Journey Down Under

9 Day Package from Cairns to Sydney

This is Jeopardy! Answer: Astronauts can see this coral reef system from space. Question: What is the Great Barrier Reef? But have no fear! You don’t have to start training to become an astronaut to see the largest coral reef system in the world! Monograms has you covered with this 9-day vacation, where you not only get to see the Great Barrier Reef, but your journey will also take you to Australia’s Outback. We’ve arranged for you to have a Local Host®, someone who is there to answer questions, offer suggestions, and help make your vacation the trip of a lifetime. But that’s not all. We’ve also arranged your hotel reservations, daily breakfast, sightseeing, transfers from/to your hotel to/from the airports for all intra-vacation flights, and visits to help you really understand life in Australia's Outback.

Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Cairns. We can pick you up at the airport and whisk you to your selected hotel, where your Local Host will offer you a warm greeting and a set of materials to help you get settled and personalize your trip. The next morning, after your included breakfast, you'll cruise on a catamaran to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, one of the most amazing natural wonders on Earth! We've arranged for you to either snorkel or take a semi-submersible watercraft tour, or you can attend a presentation by a marine biologist. Regardless of what you choose, you’ll be amazed at the beauty all around you. A photo cannot capture it; you must experience it for yourself.

After a full day in Cairns to explore on your own (with the support of your Local Host, of course), you'll fly to the Outback, where you’ll see the sunrise at Uluru (Ayers Rock) and enjoy drinks & canapés while watching the sunset at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). While in the Outback, we've also arranged for you to visit the Uluru-Kata Culural Centre with its amazing collection of Aboriginal arts.
Your final destination is Sydney, where we will have a Local Host waiting to welcome you to this bustling city. The next day, after your included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for guided sightseeing with a local expert. Hear the insider stories around the must-see sights, such as the Opera House and Bondi Beach. A full day in Sydney gives you time to explore on your own or to take one of the many optional excursions we offer. Perhaps climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge, shop for a favorite souvenir, or take an excursion to the Blue Mountains. Your Local Host will have plenty of suggestions.

Between the sightseeing we've included and the transportation we've arranged, including the catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef, and the time you save by letting us take care of the details, you’ll be one happy traveler!


Always Included:

Your Choice of Hotels

We've carefully screened and selected the right hotels in the heart of the destination and you can choose your accommodations to match your style and budget.

Local Host

In Cairns & Sydney

Meals Included

American breakfast daily1 lunch

Sightseeing & Activities

Sightseeing as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary; inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Baggage Handling

Monograms has taken care of porterage at your hotel, so feel free to let the bellman help get your luggage to your room with no tipping required.

Day-By-Day 2017

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

On this Australia vacation, you’ll get to witness both sunrise and sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock)—a spectacular sight!

DAY
1
Arrive in Cairns, Australia

Welcome to tropical Cairns. The balance of the day is at your leisure.

DAY
2
Cairns. Excursion to the Outer Great Barrier Reef

Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Explore this underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of color and brilliance. Choose to SNORKEL, take a semi-submersible WATERCRAFT TOUR, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. Return to Cairns, where the evening is at leisure.

DAY
3
Cairns

A full day at leisure to explore Cairns. Perhaps select an optional excursion to visit a zoo to see crocodiles, kangaroos, and koalas, or to the quiet mountain village of Kuranda via the Kuranda Scenic Railway.

DAY
4
Cairns–Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Today, fly to Uluru. The rest of the day is at leisure.

DAY
5
Uluru (Ayers Rock)

This morning, rise early for an inspiring sunrise over Kata Tjuta. Witness incredible views over the dunes and stunning desert landscape. Continue to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre which houses an amazing collection of ceramics, paintings and punu (woodwork) from the Anangu people, the traditional custodians of Uluru. Later this afternoon, visit “Sunset Strip” for a DRINK & CANAPES, and to witness the changing colors of the rock.

DAY
6
Uluru (Ayers Rock)–Sydney

Today, fly to beautiful Sydney. The rest of the day is at your leisure for independent activities.

DAY
7
Sydney

Enjoy a morning guided sightseeing tour that includes an Opera House and Harbour Bridge photo stop, and a visit to stunning BONDI BEACH, considered by many to be the most beautiful beach in Sydney. The afternoon is at your leisure.

