Your big day is approaching and it’s all steam ahead with dress fittings, flower arrangements and table settings, but let’s take a moment to think about those magical days following your wedding – the honeymoon!
In Part One of our Honeymoon series, we went through all those planning essentials and now that’s all sorted, it’s time to get to the best part – choosing a destination!
The days following your wedding are the first moments of your marriage so where will you choose to spend them? For those wanting something close to home, we’ve hand picked the top honeymoon destinations in Australia for you to indulge in.
With 74 magical islands including the breathtaking Hamilton, Hayman and Daydream Islands to name a few, the Whitsundays top the list of honeymoon destinations in Australia. Nestled amongst the glistening coral waters of the Great Barrier Reef, couples can indulge in ocean side luxuries and activities such as spa pampering, scuba diving, bush walking, shopping and much more!
qualia – When looking for the ultimate in luxurious accommodation on the Whitsundays, you can’t go past qualia on Hamilton Island. Esteemed for its luxurious services, this is the ultimate romantic destination for your honeymoon.
One&Only Hayman Island – Offering the utmost in luxurious living, One&Only Hayman Island is absolute indulgence. With views over the ocean (and the 2 kilometre beach front,) you and your loved one will adore your time spent in this beautiful piece of the world.
Highlights: July through to September is whale season; it is a very special experience to watch these majestic creatures with your loved one at sea.
Combining reef and rainforest, Port Douglas is the only place on earth where two World Heritage listed gems can be found – so it’s no surprise that it makes our list! In addition to The Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, Port Douglas is also a mecca for award winning restaurants, which are plentiful throughout the area.
Niramaya Villas – Surrounded by the relaxing ambience of 15 hectares of tropical gardens, Niramaya Villas is a luxurious resort that will have you never wanting to leave! All villas include a private plunge pool, indoor and outdoor spaces and are architecturally designed ‘for your senses.’ Whilst just moments away from Four Mile Beach, which leads to the Port Douglas town centre, the serenity of Niramaya Villas leads you to feel as though you’re in your own peaceful world!
Highlights: With everything from snorkeling, bush walking, shopping, fine dining, cultural experiences and spa treatments, Port Douglas as a whole is the highlight! If you’re traveling in the months from November to March, be aware of jellyfish and stingers in the waters. Some areas have swimming enclosures to protect swimmers so it’s always a good idea to speak with your hotel about where these enclosures are.
Cable Beach, Broome
Home to 22 kilometres of golden sandy beach, Cable Beach in Broome is an historic area that is rich with culture and beauty. If you’re the adventuring type, take a tour through the Kimberly region or kayak around the glistening Broome coastline to experience the marine life of the area. If you’re looking for something a little more relaxed, why not take a pearl farm tour and see the pearling process for yourself – perhaps you’ll treat yourself at the gift shop too!
Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa – Complete with the first Australian L’Occitane spa (need we say more!) this award-winning resort gives guests the best of both the sea and land. With a range of accommodation to suit your budget, this resort is the perfect base for all your Broome adventures.
Images via Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Highlights: Forget horse riding on the beach; nothing says memorable like a camel ride on the sand at sunset!
Great Ocean Road
One of the most iconic coastlines in Australia, the Great Ocean Road with the 12 Apostles is a relaxing and beautiful way to spend the first moments of your married life. With cascading waterfalls, fine dining, wineries and a huge array of activities including scuba diving, bushwalking and heritage attractions, the Great Ocean Road has everything you need for a romantic getaway.
Peppers The Sands Resort Torquay – Situated on a championship golf course and overlooking the coast, Peppers The Sands Resort Torquay is a modern resort with all the added extras you need for a romantic getaway. With nearby activities including bushwalks, lake paddling to see platypus in their natural habitat and lighthouse tours, there is something for everyone!
Highlights: View the 12 Apostles from a different angle – try a helicopter flight over the area for a luxe way to view the coastline.
So now that we’ve wrapped up our top favourite destinations from around Australia, the final instalment of the Honeymoon series featuring our favourite destinations from all over the world is coming soon! Enjoy!
Ms Chinoiserie Says: With luxe destinations like these , I want to go on honeymoon in Australia every year!