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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

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

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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

  • 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:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, Luxury and Beyond
    Papua New Guinea 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$ 1,389
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    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$ 4,291
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Single Friendly
    Australia See Trip Details
  • 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$ 2,156
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Essence of Brisbane, Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: Combine three Aussie highlights on one convenient vacation. Start in sunny Brisbane, where you’ll explore the city and visit the nearby rainforest. Connect north to Cairns to cruise the Great Barrier Reef and explore the Daintree River. Finish your trip in Sydney to see the city’s iconic sights on a luxury luncheon cruise.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,949
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas, Vacation Packages with Airfare
    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$ 849
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • 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$ 5,713
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    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$ 759
    Trip Type:
    Self-Drives
    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
  • 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$ 1,131
    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$ 1,364
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    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$ 3,656
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Single Friendly
    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$ 4,171
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Cruises & Sailing
    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$ 1,980
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Treasures of Australia Premier Escorted Luxury Vacation

    Discover the icons of Oz on this luxury vacation to Australia. As you cross the country and stay in premium accommodations, you’ll see Uluru/Ayers Rock in the Red Centre, cruise the Great Barrier Reef at Port Douglas, and explore the urban wonders of Melbourne and Sydney.
    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,495
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Value East Coast Discovery: Gold Coast to Cairns

    Travel Australia’s beautiful east coast and explore its tropical wildlife and landscape. Start at the surfers’ hub of the Gold Coast, then head north through the laidback Sunshine Coast and Rockhampton before reaching Cairns and the incredible natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,595
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Single Friendly, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Value Grand Australia: Escorted Vacation: Cairns to Sydney

    Join an extended tour of the Queensland Coast and the Great Barrier Reef and experience tropical resorts, some on the Reef itself. You will discover rainforests and tablelands as well as visit Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo and have time to enjoy swimming, water sports and more.
    Duration:
    13 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,489
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Single Friendly
    Australia See Trip Details
  • Value Grand Australia: Escorted Vacation: Sydney to Alice Springs

    From sparkling Sydney to the red centre, discover Australia in detail on this amazing journey.
    Duration:
    17 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,695
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring, Single Friendly
    Australia See Trip Details
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