About Us - Great Barrier Reef Tours Australia

Aerial view of the sister ship snorkel tour yachts in the Whitsunday Islands

Australia Holiday Specialists Pty Ltd (4116414) and Cairns Holiday Specialists (3395314) are Licenced Inbound Operators - Travel Agents based in Cairns, Queensland, Australia since 2005.

Our team of Great Barrier Reef holiday specialists provide our website visitors with a choice of services, either a fully personalised bespoke holiday itinerary planning service, or our guests may choose to use the instant availability tools on our website to book and plan their dream Great Barrier Reef tours for themselves.

Guests can research and book accommodation and all of the things to do and things to see all along the famous East Coast of Australia and the Great Barrier Reef.

Read all about the iconic coastal regions of Fraser Island, the Whitsundays, the Southern Great Barrier Reef and north to Townsville, Cairns and the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef all the way to the top of Australia.

Our suite of travel websites, of which Barrier Reef Australia is one, feature Great Barrier Reef tours and attractions with 24 hour Instant booking, Live availability, Skip the queue tickets, Combo package tour deals and our Best price guarantee. 

Book accommodation, read destination information, read the visitor information, plan a tour itinerary, and learn fascinating facts about Tropical North Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Our Services

Australia Holiday Specialists Pty Ltd are travel experts solely focused on exclusive and personalised planning of your holiday on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

We provide a travel service that is personal and based on close contact with our clients, many of whom return to travel with us year after year.

Booking a holiday over the internet is easy but when you do not have an expert local travel specialist assisting you with all the latest inside information, your holiday may not turn out to be as amazing as it could have been if you had put the planning of your Great Barrier Reef holiday in our knowlegable teams hands.   

We really like to get to know our visitors so that we can offer you the perfect tours and the most appropriate things to do and things to see when you come to visit the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.

Alongside all of the tours and attractions on the Great Barrier Reef, we offer an extensive selection of amazing luxury holiday homes, private villas and luxury hotels and resorts that have all been hand picked based on our personal experience in the region.   

We take the time to understand your individualised, personal travel needs and desires and we promise to deliver the perfect travel arrangement experience where no request is to large or too small for our experienced team of Great Barrier Reef holiday specialists.   

Things To Do On the Great Barrier Reef in Australia

Our website was launched in 2001 and was recently upgraded to show visitors all the things to do and things to see on the Great Barrier Reef. With hundreds of bookable tours and attractions with 24 hour instant live availability Barrier Reef Australia is your one-stop Great Barrier Reef tours holiday shop.

  • HUNDREDS of bookable Great Barrier Reef tours and cruises with instant live availability 
  • INSPIRING destination stories and local secrets
  • TOURS, ATTRACTIONS and activities galore
  • TOP travel tips, tools and expert advice
  • FASCINATING facts about the Great Barrier Reef and its inhabitants

What sets us apart?

Our local expertise, and personalised service aligned with the use of the most up-to-date technology makes Australia Holiday Specialists a market leader. We were one of the first Great Barrier Reef tour specialists to provide - instant booking availability, ensuring we offer our guests a 24 hour confirmed booking service along with the best rates and ticketing service levels for those guests who love to do their own travel planning to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Our team have chosen only the best high quality tours and attractions to showcase here on our website catalogue along with of all the things to see and do around the Great Barrier Reef.

Instantly book Great Barrier Reef tours with 24 hour live availability and skip the queue tickets

Our local expertise: Our team of passionate Great Barrier Reef tour specialists live locally and have experienced and explored all of the local tours and attractions to ensure we deliver the right advice to satisfy our customers’ specific travel requirements.

Our personalised service: Our attention to detail and level of service has led to a growing list of repeat visitors who return to us year after year. We personally tailor our customers’ Great Barrier Reef holidays around the most iconic sights and experiences to suit their family types, interests, plans and budgets. We manage the largest fleet of Great Barrier Reef private charter boats for day charters and overnight extended charters.

7-day support: We use the most up-to-date technology to ensure we provide the best service levels in travel planning to the Great Barrier Reef.

Best rates guarantee: We offer a large range of tours at great prices and provide excellent discounts on combo package deal tours. Find the exact same deal for the exact same date and time of travel and we'll match the difference. T&C's apply  

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Meet Our Amazing Team of Great Barrier Reef Tour Specialists 

Sophie – Sales Co-ordinator

Specialises in: Tours and private charters

Q. What do you love about your job in travel?

Originally from Sydney, New South Wales, we decided to pack up our bags and leave our city lives for a more relaxed lifestyle. Cairns in Tropical North Queensland was the obvious choice for us as we had visited the region numerous times and absolutely loved it. Having experienced the region as a ‘visitor’ I decided to share what is now my backyard with others and that Tourism/Travel/Hospitality was the path I wanted to follow.

