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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

  • 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$ 758
    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$ 1,448
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
    Australia See Trip Details
  • 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$ 1,365
    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$ 319
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Single Friendly
    Australia See Trip Details
  • 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$ 4,297
    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$ 2,159
    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 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$ 829
    Trip Type:
    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$ 5,448
    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$ 201
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes
    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$ 224
    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$ 709
    Trip Type:
    Self-Drives
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  • Heron Island

    Discover beautiful Heron Island, on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 600
    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$ 2,843
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Luxury and Beyond, Stays of Distinction
    Australia See Trip Details
  • 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$ 3,497
    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$ 2,387
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Luxury and Beyond, Stays of Distinction
    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$ 1,136
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Ideas for 18 to 30 Somethings, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • 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$ 1,294
    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: 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$ 3,642
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Single Friendly
    Australia See Trip Details
  • 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$ 483
    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$ 649
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Beach & Island Escapes, Cruises & Sailing, Romance & Honeymoon, Stopovers/City Breaks
    Australia See Trip Details
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