Best of Australia (IPG)

13 Day Package from Sydney to Melbourne

Oz. When Dorothy was there, she encountered munchkins, flying monkeys, witches, and a yellow brick road. On your vacation to Oz, as Australia is commonly nicknamed, you'll encounter exciting cities, friendly people, and amazing natural scenery. And Monograms makes it easy for you to go. On this 13-day vacation, we've arranged your hotel reservations, sightseeing, daily breakfast, and private transfers from/to your hotels to/from the airports for your intra-vacation flights. We've also arranged for you to have a Local Host®—someone who is there for you throughout your stay to answer questions, offer suggestions, and ensure your vacation runs smoothly—in Sydney, Cairns, and Melbourne.

Your vacation begins when you arrive in Sydney, as we can seamlessly get you from baggage claim to your selected hotel. There, your Local Host will provide a warm welcome greeting and a set of materials to help you get settled and personalize your vacation. In fact, your Local Host will provide you with information. We've also arranged for you to enjoy a guided sightseeing tour with a local expert in each city. In Sydney, hear what it's like to live in this friendly city as you visit famous Bondi Beach and see the must-see attractions, such as the Opera House. And don't worry; we’ve scouted out the best place to take photos of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge. In Melbourne, we’ll show you Queen Victoria Market, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and much more. A free day in each city—Sydney, Cairns, and Melbourne—lets you explore on your own. Your Local Host will have plenty of suggestions, such as a trip to the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney or to the quiet mountain village of Kuranda near Cairns. Or you may just want to wander around shopping for local specialties.

In addition to the great cities, we've also arranged for you to visit some of Australia's most amazing natural sights. We’ll take you on a cruise to Australia's Great Barrier Reef. You'll be able to snorkel, take a semi-submersible watercraft tour, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. Similarly, we've arranged for you to visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Culural Centre with its amazing collection of Aborginal arts. You'll also enjoy drinks and canapés, as you witness the sunset at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). From the luxuriant water of the Great Barrier Reef to the awe-inspiring, arid monolith of Uluru (Ayers Rock), these sights are nothing short of spectacular!

Did we mention we've also included sightseeing of Alice Springs? We’ll show you what life is like in this remote region and show you the must-see attractions, including the Royal Flying Doctor Service. With the sightseeing we've included and the transportation we've arranged, and the time you save by trying to arrange this all yourself, you’ve got yourself a vacation of a lifetime!


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 Sydney, Cairns & Melbourne

Meals Included

American breakfast daily; 1 lunch

Sightseeing & Activities

Sightseeing with a Local Guide, 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 2018 / 2019

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Your Monograms vacation includes a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service to learn about medical care in the vast Outback of Australia.

DAY
1
ARRIVE IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Welcome to beautiful Sydney. The remainder of the day is at your leisure for independent activities.

DAY
2
SYDNEY

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

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
3
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 Harbour Bridge.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
4
SYDNEY–CAIRNS

Fly to tropical Cairns.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
5
CAIRNS. EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF

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 for an evening at leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

DAY
6
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.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
7
CAIRNS–ULURU (AYERS ROCK)

Fly to Uluru. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
8
ULURU (AYERS ROCK)

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 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. Finsh the day at “Sunset Strip” for a DRINK & CANAPES, and to witness the changing colors of the rock.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
9
ULURU (AYERS ROCK)–ALICE SPRINGS

Today, fly to Alice Springs. Then, enjoy guided sightseeing that includes visits to the OLD TELEGRAPH STATION, ANZAC HILL, SCHOOL OF THE AIR, and the ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE.

NOTE:
On Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from December through February, sightseeing in Alice Springs will consist of a visit to Desert Park for a closer look at Australia’s outback and life in central Australia, and a 2-course dinner at a local restaurant.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
10
ALICE SPRINGS–MELBOURNE

Today, fly to Melbourne, the cosmopolitan heart of Australia. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
11
MELBOURNE

Your morning guided sightseeing tour includes Federation Square, St. Patrick’s Park, Queen Victoria Market (when open), Albert Park Lake, the Shrine of Remembrance, and St. Kilda Beach. Your tour ends at the EUREKA SKYDECK for awe-inspiring views of Melbourne from the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
12
MELBOURNE

Enjoy a full day at leisure for independent activities. You may want to join an excursion to Phillip Island to watch the world-famous Penguin Parade, travel the spectacular Great Ocean Road, or dine aboard a tramcar restaurant as it winds its way through the streets of Melbourne.

