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Melbourne, Sydney & Great Barrier Reef Explorer

15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,169

Escape to Australia with a brilliant combination of urban highlights and natural icons. On this Australia vacation, you’ll see the Sydney Opera House, 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.

This 15-day Australia vacation takes you from Melbourne to the Great Barrier Reef and finally to beautiful Sydney.

Your Australia vacation begins in Melbourne, Australia’s cultural capital and the world’s most livable city according to The Economist. It also just keeps getting cooler. You won’t find a more vibrant mix of arts and culture and high living standards in the country. Ground zero for the trendy scene is Federation Square, where you’ll find the laneway and rooftop bars and restaurants that lead the city’s culinary innovation. For more traditional sights, head to St. Kilda’s famous amusement park, Luna Park, or enjoy a pint with the locals in bohemian Fitzroy.

Included are two great experiences rolled into one day trip. See the city's highlights on a guided tour, then head to Philip Island to see the Little Penguin parade. Every night, as the sun goes down on Philip Island, up to a hundred Little Penguins (pint-sized birds less than a foot tall) waddle up onto land and head to their nests. It’s an enchanting experience and completely adorable. With the remainder of your time free in Melbourne, you can explore the city, enjoy some of Australia’s best wines in the Yarra Valley, surf the breaks at Geelong, or drive the Great Ocean Road to the see the Twelve Apostles and other natural icons of Australia.

From Melbourne, head north to tropical Cairns, the nation’s gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns may be small, but it offers plenty of atmosphere. Be sure to shop the Promenade and take a dip in the massive saltwater lagoon before heading on an excursion onto the Great Barrier Reef. As the world’s largest living structure and home to over 1,500 species of fish, the Great Barrier Reef is a marvel. You’ll enjoy snorkelling on Michaelmas Cay, with the chance to just relax on the beach when you're done. After you return to Cairns, you'll enjoy a day at leisure, doing which you might opt to head to the Daintree Rainforest, the mystical home of the “dreamtime” that has been a significant part of indigenous Australian culture for thousands of years.

End your Australia trip in Sydney. Few cities are as naturally appealing as Australia’s largest urban centre. Blessed with a massive natural harbour and home to a diverse range of communities, Sydney is a city as gorgeous as it is vibrant. There are a lot of ways to spend your time while in Sydney, so follow your fancy and take advantage of the city’s multifaceted appeal. Be sure to visit the harbour to see the iconic Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. If you want to take advantage of the sun, head to Bondi Beach and bond with the surfers who turn to Sydney when northern countries grow cold. To say “G’day” to marsupials like kangaroos, koalas, and wombats, head to Taronga Zoo, or go for a full-day hike in the gorgeous Blue Mountains to get a taste of Australia’s famous wilderness. Sydney will also treat you well if you have an appetite for culture; with plenty of museums and world-class restaurants to keep you occupied.

This Australia vacation showcases the natural and urban highlights of this incredible nation.



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15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,169

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Day 1

Depart North America

Depart from North America aboard Virgin Australia to begin your exciting adventure to Australia 


Day 2

Cross International Dateline

You will cross the International Dateline today and ‘lose a day’, but don’t worry , this will be regained on your journey home


Day 3

Arrive Melbourne

On arrival you will need to make your way to your Melbourne accommodation.  If you prefer, Goway can prebook all your airport transfers (additional charge applies). 

Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, is stylish and cosmopolitan. It has been voted by The Economist as the “World’s most Livable City”. Part of this is the abundance of parks and gardens. The capital of Victoria, it is situated on an estuary of the Yarra River and boasts world-class culture, sports and dining.


Hotel Category Hotel
Economy Ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments 
Moderate Savoy Hotel on Little Collins
First Class Crown Plaza Melbourne
Duration4 Nights
Days 4

City and Penguins

A fantastic combination of two tours; one introducing you to the fabulous city of Melbourne and the other, a popular Penguins tour to Phillip Island. It's a long day of touring but well worth the experience! City tour highlights include a photo stop at St Patrick's Cathedral, a visit to Fitzroy Gardens, a delightful guided walking tour through our favourite laneways and arcades and a visit to the Queen Victoria Markets (or the Royal Botanic Gardens on Monday and Wednesday). You will have free time for lunch (own expense) before joining the second part of your tour to witness the nightly ritual of the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island. On the way, visit Warrook Homestead for afternoon tea (own expense). This unique historical farm has been in operation for over 100 years! Here guests will be able to get up close to kangaroos and see koalas in the Fauna Park (animal feed available at own expense). There will also be access to the lovely homestead on the property and visit Koala Conservation Centre where you can look for koalas in their natural habitat from tree top boardwalks.

