Australia's Best Honeymoon Destinations. Ignite the Passion... For Travel
Posted by Megan Osborne on Friday, October 6, 2017
Have you been searching for Australia’s best honeymoon destination? While some choose to hop on a plane and explore exotic international locations for their honeymoons, we’re all about immersing yourself in the beauty and extraordinary landscape that we call home; Australia.
They key things you look for in the perfect honeymoon may vary: Is it luxury or seclusion, a tropical beach or a windswept vista, hitting a hiking trail or lounging by a glamorous pool? Whatever tickles your fancy—and no, we’re not going into detail about that part of the honeymoon—we reckon these Australian honeymoon destinations can serve it up on a silver platter.
So here are our picks of where to spend your honeymoon in Australia. Get swept away by the romantic allure and promise of these beautiful getaways.
Honeymoon in Queensland
With 74 islands to choose from, the Whitsundays in Queensland are well set up to provide your honeymoon with an abundance of white sand, bright coral and cerulean waters. Most of these tropical atolls are covered by National Park, but four offer a place to stay surrounded by the glittering beauty of the Great Barrier Reef.
From the popular Hamilton Island where the main mode of transport is via golf buggy and there are activities aplenty, to Long Island where natural beauty, wildlife and marine life reign supreme and perhaps even iced tea cocktails await. The exclusive Hayman Island and aptly named Daydream Island are both currently recovering from Cyclone Debbie, but are estimated to be back on track from mid 2018.
The protected waters of the Whitsundays are home to some of Australia’s best sailing, snorkelling and swimming spots, so expect to pretty much live in your togs while on your ‘moon. With arguably some of Australia’s best beaches, if a tropical honeymoon location is what you’re after, you’re best to head to the Whitsundays.
We promise Queensland is more than just islands, but when it comes to seclusion, top notch beaches and unforgettable crystal clear water, sometimes you just need to head further away from the big smoke.
Claiming the title of the World’s Largest Sand Island, Fraser Island is World Heritage-listed for a reason. With a beach that stretches for 123 kilometres, spend the day splashing in the waves and snorkelling over coral reefs. Or head inland and immerse yourself in towering rainforests before taking a dip in a freshwater lake.
When it comes to wildlife there’s an abundance of it on this nature-lovers sand island, such as roaming wild dingoes. Fishing fans will find 75 Mile Beach a dream, or you may want to adventure over sand dunes on a rented 4WD.
Honeymoon in New South Wales
Lord Howe Island
Find World Heritage-listed paradise at Lord Howe Island, just two hours by plane from Sydney. Made up of lush green landscape surrounded by blonde beaches and thriving coral reefs, this New South Wales island is heaven for beach and nature lovers.
Paddle across the clear waters or pop on a snorkel and discover a vibrant world of marine life. Get up close and personal on Ned’s Beach and partake in hand-feeding fish, or visit between March and November to observe the courtship display of one of the world’s rarest birds; the Providence Petrel.
If you’ve got your loved-up sights set on a beach escape, but don’t want to set yourself too far away from gourmet dining, alluring entertainment and plenty of culture, Byron Bay is the place to spend your New South Wales honeymoon.
Hit the beach with a surfboard, traverse the skies in a hot air balloon, or ground yourself with a spiritual yoga retreat. Between exploring the region’s coast and hinterland, there are activities galore to pack your schedule with.
Plan your Honeymoon in the Hunter Valley, and surround yourself in the romance of the vines. Arguably the best wine destination in New South Wales, the Hunter Valley has a viticulture history dating back to the 1800s.
Spend your romantic honeymoon in wine territory; hopping in between cellar doors, vineyard tours and tasting tables. There are markets, hot air balloons, bicycle hire and even horse riding tours. For the fanatic foodies plan your gourmet honeymoon between May and June when the Hunter Valley plays host to the Hunter Valley Food and Wine Festival.
