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Image by Caroline Sada via Cherlyn & Seng Wai’s Great Ocean Road Romantic Honeymoon Photos

A honeymoon is usually the most romantic and extravagant holiday of your life. A time to unwind and relax with your freshly hitched companion. Traditionally, jetting off directly after your reception and embracing the deliciousness of newly married life. Couples often dream about their honeymoon just as luxuriously as their wedding, choosing somewhere they have always dreamt of visiting when they found that special someone (Champagne on a balcony in Paris – sipping hot miso in a ski village in Japan or smooching over a Frangelico infused hot chocolate in the Canadian Rockies?) – but what if COVID-19 got in the way?

Image: Perla Photography

A lot of weddings did not go to plan this year, which of course included a lot of overseas and local honeymoons. But we can’t let that stop us from planning and dreaming. And just as soon as we can venture beyond our 5km radius, you can still escape from your jobs, families, and day-to-day woes in your own backyard! Honeymoons are about swooning over your perfect match, not the destination.

Below are some close to home options for the Victorians that still want to celebrate.

The Yarra Valley

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Scenic wining and dining… What more could you want with your partner in crime? This delightful little piece of the Earth really does tick of all the romancing boxes. Not a wine lover? The Yarra Valley not only has a rich history of wineries but also a significant history with beer and cider production! With countless fresh produce at your fingertips to perfectly cleanse your palate between beverages. Why not polish off a stressful year with a balloon ride? Gaze over the rolling green landscapes at 2,000 feet – with a sparkling wine to match. We think so.

The Mornington Peninsula

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Time to slow down, relax and restore your senses. The Mornington Peninsula is all about wellbeing and enjoying the little luxuries in life. Whether it is a couple of takeaway coffees whilst strolling by the bathing boxes on Dromana Beach or immersing yourselves in a steamy day at the hot springs, you will feel at ease in seconds! Steal a smooch at Arthurs Seat Lookout or take a dip at Bushrangers Bay. By night? Al fresco fish and chips and bottle of wine for two. Those seaside coastlines could not be more inviting for an impromptu dinner picnic!

The Great Ocean Road

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Breathing in the fresh sea air, maybe even embracing the ethos of the coast, and popping out for a quick morning surf. The Great Ocean Road is famous for harbouring some of the most beautiful beaches in Victoria, so make sure you pack your swimmers! If water is not your preference there are many incredible national parks to fill your days with – Cape Otway or the Twelve Apostles are our favourites. What we love most about this area is the relaxed and laidback ambience, somewhere you can really take a deep breath and focus on what is most important, each other. When you tire of sun and sea, you can make your way to the incredibly dreamy Lorne Theatre for a film, what more could two love birds want!

Honeymooning – a love tip: Why not choose accommodation where there is little to no signal for your mobile phone. No in-room internet. No television. Somewhere you can unplug from all digital distractions and instead really connect with each other.

Ms Floral: Some fab ideas for keeping things local! So much to see, explore and love about the diversity of Victoria.

About Refresh Hospitality: At Refresh Hospitality we are all about creating experiences. We specialise in event management and catering and will go above and beyond to ensure your big day is perfect! We can involved as little or as much as you like. Let us take the reins with exceptional service, fresh, delicious and local produce and competitive pricing. We offer a range of menu options from cocktail events to plated menus and shared dining experiences. All of our packages are flexible, we believe in tailoring a food and beverage package to suit your requirements rather than simply choosing from a set package. We work alongside some of the best industry professionals to ensure your day is stress-free, enjoyable and delicious from the first canapé to your last drink!

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Ever explored the homegrown beauty of Australia? All that stunning red rich soil and the most vivid blue beaches. What about the wonderful winery regions and breathtaking national parks? Australia knows how to wow! With honeymooning in Australia certainly the name of the game over the coming months, even years, we’re getting into the spirit of The Local Issue and paying homage to home.

We’ve got all the ideas and inspiration for your Australian honeymoon and trust us when we say, there is something for everyone. Here are the cosy honeymoons by the fire, the beachside trips with plenty of cocktails… There’s the unique, the stunning, and all the beauty you need to really appreciate our home soil. So the question is, which region will you pick first?

Broome

Image via Broome Camel Safaris

Western Australia’s Broome is an idyllic part of the country and undoubtedly has the best sunsets. It’s got beautiful, luxurious resorts for your accommodation (complete with day spas and delish eating options) and is a brilliant gateway to jump off to the Kimberley for a day trip. Broome beautifully blends laid back style with stunning beauty.

Head to Gantheaume Point for the history (the combination of red rock against blue sea is certainly worth a visit!) and grab a cold beer at Matsos. And, of course, make sure you add a sunset camel ride to your itinerary and a day trip to Willie Creek Pearls.

That photo above? My own camel safari, at sunset, which was pure magic.

