Wonders of Australia (IPD)

14 Day Package from Sydney to Melbourne

Walkabout…it’s when Australian Aborigines go on a long journey by foot far from cities and towns. Your “walkabout” won’t be on foot and far away from civilization, but it will give you a chance to learn about the Aborigines as well explore some of Australia’s most exciting cities. And no one brings you Australia like Monograms! In this 14-day vacation, we've arranged your choice of hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, sightseeing, and transfers from/to your hotels to/from the airports for all your intra-vacation flights. Plus, a one-of-a-kind feature: our Monograms Local Host®, who is there for you in the cities throughout your stays, ensuring everything runs smoothly and helping you get the most out of your trip. You’ll have a Local Host in Sydney and Melbourne.

Your vacation begins the moment you arrive in Sydney, as we can pick you up at the airport and take you to your selected hotel. Your Local Host will have a warm welcome for you as well as a packet of materials to help you get settled and start exploring immediately. In both Sydney and Melbourne, we've arranged for a guided sightseeing tour with a local expert. In Sydney, your tour includes stunning Bondi Beach and a photo stop at Harbour Bridge. In Melbourne, we’ll take you to the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Italian Quarter, and more—plus, we’ll entertain you in both cities with insider stories and little-known secrets. A free day in each city gives you the opportunity to explore on your own (with the support of your Local Host). Perhaps watch the world-famous Penguin Parade on Phillip Island near Melbourne, visit the Old Melbourne Gaol to see where 130 hangings took place, browse the many shops in Sydney's Darling Harbour, or join celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Cameron Diaz, and Prince Harry in climbing to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

From the laid-back beach town of Port Douglas, 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. A definite trip highlight!

On this vacation, you’ll also learn about the native cultures. You'll enjoy a visit to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Culural Centre with its amazing collection of art and crafts from the Anangu people. Outside of Darwin, we've arranged for a full-day excursion to Kakadu National Park, where a guided walk will show you the ancient Aboriginal rock art, and a visit to the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre will give you the opportunity to learn about the cultural significance of the park.

With these sights, as well as the other sightseeing we've included and the transportation we've arranged, and the time you save by letting us take care of the details for you, you've got yourself the 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, Port Douglas & Melbourne

Meals Included

American breakfast daily2 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

This vacation package includes a cruise with an Aboriginal guide from Darwin on the East Alligator River. You may even see crocodiles in the wild!

DAY
1
Arrive in Sydney, Australia

Welcome to beautiful Sydney. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

DAY
2
Sydney

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

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 Sydney Harbour Bridge.

DAY
4
Sydney–Cairns–Port Douglas

Fly to tropical Cairns and transfer to Port Douglas, a beachside town surrounded by rainforest and the Coral Sea. Enjoy a 3-night stay in this tropical paradise.

DAY
5
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 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 Port Douglas, where the evening is at leisure.

DAY
6
Port Douglas

A full day at leisure. You may wish to take a trip into the Daintree Forest, the world’s oldest living rainforest, and to beautiful Cape Tribulation. Other activities include hiking, relaxing by your resort’s pool, or window shopping at the unique boutiques and art galleries in downtown Port Douglas, where you are sure to find a favorite souvenir.

DAY
7
Port Douglas–Cairns–Darwin

Spend some time at leisure this morning. Perhaps select an optional excursion to visit a zoo to see crocodiles, kangaroos, and koalas, or the quiet mountain village of Kuranda via the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Later, transfer to Cairns and fly to Darwin at the top end of Australia.

DAY
8
Darwin. Excursion to Kakadu National Park

This morning, depart Darwin for a full-day excursion to KAKADU NATIONAL PARK. Upon arrival, take a GUIDED WALK around Nourlangie Rock to view ancient Aboriginal rock art. Then, take a GUIDED CRUISE on Kakadu’s famous wetlands for a chance to see crocodiles in the wild. You will also stop at the WARRADJAN ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CENTRE to learn more about the cultural significance of the park. Afterward, return to Darwin.

DAY
9
Darwin–Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Today, fly to Uluru. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

DAY
10
Uluru (Ayers Rock)

This morning, rise early for an inspiring sunrise over Kata Tjuta. Witness incredible views over the dunes and stunning desert landscape. Continue to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre which houses an amazing collection of ceramics, paintings and punu (woodwork) from the Anangu people, the traditional custodians of Uluru. Later this afternoon, visit “Sunset Strip” for a DRINK & CANAPES, and to witness the changing colors of the rock.

DAY
11
Uluru (Ayers Rock)–Melbourne

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

DAY
12
Melbourne

Your morning guided sightseeing tour includes Federation Square, St. Patrick’s Park, Queen Victoria Market (when open), the Italian Quarter, 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.

DAY
13
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.

DAY
14
Melbourne

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.

Sydney
Port Douglas
Darwin
Uluru
Melbourne

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

176 Cumberland Street
Sydney, NSW Australia

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

The luxurious rooms and suites of the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney are situated in the historic Rocks district in the heart of the city. The hotel has breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour encompassing the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Celebrate the end of a great day in their signature restaurant, bar or café.

