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!


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 Port Douglas & Sydney

Meals Included

American breakfast daily1 lunch

Sightseeing & Activities

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

Baggage Handling

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

Day-By-Day 2017 / 2018

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

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

DAY
2
Port Douglas

Spend the day as you wish. Relax by your resort’s pool, or souvenir shop 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.

DAY
3
Port Douglas. Excursion to the Outer Great Barrier Reef

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.

DAY
4
Port Douglas

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, ATV rides, or exploring nearby Mossman Gorge to learn more about the region’s Aboriginal people.

DAY
5
Port Douglas–Cairns–Sydney

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

DAY
6
Sydney

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.

DAYS
7-8
Sydney

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; join a guided backstage tour of the Sydney Opera House; or enjoy a walking tour to discover some of Sydney’s culinary secrets.

DAY
9
Sydney

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Included Hotels

*The "STARTING AT" 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).

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.

Port Douglas
Sydney

QT Port Douglas

87-109 Port Douglas Road
Port Douglas, QLD Australia

Check-in - 14:00
Check-out - 12:00

QT Port Douglas is a tropical paradise where guest rooms are stylish, relaxing and fully self-contained. You can also satisfy the senses with the hottest new offerings to the Port Douglas restaurant scene: Bazaar -- an interactive marketplace and Estilo, our chic cocktail bar. Whether relaxing by the pool or exploring the wildlife of the Tropical North, you’re sure to have a great night’s sleep.

Location & Highlights

Set in lush tropical gardens, QT Port Douglas is located just minutes from the township of Port Douglas and Four Mile beach.

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Climate Control
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Television
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access
  • Voicemail

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Free WiFi
  • Gift Shop
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
Walk into hip Port Douglas accommodation and be welcomed by an inspiring open-spaced setting with a contemporary yet quirky tropical feel. Guest rooms overlook the tropical garden or sprawling lagoon style pool and feature a private balcony, workspace, flatscreen HDTV, deluxe amenities, mini bar and designer furnishings.

Port Douglas Peninsula Boutique Hotel

9-13 The Esplanade
Port Douglas, QLD Australia

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

The Port Douglas Peninsula Boutique Hotel offers a boutique style hotel experience -- enjoying an unrivalled beachside location overlooking Four Mile Beach. Rooms enjoy stunning views with the comforts and facilities, friendliness and personal service that only a small property can provide. An oasis of tiered heated pools and Jacuzzi spa, offers a quiet tranquil setting while relaxing on the sun lounges or in your suite. Little things like fresh flowers, aromatherapy burners coupled with individual, personal service sets this Port Douglas Hotel apart from the rest. **The Peninsula Hotel in Port Douglas does not accept any children under 16 years of age.**

Location & Highlights

Enjoy an unrivalled beachside location overlooking Four Mile Beach with quick access to the beach (130 feet) and a 2 minute stroll to the heart of Port Douglas with its cosmopolitan boutiques, restaurants and entertainment options.

Room Amenities

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

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Luggage Storage
  • Spa Services
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Ice Machine
Your room's large private balcony allows you to relax with a tropical cocktail or listen to the calmness of the waves lapping on the beach. It also boasts a spacious open plan living/dining area which can be separated from the bedroom with native timber sliding doors, and features a discreet kitchenette, bathroom with walk in shower and two person soaker bath tub.

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas

Port Douglas Rd
Port Douglas, QLD Australia

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

A revitalized beachfront luxury resort on famous Four Mie Beach surrounded by lush tropical gardens, a unique lagoon-style swimming pool, and an 18-hole golf course. Resort amenities include beach access, fitness center, sauna, family activities, business center and complimentary wireless Internet access in the lobby. The newly transformed rooms afford captivating views of the lagoon pools and tropical gardens representing the resort¿s fresh beachside nature and inspired by the tropical north Queensland lifestyle. Exquisite dining venues provide scrumptious delicacies including fresh seafood in the comfort of the resort.

Location & Highlights

Located on Four Mile Beach in the heart of Port Douglas

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Phone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Mini-bar
  • Climate Control
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Newspaper

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Ice Machine
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Spa Services
Guestrooms have all been transformed to represent the resort¿s sophisticated yet relaxed persona, featuring warm tones complemented by crisp, fresh textures and furnishings. Room amenities include flat screen TV, mini-bar, air conditioning, and in-room safe.

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)

Port Douglas
Sydney

Port Douglas

Daintree Rainforest 4WD Tour

Enjoy a full day exploring the Daintree by 4WD!

Price Range: $$$$

Cape Tribulation, Daintree & Mossman Gorge

Looking for the ultimate rainforest tour? This full-day excursion is just the ticket!

Price Range: $$$$

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.

Price Range: $$$

Sydney

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb - Day

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

Price Range: $$$$

Revolving Restaurant 3 Course Dinner

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

Price Range: $$

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium & WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Combo

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

Price Range: $

Sydney Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

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

Price Range: $

Taronga Zoo - General Entry

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

Price Range: $

Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise

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

Price Range: $$

The Sydney Opera House Tour

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

Price Range: $

Blue Mountains

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

Price Range: $$$$

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

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

Price Range: $$$$

Insider

Port Douglas
Sydney

Port Douglas

Meet one of your Local Hosts in Port Douglas, AustraliaMonograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Port Douglas, 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 Port Douglas and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Port Douglas 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 Port Douglas, Australia

A Port Douglas local of 20 years, Dave is considered a hospitality specialist when it comes to looking after vacationers in Tropical North Queensland. His casual and friendly manner and local knowledge makes him the perfect Host in 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’s has been in existence for over a century. Train operates daily 9:30am to 3:30pm 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

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

After working in Australian tourism for over 20 years, I feel privileged that I can give travelers an unforgettable experience visiting the beautiful harbour city of Sydney.

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 Monday's and Tuesday's.

Museum of Contemporary Art

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

Sydney Opera Bar

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

Explore The Rocks

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

Island hopping on Sydney Harbour

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

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" 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).

Prices based on double room occupancy and a minimum of two travelers. For singles traveling alone, a supplement will be quoted at the time of booking. Single rooms are available at a supplement; triple rooms are available at a reduction.

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

NOTE:

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

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