While the historic splendours of Europe and the sultry shores of South-East Asia provide incredible settings for a romantic honeymoon, here in Australia we’re just as blessed with a bounty of beautiful settings that offer the perfect backdrop to celebrate love.
There’s no better excuse to splurge than an unforgettable escape close to home. Forgo the international airfare and invest your post-wedding dollars on a honeymoon in Australia. Flight Centre have shared with us below their top picks in each Australian state.
#1. QUEENSLAND – QUALIA, HAMILTON ISLAND
Honeymooners at qualia on Hamilton Island will be welcomed into a world of unsurpassed luxury and sophistication. The resort’s 60 pavilions are completely private and surrounded by stunning views of the Great Barrier Reef and native eucalyptus. While you may not want to leave your luxury abode, you shouldn’t miss qualia’s epicurean spoils, heavenly day spa and world-class array of activities, including cruises and snorkelling excursions.
#2. NEW SOUTH WALES – EMIRATES ONE&ONLY WOLGAN VALLEY RESORT
Nestled in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, the resplendent Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort combines a spectacular natural setting with modern Federation-style splendour. Outdoorsy couples will love the activities on offer, from horseback riding to nature walks, while foodies will be tantalised with a medley of decadent local flavours. When it comes to overnight luxuries, 40 free-standing suites feature tranquil private pools. Lavishness is the name of the game here, and the resort is the perfect place to spend your first days of wedded bliss.
#3. VICTORIA – YARRA VALLEY LODGE, YARRA VALLEY
What better way to celebrate matrimony than among the grapevines? The four-and-a-half-star Yarra Valley Lodge is one of Victoria’s finest sources of indulgence. Positioned right on the doorstep of over 80 Yarra Valley wineries, this world-class resort offers total luxury, fabulously fresh produce and an array of pampering spa treatments.
#4. SOUTH AUSTRALIA – SOUTHERN OCEAN LODGE, KANGAROO ISLAND
There’s no better place to experience Mother Nature’s finest work than at the Southern Ocean Lodge. This unique lodge was designed to coexist with the land, offering a striking design that maximises incredible Southern Ocean views. There are 21 contemporary ocean-facing suites accentuated by luxury inclusions such as ‘produce to plate’ dining experiences, The Southern Spa, and inclusive Kangaroo Island excursions with daily personalised itineraries.
#5. NORTHERN TERRITORY –LONGITUDE 131°, YULARA
To truly discover the Red Centre in style, look no further than Longitude 131°. This eco-chic accommodation option features 15 intimate and opulent ‘tents’ commanding uninterrupted views of Australia’s iconic landmark. Spend your days discovering the mysteries of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and delving into the culture of the local Anangu people, and return to the resort for a beautiful dinner under the star-lit desert sky. Hey, if it’s good enough for Wills and Kate…
#6. WESTERN AUSTRALIA –THE CABLE BEACH CLUB RESORT & SPA, BROOME
On the west coast, discerning couples will want to head directly to the Cable Beach Club, which offers personalised touches for honeymooners. Spend your days luxuriating by the pool, indulging in couples massages and lingering over a candlelit meal for two. Be sure to stroll along Cable Beach to Gantheaume Point for the magnificent views. The sunset is pretty magical, too.
#7. TASMANIA – SAFFIRE FREYCINET, COLES BAY
Saffire Freycinet would have to be the pinnacle of Apple Isle, if not Australian indulgence. If the spellbinding location overlooking Great Oyster Bay and the fiery red Hazards doesn’t seduce you, fine Tasmanian dining, the decadent day spa and sizeable suites with floor-to-ceiling views will. Saffire’s range of complimentary activities and signature experiences will add a new dimension to your honeymoon. Our pick is donning a pair of waders, sliding into the crisp water and devouring freshly shucked oysters while sipping bubbly right in the bay at Freycinet Marine Oyster Farm.