See our Broome loving here.

The Whitsundays

Image: Tourism Whitsundays

Okay, so you’re dreaming of an island honeymoon and is there any better place to head than The Whitsundays? The islands are endless (island hopping honeymoon, anyone?) the water crystal clear blue and the sunshine aplenty. Water babies and sun lovers this one is for you. Take a helicopter flight over heart reef, a day trip to Whitehaven Beach, take a cruise at sunset… The romance of The Whitsundays is everything you love about a dream tropical destination.

Get more Whitsundays inspiration with our previous features here.

Cradle Mountain

Image: Jason Charles Hill Tourism Tasmania

Anywhere in Tasmania is always a favourite of mine when it comes to honeymoons. For utter romance though, you’re particularly going to want to try out Cradle Mountain. Stay in a stunning mountain lodge and spend your days on the hiking trails, before hot spas and fireside chats fill your nights. Book yourself into Hobart or Launceston for your urban adventures on the way home – a trip to MONA always a must for art lovers.

See more of our love for Tasmania here.

The Barossa Valley

Image: Daniel Westergren South Australian Tourism Commission

Foodies, listen up! Wine regions make for amazing honeymoon destinations and South Australia’s beautiful Barossa Valley is a must for your list. It’s full of romantic hotels, amazing food and delightful accommodation. Book yourself a winery tour, wander the local towns, and immerse yourself in enjoying every last recommended tipple on your list!

Port Douglas

Image via 8 Memorable Ways to Get Hitched in Port Douglas & Daintree!

Where the forest meets the sea. I think it’d be hard to deny that Port Douglas makes a perfect option for sun loving honeymooners. This region offers all the adventure you could ask for – flying foxes through forest canopies, hikes and cruises. And that’s alongside gorgeous beaches and delicious eateries. This one has all that you could ask for for your tropical adventure honeymoon.

See more Port Douglas features here.

The Hunter Valley

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What is it about winery regions that make for such fantastic honeymoon spots? The Hunter Valley is another one of our favourites with its rolling vineyard landscape and amazing accommodation. Couple that with good food and you can spend your days eating and drinking, or curled up in one of the many sweet and romantic accommodation spots with a very good book. The best kind of honeymoons allow you to take yourself wherever you fancy, and once you add in winery tours and local sightseeing, the Hunter Valley is all that and more.

Explore more of our love for the Hunter Valley here.

Kangaroo Island

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The remote destination of Kangaroo Island and its raw, rugged beauty makes this so very underrated South Australian destination a brilliant honeymoon adventure. This is the destination for nature lovers. Book yourselves one of the many luxurious accommodation spots on the island and then start your adventure! Take a tour around the national park, roam the beaches, spend a day kayaking, an afternoon tobogganing on the dunes. This one? It’s going to wow you with its unexpected beauty.

Bruny Island

Image: Tourism Tasmania and Andrew Wilson

Bruny Island is one of my favourite places on Earth. This one is for quiet honeymoons of solitude. Roam the island stocking your esky with all the homegrown treats (cheese, yes!) and make the most of the many hikes the island has to offer. This one is for you if you love the idea of rewarding your days outside with cosy book reading and winter spas.

See more of our love for Tasmania here.

Uluru

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Is there anywhere more iconic to head for your Aussie honeymoon than Uluru? This will be an unforgettable adventure and one that truly honours the Australian spirit. Make the most of the local luxurious accommodation (yes, plunge pools even exist out here) as a place to rest your head and book yourself a private tour of not just the rock, but the surrounding areas. Immerse yourself in the culture and dine under the stars. So much to see and appreciate!

See more Uluru inspiration here.

Daylesford

Image: Jacob Dyer 

If quiet country towns in the cooler months are your jam, then Daylesford is the place for you. With the stunning lake as its centrepiece, this little village is packed with amazing food, beautiful places to stay and plenty to do, or not do!

Book yourself a decadent lunch (or dinner) at The Lake House, head for a day trip to the mineral springs, and make sure you book yourself in for plenty of relaxing by the fire.

See more on Daylesford here.

Margaret River

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The scenery of Margaret River makes for a picturesque honeymoon. Vineyards, the forests and the sea all in one location. Make winery hopping and eating, your daily ritual, but head to the caves for a day trip and explore the beach while you’re at it. This region is known for its award-winning wineries and food so be sure to make the most of it!

Did you know, there’s a hammock hanging between two eucalyptus trees on the bank of Lake Como? True story. This Lake Como does happen to be in Margaret River, not the Italian alps, but hey, it’s a pretty idyllic spot. And a lot closer to home.

