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Great Barrier Reef Tours, Vacation Packages & Travel Experiences


  • 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

Our Great Barrier Reef Tours

The Great Barrier Reef is a natural gift to Australia, a truly wondrous underwater 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 declared a World Heritage site in 1981 and a must visit on an Australia vacation.

Great Barrier Reef Vacation Highlights 

The Great Barrier Reef 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 trips 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.

Choosing how to explore might be the most difficult part of your Great Barrier Reef vacation, but you can bet it will be a rewarding one.

C’mon say G’day Downunder. 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!

Unveiling Lonely Planet’s Top Attractions of the World

Plan Your Perfect Australia Escape

Enjoy Cruising in Australia and the South Pacific

Swimming With the Fishes in Australia

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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Great Barrier Reef

  • Essence of Australia: Sydney, Rock and Reef

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Visit Australia’s must sees on this quintessential vacation. Drop anchor in Sydney’s famous harbour from the comfort of a luxury yacht. Discover the unique landscape, history and culture in Ayers Rock and then finish your vacation snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,105
    Trip Type:
    Small Group Touring, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic Australia: Sydney, Red Centre, Cairns, Melbourne

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Experience cosmopolitan cities and natural wonders on this journey that takes you from Sydney’s Opera House to spectacular Ayers Rock. Visit bustling Melbourne, swim in the Great Barrier Reef and learn about the traditional Aboriginal “Dreamtime”.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,694
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic Sydney and Great Barrier Reef

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Visit the two of the most popular parts of Australia, particularly for first time visitors. Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and harbourside Sydney. See the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and more, snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, then get to know the secrets of the rainforest.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,368
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Signature Australia: Sydney, Rock, Reef & Rainforest

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDE: Bespoke touring with the comforts of 5 star luxury accommodations. Visit the famous Sydney Opera House with a private-guide. Spend a few nights in a deluxe luxury tent in the Australian Outback. Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef and then finish your holiday with a few nights in the Rainforest
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,467
    Trip Type:
    Private Experiences, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic Golden Triangle: Melbourne, Cairns, Sydney

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Take in the best of the east coast and visit the Classic Golden Triangle of Melbourne, Cairns and Sydney. See the penguins of Phillip Island outside of Melbourne, spend a full day swimming and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, soar above the rainforest in a cable car and get to know the historic side of Sydney.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,705
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Classics (Bestsellers), Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Essential Aussie Highlights: Melbourne, Cairns, Sydney

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Explore and experience the highlights of Australia with small group touring. Discover the hidden secrets in Melbourne, the natural beauty of the Great Ocean Road and get up close and personal with wildlife. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and visit the rainforest that meets this incredible reef. Finish your journey visiting Sydney’s famous sites and cruising the harbour.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,670
    Trip Type:
    Small Group Touring, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Sydney and Reef Discovery

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Discover the spectacular Sydney harbour, visit with unique Aussie wildlife, learn about the indigenous culture in the rainforest and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. This package is perfect if you want a taste of Australia and you are limited on time.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,241
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Essence of Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Combine luxury accommodations and world-class landmarks on this Aussie vacation. Cruise Sydney Harbour and explore the rugged landscape of the Blue Mountains before connecting to Cairns to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and explore the Daintree Rainforest.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,963
    Trip Type:
    Small Group Touring, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Signature Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: See Sydney’s famous sites behind the scenes in-style with your private-guide and cruise the fabulous harbour like a local. Head North to explore the Great Barrier Reef from your luxurious deluxe retreat. The tranquility and natural beauty of Lizard Island will pamper you.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,643
    Trip Type:
    Private Experiences, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic Aussie Rail Spectacular

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: This 12-day adventure combines two of Australia’s famous rail journeys: The Indian Pacific and The Ghan. Starting in Sydney, you will travel through the best of South Australia before going on to Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the Australian outback and beyond aboard these luxury trains.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,599
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Essence of Sydney, Wildlife and the Reef

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: See many Australian icons on one essential tour. Drop anchor in Sydney’s famous harbour aboard a luxury yacht, get up close and personal with Australian wildlife on Kangaroo Island, snorkel through the Great Barrier Reef, and discover the natural beauty of the Daintree Rainforest.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,718
    Trip Type:
    Small Group Touring, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Reef, Rail & Cruise: Brisbane to Cairns

