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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.

About the Great Barrier Reef

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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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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  • Sydney and Great Barrier Reef Escape

    An ideal Australia trip for first timers. Flying Virgin Australia, 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.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,039
    Trip Type:
    Vacation Packages with Airfare
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  • Aussie Cities & Great Barrier Reef

    Escape to Australia to experience a brilliant combination of urban highlights and natural icons. On this Australia vacation, you’ll see the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, snorkel and dive through the Great Barrier Reef in northern Queensland, and enjoy the trendy bars and restaurants of the world’s most livable city, Melbourne.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,259
    Trip Type:
    Vacation Packages with Airfare
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  • 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$ 2,926
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers)
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  • Classic Golden Triangle: Melbourne to Sydney

    Visit the Classic Golden Triangle of Melbourne, Cairns and Sydney. See the penguins of Phillip Island, swim in the Great Barrier Reef then get to know the historic side of Sydney.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,364
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers)
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  • Classic Golden Triangle: Sydney to Melbourne

    Explore the unforgettable Golden Triangle of Sydney, Cairns, and Melbourne. Get to know Sydney’s historic side and its breathtaking landmarks, swim through the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, and see the penguins of Phillip Island after indulging in world-class culture.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,394
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers)
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  • 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$ 3,641
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers)
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  • 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$ 3,675
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers)
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Classic South Pacific

    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 on route.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,461
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers)
    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$ 2,464
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers)
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  • 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$ 6,299
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Holidays of a Lifetime, Single Friendly
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  • 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$ 15,261
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Luxury and Beyond
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  • Affordable Diver

    Enjoy uninterrupted cruising and diving on Pro Dive’s live-aboard dive voyage. For certified divers or snorkellers, sleeping onboard gives you more time to discover the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 666
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • 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:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations
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  • Aussie Islands and Sydney Escape

    Escape to the islands of Queensland before exploring the history and culture of Sydney on this Aussie getaway. This affordable vacation includes airfare and showcases the wonders of Moreton Bay, the Great Barrier Reef, and Sydney Harbour, giving you an unforgettable taste of Australia’s natural bounty.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,999
    Trip Type:
    Vacation Packages with Airfare
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  • Best of the Tropical North

    From Cairns experience easy access to tropical islands, rainforests, mountains, palm-fringed sands, beautiful beaches and the Great Barrier Reef, one of nature’s wonders of the world.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 889
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Brisbane or Cairns: Tropical Adventure Epic Trip for 18 - 39 Year Olds

    Heads up, sun seekers! Your tropical Queensland vacation is here! Set out from either Brisbane or Cairns and discover the best sights and most memorable experiences of Queensland’s diverse coastline. Hit the dunes and discover the history of Fraser Island, sail the Whitsundays, and explore the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,999
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Escorted Coach Touring
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  • Brisbane to Cairns: Reef & Rail Cruise

    This fabulous tour features a journey onboard the Spirit of Queensland train, in an innovative RailBed seat, an eco-cruise through Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and a rainforest and Aboriginal experience.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,681
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Cairns Barrier Reef

    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$ 555
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    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$ 1,265
    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$ 1,657
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Single Friendly
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Cape York and Arnhemland Expedition Cruise from Cairns

    The Great Barrier Reef, Cape York, the mysterious Arnhem Land, and the Cobourg Peninsula – an exploration of the Northern Australian coastline that few have had the opportunity to experience.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 6,317
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
    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 From:
    US$ 3,482
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), 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$ 295
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Single Friendly
    Australia See Trip Details
  • 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$ 2,204
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers)
    Australia 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$ 1,348
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers)
    Australia See Trip Details
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