Great Barrier Reef & Sydney (IPK)

9 Day Package from Port Douglas to Sydney

Pack your swimsuit and sunscreen before heading down under for this dream vacation! Come see the colorful and diverse marine life that lives within the world-famous Great Barrier Reef and experience Sydney’s iconic sites. On this 9-day vacation, we have arranged your choice of hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, and sightseeing to make your vacation as turn-key as can be. Plus, we provide you with a Monograms Local Host®, someone who knows the cities you’ll visit like the back of their hand, so they can help you get an authentic Australian experience.

Your vacation beings when you arrive in Cairns and are transported to the town of Port Douglas. You will have three days to discover the beautiful beaches, boutiques and coral reefs that make this town a bucket-list destination. Enjoy the experience of a lifetime when you cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef for a day of snorkeling, a semi-submersible watercraft tour, or a presentation by a marine biologist. And Port Douglas isn’t just known for its aquatic life! You can also choose to hike, ride ATVs, or learn about the Aboriginal people who inhabited the nearby Mossman Gorge.

Then, you’ll head south to spend a few days in Sydney. Take a guided sightseeing tour where you will stop to capture the perfect shot at the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge and put your toes in the sand at the beautiful Bondi Beach. You will have two full days at your leisure. Explore independently or choose from a selection of optional activities, including a climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, spending the day in nearby Hunter Valley where you will sample Australia’s finest wines, or joining a guided backstage tour of the Opera House.

Save time and avoid the hassles of travel by letting Monograms handle the details. All you have to do is grab your snorkel and GO!


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.

Arrival & Hotel Transfer

Monograms greets you like a VIP when you arrive at your destination then whisks you off to your hotel with a friendly Monograms operated transfer, complimentary for guests who have purchased their flights through 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.

MonogramsGO App

To help you feel even more comfortable in your destination, Monograms offers access to our MonogramsGO app where guests can check flight, hotel and transfer information and customize their trip with a host of local suggestions.

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.

Day-By-Day 2019 / 2020

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.

Select a Departure Date for Itinerary and Available Excursions:

FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Your Monograms package includes a cruise excursion to the incomparable Outer Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel with thousands of tropical marine creatures and coral of every color, take a semi-submersible watercraft, or attend a presentation by a marine biologist. The choice is yours!

DAY
1
ARRIVE IN CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA–PORT DOUGLAS

20-Nov-2019

Upon arrival in Cairns, transfer to Port Douglas, a beachside town surrounded by rainforest and the Coral Sea.

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
2
PORT DOUGLAS

21-Nov-2019

Spend the day as you wish. Relax by your resort’s pool, or shop for souvenirs at the unique boutiques and galleries in Port Douglas. Other activities to consider: fishing, strolling on a sandy beach, a memorable sunset sail, or trying some of the downtown area’s many great restaurants and bars. Your Local Host will have suggestions. (B)

Excursions Available:

Rainforest River Drift Snorkeling

Price: Starting From: $72/person

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Rainforest River Drift Snorkeling

Within an ancient rainforest, step into the cool, crystal clear river and drift with the current as you explore life under the water's surface. Watch fish dart in and around the river stones and keep your eyes out for the occasional turtle. This family friendly tour is a perfect way to stay cool in the hot tropics and is a great introduction to snorkelling.

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Price: Starting From: $154/person

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Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Spend the day exploring the Daintree Rainforest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travel on a custom built 4WD vehicles with a maximum of 16 passengers per vehicle. Your naturalist guide has extensive knowledge of flora, fauna, history of the area and aboriginal culture, which will ensure your day, will be a memory of a lifetime.

Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Railway

Price: Starting From: $120/person

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Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Railway

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

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DAY
3
PORT DOUGLAS EXCURSION TO THE OUTER GREAT BARRIER REEF

22-Nov-2019

Today, prepare for the experience of a lifetime when you board a catamaran and CRUISE to the Outer 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. Late this afternoon, arrive back in Port Douglas. (B,L)

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
4
PORT DOUGLAS

23-Nov-2019

A full day at leisure. You might enjoy a trip into the Daintree Forest, the world’s oldest living rainforest, and to beautiful Cape Tribulation. Other possibilities: hiking, or exploring nearby Mossman Gorge to learn more about the region’s Aboriginal people. (B)

Excursions Available:

Rainforest River Drift Snorkeling

Price: Starting From: $72/person

Learn More

Rainforest River Drift Snorkeling

Within an ancient rainforest, step into the cool, crystal clear river and drift with the current as you explore life under the water's surface. Watch fish dart in and around the river stones and keep your eyes out for the occasional turtle. This family friendly tour is a perfect way to stay cool in the hot tropics and is a great introduction to snorkelling.

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Price: Starting From: $154/person

Learn More

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Spend the day exploring the Daintree Rainforest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travel on a custom built 4WD vehicles with a maximum of 16 passengers per vehicle. Your naturalist guide has extensive knowledge of flora, fauna, history of the area and aboriginal culture, which will ensure your day, will be a memory of a lifetime.

Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Railway

Price: Starting From: $120/person

Learn More

Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Railway

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

See More Excursions(+)

DAY
5
PORT DOUGLAS–CAIRNS–SYDNEY

24-Nov-2019

Transfer to Cairns for your flight to Sydney. The remainder of the day is at leisure to start exploring this exciting city. (B)

No Excursions Available on this day

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DAY
6
SYDNEY

25-Nov-2019

This morning, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour that includes a photo stop at the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and a visit to stunning BONDI BEACH, one of Sydney’s most beautiful beaches. The remainder of the day is yours to explore this vibrant city. You may want to enjoy a cruise on Sydney Harbour and admire stunning views of the city from the water; visit Taronga Zoo to see some of Australia’s native animals, such as koalas, kangaroos, and platypuses; shop for souvenirs; or relax on nearby Manly Beach. Your Local Host will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, dining, and shopping. (B)

Excursions Available:

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Price: Starting From: $211/person

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Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Get ready for the climb of your life! This exhilarating excursion at the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is a unique way to enjoy incredible views of the city and its beautiful harbor.

