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Founded in 1836, Adelaide was the first freely settled colony in Australia. Today, with a population of approximately one million, it is a laid-back, yet vibrant, city surrounded by spacious parklands. It offers numerous pubs—some dating back to the 1830s—and over 100 restaurants—most within easy walking distance. One of the most visited attractions is the Adelaide Central Market with more than 80 stalls, cafés, and restaurants. Nearby is Kangaroo Island, a sanctuary for wildlife—including wallaby, brushtail possum, Australian sea lions, New Zealand fur seals, kangaroo, and more—with pristine beaches, rugged cliffs, brilliant wildflowers, and crystal-clear water.
As the Australian Outback's most famous town, Alice Springs is known for its dramatically deep gorges, endless desert landscapes, remote Aboriginal communities, and rich history of pioneers searching for rubies and gold. The most striking natural highlights are the dramatic MacDonnell Ranges that straddle Alice Springs; other popular attractions include visits to the Old Telegraph Station, the Anzac Hill military memorial, School of the Air, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Visitors to the "Red Centre" can also enjoy bushwalking, hiking, 4-wheel-drive tours, and an authentic Outback barbecue.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Alice Springs. 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 Alice Springs and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Alice Springs insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
One of the finest desert golf courses in the world, manicured greens contrast vividly with the surrounding desert and MacDonnell Ranges.
If it’s unique Aboriginal art you are looking for, this place is one of Australia's largest Aboriginal art galleries. With over 50 local Aboriginal artists represented, located in the Todd Mall.
Internationally acclaimed didgeridoo player and story teller, Andrew Langford presents this ancient instrument with live percussion and spectacular sounds and visions, The Didgeridoo Show Outback.
Discover a menu of modern Australian cuisine dishes in Alice Springs; enjoy the views over the landscaped gardens to the majestic MacDonnell Ranges, located in Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Hotel.
A sacred part of Aboriginal "dreamtime" mythology, Ayers Rock (Uluru) is one of the great wonders of the world-and one of the most recognized natural icons in Australia's "Red Centre." Situated in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the massive sandstone dome is the second-largest monolith in the world at more than 986 feet high and 5 miles around. One of the rock's most intriguing features is its ability to dramatically change color-from blue or violet to vibrant red, depending on the time of day.
Monograms provides travelers 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.
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.
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.
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.
A popular dining option, located at Voyages Outback Pioneer Hotel. A do-it-yourself BBQ (meat must be purchased at the BBQ Bar) with traditional Aussie charm.
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.
Originally founded to serve miners heading into the gold fields, Cairns on the northeastern coast of Australia later grew into a major port for exporting gold and metals, minerals, sugar cane, and agricultural products. Today, visitors flock to the city as a home base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The reef is less than an hour away by boat and is a premier location for snorkeling, scuba, and glass-bottom boat tours. Other popular attractions include flightseeing, crocodile farms, tours of tropical fruit wineries, the Rainforestation Nature Park, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, and a ride over the area's tropical rainforest canopy on the exhilarating Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
Monograms provides travelers 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.
Alice has worked in the tourism industry for the past 8 years. She is proud to call Cairns home—where The Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest exist side by side—and is excited to share her experience, love, and knowledge of this region.
Why not try one of their specialty plates, ‘Taste of Australia’, consisting of a Trio of grilled Australian Crocodile and Kangaroo meat? One of the best seafood restaurants in Cairns, they have been serving the finest quality seafood dishes to satisfied customers for over two decades.
Fresh and funky cafe with baristas trained professionally to produce the perfect espresso. A must visit for coffee connoisseurs.
Bella Vista at the Marina Overlooking Cairns’ Trinity Bay brings a new dimension to the Cairns entertainment scene! Dine, Drink & Dance whilst enjoying the beautiful views, friendly service, and delightful aspect.
A cigar only seems fitting after a hearty meal of kangaroo. The sophisticated cigar lounge here offers the perfect setting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At the top end of Australia sits Darwin, the balmy capital of the Northern Territory. Being outside is a way of life here, and its revitalized waterfront offers restaurants, shops, and parklands. Discover the city’s rich history—from the 1870s gold rush to World War II air raids to the destruction of the city by Cyclone Tracy in 1974—at its museums and memorials. Darwin also has a diverse art scene showcasing contemporary and Aboriginal art. From May-October, experience the vibrant and entertaining atmosphere at Mindil Beach Sunset Market, offering 60 food stalls selling Asian cuisine, 200 arts and crafts stalls, and stunning sunsets over the beach.
