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The Whitsundays have been a popular honeymoon destination for quite some time and there’s plenty of reasons why. If some of the most magical white sand beaches and clear blue water weren’t enough to draw you in and you want more than just a relaxing tropical honeymoon, then we are here to show you what it’s all about!

Grab your suitcases because after you read just how much there is to do in the Whitsundays you wont want to consider anywhere else.

A Sailing Adventure 

Whether the famous Whitehaven Beach tickles your fancy or the Great Barrier Reef, there’s a tonne of sailing experiences to choose from all varying in lengths. See if you can spot a turtle or sit back and sip a pina colada taking in the sunshine and sea breeze.

Image via Barrier Reef Australia 

Depending on which cruise you select, prices will set you back approximately $250, though some sailing trips will include snorkelling, a beach walk or even an overnight stay.

But what’s it like from above?

Maybe sea sickness is too much for you to stomach on a honeymoon so opt for the high flying alternative! Whilst it will generally be a little more expensive than sailing, your honeymoon is the perfect time to splurge and tick a few things off the bucket list.

Image via Air Whitsunday 

Take a seaplane or a helicopter and see the world like the birds do. Take a couple of Instagram worthy pics (let’s face it, any photo of that scenery is Instagram worthy!), you might even get to fly over Love Reef, famous for proposals and the romance it inspires.

If you’re feeling game there are sky diving tours available too.

For those who would rather stay on land

Not all the fun happens out at sea, whilst the sea is beautiful and alluring we cant forget about the beautiful lush rainforest that we are lucky to be able to explore. Test out your balancing skills and take a Segway tour spotting local wildlife along the way. Stop for a snack before getting back to it again. Don’t worry you don’t need to have ridden a Segway before, this experience caters to beginners.

Image via Whitsunday Segway Tours

While your feet are firmly on the ground and not at sea or in the sky, test your courage on a crocodile safari. This half day tour will take you through the Proserpine River where you will spot saltwater crocodiles. You will stop for a BBQ lunch and have the opportunity to taste some traditional bush tucker as well as some damper and tea.

So there you have it, there really is more to the Whitsundays than sunbaking and massages. I don’t know about you but my bags are packed and I’m ready to go!

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Renee & Matt

When it comes to relaxed weddings, if there is anywhere that has just the right recipe to make it happen, it’s the Whitsundays! So today, we’re hot-footing it to Airlie Beach to join Renee and Matt as they tie the knot. This one is true destination wedding flavour – no stress, a small guest list, blue skies and no fuss. Couple that with wedding photos by Brooke Miles Photography and you have a story worth sharing!

After meeting on a blind date, where Matt wooed Renee with a day on his boat at Stradbroke Island,  it was in  New Zealand that Matt popped the big question! Renee starts the tale. “We had gone to New Zealand for a holiday and for Matt to see where I grew up and meet the rest of my family and childhood friends. One morning Matt woke me up ridiculously early and wanted to go for a drive, he took me up Mount Victoria to watch the sunrise over the water and proposed. I had a suspicion that he was up to something when I got dragged out of bed in the dark but it couldn’t have been more perfect.”

Renee and Matt made sure to include their daughter, Harper in their day – she even “walked” down the aisle!

Renee walked down the aisle with her father to Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect”.

Jan Harvey was chosen to perform the ceremony, Renee noting “We choose to have a small, intimate wedding with just our immediate family and a few good friends. We kept with the relaxed beach holiday vibes.”

Renee and Matt chose the Airlie Beach property Coral Sea Resort to stay and celebrate! Renee tells “I tried to keep it as simple and fun as possible. There was a lot of back and forth emails with our wedding planner from the resort but she just made it all so easy. I am not much of an organiser so needed this! My favourite part was actually picking where to get married. We knew that we did not want to have our wedding on the Gold Coast (our home) and after looking at a lot of options picked Airlie Beach. Coral Sea Resort was just fantastic. Made the whole planning process totally stress free and on the big day everything just flowed.”

Renee raves “Airlie Beach is just gorgeous and we couldn’t have had a better day weather-wise.”

The couple chose photographer Brooke Miles for their day, sharing “Brooke is just amazing! Professional and just the right amount of bossiness to organise a group of excited people who won’t stay put! She made us laugh and feel ourselves which shows on the photos. She captured our moment in time and the pictures we have couldn’t have been more perfect”

The bride found her gorgeous Grace Loves Lace gown, second hand. “I had the most gorgeous Grace Loves Lace dress. The Harriet. I actually brought it second hand as had my heart set on it but just couldn’t justify sending so much! We wanted to have a family holiday as well as a wedding and this was a way that I saved a lot! And I couldn’t have loved my dress more.”

The bride arranged the flowers herself, noting “I made my own bouquet and my maid of honour’s myself using artificial flowers. I knew the colours that I wanted and just slowly collected bits that I liked until I had enough. Putting them together was a lot harder than I had thought it would be! But totally worth the effort as now I have them in a vase on my dresser and get to look at them every day.”

Congratulations Renee and Matt! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to Brooke Miles Photography for sharing today’s Whitsundays wedding!

Photographer: Brooke Miles Photography / Bride's Dress: Grace Loves Lace / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New / Makeup Artist: Joanne Dromgold / Venue: Coral Sea Resort / Ceremony Officiant: Jan Harvey / Wedding Cake: Sweet Ideas, Airlie Beach

Clearwater

The beauty of The Whitsundays makes it one of our favourite places to soak up the sun, so for today’s feature, we turned to our old pal Airbnb, for a roundup of some of our favourite Whitsundays properties. If resort-style isn’t your thing, this list of private homes and apartments offer up stunning beauty for a tropical honeymoon.

The Resort Style House

If grabbing a cocktail and climbing into your own private infinity pool sounds like the best way to spend your honeymoon (sunset for free!), then you need to meet Clearwater. The property, which of course features its own infinity pool, is all about resort style living, A stunning undercover wooden deck is the shining star (a view also available from the luxurious bath!), as well as featuring all the facilities you’ll need for a week in paradise.

The Room With A View

Pineapple House, Shute Harbour

If you’re dreaming of your own house with a view, then Pineapple House will certainly fit the bill!. It has four bedrooms and two kitchens (Woah!) plus it’s own pool. However, the real beauty of Pineapple House is the waterfront views (perfect for dreamy and romantic sunsets!)

The Secluded Escape

The Palms On Hamilton Island

The Palms On Hamilton Island has that beautiful blend of secluded country (think rolling mountain views) with the ease of being close to everything. The kind of place where you can arrive and hide away for a weekend away and you definitely won’t run out of things to do. It’s packed with its own theatre room, pool table and plenty of outdoor space to unwind.

The Compact Charmer

The Point Whitsundays

Most of what Airbnb has to offer in this part of the world is big and grand. Though, if something cozy is on your mind, then the studio apartment at The Point Whitsundays might be for you. It has all the trimmings of a luxurious getaway with a 10m infinity pool and a hot tub, yet is the most beautiful and romantic spot for two. Enjoy your bubbles on arrival as you sit on your private deck overlooking the passing boats. This one? It’s pure magic!

The One Amongst The Action

Yacht Club Villa 6 Ocean Front

Now for those who love to be amongst the action! Yacht Club Villa 6 Ocean Front is for you. It’s right on the water, next to the dining & entertainment hub of the Hamilton Island Yacht Club. It comes with its own buggy, a free shuttle that transports you right to your door, a sunset view deck, BBQ and the amazing floor to ceiling glass doors allow for a real sense of indoor/outdoor living.