February 5, 2021

Top 10 Australian Honeymoon Destinations

Australia is full of idyllic honeymoon destinations perfect for every type of getaway. Whether you want to relax and unwind with fine wine, sweeping vineyards and moonlit walks or make your way to a popular beachside destination, you are literally spoiled for choice. 

Here are ten of the best honeymoon destinations to add to your list - whether you're getting married, married already, or just looking to add some sparkle to your relationship.

1.  The Hunter Valley

When it comes to the best honeymoon destinations in Australia, the Hunter Valley is the ultimate place for couples looking to enjoy romance, rolling hills and tranquil relaxation. Famed for award-winning wineries, gourmet restaurants serving up exquisite local dishes and sweeping vistas that tell you it's time to unwind, it's a place to lose yourself together away from the crowds.

Wake up to the earthy, fresh air of the rural landscape before taking to the clouds on a romantic hot air balloon ride. Explore more than 120 wineries, vineyards and cellar doors. Wash your stresses away with an indulgent spa treatment and spend evenings under the stars - just you, them and silence.

Where to stay: Glenmore Country Estate

What to do: Spa days, hot air balloon rides, winery and cellar door tours, romantic country walks, fine wine and food.

Best Season: Each season brings a whole new atmosphere to the region. Rolling mist-filled spring mornings, long summer days, golden autumns and crisp winters make it ideal for romance-filled honeymoons away from the crowds.

2. Mount Tamborine

If tropical rainforests, trickling waterfalls and wildlife are more your thing, Mount Tamborine won't disappoint. Explore the networks of caves, lush greenery and walking trails without hoards of tourists getting in the way. 

Pack up a picnic and spend the day strolling beneath the canopy of the rainforest. Check out the local farmer’s markets and stock up on wine and cheese. Soak up the sight and sounds and enjoy connecting in one of Australia's most photo-worthy honeymoon destinations.

Where to stay: Mount Tamborine

What to do: Caving, hiking, biking, wine tours and farmers markets.

Best Season: Winter offers up the best weather for honeymoons, with the weather being mild and dry. Summer is scorching here, making it perfect for an escape to the shade of the lush rainforest.

3. Barossa Valley

Another famous wine region in Australia, the Barossa Valley offers up plenty of wining and dining experiences surrounded by rolling vineyards and stunning views. Spend a warm afternoon cycling through pristine countryside or explore some of the best-hidden cellar doors.

The relaxed pace and tranquil ambience create the perfect settings for a romantic honeymoon filled with wine, good food, culture and romance. If you're a couple who likes to golf, there are some amazing courses to tee off in before enjoying quiet star-filled evenings alone.

Where to stay: Seppeltsfield / Rowland Flat

What to do: Wine tours, golf, shopping, hiking and fine dining.

Best Season: Spring is the best time to honeymoon in Barossa Valley. With the vineyards bursting into life and the weather mild and pleasant, it’s an excellent choice for a romantic honeymoon.

 

4. Fraser Island

With more than 120 km of silky soft sand, crystal clear waters and bush walks galore, Fraser Island is a stunning place to honeymoon surrounded by picture-perfect views. With pristine freshwater lakes, plenty of watersports and adrenaline-fueled four-wheel-drive tours, there's something for every type of couple.

Queensland beach getaways and ocean-side honeymoons don't get better than this. Located a 6-hour drive from Brisbane, why not make a stop at Noosa Heads on your way and visit the Fairy Pools for some insta-worthy shots.

Where to stay: Kingfisher Bay

What to do: Swimming, surfing, kayaking, 4WD tours, fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving.

Best Season: While the weather on Fraser Island remains warm throughout the year, spring and winter are the best months to honeymoon as this is when it rains the least.

5. Cape Tripulation

Located in the heart of the Daintree National Park, it's another honeymoon destination where the trees of the forest spill out onto pristine beaches surrounded by crystal clear waters.  Popular as a destination for ecotourism, one of the most popular activities is to head out to the Great Barrier Reef for a spot of snorkelling.

Surrounded by plenty of lush and tropical islands, ocean-going explorations are endless. Kick back and relax on ribbons of powder-soft sand with a cocktail or two and just enjoy the unparalleled beauty of the area. If you're looking for somewhere a little more resort-style, Palm Cove should check all the boxes.

Where to stay: Cape Tribulation / Palm Cove

What to do: Forest walks, swimming, beachcombing, hiking, zip-lining, dining.

Best Season: Dry season is best when the evenings are warm and the days are long and clear.

