So, you’ve gotten engaged and you’ve begun to plan the festivities for your “Big Day”. The church or temple, reception venue, dresses, tuxes…they’re all important things that will no doubt top your to-do list. And then, of course, there’s the honeymoon, that wonderful trip that allows you the opportunity to get away and enjoy some down time after months of planning and preparation.
If you’ve saved for the ultimate honeymoon, why not consider Australia for your post-wedding trip? More and more Americans are discovering the joys of visiting the “Land Down Under” and because of its wonderful weather, it’s a continent that’s wonderful to visit at just about any time of year, including when it’s the dead of winter in the U.S.
There are many spots in Australia that are super destinations for honeymooning couples, and you can choose the ones that are ideal for you, depending on your likes and interests. Here’s a list of some great Aussie spots for your consideration.
· The Sunshine Coast – If you’re all about beaches and – well – sunshine, you’ll love this portion of Australia’s Queensland region. The beautiful sandy expanses of Coolum, Caloundra, Mooloolaba, and Noosa beckon you to just sit back, relax, and enjoy the view. But if you’re looking for more than just a week by the ocean, vibrant Brisbane is right in the middle of the state of Queensland, offering plenty of urban perks like great restaurants, exciting nightlife locations, an excellent live music scene, museums, theater, and plenty of major sporting events, too.
· The Kimberley, Western Australia – This region of the continent is often dubbed Australia’s “Last Great Wilderness” and it’s ideal for couples who love the wild, rugged outdoors. Whether or not you spend your entire trip there is up to you, but it’s certainly worth of visit if you enjoy diverse flora and fauna and spectacular landscapes that include ancient waterfalls, gorges, rock pools, and secluded beaches that stretch for miles. You can also observe the pearling industry in Broome or head to Purnululu National Park to view the beehive mounts of the Bungle Bungle. Fascinating!
· Daylesford – Wanna be pampered on your honeymoon holiday? Then head to Daylesford, where you and your love can relax in the natural spring mineral spas that have made this part of the state of Victoria so popular. As a matter of fact, there area whopping 65 springs in the Daylesford-Hepburn Springs region and a significant number of resorts built around those springs. The area is also known for its award-winning wines and there are countless opportunities available to tour one or more of the 75 or so area wineries to do a little tasting. Sign up for a guided tour and you won’t need to worry about designating a driver!
· Sydney – Of course, Australia’s most populous city and the most-visited by international tourists is a fine place to spend all or part of your honeymoon. Blessed with great weather, Sydney has just about everything, from concerts and performances at its iconic opera house to sports events, world-class museums, great theater, and much more. Beaches are nearby as well, as are places to kayak or enjoy other nature-related activities. The food and wine scene is also top-notch and the shopping is the best on the continent!
· The Whitsunday Islands – Located off the coast of Queensland, the 74 Whitsunday Islands lie right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, a SCUBA diver’s paradise! Sailing is also a popular sport on the waters around the Whitsundays as is jet skiing and kayaking. Other adventure sports, including skydiving, are readily available as well. For super accommodations in some of the most picturesque spots in the Pacific, check out Hamilton Island, Daydream Island, Long Island, Paradise Bay, South Molle, Brampton, or Lindeman Island. Each has wonderful hotels that’ll provide you with unmatched views and plenty of pampering amenities ideal for honeymooners.
· Kakadu National Park – Located in Australia’s remote Northern Territory, this World Heritage-designated national park immerses you in Aboriginal history and makes you part of the oldest living culture in the world. It’s the largest national park on the continent and certainly one of the most interesting. Many of the native peoples there still practice their traditions and live in the villages within the park. Ancient history lovers will be thrilled to view the 20,000-year-old rock art located onsite in the galleries at Ubirr, Nourlangie and Nanguluwur, and nature enthusiasts should bring their binoculars and search for some of the nearly 300 species of winged creatures found at Kakadu. A truly timeless place!