As a country eleven times bigger than the UK, Australia understandably abounds in natural wonders. Top this off with fantastic cosmopolitan cities, a beautiful coastline and a gourmet dining scene, and you have an incredible honeymoon destination. One day you could be sipping coffee in multicultural Melbourne and a few days later hiking through bush and over red rock in the likes of Kakadu National Park. Incredible rainforests exists in the north, huge swathes of red desert lie in the middle, and all around the coast, sandy beaches sit in front of blue seas that take your breath away! Due to a national love for the land, eco-resorts abound; so we’ve been inspired to bring you our guide to the most unique honeymoon ideas on the biggest island in the world...
The unique and beautiful Whitsunday Islands are a collection of submerged mountains in the Great Barrier Reef. Forested hills rise out of the sea while different shades of blue water mix as in an oil painting. The best way to see this stunning area is on one of the many boat and yacht charters available in the area. One of the most luxurious is the Whitsundays Magic, a black, three masted sailing vessel crafted in Turkey. Looking like an old fashioned galleon, it’s perfect for a romantic holiday. Sailing Whitsunday offers a six night live aboard cruise, dining on gourmet food and revelling in the breathtaking scenery all around. You’ll even have a porter to attend to your every need...
South Australia’s Barossa Valley is a picturesque region of historic wineries and rolling hillsides dotted with vineyards. It’s an area of beautiful wine and fine food, stone churches and alternative breweries. This green and pleasant land is a perfect place to lose yourself in scenic settings, cycling from one vineyard to the next, taking tours and tasting fresh tipples. For a base, The Novotel Barossa Valley Resort has spacious, elegant rooms overlooking the yellow plains and green hills of the area. There’s a golf course and gym alongside a fantastic swimming pool, while bicycles are available for exploring. If you want to visit the vineyards, Barossa Epicurean Tours are a good choice.
Best of all worlds
For a one of a kind trip seeing three very different parts of this vast country, consider booking the 14 day, three part trip offered by Bridge and Wickers. Starting off in Sydney you’ll stay in the luxurious Park Hyatt right on the edge of the Harbour with the iconic Opera House nearby. You’ll tour the city before hiking the majestic Blue Mountains and sipping wine in the Hunter Valley. After five days you’ll fly to the centre of the country for a stay in an African inspired safari lodge near the majestic ancient Ayer’s Rock – one of the oldest geological formations in the world. Then you’ll relax on the Great Barrier Reef’s fine white beaches in Cairns and Lizard Island. For the latter, imagine a combination of an underwater paradise mixed with miles of national park, and you have an island escape that’s hard to match.
Australia’s easternmost destination is an ideal place for a honeymoon. With abundant sunshine, pristine beaches and an alternative lifestyle culture, this is a place to get away from it all. Enjoy the range of activities on offer, from beach lounging and rainforest trekking to kayaking and fishing. You won’t be bored here! The intimate and secluded Rae’s on Watego’s is a pink coloured boutique hotel specialising in romance. With access to the beach over a grassy promontory, there’s an eastern influenced spa and a fantastic al fresco restaurant overlooking the sea. With only seven rooms in the hotel you can be sure of a relaxing stay with deluxe, personal service in a very unique setting.
Widely regarded as Australia’s Galapagos, brimming with diverse wildlife and natural beauty, Kangaroo Island, just a short hop from Adelaide, is a magical place. From rugged landscapes and a fascinating history to world class food and iconic wildlife, the island encapsulates everything great about Australia.
At the price of £1,200 a night, the Southern Ocean Lodge is an all-inclusive eco resort of delightful quality and unique features. Rooms with glass walled bathrooms, oval shaped baths, sunken lounges and private terraces all boast hypnotic views of the Southern Ocean. Set on a cliffside, a white sandy beach is minutes away. There’s an open bar and gourmet restaurant too. But the signature feature of the lodge is its tours and treks. With over 250 bird species, 891 plants and a species of bee found nowhere else, this 4,500 square kilometre wonderland is perfect for a honeymoon.
You won’t be disappointed with a honeymoon in Australia. There’s literally something for everyone.