Sydney Tower Panoramic Dinner

Price: Starting From: $65/person

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Sydney Tower Panoramic Dinner

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

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium & WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Combo

Price: Starting From: $35/person

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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.

Taronga Zoo - General Entry

Price: Starting From: $31/person

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Taronga Zoo - General Entry

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

The Rocks Pub Tour

Price: Starting From: $65/person

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The Rocks 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. A unique, fun tour that highlights the history, stories, and characters that helped shaped Sydney.

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DAY
7
SYDNEY

26-Nov-2019

Enjoy two full days at leisure in this beautiful city. You can explore on your own or choose from a selection of optional activities. You may wish to climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge for unrivaled views; spend the day in Hunter Valley, sampling some of Australia’s best wines; or join a guided backstage tour of the Sydney Opera House. (B daily)

Excursions Available:

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Price: Starting From: $211/person

Learn More

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Get ready for the climb of your life! This exhilarating excursion at the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is a unique way to enjoy incredible views of the city and its beautiful harbor.

Sydney Tower Panoramic Dinner

Price: Starting From: $65/person

Learn More

Sydney Tower Panoramic Dinner

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

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium & WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Combo

Price: Starting From: $35/person

Learn More

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.

Taronga Zoo - General Entry

Price: Starting From: $31/person

Learn More

Taronga Zoo - General Entry

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

The Rocks Pub Tour

Price: Starting From: $65/person

Learn More

The Rocks 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. A unique, fun tour that highlights the history, stories, and characters that helped shaped Sydney.

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Price: Starting From: $188/person

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Hunter Valley Wine Tour

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

Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise

Price: Starting From: $65/person

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Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise

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

The Sydney Opera House Tour

Price: Starting From: $29/person

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The Sydney Opera House Tour

See inside the world's most recognizable sails. Experience this miracle of architecture and engineering while learning the history of this iconic landmark.

Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour

Price: Starting From: $202/person

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Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour

Join us for a full day excursion to the famed Blue Mountains, a journey into the heart of a unique UNESCO World Heritage Region.

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DAY
8
SYDNEY

27-Nov-2019

Enjoy two full days at leisure in this beautiful city. You can explore on your own or choose from a selection of optional activities. You may wish to climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge for unrivaled views; spend the day in Hunter Valley, sampling some of Australia’s best wines; or join a guided backstage tour of the Sydney Opera House. (B daily)

Excursions Available:

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Price: Starting From: $211/person

Learn More

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Get ready for the climb of your life! This exhilarating excursion at the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is a unique way to enjoy incredible views of the city and its beautiful harbor.

Sydney Tower Panoramic Dinner

Price: Starting From: $65/person

Learn More

Sydney Tower Panoramic Dinner

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

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium & WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Combo

Price: Starting From: $35/person

Learn More

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.

Taronga Zoo - General Entry

Price: Starting From: $31/person

Learn More

Taronga Zoo - General Entry

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

The Rocks Pub Tour

Price: Starting From: $65/person

Learn More

The Rocks 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. A unique, fun tour that highlights the history, stories, and characters that helped shaped Sydney.

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

Price: Starting From: $188/person

Learn More

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

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

Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise

Price: Starting From: $65/person

Learn More

Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise

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

The Sydney Opera House Tour

Price: Starting From: $29/person

Learn More

The Sydney Opera House Tour

See inside the world's most recognizable sails. Experience this miracle of architecture and engineering while learning the history of this iconic landmark.

Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour

Price: Starting From: $202/person

Learn More

Blue Mountains Deluxe Tour

Join us for a full day excursion to the famed Blue Mountains, a journey into the heart of a unique UNESCO World Heritage Region.

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DAY
9
SYDNEY

28-Nov-2019

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

No Excursions Available on this day

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Transportation

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.

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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Port Douglas
Sydney

Port Douglas

Ironbar Restaurant

Locally owned and operated since 1994, The Ironbar Restaurant’s rustic Australiana theme and lively atmosphere make it a hit with locals and tourists alike. For a fun night out, check out their live and local music talents on stage each night.

Four Mile Beach

No visit to Port Douglas is complete without a walk along Four Mile Beach. Listen to the palm trees in the breeze as you walk along four miles of white sandy beach without a hint of civilization in sight. Choose to laze in the sun on the warm sand, swim in the calm waters of the Coral Sea, or gaze along the coastline for spectacular views of the ocean and rainforest.

Bally Hooley Steam Railway

Meet Speedy and Bundy, two 55 year old coal-fired steam locomotives - the very last ones used by the Mossman Sugar Mill before switching to diesel locomotives for hauling the sugar cane from the fields to the region's mill. Take a ride on these historic little steam trains on a track that has been in existence for over a century. Train operates daily 9:30 am to 3:30 pm including most public holidays.

Fine Dining by the Sea

The Reef Marina offers a diverse range of dining options. Overlooking the magnificent Coral Sea, this is the perfect place to unwind even further and take in the atmosphere of this stunning seaside town.

The Clink Theatre (Douglas Theatre Arts Group)

Filled with history and life, this beautiful auditorium, with perfect acoustics, and the best little bar in town, plays host to local and travelling artists alike and makes for a great night on the town.

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.

* 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).