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10 Beautiful Honeymoon Destinations in Australia

Picture of Monique La Terra
Updated: 24 July 2017
So you’re getting hitched? Congratulations! Why not take a break for planning your dream wedding and start thinking about your honeymoon. Forget long haul flights and double mortgages as these romantic destinations are right on your doorstep if you’re a native. From Cradle Mountain, to Lord Howe Island and The Kimberley, these are dreamiest escapes for newlyweds.

Whitsundays, Queensland

Lap up the sunshine all year round at the Whitsundays, Queensland. With 74 islands scattered throughout the cerulean waters of the Great Barrier Reef including Hamilton, Hayman and Daydream Islands, you can unwind on your own slice of paradise under the shade of palm tree. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, relax on the idyllic Whitehaven Beach and soar over Heart Reef.

Stay: Qualia Resort, Hayman Island Resort

Visit: May to December

The Kimberley, Western Australia

For a red-hot honeymoon, visit The Kimberley in the northern reaches of Western Australia and start your lifelong adventure together in the wild frontier. Bordered by uncharted coastlines and astounding outback vistas, the Kimberley will leave you breathless with sights, including the Bungle Bungle Range and Cape Leveque, as well as the Mitchell Falls and Horizontal falls.

Stay: El Questro Station Homestead, The Berkeley River Lodge

Visit: April to October

Byron Bay, New South Wales

Laze the days away in the bohemian-chic town of Byron Bay in northern New South Wales. The serene rainforests and pristine beaches evoke a sense of calm, which is favourable after the hectic nuptial period. Behold the sunrise from Byron Bay Lighthouse — Australia’s most easterly point, before taking a surf lesson and strolling through the various artisian and farmers markets.

Stay: Rae’s on Wategos, The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa

Visit: September to November

Byron Bay sunset
Byron Bay sunset | © Jenny Brown/Flickr

Daylesford, Victoria

Less than two hours from Melbourne, the spa town of Daylesford is ideal for a mini-moon. Soak in the mineral waters of Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa, stroll through Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, visit galleries and gorge yourself on gourmet food. For swoon worthy photos, visit Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm and finish the weekend off with a swig of local wine as you sit by the fire and gaze lovingly at one another, in a state of utter tranquility.

Stay: Peppers Mineral Springs Retreat & Spa, Lake House

Visit: March to May

Wombat Hill Gardens
Wombat Hill Gardens | © s13n1/Flickr

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Retreat to Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park for a secluded alpine escape. Set within a dramatic mountainous backdrop, newlyweds can spend their honeymoon hiking, horse riding in the countryside and spotting native wildlife. You can even meet the Tasmanian Devil by visiting Devils@Cradle. At night, nestle within your cosy lodge and enjoy a candle lit dinner. While in Tasmania, be sure to see Wineglass Bay and Grindelwald.

Where to stay: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, Eagles Nest Retreat

Visit: October to May

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
Cradle Mountain, Tasmania | © Steven Penton/Flickr

Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Luring Sydneysiders, the Hunter Valley is a hamlet for couples who love food almost as much as they love each other. Start your day with a hot air balloon ride over the region’s rolling hills and fertile vineyards, before wining and dining through more than 120 wineries and gourmet restaurants. Then pamper yourself at Australia’s largest day spa, Spa Elysia at Golden Door Health Retreat.

Stay: Chateau Elan At The Vintage, Cedars Mount View

Visit: September to November

Hunter Valley winery
Hunter Valley winery | © Kevin Rheese/Flickr

Broome, Western Australia

Dreaming of an exotic getaway in a faraway kingdom? Situated in Western Australia, Broome is home to one of the most majestic sunsets you’ll ever see in Australia. Take a camel ride along the pristine sands of Cable Beach and watch the spectacular phenomenon Staircase to the Moon over the Indian Ocean. Broom is also synonymous for its pearls and you can even visit 130 million years old Dinosaur Footprints at Gantheaume Point.

Stay: Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, The Billi Resort

Visit: March to October

Barossa Valley, South Australia

When searching for a location, wine sommeliers should look no further than the Barossa Valley. Only an hour north of Adelaide, the region is steeped in history, boasting the oldest vines in Australia and is home to 150 wineries and 80 cellar doors. In addition to all that Shiraz, couples can graze at gourmet restaurants, visit art galleries and explore the Barossa’s network of cycling paths.

Stay: The Louise, Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage

Visit: March to May

Bethany, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Bethany, Barossa Valley, South Australia | © Stephen Michael Barnett/Flickr

Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

Step off the beaten path and visit an awe-inspiring tropical oasis off Australia’s east coast. Lord Howe Island is a crescent-shaped World Heritage-Listed site where you can hand-feed schools of fish on Ned’s Beach, roam through The Valley of the Shadows, hike up Mt Gower and snorkel through the clear lagoons. With only 400 visitors allowed on the island at any one time, your honeymoon will seem like a private sanctuary.

Stay: Arajilla Retreat, Capella Lodge

Visit: September to June

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avstraliya-lord-howe-island | © Peter Pham/Flickr

Uluru, Northern Territory

For a spiritual honeymoon destination, head to Uluru in Australia’s red centre. See the golden sunset fall on Ayers Rock, marvel at the West MacDonnell Ranges and Kata Tjuta, visit Alice Springs and walk along Kings Canyon and take part in an Indigenous cultural experience. A trip here will leave you with a deep admiration for Australia’s natural landscape and Indigenous culture.

Stay: Longitude 131

Visit: July and November

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