Day 5-6

At leisure in Melbourne

We have included in your vacation package an I-Venture Multi City Attraction Pass. This includes entry to 5 top attractions and can be used in Melbourne as well as Sydney later in your trip. Some of the featured attractions include entry to the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and SEA Life Melbourne Aquarium or Melbourne Zoo. Perhaps enjoy a Melbourne River Cruise – these are just a few of the included attractions. 

These days are free to explore Melbourne. Federation Square is the perfect starting point, a major meeting place with its exhibitions, restaurants, bars and shopping. To see Melbourne from a different perspective, visit the Eureka Skydeck in the Eureka Tower (also included in the I-Venture Pass) for stunning views of the city’s heritage buildings especially when lit up after dark.

A newer development is the restored Docklands where one can enjoy award-winning restaurants and stylish bars and cafes. For something different, head to St. Kilda’s or Fitzroy, colourful neighbourhoods with characters of their own. St. Kilda’s has its own beachfront and is home to Luna Park, the renowned amusement park.


Duration4 Nights
Day 7

Depart Melbourne for Cairns

Make your way to the airport for your flight to Tropical North Queensland.  On arrival you will make your way to your Cairns hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.  Nestled between the Great Barrier Reef and the lush, tropical rainforest of North Queensland, Cairns is your ideal base for exploring.

Hotel Category Hotel
Economy Bay Village Tropical Retreat (with light breakfast) 
Moderate Novotel Oasis Cairns
First Class Doubletree by Hilton Cairns
Duration4 Nights
Day 8

Michaelmas Cay Great Barrier Reef Cruise.

A full day cruise to Michaelmas Cay for snorkelling, diving and sailing on Australia's magnificent Great Barrier Reef. Set sail aboard Ocean Spirit's five star catamaran and enjoy a reef experience like no other. Your tour includes: four full hours on the reef, morning refreshments, superb hot and cold buffet with seafood, afternoon tea, snorkelling demonstrations and tuition plus use of all snorkelling equipment, use of flotation vests, informative ecological presentations by a qualified marine biologists, coral viewing on a glass bottom boat, guided bird tours, musical entertainment on the homeward sail to Cairns and a high crew to guest ratio (1:9).


Meal Plan Lunch
Day 9-10

Cairns at leisure

Cairns is a small city in the tropical north of Queensland and is best known as the Gateway to Great Barrier Reef, one of Australia’s most popular destinations. From Cairns, there is easy access to rainforests, tropical islands, reefs and mountains. Not far away, you can enjoy world-class diving or snorkeling getting close to schools of tropical fish and abundant marine life.


Day 11

Depart Cairns for Sydney

Make your way to the airport this morning for your flight to Sydney. On arrival in Sydney you will need to make your way to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Nature blessed Sydney with one of most idyllic settings in the world which is reflected in its large eye-appealing harbour and excellent beaches. This cosmopolitan city is not only scenically beautiful but, like most major cities, has an abundance of culture, history and venues to keep any visitor occupied for several days.

Hotel Category Hotel
Economy Travelodge Sydney 
Moderate Rendevouz Sydney Hotel Central
First Class

Holiday Inn Old Sydney (to 30 Sep) then Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel (from 1 Oct)

Duration4 Nights
Day 12

Sydney Harbour Morning Tea Cruise

Begin your day with a sensational morning tea cruise. A unique, Sydney Harbour Highlights two hour cruise experience. Enjoy the company of a small group aboard a 52 foot motor yacht. Your personal captain & host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a light morning tea with coffee, tea, juice, water and 5-star service.  The remainder of the day is free.


Day 13-14

Sydney at Leisure

These days are free to explore Sydney. Perhaps use some of your I-Venture Multi City Attraction Pass entries.  Some of the attractions you can choose from include a hop on hop off Sydney sightseeing gour, entry to Taronga Zoo, Sydney Opera House tour, entry to Madame Tussauds, Sea Life Aquarium or Wild Life Sydney Zoo, OZ Jet-boating on Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Cruise and much more…

Day 15

Depart Sydney for North America

You will need to make your way back to the airport for your flight back to North America.

