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Here’s how to honeymoon in The Whitsundays

Destination Weddings // Honeymoon // by Emily Russ

The Whitsundays are two words that evoke visions of tropical island havens, extravagant resorts, and leisurely days by the pool or on the water. While the reality meets these expectations, a wealth of experiences beyond the clichés of kaftans and cocktails are waiting to be explored in this idyllic honeymoon destination. So, grab your sunscreen and embrace a honeymoon in paradise with our guide on what to do and where to stay in The Whitsundays and Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach Honeymoon

Upon arrival in Proserpine, a mere half-hour’s drive from Airlie Beach, you’ll be greeted by balmy breezes and radiant sunshine. It might sound like a typical scene from tropical Queensland, but the warmth of the welcome is anything but ordinary.

As you journey towards Airlie, the landscape unfolds like a tapestry, transitioning from countryside to hinterland, from rainforest to sandy shores. But it’s when you approach Airlie’s entrance, the scenery truly captivates. Locals often reminisce about this stretch of road as the moment they fell in love with the region, and with vistas of sparkling waters framed by lush mountains, it’s easy to see why.

After settling into your accommodation, resist the temptation to laze by the pool and instead venture out to bask in the sunshine. Airlie’s compact size makes it perfect for exploring on foot, but for a unique and unforgettable experience, book a tour with Just Tuk’n Around. These bicycle-drawn chariots offer a delightful way to discover the town, with larger-than-life personalities serving as your guide. From the best spots for a drink to where to find the most breathtaking views, your driver will regale you with local insights as you glide along the scenic Bicentennial Walkway and past golden beaches.

Just Tukin Around Airlie Beach tour

But for a honeymoon experience that you simply can’t miss. Tthe awe-inspiring beauty of The Great Barrier Reef – from above! When you take off from Abell Point Marina with Airlie Beach HeliPad, you’ll have a hard time pretending like it’s no big deal – “Oh yes, we do this sort of thing all the time”, you’ll shamelessly joke in your best A-list celeb voice. 

Leaving the mainland and flying toward the reef, civilisation slips away, and islands emerge, looking like giant creatures dozing lazily in the waters below. From the deep blue, scatterings of shockingly turquoise reef appear – teasers for what’s about to come – and before you know it, you’re staring at the Great Barrier Reef. Of course, you’ll take an embarrassing amount of photos and catch yourself saying, “There it is!” as you circle over the famous Heart Reef – a Whitsunday celebrity in its own right. Surprisingly small and utterly enchanting, it’s a sight that’ll have you gushing like a Bachelor contestant… and you won’t even care.

Honeymoon Whitsundays

Airlie Beach HeliPad’s flight over The Great Barrier Reef, image courtesy of Airlie Beach HeliPad

After passing over rays, sharks and an almost endless stretch of reef, Whitsunday Island nears. When the helicopter lands on the world-famous Whitehaven Beach, try to stop yourself from racing toward the cool waters like a kid who’s spotted a playground (just try). A regular on ‘world’s best beaches’ lists for a reason, this little pocket of paradise is the perfect spot for a dip while your pilot sets up your picnic on the pristine, white sands. Seafood and sparkling wine complete the beach picnic ideal, but for something a little different, the cheese platter features charcoal brioche – an unexpected but delicious find from a local baker.

Hill Inlet Whitehaven Beach

Hill Inlet Whitehaven Beach, Tourism & Events Queensland

Shaking off its reputation as a two-day destination and growing up from its backpacker past, the Whitsundays have all the makings for a dream tropical getaway. Despite the helicopters, superyachts and celebrities that frequent the region, it’s like one big small town, and its people are proud as punch to show it off. You’ll love your honeymoon here!

Where to honeymoon

Pinnacles

Pinnacles offers an unparalleled experience of opulent and fully-equipped accommodation in the captivating coastal town of Airlie Beach: the gateway to the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef and the magnificent Whitsunday Islands. Nestled on an elevated position on Golden Orchid Drive, Pinnacles presents a selection of 29 sophisticated self-contained apartments. These luxurious retreats are designed to provide the utmost comfort and convenience, ensuring a memorable stay for every guest.

Each apartment is thoughtfully appointed with high-end furnishings, modern amenities, and elegant decor, creating an inviting atmosphere that perfectly complements the natural beauty of the surroundings. The spacious interiors are bathed in natural light, offering a serene and tranquil relaxing environment. Some apartments feature a balcony jacuzzi for those seeking an extra luxury touch. This exclusive amenity provides an idyllic spot to unwind while soaking in the 180-degree vistas of the mesmerising turquoise waters of the Coral Sea.

Whether you’re lounging in the jacuzzi, sipping a glass of wine on your private balcony, or simply gazing at the panoramic views, a honeymoon experience at Pinnacles is nothing short of extraordinary.

Discover more at pinnaclesresort.com.au