Home to some of the world’s most magical landscapes and world-class food and wine, Australia is a haven of top-notch destinations for lovers! Here’s a handful of our favourites. Featured image: Visit Port Douglas & Daintree
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#1. Port Douglas & Daintree, Qld
The meeting place for two World Heritage wonders (the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest), Tropical North Queensland will take your breath away. Make the tropical seaside enclave of Port Douglas (an hour north of Cairns) your first ‘port’ of call and bunk down in one of the town’s luxury beachfront resorts. Kissed by the Coral Sea, this holiday hub of gourmet dining, boutique shopping and day spas will get your honeymoon started right. Then, escape a little further north to the extreme natural beauty of the Daintree: a lush, biodiverse wonderland of waterfalls, wildlife and jungle streams.
Connect with the culture of the local Kuku Yalanji people on a guided tour and follow your eco bliss to one of the luxury lodges tucked away in the rainforest.
TOUR FOR TWO: Be swept away on a private helicopter charter over this glorious region, touching down on a secluded sand cay to sip bubbly and unpack a gourmet picnic.
#2. Uluru, NT
Located south-west of Alice Springs (access via Ayers Rock Airport), the cultural significance of this ochre-hued, World Heritage wonder sets the scene for a deeply moving honeymoon experience. More broadly, the Red Centre offers plenty of holiday experiences including camel treks, tours with the Anangu people, and the opportunity to immerse yourself in traditional Dreamtime stories.
Looking for unforgettable accommodation? Enjoy an uninterrupted view of Uluru from your bed at legendary luxury camp Longitude 131˚.
HONEYMOON HIGHLIGHT: Sounds of Silence is an unforgettable four-hour, bush-tucker-inspired dining experience under the outback sky. It’s a romantic experience like no other.
#3. Barossa Valley, SA
Welcome to South Australia: Australia’s hub for incredible food and wine. Adored for its award-winning restaurants and world class vino, which are perfectly paired with captivating landscapes, the Barossa Valley is a deliciously indulgent honeymoon destination. Just over an hour’s drive from Adelaide, the region’s tranquil atmosphere will immediately melt away any remaining wedding stress, and you can cosy up together in a romantic retreat or a boutique hotel in the rolling hills.
Take time to explore the delightful townships of the Barossa and neighbouring Adelaide Hills (many carry a charming European influence, thanks to the area’s German settlers) or see the region from above with a breathtaking hot-air balloon ride.
TOUR FOR TWO: Go winery hopping through this bountiful region. Hire a car or book private luxury transfers – you’ll definitely want a designated driver here!
#4. The Gold Coast, Qld
It’s got glitz, it’s got glamour – and natural beauty by the bucket-load! The Gold Coast’s iconic shoreline and the sun-dappled landscape of the hinterland beyond make for a versatile honeymoon playground. With something for everyone, from foodies and adventure seekers to spa-goers and wildlife-lovers, the Gold Coast is the spot to check-in and check out.
Dreaming of a mountain hideaway? Head to the green behind the gold and discover the waterfalls, national parks and quaint villages of the Gold Coast hinterland. Want theme parks on your itinerary? Yep, they’re just down the road. Located an easy one-hour drive south of Brisbane, the Gold Coast is also close enough to the NSW border to explore the luscious Tweed Valley and coastal towns beyond.
HONEYMOON HIGHLIGHT: Stay a stone’s throw from the GC’s sun, sand and surf (and excellent restaurant scene) in a plush five-star resort or beachside apartment.
#5. The Whitsundays, Qld
Craving a little island time? It’s tough to go past Queensland’s Whitsundays for a postcard-perfect honeymoon experience. As the gateway to the iconic Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays serve up idyllic aquamarine vistas from every angle. Helicopter joy flight over the iconic Heart Reef, anyone? Perhaps a skipper-yourself bareboating adventure on a private yacht? Or, how about an A-lister stay on a luxury resort island?
Fly into one of the region’s two airports (including one on Hamilton Island itself) and pair your days of sand, sunshine and snorkelling with sundowners and refined beachside dining for a blissfully romantic getaway you’ll never forget.
TOUR FOR TWO: Once you’ve ticked the sugary sands of Whitehaven Beach off your bucket-list, treat yourselves to a magical stay at Reefsuites: Australia’s first underwater accommodation on the Great Barrier Reef.
#6. Freycinet, Tasmania
You haven’t seen the best of Australia until you’ve toured our glorious southern isle. And you’ll find one of Tasmania’s highlights, Freycinet National Park, sitting pretty on an east coast peninsula. Known for its pink-granite peaks, salt-white beaches and abundant wildlife, Freycinet is a dreamscape for nature-lovers. Oh, and the oysters are pretty epic, too! Pack a picnic and spend a day exploring the park’s secluded bays and lagoons or lace up your hiking boots for a two-day adventure through this wild and wonderful landscape.
The region’s superstar, Wineglass Bay, is one of Tassie’s most photographed views, with the best vantage point accessible via a short, steep but utterly rewarding ascent.
HONEYMOON HIGHLIGHT: Take in the region’s highlights from eco-luxury retreat Saffire Freycinet or the superb Freycinet Lodge – both perfect for newlyweds.
#7. The Kimberley, WA
Looking for remote romance? If 420,000 square kilometres of rugged ancient beauty sounds like your kind of honeymoon heaven, set course for the Kimberley. A destination of immense scale and astounding beauty, the Kimberley can be found in Australia’s north western corner, edged by the outback beach town of Broome. Dramatic gorges, thundering waterfalls, freshwater rock pools and even pockets of rainforest make the Kimberley prime real estate for an authentic Australian honeymoon adventure.
It’s also teeming with wildlife, so keep your phone poised for the resident rock wallabies, goannas, echidnas and saltwater crocodiles as well as the dolphins and whales of Broome’s stunning Roebuck Bay.
TOURS TO TAKE: Sign up for a sunset camel ride along Broome’s famed 22-kilometre Cable Beach and don’t miss your chance to cruise around the magnificent twin waterfalls of King George Falls.
#8. Noosa Heads, Qld
Welcome to Queensland’s chic choice for white sandy beaches, magical rock pools, and epic food: Noosa Heads. This go-to foodie destination will charm you with its beautiful balance of natural beauty and luxury pursuits. The treasure-trove of wining, dining and boutique shopping on buzzing Hastings Street is perfectly paired with the soft sands of one of Australia’s most beautiful beaches, Noosa Main Beach, directly opposite.
Fill your days exploring the incredible surroundings, including the famous ‘fairy pools’, before catching your breath at one of Noosa’s swish hotels, resorts or holiday houses.
HONEYMOON HIGHLIGHT: As well as swanky beaches and bars, you’ll have the walking trails of Noosa’s sublime National Park right on your doorstep.
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