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Sydney and Great Barrier Reef Explorer

11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,699

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 five 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$ 1,699

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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 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 

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 5 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 

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
1 - 31 Jan '20 $1,689 $1,899 $1,939
1 Feb - 31 Mar '20 $1,769 $1,899 $2,089
1 - 30 Apr '20 $1,789 $1,819 $2,129
1 May - 30 Jun, 1 - 17 Sep '20 $1,699 $1,719 $1,989
1 - 31 Jul '20 $1,959 $2,129 $2,289
1 - 31 Aug '20 $1,699 $1,819 $1,989
18 - 30 Sep '20 $1,959 $1,989 $2,299
1 - 31 Oct '20 $1,999 $2,199 $2,439
1 - 30 Nov '20 $1,849 $2,039 $2,279

For departures from San Francisco add $60, New York/Denver/San Diego/Sacramento add $110,  Vegas/Phoenix/Dallas add $210, from Portland/Salt Lake City add $310, Memphis/St Louis add $415, Buffalo/Boston/Detroit/Orlando add $485, from Atlanta add $520.  Upgrade to Premium Economy starting or Business Class – request a customized quote now!

Departures from Vancouver/

Prices in CA $

First Class
1 - 31 Jan '20 $2,599 $2,659 $2,939
1 Feb - 31 Mar '20 $2,449 $2,529 $2,889
1 - 30 Apr '20 $2,549 $2,659 $2,999
1 May - 8 Jun, 1 - 17 Sep '20 $2,299 $2,419 $2,759
9 Jun - 23 Jul '20 $2,529 $2,799 $2,979
24 Jul - 31 Aug '20 $2,299 $2,589 $2,759
18 - 30 Sep '20 $2,529 $2,639 $2,979
1 - 31 Oct '20 $2,589 $2,739 $3,169
1 - 30 Nov '20 $2,639 $2,519 $2,949

For departures from Toronto/ Montreal/ Ottawa/Quebec City/Calgary add $120 pp,  Kamloops/Winnipeg add $145, Regina add $200, Charlottetown add $265, Sydney/Fredericton/Moncton/St John/Halifax add $300.  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


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

5 - 6 Mar, 8 Aug

Rydges World Square Sydney 24-25 Jan, 29 Feb, 8 Aug, 11 Nov 
 Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel 29 - 31 Jan, 1 - 11 Apr    
Cairns Plaza Hotel
24 Jan - 2 Feb
Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside 24 Jan - 2 Feb

17 Sep 2020
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