DAY
8
Sydney

Enjoy a full day at leisure in this beautiful city. Choose from our selection of optional excursions, including a cruise on Sydney Harbour and a climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

DAY
9
Sydney

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Included Hotels

*The "STARTING AT" price is based on December 1, 2017, which is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).

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Uluru
Sydney

Pacific Hotel

Corner Esplanade & Spence Street
Cairns, QLD Australia

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 11:00

The Pacific Hotel boasts a magnificent location, personalized service and award winning hospitality. Contemporary, and with a tropical ambience, befitting a bygone era - an era when great service and friendly hospitality were the rule rather than the exception. Ideal for visitors who wish to explore all the attractions Cairns has to offer with shopping and dining right at the hotel's front door.

Location & Highlights

On the waterfront and an easy walk to shopping and the famous Esplanade precinct with art galleries, cinemas, and entertainment.

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Pay Movies
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Phone
  • Climate Control
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • In-Room Safe
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • ATM
  • Dry Cleaning
Rooms include a private balcony, air-conditioning, coffee/tea maker, refrigerator, iron/ironing board, high-speed Internet access, and hairdryer in the bathroom.

Desert Gardens Hotel

Yulara Drive
Uluru, NT Australia

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 10:00

Centrally located to all resort facilities the hotel offers a range of accommodation, outdoor pool, and the popular Bunya bar. It's only a short stroll to the Resorts' numerous lookouts, where you can view what is arguably Australia's best sunset, with the spectacular play of colors across the face of Uluru and the surrounding desert.

Location & Highlights

Set among magnificent ghost gums and native shrubs in the Ayers Rock Resort complex.

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Window Opens
  • Voicemail
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Pay Movies
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Alarm Clock
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • ATM
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
Rooms are set throughout the gardens of the hotel and feature either a balcony or courtyard area.

Rydges World Square

389 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW Australia

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 11:00

Feel right at home when checking into Rydges World Square and enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. After a great day of sightseeing, wine and dine in their Italian & Mediterranean-inspired Sphere Restaurant or relax while sipping a cocktail at the Cidery Bar and Kitchen with a great outside deck overlooking the World Square area.

Location & Highlights

Conveniently located in Sydney’s Central Business District, providing easy access to the Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay, Qantas Credit Union Arena and the city’s financial precinct.

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Window Opens

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
Take advantage of modern comforts and thoughtful amenities. Guest rooms are well-equipped with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The cozy Rydges Dream Bed with crisp, white linens will have you sleeping soundly and waking fully refreshed. Guests also have access to 24-hour room service, minibar and tea and coffee maker.

Other Hotel

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

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Sydney

Pullman Cairns International

17 Abbott St
Cairns, QLD Australia

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 11:00

Pullman Cairns International is an upscale hotel exuding the architectural grandeur of the city's rich colonial past. Overlooking Cairns Harbour and the lush mountain hinterland, this 321-room hotel is perfectly positioned in the CBD to take advantage of all the city has to offer. After a great day of sightseeing, dine in Coco's Restaurant, grab a drink at the Lobby Bar, or pamper yourself at Vie Spa.

Location & Highlights

Pullman Cairns International is perfectly located in the heart of Cairns, just moments from the city's best shopping and dining, and an ideal base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef.

Room Amenities

  • Pay Movies
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Window Opens
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Television
  • Phone

Hotel Amenities

  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Gift Shop
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Beauty Salon
  • Spa Services
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
Rest in comfort and style surrounded by upscale decor in a spacious guestroom featuring a private balcony with incredible views of the city and beyond. Amenities include a private bathroom with classic Italian marble, bathrobes, minibar, complimentary toiletries, Wi-Fi access, tea/coffee maker, in-room safe, and more.

Hilton Cairns Hotel

Wharf Street
Cairns, QLD Australia

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 11:00

Boasting a superb waterfront location with sweeping views of Trinity Inlet and Cairns Esplanade makes this the ideal base from which to discover the region's natural wonders. Pampered guests will enjoy deluxe furnishings and quality amenities throughout the hotel. Satisfy your appetite for culinary indulgence and superior service in the award-winning Mondo Café Bar and Grill on the waterfront, or an exploration of exotic Asian flavors at the renowned Hanuman restaurant. From an elevated position overlooking the water, the chic Six Degrees Bar and Lounge is the place to meet, for cocktails or a decadent Lindt chocolate fondue.

