Sailaway Port Douglas honeymoon Queensland

Your honeymoon adventure begins with these dreamy Queensland escapes

Honeymoon // Stories // by QB

If you’re looking to embark on a dreamy honeymoon that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime, look no further than Queensland – Australia’s very own romantic paradise. With its breathtaking landscapes, pristine beaches, and luxurious resorts, Queensland offers an array of unforgettable honeymoon escapes that are sure to set the perfect tone for your newlywed adventure.

Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or a mix of both, Queensland’s diverse offerings guarantee a honeymoon tailored to your desires. We’ve included some of our favourite destinations and ideas for a romantic Queensland honeymoon.

So, pack your bags and prepare to be whisked away on a romantic honeymoon getaway like no other in the stunning landscapes of Queensland, where love blossoms amidst natural beauty and endless possibilities. [Feature photo: Sailaway Port Douglas ]

Photo: Silky Oaks Lodge

1. Escape to a Daintree Eco Lodge

There are holidays, then there are adventures. The lush ancient landscapes of the Daintree Rainforest tend to fall in the latter category. Forest bathing with a side of wild luxury is how they roll in this part of the world. Base yourselves in an eco retreat, then disappear into the landscape, hiking through rainforest glades, chasing waterfalls, and cruising the Daintree River. See the romantic ‘banyans’ (treehouses) at Daintree Eco Lodge (their Wellness Spais sublime).

Or slip away to the Silky Oaks Lodge, overlooking the pristine Mossman River. Love a good road trip? Follow the Coral Sea to one of the country’s most jaw-dropping coastal drives from Cairns to Cape Tribulation, the Great Barrier Reef Drive. Wind your way to the seaside village of Port Douglas then stop for a swim and a roam around Mossman Gorge. From there, head off-grid and watch for crocs as you cross the Daintree River on an old-school car cable ferry. For a five-star fix in this far northern landscape, bunker down at the sustainable, secluded and very special mist at Cape Tribulation.

Date night: For a honeymoon feast you’ll never forget, see Flames of the Forest. This magical after-dark rainforest experience blends traditional Aboriginal storytelling and music with starlit alfresco dining.

Photo: Great Keppel Island Hideaway

2. Embrace Island Time

Leave the mainland in the rearview and escape to one of Queensland’s glorious islands. Find a slice of the good life in the Great Barrier Reef at Great Keppel, just a half-hour ferry ride from Yeppoon. At Great Keppel Island Hideaway, you can enjoy snorkelling, kayaking, and beach drop-offs to one of 17 white-sand beaches, with rustic cabins located directly on Putney Beach.

Or experience the largest sand island in the world at K’gari (Fraser Island). Step off the boat at Kingfisher Bay Resort and you’ll be handy to all the awesome attractions. Think 4WD safaris, Lake McKenzie swims, and sundowners at the famous Sunset Bar. And, of course, you can’t talk islands without adding The Whitsundays to your wish list. The refurbished Daydream Island Resort is located in the heart of Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands, surrounded by languid, turquoise waters and a stunning coral-ringed reef . Further north, see Fitzroy Island off the Cairns coast, where you can grab a selfie on the secluded and sublime Nudey Beach.

Photo: Tourism & Events Queensland

3. Go Remote in the Sandstone Wilderness

Nature-lovers? Find your honeymoon groove in the epic landscapes of Carnarvon Gorge, located 720 km northwest of Brisbane in Queensland’s remote ‘sandstone wilderness’. Part of the expansive Carnarvon National Park, the gorge offers a romantic adventure like no other. Its spectacular geography of white sandstone cliffs, plunging gorges, remnant rainforest, and meandering creeks support a vibrant ecosystem and is perfect for avid hikers of all fitness levels. Ancient cultural history adds another magical dimension. Located just off the main walking track, visitors can gaze upon some of Australia’s finest examples of Aboriginal rock art in sites precious to the Karingbal and Bidjara traditional owners. Spine-tingling stuff. You’ll find Carnarvon Gorge between Roma and Emerald, making it perfect for a road trip to taste the true Queensland outback. And don’t worry, if you’re not keen on camping, you can find a comfy bed at the glamping-style Wallaroo Outback Retreat, set on a 72,000-acre cattle property.

Photo: Sailaway Port Douglas

4 Sail Away, Sail Away, Sail Away

The open sea, the wind in your hair, a glass of Champagne as the sun sets … that’s sailing. Leave the world behind and head out on a bareboating (no crew, skipper yourself) cruise around The Whitsundays with Cumberland Charter Yachts. The luxury yachts and powered catamarans are made for novices, so just bring your captain’s hat and a sense of adventure.

If you’d rather leave the navigating to a pro, Cruise Whitsundays offers fabulous island day trips as well as the chance to spend the night in an underwater suite at Reefworld — a permanently moored pontoon at Hardy Reef off Airlie Beach. Snorkelling, sundowners, and sea views are all part of the experience before retiring to your private undersea abode. Staying in Port Douglas? Lucky ducks. As well as a steady supply of luxury resorts, boutique hideaways, bars, and restaurants, Port is home to an excellent selection of cruise companies. Departing from the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, you’ll be able to enjoy a memorable snorkelling day trip or romantic sunset cruise before returning to your five-star digs.

Date night: Sunset cocktails aboard a luxury catamaran before falling asleep to an ocean lullaby.

5. Cosy Up in a Rainforest Chalet

The Gold Coast Hinterland is sprinkled with romantic retreats — you just have to know where to look. In fact, it may feel like you’re following a trail of breadcrumbs through a storybook forest to find The Mouses House … and that’s just how honeymooners like it. This intimate rainforest chalet experience is nestled throughout the World Heritage-listed Springbrook National Park, sharing the spotlight with bubbling streams, towering brush box trees, and abundant native birdlife. The 14 individually styled chalets (charmingly named Dopey, Happy, Snow White, Prince Charming, Sleeping Beauty, etc.) feature warm timbers, hardwood fireplaces, and luxe touches (think spa baths and extra-private hot tubs), For those craving a little adventure, this is a top spot to explore the local trails.

Date night: Tucked up together in front of a blazing fire with a glass of wine and a cheese platter within easy reach.