wines at Bennelong Restaurant.  If time permits, add a performance ticket
  • A delicious and fantastic Food and Wine tasting adventure showcasing the spectacular Atherton Tablelands. A Foodie tour from Cairns you will thoroughly enjoy and remember
  • Australia's only rainforest dining experience, outside of Cairns. Flames of the Forest transports you into a world beyond your imagination so relaxing and uplifting for your soul you will never want to leave

If you are a traveller who wants an active and/or adventurous vacation Downunder, you may be looking for something different from the usual run of the mill trip – enhance your vacation with these exciting travel ideas. You don’t have to be young in years. Just healthy, young at heart, and energetic to take part. The possibilities for this type of vacation are almost limitless in our world

  • Venture to the Blue Mountains where eucalyptus trees help the mountains to appear a rich shade of blue, hike through this stunning natural environment
  • Don’t miss out on an unforgettable, once in a Lifetime Experience – BridgeClimb Sydney, voted #1 In Australia. Absorb the 360° Panoramic Views of Sydney from the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Australia's greatest surf school on Australia's greatest beach. Experience a surf lesson with Lets Go Surfing award winning surf school on Bondi Beach
  • Indigenous Daintree Dreaming is an exclusive and spectacular Aboriginal cultural journey from coast to Rainforest to experience natural beauty and ancient culture
  • White water raft down the mighty Barron River - Prepare for plenty of thrills and excitement as you paddle through rapids, surf rafts into free standing waves and go over a huge drop at Rooster Tail
  • Experience the Daintree and Cape Tribulation. Includes Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, 4WD Bloomfield Track, Aussie Billy Tea & Damper, and more!

LUXURY UPGRADE IDEAS - US $2,099 / CA $2,689 
Is it just good or is it the best? Goway understands the difference when it comes to making travel arrangements for the discerning globetrotter, make your vacation the ultimate Downunder vacations with these luxury travel ideas

  • Treat yourself to Sydney Harbour's most sensational Cruise, the Live Like a Local Luncheon Cruise. A unique, four hour cruise experience on Sydney Harbour with bbq lunch paired with regional wines & local beers
  • Experience the ultimate Sydney Opera House night. Enjoy a VIP guided tour followed by a 2 course dinner with matching wines at Bennelong Restaurant.  If time permits, add a performance ticket
  • Experience the Daintree and Cape Tribulation on a private tour.  Includes Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, 4WD Bloomfield Track, Aussie Billy Tea & Damper, and more!  Private luxury touring of Sydney city, The Rocks and Eastern Suburbs, morning tea with views over The Gap; and visit the famous Bondi Beach
  • In Kuranda, learn about one of the world’s oldest rainforests, the local Indigenous culture, and the native wildlife of Australia. Includes a ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Cottage Point Inn may just be twenty minutes by seaplane from Sydney, but you’ll feel worlds away upon landing at this unique restaurant perched on the water's edge in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, It is renowned for offering exceptional modern Australian cuisine


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.  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.




The Ultimo Sydney

8 Aug, 22 -27 Jan, 26 - 28 Feb

Rydges World Square Sydney

24-25 Jan, 29 Feb, 8 Aug, 11 Nov , 30 Dec - 1 Jan, 6 Mar   

Radisson Blu, 

29 - 31 Jan, 1 - 11 Apr      

Four Seasons Sydney

28 Dec - 2 Jan, 9 - 21 Feb

Cairns Plaza


Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside

31 Dec, 5 - 21 Feb

The Riley 31-Dec  
Pacific Hotel  31-Dec  

20 Mar 2021
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