An iconic outback honeymoon in the heart of Australia is exactly what we need right now. Escape the thought of the cold Winter that’s upon us and come with us as we explore a luxury hotel with a difference.

About the location 

470km South West of Alice Springs, in Australia’s red centre, you’ll find Longitude 131. Tucked away surrounded by the iconic Australian landscape, this little piece of paradise has been crafted to have minimal impact on the delicate environment that surrounds.

You can get to Longitude 131 by air within three hours from the east coast of Australia or take a 4.5 hour road trip from Alice Springs.

About the accommodation

When you stay at Longitude 131, one of the sixteen tented pavilions will be your private, luxury oasis. With unparalleled views of one of Australia’s most iconic sites, you’ll be able to enjoy the landscape through floor to ceiling windows or on one of the pavilions outdoor decks.

With two types of accommodation on offer you can select from a luxury tent or a dune pavilion.

The luxury tent features a rain shower, private balcony with a day bed and a fireplace.

The dune pavilion offers deep bath tubs and rain showers, two bedrooms and ensuites, separate living and sleeping areas as well as a private plunge pool.

About the photo

Yes, you did read that right, we did just casually mention a private plunge pool with incredible views of the outback.

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Included in the tariff are a range of activities that you can take part in with your fellow guests. Examples of the experiences you can enjoy include the Mutitjulu Meander where you’ll take a morning walk to a sacred Aboriginal site enjoying a waterhole, the Uluru sunset experience, feast at Table 131 and more.

All images via Longitude 131

Ms Floral Says: Uluru is such a magical, breathtaking place we should all try to visit at least once in our lives. Longitude 131 looks like a divine place to stay while there!

About Bec Lawrence: I’m an animal lover, sustainability advocate and natural landscape enthusiast. On a good weekend, you’ll find me hiking with my two adorable beagles and my equally adorable husband.

Polka Dot Bride Shop

You know that warm, fuzzy feeling? The one that you get when you’re on a date with your partner? That feeling that started in those early stages of dating? There are cities across the globe known for inspiring couples to fall in love that are the classic setting for a true love story. Being the hopeless romantics we are, we couldn’t pass up the chance to explore (virtually, of course) some of these beautiful cities and the activities you could do on your honeymoon. And fingers crossed it’s not too long before we can physically walk these cobblestone and magical streets once again.

Rome, Italy
We couldn’t do a romantic city post without including Rome. The Italian word for Rome is ‘Roma’ and Roma in reverse is amor, the Italian word for love. You’ll find so much to do in this city, whether it be eating pizza until your hearts content, tossing coins into the Trevi Fountain or strolling the Villa Borghese gardens.

Monte Carlo, Monaco
Monte Carlo is love mixed with a little luxury. Celebrated as one of the world’s most romantic cities and frequented by the rich and famous, Monaco is perfect for a little bit of fancy on your honeymoon. Enjoy Monaco from above in a scenic helicopter ride, admire the sunset whilst fine dining at Elsa Restaurant or explore the city on an e-bike.

Cordoba, Spain
Often overlooked by the larger cities in Spain, Cordoba offers an authentic Spanish experience without the crowds. During May of each year, the ‘Fiesta de los Patios’ is celebrated where local home owners open their patios as part of a contest and tourists get a glimpse into the beautiful gardens. Other activities you could take part in include a visit to the famous Mezquita and the Moorish Alcazar de los Reyes Gardens.

Florence, Italy
What’s more romantic than eating your favourite gelato, visiting little stores and taking a sunset walk along the famous Ponte Vecchio? Florence is a beautifully romantic city with astounding architecture, art and character waiting to be explored. Take part in a traditional cooking class or stretch your legs and climb the 463 steps of the Duomo.

Santorini, Greece
Santorini is one of the most romantic islands in the world. The aqua blue ocean, warm afternoons and coloured white buildings are enough to give you travel envy. Take a dip at the beautiful Red Beach, pick up some souvenirs in Fira or mud bath by the volcano.

All images via Bec Lawrence Greenhalgh

Ms Floral Says: Dreaming of warm summer days, eating gelato and drinking wine in Italy… some day in the future! Thanks Bec for this honeymoon and holiday inspiration.

About Bec Lawrence: I’m an animal lover, sustainability advocate and natural landscape enthusiast. On a good weekend, you’ll find me hiking with my two adorable beagles and my equally adorable husband.

