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10 Best Honeymoon Destinations in Australia

Australia has many perfect honeymoon destinations. The Knot features ten of our favourites.

by Chelsea Tromans

Whether you’re looking for a week of lazing on the beach, some fresh air in the great outdoors, or even an adventure-packed honeymoon, Australia has everything you need. Here are ten great destinations for the holiday of a lifetime.

Barossa Valley

South Australia is full of beautiful wineries and fine food. The rustic atmosphere of the Barossa Valley is one of our favourites. It is home to some of the more famous wineries, such as Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Pehmann. Apart from the beautiful tours you can take around the Barossa Valley, there is also beautiful buildings and churches to admire, and plenty of local food, music and festivals. You will feel truly relaxed travelling around the area while you enjoy the peaceful serenity, fine dining and beautiful views.

Where to stay: The Louise, Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, Abbotsford Country House

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Byron Bay

Byron Bay is the ideal place for a honeymoon. The pristine beaches, the laid back town and the wonderful scenery make Byron Bay a relaxing and luxurious destination. With a variety of activities on offer, from lying on the beach, taking a walk through the nearby rainforest or hang gliding, kayaking and fishing, you will never be bored in this beach getaway.

Where to stay: Rae’s on Wategos, The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa, Emerald Valley Villa

Cradle Mountain

Enjoy the beautiful wilderness and amazing hiking tracks that Tasmania has to offer. The Cradle Mountains feature gorgeous alpines and a tranquil countryside with plenty of cosy accommodation for newlyweds. Fill your days with horse riding, mountain walks, quad bike rides or simply snuggle by the fire and indulge in a spa treatment.

Where to stay: Cradle Mountain Chateau, Cradle Mountain Lodge, Eagles Nest Retreat

Daylesford

The serene setting of Daylesford is enough to send any newlywed into immediate relaxation mode. Daylesford is full of restaurants, galleries, spa facilities and beautiful countryside. Known as one of Australia’s premier spa destinations, it’s perfect for honeymooners. Spoil yourself with a day at one of the many luxurious spas and finish your evening with local wines and produce on your own terrace. The beautiful gardens and architecture around the area have a European feel which will make you feel a million miles away from home.

Where to stay: Pepper Springs Retreat & Spa, Hepburn Bathouse & Spa, Lake House

Kakadu National Park

Travel to the Northern Territory to experience Australia’s magnificent, remote and natural environment first hand. The World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park is almost 20,000 square kilometres in size and features spectacular cultural and ecological beauty. Enjoy time with your new husband/wife as you wander the great outdoors together and appreciate your isolated and untouched surroundings. This peaceful destination is full of wildlife, spectacular views and great walking tracks. Great for couples looking to get out and about with nature.

Where to stay: Bamurru Plains, Mary River Park, Gagudju Lodge Cooinda

Kimberley

Get set for an outdoor adventure complete with plenty of relaxation and breathtaking scenery. The Kimberley is a beautiful place in Western Australia with magnificent gorges, rock pools and spectacular beaches. Start your honeymoon with a camel ride down Broome’s white sand Cable Beach. Next go four wheel driving along the red dirt road from Broom to Cape Leveque for some aboriginal culture mixed with reef walks and remote wilderness. The Kimberley is a wonderful mix of relaxing locations and adventurous activities.

Where to stay: Cable Beach Club Resort, Pinctada Cable Beach, El Questro Wilderness Park Homestead

Melbourne

For a city honeymoon, Melbourne is a must. Not only is Melbourne a vibrant and bustling city, but it is also varied and stylish. Take in the beautiful old buildings, quaint alleyways and hidden cafes in the city centre, or enjoy the great shopping, incredible restaurants and latest shows and entertainment. If you find yourself in need of a short break from the busy night life and irresistible food, hire a car and drive along the Great Ocean Road for an overnight or day trip. Marvel at the Twelve Apostles and contrasting scenery to Melbourne’s city life.

Where to stay: The Langham, Crown Towers, Royce Hotel

Sunshine Coast

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is full of beautiful remote beaches that will have you rested and stress-free in no time. Starting just an hour north of Brisbane the Sunshine Coast sits on the background of the Glass House Mountains and includes the famous Noosa. Perfect temperatures between 21-29 degrees encourage you to relax on the beautiful sand of Noosa beach, cool of in the clear water and grab some lunch from a number of fine dining restaurants located along Hastings Street. If you still have time and energy, walk along the many shopfronts located along this iconic street. A scenic drive or a trip to Eumundi Markets to taste the local produce creates the perfect bonding experience. The best activity for couples on the Sunshine Coast is to unwind and enjoy each others company. Apart from Noosa, consider one of the other many beaches, such as Coolum, Caloundra and Mooloolaba for your honeymoon stay.

Where to stay: Oceans Mooloolaba Beach, Hyatt Regency Coolum Resort, Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa

Thredbo

If you’re looking for a winter getaway then Thredbo is the perfect adventure for honeymooners. A favourite among Australian celebrities during the snow season, the soft snowfields and breathtaking views offer many activities no matter what time of year. During winter the temperature can drop to a low of -8 degrees, perfect for skiing, snowboarding or building a snowman together. Quality accommodation, top restaurants and warm bars in the village provide plenty of comfy corners to snuggle up in after a cold day on the snowfields.  After all the snow has melted away horse riding, fishing and hiking are the perfect summer activities. For a romantic year-round hike, climb to the top of Mount Kosciuszko, the tallest point in Australia. The 360 degree views offer a look at Australia’s only glacial lakes as well as a range of local floral and fauna.

Where to stay: Snowgoose Apartments, The Denman Inn, Lake Crackenback Resort

The Whitsundays

The Whitsundays has everything you need for your dream honeymoon. Great weather, stunning beaches, clear blue water and the most relaxing locations for newlyweds to unwind. The Whitsundays are made up of 74 islands in total and boasts year-round sunshine. During summer the temperature reaches a balmy 27-30 degrees and in winter the weather is just as pleasant, averaging 23-26 degrees. A Whitsundays honeymoon is all about resting, 5 star resorts and beautiful beaches and coral reefs. A great way to enjoy the island is by cruising or sailing the turquoise blue sea. After you’ve found your sea legs and snorkelled some of the most beautiful reefs the Great Barrier Reef have to offer, finish your holiday by booking into a resort, such as the adults-only accommodation at Hayman Islands or Brampton Island, which is a favourite amongst honeymooners.

Where to stay: Qualia, Hayman Island

by Chelsea Tromans

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  1. This is a very nice article. Unfortunately, Hayman Island seems to have followed Sir Reg to the grave. Take a peek at the reviews on Trip Advisor. The same complaints appear over and over again, of waiting hours for the launch to the island, of poor service, and of restaurants that “have no availability for dinner yet are mostly empty”. Even 5 star properties have occasional bad reviews, but 32% of reviewers are rating Hayman at “Terrible”, “Poor” or “Average”.



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