Journey Down Under (IPO)

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, and 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 Cultural 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!


Insider Benefits

Monograms is all about connecting you to your destination with unmatched insider guidance and support to make travel a pleasure. With a team of local experts in each destination, your Monograms vacation includes local assistance and tips that only a local would know. In addition to an expertly-planned vacation with great hotels and included sightseeing, Monograms means you'll get the VIP treatment from a team of local insiders who help you put your signature on your vacation.

Airport Arrival

Monograms greets you like a VIP when you arrive at your destination (Yes, that's your name on the welcome board!). You'll feel at ease in an instant.

Hotel Transfer

Forget the stress of finding your way to your hotel. As our guest, we'll whisk you off with a friendly Monograms-operated transfer, which is included when you purchase your flights from Monograms.

Hotel Check-In

Once you arrive at your hotel, your own Monograms Local Host® is there to greet you, help you get checked in, and share lots of destination insights with you to get your vacation started.

Sightseeing

Get an insider's look at the must-see sights with the insight and knowledge of an expert Monograms Local Guide. Delight in the stares of regular tourists as they slide you past the line and right into the doorway with VIP access.

Free Time

Your Monograms Local Host® can provide tips and suggestions and even help you book activities & excursions to make the most of your time at your destination, helping you drink in the local culture in just your style.

Dining

What better restaurant recommendations can you find than from a local who knows? From haute cuisine to hidden cafes, from street food to Michelin Stars, your Local Host® can give you the inside scoop on finding your favorite fare.

City Connections

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, we'll get you to your train or plane, stress free with door-to-gate service. Your local Monograms team awaits your arrival at your next destination.

Activities & Excursions

Monograms offers a range of amazing experiences you can add to your trip, vetted by our team and perfectly coordinated with your Monograms package. Add them before you leave or on trip with the help of your Local Host®.

Airport Departure

Parting is such sweet sorrow. When you've explored all that you can explore and it's time to head home, your Local Host® will ensure a smooth departure, on time and on point, stress-free.

Your Local Host

What is the Role of a Local Host?

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Cairns. 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.

Local Host Recommendations

Meet One of Your Local Hosts

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Sonia

Hi, I'm Sonia. Having traveled all over the world, I enjoy sharing my knowledge of what guests can experience in Australia and in Cairns. I love the laid-back lifestyle and the international cuisine found in Cairns. I suggest enjoying some fresh local seafood, a glass of wine, and watching the sunset.

Guides


In Cairns & Sydney

Meals


American breakfast daily; 1 lunch

Day-By-Day 2021

With Monograms, we handle the details so you can focus on the sights, experience new cultures and new destinations. From arranging the right hotels and seamless transportation to providing your own Local Host® and included sightseeing, we've thought of-and included-everything you need in an all-in-one package.

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DAY
1
ARRIVE IN CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA

1-Jan-2021

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

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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2
CAIRNS EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF

2-Jan-2021

Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran 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.

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Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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3
CAIRNS

3-Jan-2021

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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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4
CAIRNS–ULURU (AYERS ROCK)

4-Jan-2021

Today, fly to Uluru (Ayers Rock). The rest of the day is at leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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5
ULURU

5-Jan-2021

This morning, rise early for an inspiring sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Witness incredible views over the dunes and stunning desert landscape. Continue to Walpa Gorge for a guided walk through Kata Tjuta. Later this afternoon, visit 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. Finish the day at “Sunset Strip” for a drink & canapes, and to witness the changing colors of the rock.

Breakfast Breakfast

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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6
ULURU–SYDNEY

6-Jan-2021

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

Breakfast Breakfast

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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7
SYDNEY

7-Jan-2021

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

Breakfast Breakfast

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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DAY
8
SYDNEY

8-Jan-2021

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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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DAY
9
SYDNEY

9-Jan-2021

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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Transportation

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From City-to-City

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, your local Monograms team makes it an absolute breeze! We'll get to your train or plane, stress free and on time with door-to-gate service. And your local Monograms team awaits your arrival as soon as you pull into your next destination.


As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary and transfers to/from all intra-vacation flights (intra-vacation flights not included)

Hotels

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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Cairns

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 5 pm 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.

Cairns Dinner Theatre

Cairns Dinner Theatre is the only interactive dinner show in Cairns and offers great theatrical productions from comedies to musicals ensuring everyone from all ages is having fun. It’s an ideal get together for locals as well as visitors that makes fora very unique evening in the heart of Cairns.

Uluru

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

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 Mondays and Tuesdays.

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 Wednesdays, make sure to check out their contemporary art after dark when the galleries, cafe, and store are all open until 9 pm.

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.

Thai Town

Thai Town, located in Haymarket on Campbell Street bordering Chinatown, is a neighborhood in Sydney with a Thai theme. While not as elaborate as Sydney's Chinatown, it has quickly become to best place to go in Sydney for great Thai Restaurants as well as Thai grocery stores.

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