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  • The Esplanade view in Cairns - a great spot to hang out on Australia vacations.

Our Cairns Tours 

Cairns is a small city in the tropical north of Queensland and is best known as the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of Australia’s most popular destinations. It enjoys 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 on your Australia vacation.

Cairns Vacation Highlights 

In the city itself, go for a stroll along the Promenade and dip your toes in the very large saltwater lagoon in the centre of the city. Explore the picturesque coastal drive towards Port Douglas and board a catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef.

Hop on the century old scenic train to the rainforest village of Kuranda, famous for its markets, and experience an aboriginal “dreamtime” 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.

If time allows, travel to the Daintree Rainforest, the world’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest, where you can explore the trails or experience a unique guided rainforest tour.

Book one of our Australia vacations today and start exploring!

"Globetrotting with Goway" blog articles

For some additional reading, the following articles are from our blog “Globetrotting with Goway”….. a great source of information for those people who are, or who want to be, world travellers!

Say G’Day to Australia’s Best Cities (that aren’t Sydney or Melbourne!)

What to Expect on an Outer Great Barrier Reef Trip

Three Great Alternatives to the Classic Trip Downunder

Goway’s Waltzing Matilda Ups the Ante on Australia and New Zealand Travel

Discover the Great Barrier Reef on a scUber Adventure

Top Natural Beauty Spots to See on a Downunder Vacation to Australia and New Zealand

Plan Your Perfect Australia Escape

 

 


 

Australia Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Australia vacations. 

Learn about the history and culture of Australia, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Australia's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Australia for yourself. Start exploring...book one of our Australia vacations today!

 

Extend Your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Australia vacation at one of Goway's South Pacific destinations. You can choose from  our selection of New Zealand vacation packagesTahiti vacation packages or stay at one of our Fiji resorts or perhaps take a Cook Island vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Australia.

 

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Cairns, Australia

  • Classic Sydney, Rock & Reef

    Venture to three of Australia’s most famous spots. Get to know Sydney before catching the sun set over Uluru (Ayers Rock). Then explore Cairns and the incredible Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,329
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers)
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  • Cod Hole and Ribbon Reef Liveaboard Expedition

    Board the sleek Spirit of Freedom to enjoy Australia’s best liveaboard experience on the Great Barrier Reef. Spend three days sailing from Cairns and dive fascinating underwater sites along the rarely-visited Ribbon Reefs and the world-famous Cod Hole, home to massive and friendly Potato Cod.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,625
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Single Friendly
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Cooktown Explorer 4WD Safari from Cairns

    If you’re only visiting the Great Barrier Reef, you’re only seeing half of what tropical North Queensland has to offer. Escape into the rainforest hinterland on this overnight 4WD safari from Cairns.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 426
    Trip Type:
    Small Group Touring
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Coral Sea and Ribbon Reefs Liveaboard Expedition

    Explore the Coral Sea and the Ribbons Reefs on this liveaboard diving cruise on the Spirit of Freedom. This four-day expedition explores the bright colours, underwater caves, and fascinating sea life of the Great Barrier Reef with several dives each day at Osprey Reef and the Ribbon Reefs.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,951
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Daintree Eco Lodge

    The multi-award winning and unique Daintree Eco Lodge is an exclusive wilderness resort nestled in a lush tropical rainforest bordering the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 497
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Downunder Farmstays: Cairns Region

    Take a break from diving coral reefs to get a taste for farm life in the north of Queensland. Slow down your busy tourist rhythms and adjust to the pace of the farm, milking cows, grooming horses, and gaining insight into the daily challenges and rewards of rural Australian life.
    Duration:
    2-3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 200
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • East Coast Beachin' - Trip for 18 - 39 Year Olds

    Surf, sail, and island-hop your way through Queensland on this Aussie adventure. Leave all things urban behind as you visit beautiful beaches, a proper Aussie farm, a national park, and the odd World Heritage Site. Soak up the sun and enjoy the coast from Cairns to Sydney.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,388
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Ideas for 18 to 30 Somethings, Single Friendly
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Fitzroy Island Resort

    Fitzroy Island is a tropical paradise of rainforest and beaches within the calm sheltered waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Just 45 minutes by boat from Cairns, Fitzroy Island Resort is an affordable 4.5 star resort that offers a range of exquisite accommodation including Suites, Studios, and Beach Cabins.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 160
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Go Wild Rainforest & Jungle Surfing