Location & Highlights

Overlooking beautiful Trinity Inlet and Cairns Marina, close to the Esplanade, and within easy access to shopping and restaurants.

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Pay Movies
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Currency Exchange
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Gift Shop
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
Unwind in comfort and enjoy the tropical ambience of a spacious guestroom that features a large bathroom and offers panoramic views of Cairns' unique cityscape and the rainforest covered mountain ranges beyond from its own private balcony. Stay connected with wireless internet access, watch a movie on the 37-inch LCD HD TV and take advantage of iPod connectivity.

Sails in the Desert

174 Yulara Drive
Uluru, NT Australia

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 10:00

Named after the soaring white sails that crown its roof, this is Voyages Ayers Rock Resort's premium hotel. The interior decor focuses on Aboriginal heritage and culture, with a gallery in the lobby and significant artworks featured throughout the public areas and in the private rooms

Location & Highlights

In the Ayers Rock Resort complex close to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas).

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Pay Movies
  • Mini-bar
  • Climate Control
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Window Opens
  • Voicemail
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • In-Room Safe
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Room Service

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • ATM
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange
  • Parking/Valet
Natural tones are complemented by Indigenous artwork and decorative pieces that surround you with stories of the local Anangu people. Step out onto the balcony, terrace, or verandah and bask in the magical atmosphere as the desert day transforms to night before curling up in the pure luxury of one of Sails in the Desert's 'Ahh' Beds.

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

176 Cumberland Street
Sydney, NSW Australia

Check-in - 15:00
Check-out - 11:00

The luxurious rooms and suites of the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney are situated in the historic Rocks district in the heart of the city. The hotel has breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour encompassing the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Celebrate the end of a great day in their signature restaurant, bar or café.

Location & Highlights

Situated in the historic Rocks district in the heart of the city, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney has breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour encompassing the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Room Amenities

  • Internet Access
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • Alarm Clock
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Smoking Rooms

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
Luxuriously furnished, the Deluxe Grand Harbour View rooms offer breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. These rooms feature modern design and furnishings, triple-glazed soundproofed windows, plush duvets, iHome docks and bathrobes.

Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

11 Jamison St
Sydney, NSW Australia

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 11:00

The award-winning luxurious Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney combines space, style and warmth to provide guests ultimate ambience. Their two restaurants and bar offer exceptional wining and dining experiences. A dedicated relaxation zone is available at the Amora Day Spa. Guests can also take advantage of the heated indoor pool, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi and gym.

Location & Highlights

Located in the heart of Sydney's financial district, near the Opera House, Harbour Bridge & Circular Quay.

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Pay Movies
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Phone

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Hot Tub
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange
Rooms offer exceptional comfort and space with complimentary Wi-Fi and fitted to a high standard with all the latest amenities, including air-conditioning, cable TV, blackout shades, robes and slippers, complimentary toiletries, and mini-bar.

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

61-101 Phillip Street
Sydney, NSW Australia

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 11:00

Located in the heart of Sydney, the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is a 5 minute stroll from the Opera House, the Rocks, the Royal Botanical Garden, restaurants, nightclubs, and museums. The hotel features Club Sofitel, Sofitel Lounge, Library, Elix'r Health Club, and Lattouf Hair & Spa.

Location & Highlights

On Phillip Street in the financial heart of the Sydney Central Business District and just minutes from the Opera House, Circular Quay, the Rocks, and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Alarm Clock
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Pay Movies
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • In-Room Safe
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • Business Center
  • Beauty Salon
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Fitness Room
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
All rooms are finished in rich contemporary yet classic tones, sympathetic to the history of this grand hotel. Design does not compromise your comfort; in fact, space has been optimized by furniture selection and layout. Guestrooms feature air conditioning, cable TV, Wi-Fi access, coffee/tea maker, minibar, iron/ironing board, hairdryer, and bath amenities.