Breakfast Breakfast

DAY
13
MELBOURNE

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

Transportation

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

Included Hotels

Sydney
Cairns
Uluru
Alice Springs
Melbourne

Travelodge Wynyard

7-9 York Street
Sydney, NSW Australia

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

The Travelodge Wynyard is ideally located adjacent to the Wynyard railway station and is a stones throw away from many major Sydney attractions including The Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the historical The Rocks area. The hotel features a restaurant, lounge, room service, fitness center, concierge service, and internet access.

Location & Highlights

The Travelodge Wynyard is within 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) of Circular Quay, the Rocks, and Museum of Contemporary Art. Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Opera House are 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) away. Restaurants, shops, and other attractions are a short walk.

Room Amenities

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

Hotel Amenities

  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
Rooms feature air-conditioning, cable tv, mini-bar, coffee/tea maker, bath amenities, hair dryer, in-room safe, iron/ironing board, and internet access.

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.

Sydney
Cairns
Uluru
Melbourne

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay

93 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW Australia

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

Conveniently located in downtown Sydney steps from Sydney Harbour, Sir Stamford at Circular Quay is an elegant, European style hotel featuring eight open fire places, one of Australia's largest private collections of fine art, and 18th Century Louis XV and Georgian antique furniture. The hotel offers an on-site restaurant and bar, high tea, fitness center, outdoor heated pool, sundeck, and sauna.

Location & Highlights

Located on Macquarie Street in downtown Sydney opposite the Botanical Gardens and nearby Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Room Amenities

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

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Currency Exchange
Each of the 105 elegantly appointed guestrooms offer distinct design and décor to compliment the classical furnishings of the building. Guestrooms feature large marble bathrooms, in-room safe, tea and coffee making facilities, and bathrobe and slippers.

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.

Vibe Hotel Sydney

111 Goulburn Street
Sydney, NSW Australia

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

Perfectly positioned in the heart of downtown Sydney, Vibe Hotel Sydney features 191 spacious and well-equipped guestrooms, rooftop pool, sauna, gym, restaurant, bar, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Location & Highlights

Located in downtown Sydney nearby attractions such as Hyde Park, Chinatown, and Sydney Tower as well as some of Sydney's finest restaurants, cafes, and bars.

Room Amenities

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

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Fitness Room
  • Spa Services
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
Bright and comfortable guestrooms offer a variety of amenities including a separate sitting area, flat-screen TV, in-room safe, mini-bar, individual climate control, and coffeemaker.

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)

Sydney
Cairns
Uluru
Alice Springs
Melbourne

Sydney

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

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: $$$$

Sydney Tower Panoramic Dinner

Enjoy a memorable experience with excellent cuisine and incomparable views from atop Sydney Tower.

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: $

The Rock's Pub Tour

Walk in the footsteps of the Australia's early convicts, mischievous gangs and locals of the past as you share a drink in four of Sydney's oldest pubs. Between watering holes, your guide will take you through the alleys and cobbled streets of The Rocks as they share the gossip, legends and stories of Australia's first European settlement. Learn about the fight for the title 'Sydney's Oldest Pub', what is the 6 O'clock Swill, how beer quelled the rum rebellion, and more stories, myths, and legends that you can pack into two and a half hours of fun.

Price Range: $$

The Sydney Opera House Tour

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

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: $$

Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour

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

Price Range: $$$$

24 Hour Ferry Eco Hopper Pass

Experience the world's most beautiful harbour and some of its famous destinations. The Eco Hopper takes you to Manly, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Rose Bay, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont Bay, North Sydney, Fort Denison and Q Station. All on one 24 hour Hop-On-Hop Off Pass. Includes travel on Manly Fast Ferry, Harbour Beaches Sightseeing Ferry, Manley-Darling Harbour Ferry. Commentary and bar onboard.

Price Range: $

Sydney Tower Eye & 4D Experience

Stroll around the Observation Deck and take in 360 degrees of Sydney sights. Finish your visit to Sydney Tower with a 4D cinema experience showcasing footage from famous Sydney locations.

Price Range: $

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 UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Daintree Rainforest region of far north Queensland.

