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As a Melbournian who relocated to the Goldie a few years back, I am always blown away at how many of our holiday guests are commenting that there is so much more to the Gold Coast than theme parks, surf, sun and high rises and those infamous meter maids. Underneath it all is an ever evolving foodie culture, an array of healthy activities and a community of locals who are so truly genuine and accommodating, everyone is always welcome. The Gold Coast makes for the perfect place for Honeymooners wanting a little bit of everything! Here are my insider tips and perfect itinerary for Honeymooning like a local on the GC!

Stop 1 – Coolangatta
Once you lovers have landed at the airport, don’t be in a rush to get out of Coolie! There is much more down there than meets the eye. A favourite beach is Froggie’s, a secluded inlet with a steep climbing pathway leading down to rock pools and the feeling that you could be anywhere in the world. A visit to the beach is not complete without Café DBah for brunch. Known for its epic views across Point Danger, the menu is plentiful and service is outstanding. They also have a boutique filled with local artisan treasures including, clothing, jewellery and artwork. The perfect place for your first marital gift to one another perhaps?

Stop 2 – Burleigh Heads
The Burleigh Headland ocean view walk is always a magic start to the morning, especially when you are basking in your newlywed glow. The track skirts around the majestic coastline leading around the rocky headland from the southern end of Burleigh township down to Tallebudgera creek.
You can enjoy a well-earned coffee afterward at one of the many hipster cafes that match Burleigh’s chilled out vibe. Our personal favourite is Canteen Coffee – make sure try their dukkah avo.
If you’re looking for a special and romantic lunch spot to dine and enjoy a drink together it has to be Rick Shores. Located right on the beach you can be enjoying their renowned Asian infused menu whilst being so close to the waves you can almost touch them. So romantic!

Dining at Rick Shores 

Stop 3 – Currumbin
One of the GC’s best kept secrets is the Currumbin Rock pools located in the picturesque valley. It’s a stunning drive up through the winding roads and once you arrive you can see why its so popular with the locals. Swinging ropes and endless rock pools are available with cliff jumps for the more adventurous newlyweds.
Pasture and Co is the perfect spot for brunch afterwards located right in the heart of the valley with mountains surrounding and room to run around and enjoy their live music and delicious menu.

Stop 4 – Broadbeach
Everyone needs some retail therapy whilst on holidays especially the once in your lifetime honeymoon experience…..right? Make sure you start your day with some coffee and brekky at Elk Espresso in Broadbeach. This trendy spot is always a hit with coffee lovers and well, just lovers.
Pacific Fair is not just your average shopping centre, with both high end luxury and bargains galore their outdoor areas and dining are second to none. With so much space and natural light you don’t feel like you are in a shopping mall at all.
For an evening in Broadbeach together, make sure you try the amazing cocktails up on level 19 of newly opened Darling Hotel, followed by dinner at Etsu Izakaya, a Japanese restaurant/whisky bar that only the locals know. Insider tip!

Stop 5 – Main Beach/Budds BeachWhy not start your marriage off with doing something new and adventurous together?! With a Stand up Paddle Board lesson at Budds Beach followed by brunch at the dangerously delicious Bumbles Café. If luxury is more your honeymoon style we recommend Sailing in Paradise who offer personalised catamaran charters out to the stunning Stradbroke Island.
If you need some pampering to finish off your honeymoon and who doesn’t, make sure you book into Palazzo Versace Aurora Spa who offer relaxation massage right through 3 hour pamper packages. They have a couples package too!

Pic by Sailing In Paradise 

Ms Zebra Says:

Fee Guthrey is a Melbourne born, cocktail loving chatterbox who relocated to the Gold Coast in 2016 with her young family. After spending more than a decade working in senior management roles for some of the finest luxury hotels. Fee has found herself sharing her daily adventures and passion for all things Gold Coast via the Instagram alias @goldcoastinsider. In her role as host of her families “The Stanhill” waterfront townhouse located on Chevron Island she uncovers the best of the coasts foodie finds and events.  Think of her as your local concierge for all things GC.  Bookings can be made via Airbnb.

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Image by Joanna Crawford via their Antarctic Honeymoon Adventure

Believe it or not, not all couples want to spend their honeymoons on a beach, listening to nothing but waves crashing while sipping on a Pina Colada. In fact many couples crave a little adventure or even a little adrenaline on their first trip together as married couple. It can be a rare opportunity in life to tick off some of those exciting ‘bucket-list’ destinations. For those of you who can’t sit still, here’s 5 Real Honeymoons to inspire you.

Image via Our African Honeymoon – Alicia and Luke – November 2010

Deciding to go on a different and more unique holiday, couple Alicia and Luke decided to adventure over to Botswana and discover the ultimate safari honeymoon! “Luke and I wanted a honeymoon to remember filled with excitement and adventure and stories to last a life time.”

Image via Belinda and Adam’s New Zealand Honeymoon

Compromising and each taking turns to organise their honeymoon, Belinda and Adam had the best of both worlds as they toured our friendly neighbours, New Zealand. “I planned the first half of the honeymoon, visiting lots of wineries, restaurants, seaside towns and luxury resorts. Adam planned the second half of our trip, which was filled with adventure activities and glacier walks. It was great that we could combine both our interests into one amazing holiday!”

Image via Photo by Dan Freeman on Unsplash

If you’re after something closer to home in Australia, you can’t go past the hustle and bustle of the bigger asian cities, such as Hong Kong. They provide adventure in a different way, as discovered by Kelly and Andrew. “We decided to head somewhere warmer, but it wasn’t a lazy honeymoon by the pool we had in mind. Instead we chose Hong Kong, one of my favourite places in the world, but also somewhere that Andrew had never visited.”

