Honeymoon destinations have become so commercialised that other stunning destinations fall by the wayside in the world of advertising. There are many hidden gems around the world, but the attractions in Australia stand out above the rest.
This country has everything to offer, from sun-kissed beaches and all-terrain quad biking, to bright city nightlife and picturesque mountains and parks. You can experience adventure, romance and fun, this country is a honeymooner’s nirvana. Travel with a difference and reap the benefits of visiting Australia, no matter what type of experience you prefer.
Australia is the land of adventure. From a 4WD journey through the outback to snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef, you will find something to quench your adventurous thirst. As a newlywed couple, there is nothing better than taking your relationship to new heights by experiencing the outdoors together in an extreme way.
The Northern Territory has arguably one of the best 4WD terrains Australia has to offer, largely due to the dry climate. Use Darwin, the capital city, as your base and from here you can make your way to tourist destinations such as Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National Park by travelling off the beaten track.
If off-roading gives you jitters, try an adventure at sea. Australia is internationally known for having the world’s largest coral reef. Located off the coast of Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef offers a snorkelling wonderland and surreal beauty under the water. Hosting over 100 islands, your snorkelling adventure will see you and your loved one in the depths of the ocean between the spectacular marine life and scenic coral. Using the city of Cairns as your headquarters allows you access to a wide range of hotels that caters to all budgets and styles. This adventure will allow you to experience a paradise like no other.
Many honeymooners opt for a rejuvenation-style holiday after the stress of planning a wedding. There are so many options available for you around the country; you will find some of the world’s best beaches in Sydney. Close your eyes and think of the perfect beach; blazing sun, soft sand and crystal blue water is what you will come across.
The popular beaches of Bondi and Manly are stunning mile-long stretches that are filled with tourists. If you prefer to steer away from the bustling beaches and enjoy a relaxing beach day, head to Shelley Beach, it is secluded and quiet, a perfect tranquil environment for newlyweds.
Relaxing can also mean a walk in the park or chilling at the resort. Sydney has some interesting trail walks such as the Royal National Park walk and the Coogee to Bondi coastal walk. It also hosts some of the country’s finest hotels with excellent spa and resort facilities. With the likes of Park Hyatt and the Echoes Resort in Blue Mountains, you can expect to be treated like royalty in post-wedding bliss.
If you want to have fun without the extremity, and relaxation sounds like a bore, then a sightseeing honeymoon will be perfect for you. Australia has some of the most modern cities in the world. From Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney to Canberra, Adelaide and Perth, you can take your pick for city exploration from the east to the west.
The hop-on, hop-off bus operates in all these cities and is a perfect way to explore. The bus takes you through the urban jungle, passing historical landmarks and major tourist attractions. You have the option of hopping off whenever you choose, and hopping on the next bus that comes around. You will notice the big, red open-air bus from a mile away and no matter which one you get on, you will travel on the fixed route without missing anything. The tour operates between set times, i.e. 9:30am to 5:30pm and a bus comes to each stop at half an hour intervals (details vary depending on the city).
If you like to immerse yourself in a country and its people then this city bus is the ideal option. As newlyweds, you may have already been to several cities around the world, and now you want to encounter a different culture, together. Australia is rich in culture; experience Aboriginal art and culture by visiting Arnhem Land and Torres Strait. There are various museums and centres around the country that showcase this unique nation. There are also many events across Australia that allow you to better familiarise yourself with the country’s different cultures.
A honeymoon does not have to be about the exploring or an adventure, it can simply be about the happy couple. You can enjoy a secluded getaway without droves of tourists or locals, just you and a handful of other people, but shhhh, it’s a beautiful secret.
The Cape York Peninsula is located at the most Northern tip of Australia. Why not hire a vehicle and take a day trip through the wilderness, by either motor vehicle or helicopter. This is largely undeveloped land and is populated mostly by Aboriginal tribes. For a more romantic hideout, nestled between Cairns and Port Douglas, is the Daintree Rainforest. Here you will find waterfalls, forests and natural Jacuzzi’s, and you can experience nature in all its glory.
Beyond the day trips, is Hayman Island; situated off the coast of Queensland. Hayman Island is a honeymooner’s dream. It consists of a 5-star resort that is the epitome of luxury and couple indulgence. Think of retreat rooms, beach villas, expansive gardens, adventure activities and candle-lit dinners, this place is basically listed under ‘romance’ in the dictionary.
Australia is a country that everyone should experience as a couple. From north to south and east to west, there is a destination perfect to celebrate your everlasting love and commitment.