Price Range: $$$

Kuranda Scenic Railway & Skyrail

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

Price Range: $$

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Experience the world's most beautiful rainforest experience. The Skyrail experience is a must do Cairns attraction spanning 7.5kms (4.6 miles) over pristine railforest, allowing you to explore the wonders of an ancient tropical rainforest and learn about one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse areas on earth.

Price Range: $$

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park with Night Fire Dinner

Night Fire is Tjapukai's signature evening activity where you will meet the Indigenous rainforest people. Follow the Tjapukai warriors to a corroboree celebrating Aboriginal Dreamtime stories. You'll enjoy traditional Australian meats, seafood and an array of salads and desserts. Relax around the fire with the Tjapukai warriors where there is time for an intimate chat, an end to a night of cultural entertainment.

Price Range: $$$

Barron River Rafting

For an action packed afternoon of fun and adventure, raft your way through the world Heritage Listed rainforest of the stunning Barron Gorge! Grade 2-3 guided White Water Rafting with no experience necessary. Tea and coffee included.

Price Range: $$

Paronella Park

The World Heritage Listed rainforests of Tropical North Queensland are over 180 million years old - the oldest in the world. Your experienced guide will introduce you to this fragile, unique and unimaginably beautiful natural wonderland during the day, from the Mamu Tropical Skywalk's 37m (122 foot) high viewing tower, and again after sunset. Paronella Park has received multiple Queensland tourism awards, is State and National Heritage listed and is a National Trust listed property.

Price Range: $$$

Uluru

Field of Light Uluru - Limited Time Special Exhibit

The Field of Light art installation, a global phenomenon by internationally acclaimed artist, Bruce Munro, has come home to the place that inspired it - Uluru. More than 50,000 slender stems crowned with frosted glass spheres bloom as darkness falls over Australias' spiritual heartland. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Price Range: $

Sounds of Silence Dinner Experience

Enjoy an evening of dining under the sparkling outback sky.

Price Range: $$$

Stargazing in the Outback

This star gazing tour will take you on a fact finding journey through the southern night sky, enhancing your knowledge on astronomy and its beginnings.

Price Range: $

Harley Around the Rock

Are you a thrill seeker? Do you want to try something different? Now is your chance - see Uluru (Ayers Rock) from the back of a late model Heritage Softail Harley Davidson.

Price Range: $$$$

Alice Springs

Outback Barbecue Evening

A truly unique and authentic experience not to be missed. Become immersed in the spirit and grandeur that is the Australian Outback. Highlights include a boomerang demonstration, bush damper cooking, star gazing, Aboriginal insights, and superb food from an array of unique Australian dishes.

Price Range: $$$

Alice Springs Desert Park

The Alice Springs Desert Park, a multi-award winning park, is the first of its kind in the world and showcases the plants, animals and landscapes of Australia's deserts and their traditional use by Aboriginal people.

Price Range: $

Melbourne

Melbourne's Legendary Colonial Tramcar - Dinner

Get a unique view of Melbourne's most famous sights as you dine in style aboard the city's legendary Colonial Tramcar Restaurant! Join us for this fun and memorable journey on a historical tram that will whisk you into the past with authentic period ambiance and décor. You'll savor a fine, 4-course luncheon and the very best Australian wines as your shiny, burgundy mobile restaurant cruises along the streets of Melbourne. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.

Price Range: $$

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Plus

Enjoy a full afternoon and evening exploration of fascinating Phillip Island and its surroundings with the day's highlight being the fabuloulos Penguin Parade.

Price Range: $$$$

Yarra Valley Food & Wine Day Tour

Discover the flavors of the Yarra Valley on a full-day food and wine tour. Whether you're a wine enthusiast or simply would like to spend the day surrounded by beautiful, off-the-beaten-path scenery, this is the perfect day trip from Melbourne.

Price Range: $$$

Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour with Lunch

Discover just what makes Melbourne so enchanting on this excursion that reveals the city's hidden gems. We'll pair you up with a passionate expert guide for a casual stroll through the city's back streets and beautiful old lanes and arcades. Discover the architectural highlights, street art, historical tales, and small, independent retailers found only in the city. Hiding in basements or in seemingly private buildings are many of the country's emerging creative talents, where one-off pieces are not uncommon. You will be amazed at what these small businesses offer: fashion, food, art, music, chocolate, accessories, vintage items, and more! A refreshing morning tea or coffee is included, along with a souvenir bag, bottled water, map, and special offers from local retailers.