    Enjoy a true rainforest adventure spending time in Australia’s famed Cape Tribulation, a World Heritage site. Try horse riding, jungle surfing, sea kayaking and more, or simply relax.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 363
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Ideas for 18 to 30 Somethings, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Go Wild Rainforest Adventure

    Though best known for the Great Barrier Reef, North Queensland’s nature adventures don’t stop at the shoreline.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 284
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Great Barrier Reef Self Drive from Cairns

    Beginning and ending in Cairns, drive Tropical North Queensland, visit the Tropical Tablelands, the Daintree Cape Tribulation coast and Port Douglas - hub of the Reef and Rainforest coast. Goway's
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 549
    Trip Type:
    Self-Drives
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Highlights of Downunder

    Discover the best of Australia and New Zealand’s culture, people and scenery from the cities of Sydney and Auckland to the natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and Milford Sound.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,425
    Trip Type:
    Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Lizard Island: Stay of Distinction

    Secluded luxury takes on new meaning at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,736
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Luxury and Beyond, Stays of Distinction
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Mysteries of Melanesia Luxury Adventure Cruise

    Sail between some of the world’s least understood islands on this eye-opening adventure cruise through Melanesia and Papua New Guinea. Meet the tribes who call these islands home, and explore the largely unspoiled reefs and remote sights of this little visited part of the world.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 16,762
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Papua New Guinea See Trip Details
  • New Guinea Circle Adventure Cruise: Cairns to Darwin

    This remarkable expedition will take you where other travellers have seldom visited, into the most remote corners of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Explore one of the world's least understood countries and get to know its people, in between top notch snorkelling and swimming opportunities.
    Duration:
    26 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 15,063
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing
    Australia See Trip Details
  • North & South Great Barrier Reef Cruise (Northbound from Cairns)

    Combine two fabulous journeys of the northern and southern Great Barrier Reefs for an incredible eight days. Enjoy the beauty that abounds here and discover the local wildlife.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,438
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Single Friendly
    Australia See Trip Details
  • North & South Great Barrier Reef Cruise (Southbound from Cairns)

    Combine two fabulous journeys of the northern and southern Great Barrier Reefs for an incredible eight days. Enjoy the beauty that abounds here and discover the local wildlife.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,438
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Single Friendly
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Outerknown Adventures on the Great Barrier Reef

    Find freedom and solitude on this adventure into the iconic Great Barrier Reef. Spend a week aboard the Coral Discoverer and snorkel alongside potato cod and reef sharks in the Ribbon Reefs, follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook in Cooktown, and search for saltwater crocodiles and cassowaries on the Daintree River.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,318
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Cruises & Sailing
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Overnight on the Great Barrier Reef

    Enjoy a delightful overnight cruise to one of the true natural wonders of the world with your cruise ship providing your accommodation. Time for relaxing or partaking in snorkeling and/or diving.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 332
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Single Friendly
    Australia See Trip Details
  • PADI Learn to Dive

    Learn to dive with an “Open Water” course that is unmatched for experience and value. Receive two days of pool training then three days and two nights onboard a liveaboard dive vessel.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,078
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Ideas for 18 to 30 Somethings, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Port Douglas Tropical Escape

    Located on beautiful Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas offers a “village by the sea” atmosphere. Enjoy day trips to the Great Barrier Reef and Cape Tribulation while staying in Port Douglas.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 619
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Queensland Splendour

    Journey through Queensland to sample its diverse landscape and vibrant local life. Surf the beaches of the Sunshine Coast, hike the sand dunes of Fraser Island and dive into the wondrous ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,170
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Reef & Rainforest Experience

    Get the best of both worlds with a reef and rainforest experience. Swim, snorkel or just relax at the Great Barrier Reef then discover Cape Tribulation, a true naturalist’s paradise.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 832
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Reef, Islands & Coast: Sydney to Cairns

    Enjoy Australia’s tropical rainforests, white sandy beaches, island resorts and famous sunshine as you travel by luxury coach from Sydney to Cairns on the “Reef, Islands and Coast” tour.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,225
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Single Friendly
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Reef, Islands & Coast: Brisbane to Cairns

    Venture by luxury coach from The Gold Coast to Cairns visiting famed sights from the Gold Coast to Hervey Bay, Rockhampton to Daydream Island and Mission Beach to the iconic Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,401
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Single Friendly
    Australia See Trip Details
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