Honeymoon in Victoria
The Mornington Peninsula has something for everyone, and is the perfect honeymoon destination for so many because of it. Whether you prefer to pamper your loved one—and yourself—at the Peninsula Hot Springs, or stretch your legs on one of the breathtaking peninsula walks, the Mornington Peninsula showcases it’s natural beauty through both activities.
Head to Red Hill and Merricks to taste the vines of the Peninsula, and relax on the beach at Mount Martha, Rosebud, Merricks—pretty much all of the beaches are great.
Cheese shops, fruit picking, olive groves, chocolate shops and even honey; the Peninsula has plenty for gourmands, too.
What better place to celebrate your new union than in Spa Country? Daylesford is definitely for pampering with day spas aplenty thanks to its natural mineral springs.
Farmland and forest make up the landscape of this idyllic Victorian honeymoon destination, but the culture is all galleries, restaurants and relaxation.
Honeymoon in Tasmania
Embrace both nature and your loved one when you honeymoon at Cradle Mountain in Tasmania. An ideal location for spotting wildlife—and, during spring and summer; wildflowers—Cradle Mountain can be explored via foot on a six-day overland track.
If you still want to strap on the hiking boots but perhaps not for that sort of commitment—after all, you’ve just made an epic commitment in your love life, we’ll cut you some slack—try your feet at one of the more leisurely walks through lush rainforest.
Freycinet National Park
The glittering gem of Tasmania, Freycinet National Park on the East Coast attracts honeymooners due to its breathtaking natural beauty. Think pink granite mountains, ivory beaches and sparkling turquoise ocean.
We reckon Wineglass Bay is one of Australia’s best beaches—no really, it’s in our article; Are these Australia’s Best Beaches? You may have to hike a little to get there, but boy is it worth it.
Honeymoon in Western Australia
Margaret River boasts the best of both worlds; brilliant beaches and Western Australia’s best wine region. Oh, let’s not forget the river!
The local produce in Margaret River is sensational, so make sure you visit a farmers market on your honeymoon here, or let the many restaurants, wineries, breweries and providores do the hard work for you. Honeymoon in Margaret River during November to enjoy the Gourmet Escape food festival.
Walk through National and State Forests and delve into the mesmerising Lake and Mammoth limestone caves.
Ranges, gorges and isolated beaches; The Kimberley is one jaw dropping honeymoon destination.
WA's North West is known for it’s rugged beauty, and head here for your honeymoon to experience its magnificence for yourself. From limestone cliffs descending into freshwater pools, to wilderness parks.
Ride a camel along Cable Beach in Broome, before buckling in for a wild ride—that was the wedding night wasn’t it?—across the Gibb River Road in a 4WD.
Honeymoon in South Australia
When thinking about honeymoon destinations in South Australia, it’s hard to go past the Barossa Valley. While most well known for wineries and vineyards—specialising in bold shiraz—Barossa Valley also plays host to a wealth of gardens and orchards.
Fresh produce and artisan foodstuffs are a pride point for Barossa locals, and the restaurant offering is enough to make your mouth water. So make sure you head on your honeymoon with a strong appetite—for food, we mean.
Over a third of this stunningly rugged island is protected as nature reserve. Animal lovers can expect to spy sea lions, koalas, diverse bird species, and, you guessed it; kangaroos.
Take the time to discover Stokes Bay Beach, which isn’t easy to find but is pretty magical when you arrive! Check out our list of Australia’s Best Secret Beaches to find out more.
Honeymoon in the Northern Territory
Make your honeymoon unforgettable with a trip to Kakadu in Australia’s Northern Territory. This remarkable wilderness is stunning, and mostly untouched; making it all the more beautiful.
Kakadu National Park is home to breathtaking escarpments, waterfalls and secluded watering holes. Take part in river cruises, adventure tours, and immerse yourself in local Aboriginal culture.
Once you've decided where you plan to spend your honeymoon in Australia, head over to our article on Top Tips to Have the Best Honeymoon Ever.