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  • The Great Barrier Reef is a must inclusion on all trips to Australia.
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  • A beautiful day out on the reef
  • Underwater photographer
  • A Barrier Reef island as seen from overhead
  • Just a few of the sponge and coral varieties found on the reef

The Great Barrier Reef is “God’s gift to Australia”, a truly wondrous natural phenomenon. It is the world’s largest coral reef system with 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands located off the coast of Queensland in the Coral Sea. Just to give an idea of its size, it stretches 2600 kilometres/1600 miles and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. In fact, it was naturally declared a World Heritage site in 1981 and a must visit on an Australia vacation.

It is environmentally protected to ensure marine life is healthy so that one can continue to see whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea turtles and a whole host of colourful tropical fish swimming in these waters.

With its clear warm waters and accessibility, the Great Barrier Reef not only attracts snorkelers and scuba divers who find this a major region for their activities but visitors can choose to stay on the mainland in resorts on trps to Australia. These include Cairns and Port Douglas. Or you can decide to stay on one of the many islands catering to tourists such as Hamilton Island, Hayman Island and Heron Island in the Whitsunday Islands.

There are other ways to view the Reef on Australian tours. You can enjoy a short cruise for a few days or simply take a glass bottomed boat for a half day outing to view the underwater treasures.
It could be a difficult choice as to how to tackle the Great Barrier Reef but you can bet it will be a rewarding one.

At Goway we feel that no trip to Australia is complete unless it includes one of our Great Barrier Reef tours and cruises. C’mon say G’day Downunder. Book one of our Australia vacations today and start exploring!

 

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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. 

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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  • Classic Australia 12 Day

    Experience the best that Australia has to offer from Sydney’s Opera House to spectacular Ayers Rock. Swim in the Great Barrier Reef and learn about the traditional Aboriginal “Dreamtime”.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,331
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic Australia 15 Day

    Enjoy Australia’s most famous sites from Sydney’s Opera House to an Aboriginal “Dreamtime” walk in Kuranda with stops at the Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock and Darwin in between.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,031
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic Downunder from Melbourne to Auckland

    Get to know the true Downunder by experiencing the best of both Australia and New Zealand. Visit Australia's iconic sites and cities before commencing a journey through New Zealand’s incredible islands.
    Duration:
    19 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,794
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic Downunder: Auckland to Melbourne

    Get to know the true Downunder by experiencing the best of both Australia and New Zealand. Journey through New Zealand’s incredible islands before embarking on a tour of Australia.
    Duration:
    19 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,756
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
    New Zealand See Trip Details
  • 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$ 1,376
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Highlights & Wildlife

    Experience the historic side of Sydney before exploring the wildlife of Kangaroo Island. Visit Australia’s world renowned wineries followed by stops at Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,678
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Adventures in Paradise Luxury Adventure Cruise: Cairns to Cairns

    Escape to the remote paradise of Papua New Guinea to explore fascinating islands and exotic underwater worlds. Cruising aboard the True North, you’ll scuba dive through wrecks from World War II around the Deboyne Islands, visit the Trobiand Islands to learn about the villagers’ exotic customs, and fly in a helicopter over Benua Cave on Bougainville Island.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 16,606
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, VIP Luxury Touring
    Papua New Guinea See Trip Details
  • Aussie Adventure

    Explore the best of Australia combining the excitement of snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef with visits to the Crocodile Hunter’s Australia Zoo and the amazing Blue Mountains. An ideal family vacation.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,953
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Cairns to Hinchinbrook Island Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Cairns

    Embark on a cruise that introduces all the hidden jewels of the Great Barrier Reef. Explore Hinchinbrook Island, a tropical paradise, spending time snorkelling, diving and soaking up the sun.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,305
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Single Friendly
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Cairns to Lizard Island Great Barrier Reef Cruise (from Cairns)

    Cruise scenic Trinity Bay then discover historic Cooktown. Uncover Lizard Island, the Ribbon Reefs and the incredibly rich coral gardens while swimming with spectacular marine life.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,716
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Single Friendly
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic Aussie Rail On Sale