6. The Kimberley

The Kimberley is a landscape full of burnt amber and ochre gorges, aquamarine swimming holes, towering waterfalls and stunning scenery. One of those places where you can completely disconnect from the rest of the world, it definitely adds some heat to your honeymoon. 

Visit the Bungle Bungles. Explore the wilderness parks and isolated ranches. Spend evenings together star-gazing with a glass of wine or two and recharge in the thermal springs. Spanning a vast area, the Kimberley is best explored by camper trailer. If you prefer something a little more 'traditional' why not check in to one of the many homestead hotels.

Where to stay: Talbot Bay / Broome

What to do: Thermal springs and swimming holes, treks and hikes, 4WD, nature spotting.

Best Season: Autumn and winter is the perfect time to honeymoon in the Kimberley thanks to the warm yet mild weather. Summers can be excessively hot.

 

7. Whitsunday Islands

The Whitsunday Islands are a honeymooners paradise, especially if you're drawn to warm sun, soft sand and gentle sea breezes. Long Island and Hamilton island are popular choices for those looking to make the most of this little slice of heaven on earth. 

Why not take an extra memorable trip by helicopter to the Heart Reef helipad where you can snorkel, swim and explore the reef. Boat rides and glass bottom cruises are a popular activity here, with cruises running at all times of day and night, whisking you off to desert islands perfect for a romantic picnic on the beach. 

Where to stay: Hamilton Island

What to do: Spa days, snorkelling, glass-bottom boat cruises, hiking and watersports..

Best Season: Glorious weather year-round makes the Whitsunday Islands a fantastic honeymoon destination. School holidays can get busy, so plan to visit when schools are open.

8. Makepeace Island

What could be more romantic than spending your honeymoon on an island shaped like a perfect heart?  Definitely one for those with a big budget, this exclusive escape, owned by Richard Branson, comes with its own lagoon pool, spa, tennis courts, boathouse and outdoor cinema.

Able to accommodate up to 22 guests in complete isolation, surrounded by luxury amenities and housed in a Balinese-inspired two-story property in the middle of the Noosa River, it's a great option for those looking to celebrate with family and friends. To r

Where to stay: Wantilan Villa

What to do: Swimming, hiking, watching movies outdoors, spa, tennis and golf.

Best Season: A great choice for a romantic honeymoon destination in NSW. The best times to stay are from spring through to autumn when the weather is warmer.

9. Byron Bay

Byron Bay is a great honeymoon destination for couples who are looking for a bohemian getaway where rainforests meet the beach. Make your way to the most easterly point in Australia at Cape Byron Lighthouse and watch the sun setting beneath the horizon. Spend lazy days sunning on the beach or exploring the many trails running through the forests.

Farmers markets, artisanal traders and intimate restaurants and bars are perfect for sampling the local flavours. Jump on an ocean dinner cruise for spectacular food and views, learn how to surf - or simply enjoy some downtime on the side with the love of your life. 

Where to stay: Cape Byron

What to do: Swimming, kayaking, ocean cruises, hiking, tours, surfing, farmers markets.

Best Season: Summer and autumn are the perfect time to visit Byron Bay.

10. Lord Howe Island

Located off of Australia's East Coast, Lord Howe Island is a world-heritage listed site filled with some of the country's most breathtaking landscapes. The great thing about this honeymoon destination is that it never gets too crowded. 

No more than 400 people are allowed to be on the island at any given time, meaning you get to enjoy the beauty without throngs of crowds. Hiking Mt Gower is a must, especially if you're both big on sunrises and sunsets. Endless lagoons, tranquil beaches, towering mountains and delicious food makes this destination that extra bit special.

Where to stay: Ned's Beach Area

What to do: Hike Mt Gower, snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming, lagoon hopping, sunbathing, beach walks.

Best Season: spring, summer and autumn are when Lord Howe Island truly shines its brightest, bringing long and warm days with little chance of rain.

Make Your Stay Extra Special

Glenmore Country Estate dates back to the 1800s and is nestled on the border of the Jade Estate Vineyard. Famed for being the Hunter Valley's original homestead, it offers up traditional country estate charm designed for those extra-special occasions. Glenmore House has everything you need for a romantic stay. 

Set among some of the country's finest natural scenery, artfully preserved and with all of the comforts you need for a luxurious stay. Enjoy absolute peace and seclusion in your own 4 bedroom property, featuring a sunroom, kitchen and private grounds. Better yet, you have access to the resort facilities at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley and award-winning service just a call away.

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