Location & Highlights

Situated in the historic Rocks district in the heart of the city, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney has breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour encompassing the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Room Amenities

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

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Beauty Salon
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
Luxuriously furnished, the Deluxe Grand Harbour View rooms offer breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. These rooms feature modern design and furnishings, triple-glazed soundproofed windows, plush duvets, iHome docks and bathrobes.

Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

11 Jamison St
Sydney, NSW Australia

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

The award-winning luxurious Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney combines space, style and warmth to provide guests ultimate ambience. Their two restaurants and bar offer exceptional wining and dining experiences. A dedicated relaxation zone is available at the Amora Day Spa. Guests can also take advantage of the heated indoor pool, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi and gym.

Location & Highlights

Located in the heart of Sydney's financial district, near the Opera House, Harbour Bridge & Circular Quay.

Room Amenities

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

Hotel Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Hot Tub
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange
Rooms offer exceptional comfort and space with complimentary Wi-Fi and fitted to a high standard with all the latest amenities, including air-conditioning, cable TV, blackout shades, robes and slippers, complimentary toiletries, and mini-bar.

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.

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
Port Douglas
Ayers Rock
Melbourne

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: $

Hunter Valley Wine Tour

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

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: $$$$

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: $$$

Ayers Rock

Sounds of Silence

Join us for the ultimate Outback dining experience: dinner under the stars in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Price Range: $$$$

Stargazing in the Outback

One of the best places on Earth to explore the galaxy's celestial wonders, Australia's Red Centre is home to low humidity and minimal artificial light¿ideal for viewing the wide canopy above the impressive silhouette of Uluru (Ayers Rock).

Price Range: $

Scenic Helicopter Flight - Uluru/Ayers Rock & Kata Tjuta/The Olgas

Take in the mysterious grandeur of the Outback on a thirty-six 36 minute scenic flight.

Price Range: $$$$

Melbourne

Melbourne 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: $$

Melbourne Tramcar Lunch

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 Penguins Plus

Enjoy a full afternoon and evening exploration of fascinating Phillip Island and its surroundings.

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: $$$

Yarra Valley 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: $$$$

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, for a great selection of lunch spots (not included). 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: $$$$

Insider

Sydney
Port Douglas
Darwin
Uluru
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

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.

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.

Darwin

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Darwin, 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 Darwin and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Darwin insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Deckchair Cinema

Located at the Waterfront Precinct, Darwin's unique, open-air cinema shows a variety of films to cater to all tastes. Relax in canvas deckchairs under the starry skies with a drink from the bar. You can bring your own snacks or enjoy a meal from one of the food vendors. 7 nights a week during the dry season (April-November)

Mindil Beach Sunset Markets

The world famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are renowned for their huge range and quality of art and craftwork. Visitors to the market get a taste of tropical life as stallholders converge on Mindil Beach to sell handmade wares, crocodile and kangaroo products, indigenous and bush art, clothing, sculpture, pottery, puppets, soaps and didgeridoos. Multi-cultural food stalls tempt market-goers with dishes that can be enjoyed in the relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere as you watch the sun set over Mindil Beach. Thursday 5pm-10pm, Sunday 4pm-9pm

Stokes Hill Wharf and Darwin Waterfront Precinct

This precinct has many historical and modern attractions and offers a variety of eating options, ranging from alfresco eateries to top-class seafood restaurants. The history of the Wharf dates back to the early 1800s with the arrival of European settlers. On February 19 1942, the Japanese bombed Darwin, with the Wharf bearing the full force of the invasion. Today, you can catch a cruise to explore the harbor, relax and enjoy the seasonal live entertainment, drop a line from the fishing platforms, take a fishing tour or swim in the wave lagoon or recreational lagoon.

Australian Aviation Heritage Centre

Open daily, this center features an impressive collection of aviation history from the aviation pioneers and record breakers to the Territory's frontier role in WWII. There is a massive B52 Bomber, on permanent loan from the US Air Force, a Sabre jet, a Spitfire replica and a Huey Cobra helicopter. The Bombing of Darwin exhibition is a must-see!

USS Peary Memorial

Bombed and sunk on February 19 1942, the USS Peary still lies on the floor of Darwin Harbor. Located on the cliffs of the Darwin Esplanade, a salvaged gun from USS Peary points seaward to the location where the Peary was found by divers searching Darwin Harbor after the war and stands as a tribute to the 91 sailors who went down with her on that fateful day. Also honored here is Lt. Robert Buel, a US Air force pilot who lost his life on February 15, 1942 in a heroic attack on Japanese aircraft on a bombing raid over Darwin city.

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 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.

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 Myra, and I'm Melbourne born and bred. My intimate knowledge of local culture, landscapes and wildlife allows me to help guests engage in a broad variety of personal interests. I strive to provide outstanding service that is unique, fun & informative!

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 Monday & Wednesday.

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.

*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 party 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).