Sunrise over Tathra / Image via Destination NSW

This year. Wow. What a wild ride. There has been so much change, so much uncertainty, and so much taken away from so many. But there is always hope. As long as you can dream about when things will get better and how you can help get them there, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. And so, this year, if you’ve got a honeymoon on the horizon, don’t despair, instead, dream. You might not be able to book that overseas getaway, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start dreaming about and planning an Australian honeymoon.

And the good news is, that honeymoons will go a long way to helping people in our own backyard who need a boost too. From beachside towns and high country heartlands to majestic mountains, here’s our roundup of amazing destinations bouncing back from the bushfires where you can have a honeymoon with real heart.

High Country, Victoria

Three and a half hours drive north east of Melbourne, the beautiful town of Bright was spared from the bushfires, but many of the locals lost business and are slowly trying to build back up. Do your bit by spending a few days exploring the region – Mount Buffalo National Park has reopened and is home to Australia’s only ‘Cliff Picnic’. Hosted by Bright Adventure Co, you and your special someone will go abseiling and pause to ‘hang out’ with a hamper full of local treats 300m up – it’s one serious bird’s eye view!

Images via Bright Adventure Company

For those less adventurous, an hour to the north is picturesque Beechworth, where the Bakery’s pies are the perfect pit stop lunch and the bee sting custard pastries are legendary. But it’s worth staying the night, in one of the quaint B&Bs or cottages around town. Splurge with a meal at The Provenance, Michael Ryan’s award winning, produce driven restaurant. You won’t regret it.

Sapphire Coast, New South Wales

Mimosa Rocks National Park, Tanja / Image via Destination NSW

Hop in the car and head five hours south of Sydney for some of the world’s best beaches and one of the most resilient communities you’ll ever meet. Much of the bushland might be gone, but the serenity of the Sapphire Coast and the sparkle of its rugged coastline remain. The small coastal communities are doing whatever they can to build back up so they can welcome guests with open arms and every visitor counts. Like oysters? Make a beeline for the Lockstocking Brewery & Oyster Bar near Pambula, grab a dozen oysters, a couple of cocktails and a seat by the outdoor fireplace. If you’d rather hide away from the world, head to Tanja Lagoon Camp and spend a few nights in a luxe African safari tent on a lagoon in Mimosa Rocks National Park.

Kayaking, Pambula River / Image via Destination NSW

In Tathra, you can make your white washed, weatherboard cottage dreams come to life with a stay at Seatons.

Seatons images: Gabrielle Connole & Bec Haycraft

Wine Regions, South Australia:
The grapes may be gone in some places, but the spirits of the wine makers are still strong. Help them out by visiting cellar doors that are still open and stocking up on the wine that is still very, very good. In the Adelaide Hills, make a beeline for Bird in Hand’s cellar door. Grab some of their sparkling rose if you can, and a couple of bottles of shiraz. At Goldings Wines, you will want to linger over a long lunch at Market Kitchen, especially when you’re sitting out on the terrace with a bottle of Pinot Gris and fresh pizzas. The property’s vineyards were destroyed, but their famous gardens are still blooming.

Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Parklands Country Gardens & Lodge, Blackheath / Image via Destination NSW

Escape to misty mountain mornings and romantic bush walks just two and half hours drive west of Sydney with a honeymoon in the Blue Mountains. Your first stop should be Leura, make a beeline for Josophans Chocolates and stock up on the famous chocolatier’s delicate truffles and decadent blocks. Leura Cellars is also another stop worth making – stock up on a few red wines for chilly mountain evenings. Continue on to just outside Blackheath, where pulling up at the Parklands Country Gardens and Lodge is akin to arriving at a grand country estate. Take a stroll around the manicured lawns before booking into the spa before dinner. You won’t regret it.

Snowy Mountains, New South Wales

Nimbo Fork Lodge, Killimicat / Image via Destination NSW

Want to start your honeymoon with a splash? The Snowy Mountains might be known for ski holidays, but they sure know how to do romance right. On the northern edge of the region, you can wine and dine without a care in the world. Take a ‘Vine to Wine Adventure’ with True North Helicopters. Hop aboard at the Tumut Heliport, soar over orchards, forests and the Tumut river for a very luxe half day tasting experience at two different wineries with a seriously Rockstar entrance. Curl up for the night near the banks of the Tumut River at Nimbo Fork Lodge, where Hamptons heads to the countryside.

Truenorth Helicopters, Snowy Mountains / Image via Destination NSW

Ms Floral Says: Thank you Lisa for shining a light on some particularly special places in Australia that need our help right now. Can’t wait to hear about more couples having local honeymoons in these areas!

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.