Australia. There is nowhere else in the world like it. Home an exotic array of honeymoon options, including lush rainforests, white-sand beaches, and friendly cities, this country truly has something for everyone. Whether you’re craving an adventure (Rainforests! Snorkeling! Kangaroos!), or just want a laid-back, beachy vibe with your toes in the sand, a trip to this diverse island-country is well worth the long flight. As you’re planning your Australian honeymoon, make sure these five must-see locations are on your list.
Swaying palm trees and sugary beaches stretching along a coast of turquoise water paints the ultimate picture of luxury, and the Whitsundays deliver in a big way. Comprised of over 74 islands, only eight of which are inhabited, these tropical islands along the coast of Queensland are the place to go for seclusion and relaxation with your sweetheart. Book a sunset cruise and sip a local cocktail (try the sakatinis with ginger and coriander) as the sun sets in all its blazing glory over the languid waters. When it’s time to lounge in the sun, lay down your towel and relax on any number of the tiny and quiet beaches along the sundrenched shoreline of Coral Bay. Finally, for the ultimate romantic experience, take an aerial tour over Heart Reef, a stunning coral formation within the Great Barrier Reef that has been naturally shaped into a heart. How sweet!
Margaret River Wine Country
With world-class wineries and spectacular views of the surrounding vineyards, Australia’s version of Napa Valley, located about three hours south of Perth, is a must-visit for those looking for an authentic experience unique to the area. The microclimates within this area allow the 187 wineries to produce a huge range of options, from rich Merlots to sweet Rieslings, and everything in between. Wine tastings at any of the 95 cellar doors range from tiny, family-run businesses to more elaborate establishments, so you’re bound to find the perfect spot to clink glasses, sit back, and take in the gorgeous vistas with your honey. Add a food scene that has everything from casual cafes to world-class restaurants, and you have the perfect recipe for a seductively boozy getaway chock full of romance.
For the adventurous couple looking for a little action combined with a little relaxation, Tasmania is the place to be. Located 150 miles off the mainland, this island is largely made up of striking rainforests, rugged mountains, and scores of exotic wildlife. Nature-loving couples can take a self-guided tour around the island to catch a glimpse of the island’s native wildlife, including kangaroos, wombats, seals, and Tasmanian devils. When it’s time to unwind, the remote beaches at Wineglass Bay are considered some of the best in the world, and offer incredible views of pink-granite boulders rising straight out of the sea. Test your sea legs with a kayak tour around the bay, or simply settle into the sand to bask in the golden sun. No matter what your preference, Tasmania is the place to go for an off-the-beaten path experience delivered in the lap of luxury.
For city-minded couples, Melbourne tops the list in the romance department. With it’s eclectic mishmash of old and new architecture, winding alleyways full of hidden cafes to cozy up in, and world-class dining, there are endless opportunities for passion in this vibrant metropolis. When you’re ready for a break from the bustling streets, escape the city and take a drive along Great Ocean and marvel at the Twelve Apostles, the towering limestone stacks that rising straight up from the Southern Ocean. Experiencing the majesty of the Victorian coastline with your love is a moment you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
Hop a ferry from Rainbow Beach or Hervey Bay, and you’ll find yourself on the world’s largest sand island. It’s one of the only places in the world where the rainforest runs right up to the sandy coastline, creating an oasis of lush greenery combined with stunning ocean views. Stroll hand-in-hand with your love along 75 Mile beach (the name doesn’t lie!), or trek into the rainforest to find your very own secluded picnic spot for two. If it’s adventure you’re after, a visit to Great Sandy National Park offers stunning views of enormous sand dunes and the area’s 800,000-year-old rainforest, and miles of walking trails to take in the scenery. When the sultry weather proves to be a little too much, a dip into the naturally-created Champagne Pools offers welcome respite from the blazing sun. No matter what you decide to do when you get here, a trip to Fraser Island is what dreams are made of.