Activities & Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

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Ayers Rock
Sydney

Cairns

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Mix and mingle with the local wildlife of Tropical North Queensland including crocodiles, cassowaries, kolas and more!

Price Range: $$

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Explore the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest region of far north Queensland

Price Range: $$$$

Sunset Cruise

Wrap up your exciting day in Cairns with a delightful sunset cruise.

Price Range: $

Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail

Tropical North Queensland awaits on this memorable private day trip that combines the scenic Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the world-famous Kuranda Scenic Railway.

Price Range: $$$

Ayers Rock

Sounds of Silence

Join us for the ultimate Outback dining experience: dinner under the stars in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Price Range: $$$$

Stargazing in the Outback

One of the best places on Earth to explore the galaxy's celestial wonders, Australia's Red Centre is home to low humidity and minimal artificial light¿ideal for viewing the wide canopy above the impressive silhouette of Uluru (Ayers Rock).

Price Range: $

Scenic Helicopter Flight - Uluru/Ayers Rock & Kata Tjuta/The Olgas

Take in the mysterious grandeur of the Outback on a thirty-six 36 minute scenic flight.

Price Range: $$$$

Sydney

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb - Day

Take a climb over the famous arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for a birds' eye view of the iconic city of Sydney.

Price Range: $$$$

Revolving Restaurant 3 Course Dinner

Enjoy a memorable evening of excellent cuisine and incomparable views from atop Sydney Tower at the opulent 360 Bar and Dining.

Price Range: $$

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium & WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Combo

Take a walk on the wild side on this amazing discovery of Australia's incredible sealife and wildlife.

Price Range: $$

Sydney Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

Board your luxury Australian made catamaran for a one hour sightseeing cruise on Sydney Harbour.

Price Range: $

Taronga Zoo - General Entry

See the animals of the world including Wild Australia themed area at the zoo with a view!

Price Range: $

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Discover Australia's oldest wine-producing area on this exceptional, full-day excursion to the Hunter Valley.

Price Range: $$$$

Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise

Grab your camera and step aboard a luxury catamaran for a sumptuous seafood buffet lunch and relaxing cruise around Sydney Harbour.

Price Range: $$

The Sydney Opera House Tour

See inside the world's most recognisable sails. Experience this miracle of architecture and engineering.

Price Range: $

Blue Mountains

Join us for an excursion to the famed Blue Mountains that is truly off the beaten track!

Price Range: $$$$

Insider

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Uluru
Sydney

Cairns

Cairns, Australia Must See SightsMonograms provides travellers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Cairns, Australia. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Cairns and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Cairns insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Cairns

Hi, I'm Debra, and I've been working in the tourism industry for over 27 years. My knowledge and love of Australia ensures that guests get the best information on how they can have an incredible time here in Cairns. I like to provide customized support to help meet each traveler's unique interests.

Bang Espresso

Fresh and funky cafe with baristas trained professionally to produce the perfect espresso. A must visit for coffee connoisseurs.

Cairns Botanic Gardens

The lush tropical flora of Cairns can’t be beat and a trip to the Cairns Botanic Gardens invites you to explore the beauty of its tropical flowers, trees and ferns. Home to approximately 4,000 species of plants, you’ll want more than a day to capture it all, which can be easy to do, since admission is free. Buses run to the Botanic gardens from the Cairns city center, departing roughly every 25 minutes.

Wait-a-While Rainforest Tours

Many rainforest animals are nocturnal and difficult to spot during the day. If you’re a little nocturnal yourself, consider one of these tours designed to maximize wildlife encounters. They start at 3:00 pm and end around 11:00 pm.

Fishing Cairns

Cairns is the black marlin capital of the world. Whether you want to reel in one of these giant fish or try your skill against a barracuda or a tiger shark, this outfit can get you to the secret spots.

Cairns Esplanade

Get a taste of local life as well as a little exercise at this Cairns focal point. Go for a morning jog, join families flying kites, or take a swim in the lagoon.

Reef House Day Spa

Visit this spa in the Sebel Reef House Hotel for a little rejuvenation. The Kodo Body Massage—a rhythmic massage using ancient Aboriginal techniques—should do the trick.