The capital of Tasmania, Hobart offers a picturesque setting between majestic Mount Wellington and the River Derwent. Dating from 1804 and built almost entirely by Irish and English convicts, it is Australia’s second-oldest city, and its long history can be seen in the restored Georgian buildings, colonial mansions, and quaint cottages. Along the waterfront, visitors can leisurely watch the yachts, fishing boats, and Antarctic supply ships. Sandstone warehouses from the past have been transformed into dockside cafés and restaurants. Come face to face with Tasmanian devils at the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park. Nearby is Port Arthur, a well-preserved penal colony, which at its peak in the 1840s had 1,100 inmates.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kakadu National Park has been inhabited continuously for over 40,000 years and offers a living history with its more than 5,000 rock art sites. It is home to a wide variety of rare or endemic species, including 68 mammals (almost one-fifth of Australia’s mammals), more than 120 reptiles, 26 frogs, over 300 fish species, over 2,000 plant species, 290 bird species (over one-third of Australia’s birds), and over 10,000 insect species. The land is intrinsically linked to the Aboriginal people who live here and take responsibility for caring for the land. At the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, learn about Aboriginal culture to understand the connection they have with the land.
Established on the shores of Port Phillip Bay as a tent city trading post of 50 settlers, the gold rush of the 1850s helped Melbourne eventually grow into the cosmopolitan heart of Australia. Today, it's a cultural melting pot and home to a vast collection of high-octane shopping, nightlife, cuisine, and entertainment opportunities. Melbourne also boasts many compelling attractions, like: the opulent, Victorian-style Parliament House; the indoor/outdoor Queen Victoria Market; the Shrine of Remembrance memorial to Australia's war heroes; beautiful Fitzroy Gardens and the Royal Botanical Gardens; and the fascinating Penguin Parade on nearby Phillip Island.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Melbourne. 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 Melbourne and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Melbourne insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
For spectacular views of the city, a visit to the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere is a must! Here you can also step out on “The Edge,” a cube with glass walls and floor projecting out from the side of the building at almost 1,000 feet above ground!
It is tradition in Australia to have afternoon tea with a piece of lamington, sponge cake coated in chocolate and coconut. Café Segovia is the perfect spot in Melbourne to savor this tradition. Whether you sit inside or out, the sensual ambiance here is delightful.
More than 100 hangings took place at this former prison, including that of Australia’s equivalent to Jesse James—hero and bandit Ned Kelly. The collection of artifacts and death masks are most interesting. For a truly chilling experience, take one of the night tours.
Built in 1755 by Captain Cook’s parents in Yorkshire, England, this cottage was moved in crates and barrels to Melbourne in 1934. The cottage provides a glimpse into Captain Cook’s world voyages as well as insight into 18th- century English family life.
Melbourne is Australia’s melting pot, and this open-air market offers a true taste of the ethnic mix. Among hundreds of stalls, you’ll find everything from fresh produce and wine to handicrafts and bargain clothes.
Offered every Sunday at the Queen Victoria Market, participants on this tour are given a shopping bag filled with water and discount vouchers and then escorted to the market’s best-known fashion and accessory stalls.
If you’re a jazz fan, this is the place to be. It’s everything you’d expect from a great jazz club, including a hard-to-find back-lane location and the best international players.
Witness a local icon originally built in 1853. If you’re unable to see a cricket match or Australia Rules Football, visit the National Sports Museum located at the ground. Or perhaps venture to nearby Melbourne Park, home of the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament.
Lygon Street has the biggest selection of Italian restaurants and cafes of anywhere in Australia, and was the first suburb in Melbourne to promote outdoor eating at a table and chairs on the sidewalk.
As the oldest European settlement in Australia, Sydney was founded as a British penal colony. Today, it is the cosmopolitan "Harbour City." Simply overflowing with history, culture, colonial architecture, and natural beauty-and set amid miles of sandy beaches-the city is home to the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, as well as the historic "Rocks" area, Mrs. Macquarie's Chair in the Botanical Gardens, world-famous Bondi Beach, and Olympic Park from the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Monograms provides travelers 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 insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Starting as a colony for convicts, Sydney’s first residents were quite colorful. Journey back in time at this unusual museum for a real-life story of cops and robbers.
When renowned Australian artist Brett Whiteley died of a drug overdose in 1992, his wife turned his studio into a memorial, leaving everything just the way it was. Here, you can get inside the mind of this notorious artist as you stand in his workspace and bedroom.
While the masses head to Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach, make a beeline to serene Clovelly Beach. Its calm waters are perfect for snorkeling or swimming laps. Waverley Cemetery, where poet Henry Lawson is buried, is also nearby.
Once considered a sport for Australia’s elderly, lawn bowling has made a comeback. Grab a beer, kick off your shoes, and join the trend at Paddington Bowling Club for this quirky pastime.
Located on the rooftop of Customs House at Circular Quay, this restaurant offers the ultimate Sydney experience. Mod Oz cuisine, spectacular harbor views, a cigar bar, and a cocktail lounge are all on the menu here.
While some choose to swim in this famous pool year round, we recommend having a beer in the nearby clubhouse or a fine meal in its renowned restaurant while admiring the views of Bondi Beach. Although primarily a club for its year-round swimmers, guests are warmly welcomed.
For a great cup of coffee any time of the day, head to this family-owned Potts Point café. It’s open 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and serves delightful Spanish treats.
This music store is the best place to pick up new music, rare records, and tickets to the hottest local shows.
Located on Pitt St. at Circular Quay, this family-owned and operated business offers an impressive range of opal jewelry and the most tasteful Australian souvenirs.
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.
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