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Travel along the beautiful coast on The Spirit of Queensland. Relax in a comfortable RailBed seat during the day that converts to a fully flat bed at night. Spend a few nights on an eco-cruise exploring Australia’s Great Barrier Reef home to over 1200 species.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,646
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Cruises & Sailing, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Aussie Family Adventure

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Explore the best of Australia combining the excitement of snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, a visit to the Crocodile Hunter’s Australia Zoo, dolphin feeding at Tangalooma, soaring above the rainforest in a cable car, and touring Sydney by ferry. An ideal family vacation.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Reef, Islands & Coast: Sydney to Cairns

    FIRST-CLASS | ESCORTED COACH TOUR: Enjoy Australia’s tropical rainforests, white sandy beaches, island resorts and famous sunshine as you travel by luxury coach from Sydney to Cairns. Visit unique Fraser Island, the longest sand island in the world and spot dingos on the beach. Spend a few nights on Hamilton Island, one of the most popular islands in the Whitsundays. Finish your vacation swimming and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,995
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Single Friendly
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic Sydney, Rock & Reef

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Venture to three of Australia’s most famous spots, cosmopolitan Sydney, the outback and tropical Queensland. Get to know Sydney before catching the sunset over Uluru (Ayers Rock). Then explore Cairns, the rainforest and the incredible Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,594
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Authentic Australia

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Journey through the best of Australia on this unforgettable vacation that takes you from Melbourne to Sydney. Along the way, you’ll see Uluru/Ayers Rock, venture into Kakadu National Park, dive the Great Barrier Reef, and explore the Indigenous Dreamtime in Kuranda.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,307
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Outerknown Adventures on the Great Barrier Reef

    FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: 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$ 3,544
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Cruises & Sailing
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic Downunder: Auckland to Melbourne

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Get to know the true Downunder by experiencing the best of both Australia and New Zealand. Journey through New Zealand and Australia’s most spectacular sights including Rotorua, Milford Sound, Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef, with exciting, cosmopolitan cities to create the perfect Downunder experience.
    Duration:
    19 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,546
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    New Zealand See Trip Details
  • Classic South Pacific: Nadi to Cairns

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Enjoy the Classic South Pacific by encountering Fijian, Maori and Aboriginal cultures. Travel from Fiji to New Zealand to Australia taking in fantastic sights and experiences enroute in Auckland, Rotorua, Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,106
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Ultimate Downunder: Auckland, Queenstown, Sydney, Great Barrier Reef

    DELUXE | PRIVATE GUIDED: On this incredible voyage exploring New Zealand and Australia, relax as you fly to breathtaking Milford Sound, sail iconic Sydney Harbour and unwind in the paradise that is Hayman Island, all while overnighting in world-class accommodations.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,607
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Luxury and Beyond, Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Private Experiences, Small Group Touring, Stays of Distinction, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Cairns Barrier Reef Discovery

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforests. Enjoy time on a wave piercing catamaran then board an amphibious army duck to venture into the rainforest.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 672
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic Downunder: 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$ 4,509
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Multi Country Vacation Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Highlights & Wildlife: Sydney, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Cairns

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Enjoy the best of Australia’s wine, culture and wildlife on this 12 day journey. Experience diverse and historic Sydney, renowned wineries in the Barossa Valley, the local wildlife of Kangaroo Island and experience a close encounter with the abundant sea life on the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,735
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers)
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Best of Australia: Holiday of a Lifetime

    See the highlights of Australia in under two weeks on our fully-escort Best of Australia Holiday of a Lifetime. On this unforgettable tour, you’ll see Australia’s major urban centres like Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide, view unforgettable icons like the Sydney Opera House, get into the heart of the Outback with visits to Uluru/Ayers Rock and Alice Springs, and enjoy the natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,999
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Escorted Coach Touring, Holidays of a Lifetime, Single Friendly
    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$ 17,270
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Luxury and Beyond
    Papua New Guinea See Trip Details
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