Cairns Night Markets

These markets are somewhat of an institution, popular with both locals and visitors alike. Located on the Esplanade, they offer everything from souvenirs, home wares and gifts to tattoos, crocodile skins and pearls. They are open every night from 5pm and offer casual dining in a well-serviced food court.

Port Douglas

If you find yourself with a free day, Port Douglas, located an hour’s drive north of Cairns, is a lovely place to spend your time. Wander the shops and art galleries, see St Mary’s by the Sea wooden chapel, or enjoy a drink on the balcony of the Courthouse Hotel or in the uniquely Australian Ironbar.

Uluru

Monograms provides travellers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Ayers Rock. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Ayers Rock and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Ayers Rock insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Shop for Aboriginal Art

Want something unique to take home to remember your trip down under? Stop by the cultural center or one of the shops within the resort to purchase original, unique art created by aborigines.

Relax by the pool

Your free time is limited but in the harsh climate of the Outback cooling off in the pool is a good way to spend the afternoon! The Bunya bar has just the answer to finish off a relaxing afternoon.

Mulgara Gallery

Located in the foyer of Sails in the Desert Hotel the gallery offers superb selection of Australian hand-crafted glassware, pottery, textiles, metal and leather work, featuring renowned artists.

Star Gazing

The Australian Outback is perhaps one of the best places to explore the galaxy of stars in the night sky. The low humidity and minimal unnatural light in the Red Centre allows you to view the stars and planets like you've never seen them before.

Sydney

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Sydney, AustraliaMonograms provides travellers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Sydney. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Sydney and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Sydney, Australia insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Meet a Local Host® in Sydney

I love sharing my "insider knowledge", the cultural idiosyncrasies, history and people, as well as the landscape, plants and animals we encounter. I hope this extra knowledge allows guests to appreciate their destination on a deeper level, and leave feeling they were honorary locals for a little while!

Manly Beach

Catch the ferry from Circular Quay to this iconic Sydney beach. Stroll through the corso while enjoying an ice-cream or treat yourself to a beer at the Hotel Steyne overlooking the ocean. You may wish to walk along the beachfront to Little Manly Beach.

Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Enjoy spectacular views of Sydney Harbour and the city surrounds as you take an easy stroll across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and back.

Queen Victoria Building and Strand Arcade

These shopping arcades are both architectural beauties in their own right. Even if you aren’t interested in shopping, they are worth a glimpse.

Clifftop Coastal Walk

This walk hugs the coastline from Bondi to Coogee and is 6 kms in length. Walk all or part of it for amazing views and perhaps stop for a swim at one of the beaches along the way.

Altmann & Cherny Opal Store

Located on Pitt St. at Circular Quay, this family-owned and operated business offers an impressive range of opal jewelry.

Paddy’s Market

If you want to bring home inexpensive, kitschy souvenirs, this Chinatown market is the place. Kangaroo oven mitts and Opera House shot glasses abound. Note: Paddy's Market is not open on Monday's and Tuesday's.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Stroll the MCA and experience the work of today’s artists from across Australia and around the world on your own or take part in one of the free daily guided tours. Getting hungry? Stop at the MCA Cafe on Level 4 for spectacular harbor views, site-specific art and a fresh daily menu. On Thursdays, make sure to check out their contemporary art after dark when the galleries, Cafe and Store are all open until 9pm.

Sydney Opera Bar

Found at the water’s edge of the Sydney Harbour and base of the famous Sydney Opera House, the Opera Bar promises an experience to remember. Toast to unforgettable views, new friends and new experiences in the afternoon sun.

Explore The Rocks

Get a sense of Sydney's past exploring The Rocks' cobbled laneways, cozy cafés and oldest pubs in the country. Major highlights within this area are: Sydney Observatory, Argyle Gallery, Cadman's Cottage, Sydney Theatre Company, Lord Nelson Brewery and The Rocks Markets where Sydneysiders flock to on Fridays and over the weekend.

Island hopping on Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour Islands Fort Denison, Shark, Clark, Rodd, Goat and Cockatoo are among some of Sydney's most popular natural attractions. Catch one of the regular ferry services from Circular Quay during summer and take in the sparkling scenery.

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2018 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in August 2017.

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  • During the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season, certain activities may not be available. A different activity may be substituted or a refund offered if your included activity is not available.

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).