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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.
  • Anenomefish
  • 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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  • 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$ 4,310
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Classic Golden Triangle: Melbourne, Cairns, Sydney

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: 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$ 1,800
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Classics (Bestsellers), Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Classic Sydney, Rock & Reef

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: 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$ 1,663
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Classic Aussie Rail Spectacular

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Explore the Australian outback aboard a luxury train, then round off your journey at the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,599
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • 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$ 1,526
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • 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$ 693
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • 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
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  • 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$ 4,459
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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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$ 4,429
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Multi Country Vacation Ideas
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  • 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$ 6,871
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Luxury and Beyond, Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Private Experiences, Stays of Distinction, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • 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 while staying in first-class accommodations.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,923
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Highlights & Wildlife: Sydney, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Cairns

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: 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$ 2,906
    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$ 5,999
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, 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$ 17,270
    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$ 792
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Airlie Beach: Whitsunday Bliss

    Embark on a deluxe chartered sailing tour through the Whitsundays. Enjoy luxury accommodations aboard the Whitsunday Bliss as you sail between the islands, stop off at beaches to swim and snorkel, and visit world-famous landmarks like Whitehaven Beach.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,284
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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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$ 1,435
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made 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$ 334
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Single Friendly
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  • Classic Australia: Sydney, Red Centre, Cairns, Melbourne

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: 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$ 2,821
    Trip Type:
    Classics (Bestsellers), Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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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:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,490
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Single Friendly
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  • 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$ 2,255
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • 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$ 2,538
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Ideas for 18 to 30 Somethings, Single Friendly
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  • East Coast Cruisin': Trip for 18 - 39 Year Olds

    Surf, swim, and suntan your way along Australia’s East Coast between Sydney and Arlie Beach. You’ll hang out and surf in boho Byron Bay, explore the sand dunes and rainforest of Fraser Island, and cruise the Whitsundays aboard a yacht, stopping at famous Whitehaven Beach along the way.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,307
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Ideas for 18 to 30 Somethings
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Essence of Australia: Sydney, Rock and Reef

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL-GROUP: See three of Australia’s must-see landmarks on this essential vacation. Drop anchor in Sydney’s famous harbour from the comfort of a luxury yacht, explore the sunbaked landscape and Aboriginal legends of Uluru/Ayers Rock, and snorkel along the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,273
    Trip Type:
    Small Group Touring, 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$ 2,039
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
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