Price Range: $$

Great Ocean Road Adventure

Experience the majestic Great Ocean Road in style, with time to really appreciate the wonders of Australia's most scenic drive. Be sure your camera battery is fully charged, because there's plenty to see and photograph throughout the day. In the company of an expert Local Guide, watch for animal life, including whales, dolphins, echidnas, and bandicoots. Stroll along the beaches or grab a coffee at the striking Split Point Lighthouse, and take in the awe-inspiring scenery. Next, stop at Apollo Bay, a tranquil seaside town.Gain exclusive access to the Great Ocean Ecolodge's eucalyptus forest for close encounters with koalas, kangaroos, and native birds. Your adventure concludes with a visit to the ancient Twelve Apostles rock formations and dramatic Loch Ard Gorge.

Price Range: $$$

Kangaroos & Koalas in the Wild

Walk through natural bushland and experience Australia's wildlife up close, led by an experienced Wildlife Guide. On this one day Melbourne wildlife tour, you'll not only gain some great experiences, but you'll also be contributing to the health and wellbeing of Australia's native animals.

Price Range: $$$$

Sports Lovers Tour of Melbourne

Love sports? Then, you will love the sports lovers' tour featuring the National Sports Museum! Your knowledgeable and passionate tour-host will take you behind the scenes of Melbourne's world class sporting venues and show you why, in Melbourne, sport is a way of life. Explore behind the scenes of the venues that host Australia's favorite sporting events. Visit Flemington Race Course, home of the Melbourne Cup - the horse race that stops the nation. Drive around Albert Park, on the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix Circuit. Visit the National Sports Museum at The Melbourne Cricket Ground, home of Australia's most extensive collection of sporting artefacts. More than just a museum, it captures the spirit of Australia's rich sporting traditions and more. Please note that all venues are subject to availability. Lunch included.

Price Range: $$

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Sydney
Cairns
Uluru
Alice Springs
Melbourne

Sydney

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Sydney, AustraliaMonograms 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, 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

Hi, I'm Vic. With 25 years as a Tour Director, I love presenting the beauty of Australia to visitors from all over the world. I enjoy helping Monograms guests create long-lasting memories. One of my favorite recommendations is a visit to the Rocks to learn about Sydney's early history.

I love sharing my local knowledge, from it’s small (and interesting) beginings to the bustling city it has grown into.

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.

Cairns

Cairns, Australia Must See SightsMonograms 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.

Meet a Local Host® in Cairns

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.

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

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.

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 at the Desert Gardens Hotel 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.

Alice Springs

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.

Alice Springs Golf Club

One of the finest desert golf courses in the world, manicured greens contrast vividly with the surrounding desert and MacDonnell Ranges.

Yubu Napa Art Gallery

Shop for unique artwork painted by aborigines as well as beautifully handcrafted souvenirs and gift ideas. There is an onsite artist studio offering visitors an opportunity to meet the artist and hear stories of the artwork firsthand. Open at the iconic Panorama Guth Building in Hartley Street.

Olive Pink Botanic Garden

The Olive Pink Botanic Garden opened to the public in 1985, and offers a unique garden experience that celebrates the region’s native flora. There are over 600 central Australian plants represented in the garden, with 145 of these occurring naturally within the rocky hill habitat. Spot the 40 rare or threatened species present by the two horizontal lines on their label. Entry to the Garden is by donation.

Melbourne

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Melbourne, AustraliaMonograms 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.

Meet a Local Host® in Melbourne

Hi, my name is Sandi, and I'm Melbourne born and bred. My love of travel started early in life and is the reason I chose to work in the tourism industry. I love my job as a Monograms Local Host as I get to meet the most interesting people and share my knowledge and love of Melbourne. I feel one of the must-do activities while in Melbourne is a visit to the Queen Victoria Market.

The Block Arcade

Step back in time as you stroll the beautiful shops of the Block Arcade. Perhaps enjoy afternoon tea at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms, where the Victorian Ladies’ Work Association ran a small tea room from 1893-1907.

Old Melbourne Gaol

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.

Cook’s Cottage

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.

Queen Victoria Market

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. Closed Mondays & Wednesdays.

Melbourne Cricket Ground

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.

Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Find art, fashion and food on Melbourne's Soho strip. Boredom isn't an option on Brunswick Street, the vibrant Melbourne strip where people from all walks of life go to shop, eat, drink, meet and dance. And it’s a popular spot for filming several TV shows.

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2020 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in August 2019.

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