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Honeymooning in Australia is wonderful, and you may have considered spots like Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Great Barrier Reef, Phillip Island, the Blue Mountains, perhaps the Yarra River or Byron Bay. There are a lot of places in Australia that get a ton of honeymoon buzz, but there are also quite a few other picture perfect and romantic destinations - some of which may not have occurred to you - that deserve to be on your bucket list. Here are ten examples:
Year after year, Hamilton Island (top) is the most favourite destination in Australia, one of the top honeymoon spots in the world. Nestled among the Whitsundays off the Queensland coast between Brisbane and Cairns, the island boasts white beaches, brilliant teal waters with an abundance of marine life, and a relaxed setting that is perfect to start your newlyweds' journey. You can find adventure by snorkelling or diving in the Great Barrier Reef and relax in the most luxurious resorts, Qualia, while watching the sun dip into the horizon. It is best to avoid travelling during summer, and don't miss grabbing the best deals for couples offering private pool stays and reviving spa treatments.
Lying 186 miles north of Brisbane, Fraser is known for its gigantic rainforests and powder-soft dunes garnished with numerous freshwater lakes. Take your romantic venture to the next level by experiencing the world-class 4WD tours, beach combing, hiking, and dipping into the most sensational swimming spots. I am not exagerrating when I say it is a perfect getaway for honeymooners. You have your water sports, pleasant weather, and superb scenery featuring blue and green shades all around you.
Are you looking to spend your honeymoon in an extraordinary and somewhat eccentric spot? You might want to look into this national park on Tasmania’s ruggedly beautiful east coast, a 2½-hour drive from capital Hobart. Freycinet captivates travelers with its secluded bays and white sandy beaches bordering magnificent pink granite peaks. Doesn’t it sound romantic? This 65-square-mile expanse is a place of wild beauty with the calm blue waters of Wineglass Bay at the foot of pink-hued mountains. Apart from its impressive landscapes, you can also experience bird watching and dine on Tasmanian delights.
With a serene and traditional vibe, Cape Tribulation in far north Queensland's Daintree National Park is certainly no tribulation for travellers who seek solitude and peace. For a real "get-away-from-it-all" escape from the hustle bustle of the big city, this is a unique Aussie destination that's ideal for honeymooners. Witness the waves of the Pacific kissing the foot of the lush rainforest; go flora and fauna spotting on its boardwalks and hiking paths by day and night; luxuriate on castaway beaches; go ziplining; visit a Kuku Yalanji village. Accommodation includes resorts, eco-lodges, bed and breakfasts, and camping grounds. No doubt about it: Cape Tribulation is one of the best honeymoon getaways for couples who love to immerse themselves in the tranquillity of nature.
Many visitors to Sydney tend to take a day trip to the Hunter, but spending a minimum of two days in this enthralling wine region with your beloved is a memory for a lifetime. The valley is home to dozens of vineyards, and honeymooners can enjoy a romantic vacation in the exotic gardens and luxurious cottages. Nothing could be better than sipping a glass of quality wine cosied up inside a cabin surrounded by golden vineyards and sharing life’s most precious moments with your spouse. Also do not miss the local chocolate tours and hot-air-balloon rides.
Down south, the Barossa, northeast of Adelaide, is a combination of gastronomic delights, vibrant culture, and picturesque landscapes. Honeymooners who like to have one-of-a-kind experiences amidst wineries and cellar doors would do well to consider expanse of green plains and rolling hills. Beyond its winery tours, you can explore Barossa by bike and motorbike, and dine your way around some of Australia’s most excellent restaurants. Autumn is the perfect time for a romantic ambience due to the valley's pleasant weather and bright colour on the leaves.
A pure southeast Queensland gem with its lush green rainforests and gushing waterfalls, tranquil atmosphere and exquisite views, Tamborine Mountain offers one of Australia's most favoured landscapes just an hour from Brisbane. The natural scenery with caves, hiking trails, and nearby wineries give the couples the ultimate bliss that can be cherished as the best honeymoon gifts, while the three charming villages here offer accommodation, dining, and lovely little shops and galleries.
Another spectacular spot for nature-loving honeymooners, this iconic Tasmanian landscape some 4½ hours north of Hobart is a place of exceptional beauty, from moss-covered rainforests and snow-covered peaks to deep rivers and glacial lakes. Set amid a beautiful national park, Cradle Mountain is also the perfect place in Australia to witness the stunning light show of the Southern Lights, with flat, mirrored lakes serving the backdrop, as well as being one of the best dark-skies spots for stargazing. Don’t miss mountain hikes or bushwalks, and excellent accommodation and amenities are available in nearby towns. This will definitely be a wilderness experience that will stay with you forever.
For Down-Under lovers who dream of ochre-coloured gorges, dangling waterfalls, dramatic landscapes, and panoramic views, a honeymoon the northernmost region of Western Australia is your fantasy come true. Despite the Kimberley's relative remoteness, it's home to excellent cuisine, luxury accommodation, friendly locals, and great beaches - including Broome, one of the most idyllic beach towns on Earth and famous for its 14-mile strand. Apart from treks and hikes, you can indulge in experiences like bathing in swimming holes and thermal springs to feel revived and revitalised.
Of all the honeymoon spots that might catch your eye, this iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Red Centre of the Northwest Territories just might be one of the most breathtaking. Gazing upon this extraordinary Outback landscape of desert plains, weathered mountains, and rocky gorges, you'll wonder why you’ve waited so long to visit. These famous rocks offer the visual treat of changing colours at dawn and dusk. Love to swim? You'll be floating in an Outback waterhole that’s hidden deep inside a gorge. Learn about the culture of the local Pitjantjatjara people, and do not miss out on a camel ride!