Other Information



Departures from Los Angeles
Price in US$



First Class

1 May - 28 Jun '19 $2,189 $2,349 $2,579
24 Jul - 31 Aug '19 $2,259 $2,479 $2,669
1 - 17 Sep '19 $2,169 $2,399 $2,589
18 - 30 Sep '19 $2,339 $2,479 $2,669
1 - 31 Oct '19 $2,559 $2,859 $3,199
1 Nov - 10 Dec '19 $2,389 $2,549 $2,939
11 Dec '19 - 11 Jan '20 $3,199 $3,249 $3,499
12 - 31 Jan '20 $2,269 $2,499 $2,799
1 - 28 Feb '20 $2,389 $2,589 $2,949

For departures from Las Vegas add $105, Phoenix add $205. Austin/New Orleans/Seattle add $310, Seattle/Portland add $360, Cleveland/Orlando/Chicago add $415, Atlanta/Denver/Minneapolis add $465, Dallas add $510. Add on amounts may slightly vary upon reservation and are subject to availability. Please enquire about add on airfares from other US cities.


Departures from Vancouver
Price in CAD



First Class

1 May - 8 Jun '19 $3,279 $3,469 $3,729
9 - 28 Jun '19 $3,399 $3,599 $3,859
29 Jun - 23 Jul, 1 - 30 Sep '19 $3,489 $3,749 $3,979
24 Jul - 31 Aug '19 $3,359 $3,619 $3,849
1 - 31 Oct '19 $3,749 $4,089 $4,579
1 Nov - 10 Dec '19, 1 - 28 Feb '20 $3,739 $3,929 $4,469
11 Dec '19 - 11 Jan '20 $4,599 $4,669 $4,999
12 - 31 Jan '20 $3,589 $3,779 $4,279
For departures from Kamloops or Winnipeg add $120, from Regina add $165, from Toronto/Montreal/Ottawa add $340 from Halifax/Charlottetown/Fredericton/ Moncton/St Johns or Sydney add $490. Add on amounts may slightly vary upon reservation and are subject to availability. Please enquire about add on airfares from other Canadian cities.

Book By:
30 Jun’19.


  • Round trip airfares with Virgin Australia from listed cities to Melbourne, Cairns and Sydney
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in Melbourne with full day Penguins and City Sightseeing Tour
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in Cairns with full day Great Barrier Reef Cruise with lunch
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in Sydney with morning Sydney Harbour Cruise
  •  iVenture Multi City Attraction Pass – includes entry to 5 top attractions in Melbourne and Sydney


  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks
  • Airport – hotel transfers

*Limited seats, subject to availability*


All prices are per person, based on twin share accommodation and include all taxes and fees. Limited seats and subject to availability. Includes international airfares from listed cities with Virgin Australia and parter airlines.  For departures from other cities, upgrades or extensions please inquire. Package is based on Transpacific flights on Mondays/Tuesdays/ Wednesdays/Thursdays. If flying on a Friday/Saturday/Sunday a surcharge will apply.

 Hotels in Australia do have selected dates where special rates may not be available. If your travel falls over any dates listed below or crosses a seasonality a surcharge may be applicable or Goway may need to look at an alternate hotel for you.



Ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments 27-28 Sep, 2 Nov, 20-23 Nov, 31 Dec, 21 Jan-2 Feb, 19-21 Mar
Travelodge Sydney

10 - 11 Aug, 5 - 6 Oct, 12-14 Dec, 30 Dec - 1 Jan, 26 - 31 Jan, 28 Feb - 3 Mar

Savoy Hotel on Little Collins 22-24 Aug, 27-28 Sep, 5 Nov, 18 - 24 Nov, 13-15 Dec, 31 Dec, 22 - 26 Jan, 31 Jan - 2 Feb, 21-22 Feb 
Novotel Oasis Cairns 8-9 Jun, 25 Dec - 1 Jan, 20 - 30 Jan
 Rendevouz Sydney Hotel Central 10 - 11 Aug, 5-6 Oct, 12-14 Dec, 30 Dec - 1 Jan, 26 - 31 Jan, 28 Feb - 3 Mar  
 Doubletree by Hilton Cairns  31 Dec, 25 - 31 Jan
 Crown Plaza Melbourne 27 - 28 Sep, 4 - 7 Nov, 9 - 17 Dec, 30 Dec, 20 Jan - 2 Feb, 14 - 17 Mar 
 Holiday Inn Old Sydney 30 - 31 Dec           
 Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel  1- 5 Oct, 30 Dec - 1 Jan, 29 - 31 Jan            

17 Sep 2019
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