Just three and a half hours south of Perth is where you’ll find Olio Bello, home to Australia’s very own ‘Lake Como’. Or so the owners call their man-made lake. With 8,000 olive trees, a fruit orchard and sprawling grounds; throw in a little imagination and this could be Italy. The eucalyptus trees are, however, a giveaway. The hammock is for guests staying on site at the seriously chic glamping tents perched along the banks of this man-made lake. Inside the tents you’ll find an electric fire, queen size bed, full size bathroom, fluffy robes, slippers, and some olive oil and fresh bread. Now that’s bellissimo.

You can’t go to Europe, but you can go to Margaret River. And here are four more reasons why this is one of the most romantic spots for an Aussie honeymoon.

1. Bush bliss
Sunrise has never looked so good – especially as you don’t have to get out of bed. The bedroom of Bina Maya’s luxury villa is tucked into the bushland on the northern edge of Margaret River near Yallingup and the cut out window just beyond the bed has the best view. We stay snuggled up as the sky turns pink, the light filtering through the karri trees. Keep an eye out for a couple of early morning roos on the lawn just past the fire pit. The Villa and The Residence, a larger four bedroom villa, are all about laid back luxury, that lets the outside in. Roll open the doors onto your deck for a breakfast hamper. Book an in-room massage, soak in the deep tub with the generous supply of Yallingup Candles burning. You can even reach for the Sonos system and your favourite Spotify list. Head down to the firepit as dusk falls (marshmallows provided!) and end the night in front of the fire.

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2. Time for wine
One of the country’s best wine regions, Margaret River has certainly earned its stripes, with more than 200 different vineyards and over 90 cellar doors. Chardonnay and Cab Sav are the big players, but you’ll find plenty of varieties to keep you busy. Make a beeline for Domaine Naturaliste, where the sleek cellar door looks straight out at the merlot vines through floor to ceiling windows, and there’s plenty of space to linger over one of their signature charcuterie boards and a wine tasting. Having just been awarded James Halliday’s 2020 Best Value Winery of the Year in the country, Domaine Naturaliste is exactly that. Impeccable wines, ranging from easy to drink to save for a nice dinner are extremely well priced. We walk away with a 2018 Rachis Syrah for $30 that is punching well above its price range and a 2016 Cab Sav for $35 that will impress the socks off our next dinner party guests. Named after Cape Naturaliste, the winery’s location, there’s clearly a love for the region – that shines through on the hearty charcuterie and cheese boards. Local vintage cheddar drizzled in postcode truffle oil honey gets the gold star.

3. Sweet treats
What’s romance without a little sweet indulgence? This time we take a trip to France for soft, traditional French-style nougat at Bettenays Margaret River. With 36 different flavours of nougat on any given day – more if the pastry chef has been experimenting – the team spent years perfecting their recipes. It’s softer than hard Italian nougat, and whenever possible is made with local ingredients. Macadamias from a moreish macadamia and wild berry add crunch to the best strawberries and cream you’ve ever tasted. Pieces of ginger add a bit of a kick to a classic vanilla and almond. Grab a bar of nougat and settle down for an afternoon sweet treat in front of Bettenay’s lake, or go all out and try the matched wine and nougat tasting – five of Bettenay’s own Bordeaux style wines and 5 generous bite sized squares of their nougat.

4. Make something special
Forget cooking classes, at Vasse Virgin, Margaret River’s famous olive oil skincare producer, you can go behind the scenes with the team for a hands on workshop that sets you up for a bit of pampering. Owner Edwina started the company nearly 20 years ago in her kitchen and has since studied in Italy and France. Join her for a Natural Perfumery masterclass to design your own scent – or even a couple’s scent! Now that’s a cute keepsake. We sign up for the DIY Lip Balm Workshop, a fun, 45 minute exercise that feels slightly like going back to school when you sit down in front of a hot plate and beaker. After melting down beeswax, adding in shea butter, Vasse Virgin’s own extra virgin olive oil, some soy lecithin and honey, we each have two pots and a stick of lip balm. Scented with essential oils, the balm certainly smells good. Vasse Virgin is famous in the region for body lotions, hair care, hand cream and hand wash – you’ll find it in restaurants, cellar doors and hotels. Using extra virgin olive oil and 100% natural essential oils, the family owned business is committed to keeping products chemical free.

Images: Lisa Perkovic

Whether you want to curl up by the fire, get crafty or work your way through the region’s wines, Margaret River gives you a little bit of Europe close to home.

Ms Floral Says: The glorious Margaret River is definitely on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing this local honeymoon or getaway option with us. Looks like the ideal place to unwind!

About Lisa Perkovic: Lisa has spent the past decade travelling the world writing for Australia’s leading newspapers, magazines and blogs about all things travel. Her own honeymoon was her pièce de résistance – an epic journey to the Maldives and South Africa. Now she loves nothing more than sharing destinations and tips to help other newlyweds work out how to have the honeymoon of their dreams.