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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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Great Barrier Reef

  • 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$ 3,891
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Essence of the Great Barrier Reef

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Visit the reef and rainforest on this 4-day escape to Port Douglas. Cruise a protected coral cay along the Great Barrier Reef and snorkel off white-sand beaches. Then travel north to Cape Tribulation to explore the Daintree Rainforest and spot Australian wildlife in their natural habitat.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 866
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Essential Aussie Highlights: Melbourne, Cairns, Sydney

    FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: Experience three of Australia’s greatest icons on this small group tour. Discover the hidden laneways of Melbourne, drive the Great Ocean Road, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, trek through the Daintree Rainforest, and cruise Sydney’s world-famous harbour.
    Duration:
    12 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,881
    Trip Type:
    Small Group Touring, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Essential Australia: Sydney, Rock, Reef, Melbourne

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Experience Australia’s diverse landscape and world-class landmarks on this journey across the nation. Explore the famous cities of Sydney and Melbourne, delve into ancient culture and see Uluru/Ayers Rock, cruise the Great Barrier Reef, and discover the Daintree Rainforest.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,711
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • 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$ 210
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes
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  • 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$ 234
    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
  • Heron Island

    Discover beautiful Heron Island, on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 627
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes
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  • 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$ 2,971
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Luxury and Beyond, Stays of Distinction
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  • 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$ 3,654
    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
  • Orpheus Island Resort: Stay of Distinction

    Escape to a luxury resort on a secluded island in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy stunning premium amenities and meals catered to your tastes and be at leisure to explore a marine world of coral reefs, bright fish, and breathtaking deep-blue waves.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,494
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Luxury and Beyond, Stays of Distinction
    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$ 3,654
    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$ 368
    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$ 1,187
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Ideas for 18 to 30 Somethings, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • 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$ 1,352
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Reef & Whitehaven Beach Adventure

    This short Airlie Beach escape is ideal for budget travellers who still want a slice of the all-natural luxury of the Whitsundays, and the Great Barrier Reef. Spend the first day exploring the reef, then relax at Airlie, before the final full day takes you to Whitehaven Beach, often praised as Australia’s most beautiful, and one of the best in the world.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 324
    Trip Type:
    Ideas for 18 to 30 Somethings, Single Friendly
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  • 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 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$ 3,745
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Single Friendly
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Reef, Rail & Cruise: Brisbane to Cairns

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: 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$ 2,646
    Trip Type:
    Bucket List Travel Ideas, Cruises & Sailing, Rail Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Reefsleep Overnight Experience

    This is a totally unique experience just right for nature lovers and those that appreciate the outdoors. If a scuba diver or snorkeler, this will be your paradise along with a truly wonderful collection of tropical fish swimming among the coral reefs.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 428
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Single Friendly
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  • Reefsuites: Sleep Underwater on the Reef

    Spend a magical night in Australia’s first underwater accommodation and have a front row seat to the dazzling underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Be prepared for an intimate experience that will stay with you forever.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 575
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Beach & Island Escapes, Cruises & Sailing, Romance & Honeymoon, Stopovers/City Breaks
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Revitalise on the Reef: Cairns to Cairns

    Recharge your body and mind as you discover the stunning underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend a week aboard the Coral Discoverer and take part in daily wellness workshops as you explore the Queensland coastline and dive through the Ribbon Reefs and Osprey Reef.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,300
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Cruises & Sailing
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  • Signature Australia: Sydney, Rock, Reef & Rainforest

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Enjoy bespoke touring to Australian icons and the comforts of 5-star accommodations. Go behind-the-scenes of the famous Sydney Opera House, stay in a luxury tent next to Uluru, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, and cap it all off with a few nights in the rainforest.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,636
    Trip Type:
    Private Experiences, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Signature Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest in Luxury

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Get the best of both worlds and stay in luxury accommodations on this reef and rainforest vacation. Swim, snorkel, and relax on a coral cay in the Low Isles of the Great Barrier Reef. Then discover the Daintree Rainforest and Mossman River from your treehouse resort.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,941
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
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