What I love the most about the Great Barrier Reef region is the relaxed lifestyle, the beautiful surroundings, the amazing experiences (the Daintree Rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef, the Outback…), the climate and the people.

Yvette – Product Co-ordinator

Specialises in: Accommodation

Q. What do you love about your job in travel?

I’m a proud Queenslander and love everything about the Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef coastline. I particularly enjoy sharing my local knowledge with our visitors and, having travelled to five continents, I can provide a wealth of travel tips.

One of my favourite things to do is exploring the freshwater swimming holes hidden in Queensland’s tropical rainforests. I love that every day on the Great Barrier Reef is different and you can never get enough of it.

Q. Your must-see destination or top tip?

My top tip for visitors is to make sure you have time to visit the Great Barrier Reef more than once – each site is unique and you’ll love the variety each experience brings.

The best way to really see the Great Barrier Reef is on an overnight liveaboard dive and snorkel tour and or a scenic helicopter flight.

Mel – Destination Specialist

Specialises in: Accommodation and tours

Q. What do you love about your job in travel?

I love the travel industry because it is so vibrant and exciting; every day is totally different and challenging in a whole new way. I specialise in accommodation and tours but I do enjoy organising private charters, whether it is a surprise proposal, birthday celebration or a family reunion. It is especially nice if you happen to get feedback that you have contributed to a memorable day.

Q. Your must-see destination or top tip?

Tropical North Queensland is the ultimate holiday destination being the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest and offering hundreds of adventure activities for daredevils, romantic getaways and family attractions.

Adam – Destination Specialist

Speciality:  Liveaboard Diving and Game Fishing Charters

Q. Your must-see destination or top tip?

The Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation region offer secluded waterholes, wild river cruises, untouched beaches, beautiful vistas and family-friendly hikes through virgin rainforest.

Annie – Accounts Manager

Q. What do you love about your job in travel?

I love the Great Barrier Reef region as it always feels like you are on holidays – everyone is friendly and easy going, the pace is … well, a little slower than most places in Australia (and the world most probably). It is easy to talk about your backyard when you are so proud of it. Even the adverse weather and animals make this place something special and never boring.

Belinda – Reservations Supervisor

I was born in Bridport Tasmania and migrated to Cairns over 20 years ago with family to escape the cold for the balmy lifestyle of Tropical North Queensland.

My first position in tourism was in 2005 at the Angsana Resort & Spa Palm Cove where I was initially based in hotel reception and then progressed into Reservation Sales shortly after. As I had been at the resort for 5 years it was time to move on and progress in my career and along came the opportunity to join the team at Cairns Holiday Specialists. Lucky for me at that time the Cairns Holiday Specialists was also originally based in beautiful Palm Cove and a few years later we all moved to the city of Cairns!

Q. What do you love about your job in travel?

I have been with the Cairns Holiday Specialists for eight years now and still loving it! I enjoy helping our guests find the perfect accommodation and tours for their dream holiday and then meeting them once they arrive. It's a real sense of achievement when you can meet your clients face to face when they take the time to come and seek you out and personally thank you for planning their holiday.

It's also great hearing about how beautiful our backyard is and how amazing our Great Barrier Reef tours and attractions are because as locals we often take for granted what we see and experience every single day.

Thank you to all of our guests for giving us the nudge and reminding us of how lucky we really are to actually live here full time!

Christina – Managing Director

I have been lucky enough to have worked in the tourism and hospitality industry in sales and marketing across Australia for over 25 years, promoting this great country to not only Australians but also visitors from around the world. When I attend travel shows and expos I get to meet potential guests before they actually make the decision to come to the Great Barrier Reef for a holiday, which assists us to put experiences together that suit their needs and ultimately attracts them to come and book a holiday with us.

The customer review feedback forms we receive from our guests after they travel are real testimonials to the attention to detail and effort that our team put into ensuring they take the time and care to plan the most memorable holiday for our guests.

Our company philosophy is "It's not just a holiday, it's a lifetime experience"!

On a personal note, I am a real greenie and wildlife warrior and my biggest hero is the wonderful travel writer and narrator, Sir David Attenborough.

At one stage in my very early life, I spent some time living in the Daintree and Cape Tribulation Rainforests in a humpie learning about our fragile ecosystem, the endangered rainforest and the endangered wildlife that it supports in a symbiotic relationship.

To this day I am still a wildlife warrior and protector of rainforests and I try and shop for organic products that do not harm our planet.

I try to stay fit and healthy by going to the gym and joining the odd hike up along the local mountains and gorges behind Cairns but it is very hard to do so as the tourism industry here in Cairns is very social and lots of our guests and family and friends are always coming for a visit and to share a meal in some our favourite local restaurants. Oh, and they do not come to our house as I am not a very good cook!

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