Image by Joanna Crawford via their Antarctic Honeymoon Adventure

There can’t be anywhere more adventure focused and out of this world than Antarctica. A bucket list destination for some, a once in a life time experience for others! “We were headed for Antarctica and the perfect adventure to begin married life together.” Joanna shares their epic Antarctic experience!

Image by Melissa Rae via Koh Samui and Singapore Honeymoon

If spending time outdoors on a beach is your idea of an adventure, why not sip cocktails seaside in Koh Samui and finish off with a little shopping in Singapore just like Melissa and her husband. “We had a wonderful 9 day honeymoon. It was great to spend our first days together as husband and wife exploring different cultures and creating new experiences together.”

Julia & Jarrod

Sometimes the only way to fill our winter bones with warmth is to tell the tales of weddings far away. Weddings where the sun always shines, the beach is close by and you’re more than likely going to end up drinking tropical cocktails and jumping in the pool by midnight. This is what holiday wedding dreams are made of.

Julia and Jarrod knew how to make it an epic celebration – they planned a welcome dinner, a recovery barbeque and made sure that every bit of the holiday goodness was squeezed out of it. With a stunning gown Julia designed with the help of d’Italia, a linen suit just the ticket for beachisde groom inspiration for The Suit Issue and bright and beautiful photos to capture it all from Alma Photography, we’re pretty sure you need to get those feet bare and settle into this tropical tale!

After meeting on Tinder, these two headed out for a first date, proclaiming it a success when they were still out at 2 am! It took another few years for Jarrod to seal the deal with a proposal. “It was all sneakily planned by Jarrod!” shares Julia. “We were spending a long weekend in Noosa to celebrate our third anniversary. Jarrod sneakily organised a sand sculptor to create a beautiful sand castle with the words “Julia, will you marry me?” carved in the front of it. Jarrod was assured it would be at a quiet part of the beach, however upon arrival, there were about 30 people standing around waiting for the impending proposal with their iPhones ready to go. A kind Noosa retiree, named Neil, recorded the entire proposal while wearing only his red Speedos..!”

Julia couldn’t find her dream gown in store, so worked with d’Italia to create it! She tells  “I had a specific idea of the dress in mind so I purchased my fabric from d’Italia and went to a dressmaker to create it! I wanted something comfortable, nicely fitted and not too heavy to wear. I loved that I designed my dress as it was exactly what I wanted and knew it would suit me. I felt so comfortable in it on the day which I think shows through in the photos.”

The beautiful Villa Infinity has enough space for a ceremony, cocktail hour and an outdoor reception. The bride sharing “We chose a big villa in Canggu to hold the wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner. It was big enough to hold our 100 guests for a sit-down dinner outside and to have separate areas for the ceremony, cocktails and dinner which made it feel like a different venue at each stage of the night.

Live music was a huge focus of the day, one of the groom’s friends playing The Beatles “Here comes the sun” as the bridesmaids began their walk down the aisle.

“I walked down to “The Girl” by City and Colour” remembers Julia. “It’s a song that when we both heard it played a year ago we knew this was the song. My dad walked me down the aisle. He was so proud!”

The ceremony, officiated by Michael Roberts was kept short. “We didn’t want our ceremony to go for too long, being mindful of the guests sitting and standing out in the heat. We kept it pretty lighthearted and casual with some deep parts where it counted. We wrote our own vows too which kept it nice and personal.”

Tells the bride of their chosen photographer “We love his modern and fun photography style. He was very easygoing on the day, a nice calming presence to have around.”

Tropical locations call for tropical blooms, Kintan Florist creating the floral details of bright, beautiful blooms like orchids and birds of paradise. “I wanted bright, fun, tropical flowers that made a bit of a statement” explains Julia. “I love orchids and bird of paradise so I had these as well as other local flowers and some beautiful tropical greenery as well.”

A tropical celebration calls for a convertible! “We hired a convertible VW type 182 to take us down to the beach for some photos after the ceremony. It was a lot of fun to ride in and spend a few special moments together as fresh newlyweds!”

“Music is very big in our lives so we wanted to make sure we got this right! ” shares Julia. “We had a Balinese Reggae band (Ulu Roots) play for the cocktail hour. This set a really nice relaxed vibe while the sun was setting. Everyone loved them!”

Julia and Jarrod hired Long Table Events to bring their destination wedding to life, the bride remarking “We had an incredible wedding planner, Emma who made everything happen in the lead up to the day and on the day.”

A sit down feast was catered by Saigon Street Bali, much to the guests’ delight. “Apart from our amazing wedding planner, we were so happy with our food. Saigon Street Bali catered the food and drinks and they were just incredible! There was so much delicious food, it was super fresh and everyone loved it. They did an amazing job with the cocktails and worked the bar all night long!”

Like the rest of the wedding, the first dance was  casual! Julia explaining “Our first dance was to one of our favourite songs called “Resolution” by Matt Corby. We didn’t have anything choreographed as that isn’t really our style. We had our bridal party and their partners join us a little bit into the song, then everyone else.”

We just can’t get enough of these destination vibes, luckily for us, Joseph Willis was there to capture it all on film!

A big congratulations to you both Julia and Jarrod! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us. Thank you also to Alma Photography and d’Italia for sharing today’s gorgeously fun tropical celebration.

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