    Ride the rails to explore the icons of Australia like Uluru and Kangaroo Island while enjoying the comforts of premium train travel. This sale offers the best prices for a classic Australian tour and is perfect for first-time visitors to Australia.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,159
    Trip Type:
    Rail Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic Aussie Rail Spectacular

    Explore the Australian outback aboard a luxury train, then round off your journey at the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Classic Itineraries, Rail Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic Aussie Sailing

    A 2 day, 1 night cruise to the Great Barrier Reef to snorkel or simply enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of the Reef while anchored in a picturesque bay offering unspoilt beaches.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 319
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Single Friendly
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Coral Sea Safari Liveaboard Adventure Diving for Advanced Divers from Cairns

    Suit up and dive into the remote waters of the Great Barrier Reef on this underwater adventure for advanced divers. Get acquainted with the massive potato cod at Cod Hole before getting up close and personal with reef sharks at North Horn and minke whales at Lighthouse Bommie, all while enjoying the comforts of the award-winning Spoilsport.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,989
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Single Friendly
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Fly Dive Cod Hole for Novice to Advanced Divers from Cairns

    Embark on an underwater adventure perfect for both novice and advanced divers. Befriend the enormous and friendly potato cod at the Cod Hole, marvel at the colours of the coral and fish at Steve’s Bommie, and dare to examine olive sea snakes in their natural habitat while enjoying the comforts of the award-winning Spoilsport between dives.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,519
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Single Friendly
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Fly Dive Coral Sea Adventure Diving for Advanced Divers from Cairns

    Embark on an underwater adventure suited to advanced divers on this trip to Australia. Dare to examine olive sea snakes in their natural habitat, swim through the underwater caverns of Fairy Grotto, and get up close and personal with reef sharks, all while enjoying the comforts of the award-winning Spoilsport between dives.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,723
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Single Friendly
    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$ 274
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Locally Escorted Tours
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Great Barrier Reef and GO!

    The Great Barrier Reef is considered by many to be Australia’s greatest attraction. This weeklong ‘starter’ stay takes you directly there, with time at Airlie Beach before customizing an Australia itinerary to suit your personal interests.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,169
    Trip Type:
    Air & Land Inclusive Getaways
    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$ 591
    Trip Type:
    Self Drive Road Trip Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Great Barrier Reef, Wildlife and Culture Escape

    You'll enjoy some amazing Aussie experiences on this fantastic vacation. Start with 4 days in the gorgeous Whitsundays, with access to the Great Barrier Reef before heading down to cosmopolitan Melbourne. Fly to Adelaide, gateway to the Barossa Valley Wine Region, and Kangaroo Island, known as a zoo with fences for some amazing wildlife viewing.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,059
    Trip Type:
    Air & Land Inclusive Getaways
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Heron Island

    Discover beautiful Heron Island, on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 481
    Trip Type:
    Island Resorts, Lodges & Beach Stays
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Island Suntanner: Epic Trip from Sydney to Cairns (or v.v) for 18 to 39 year olds

    This exploration of Australia’s East Coast is ideal for adventurous travelers with stops in Sydney, Hawkesbury River, the Gold Coast and of course, the stunning Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,377
    Trip Type:
    18 to 30 Somethings, Active & Adventurous, Motorcoach Tours, Single Friendly
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Islands, Dolphins & Beaches

    Enjoy the islands and beaches of coastal Queensland. Feed wild bottlenose dolphins on Tangalooma Island, photograph the magnificent Heart Reef off the Whitsundays and feel impossibly white sand between your toes on Whitehaven Beach.
    Prices From:
    US$ 739
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Live Like A Local: Cairns

    A travel highlight for most Globetrotters is to mingle and interact with locals. But to actually live amongst them, even for just a short time, is an experience of a life time.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 845
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Snowbird Long Stays
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Live Like A Local: Port Douglas Australia

    A travel highlight for most Globetrotters is to mingle and interact with locals. But to actually live amongst them, even for just a short time, is an experience of a life time.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 986
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Snowbird Long Stays
    Australia See Trip Details
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