Whether you are looking for heaps of fun and excitement or your own secluded little piece of paradise Australia is a perfect place for a much anticipated honeymoon getaway. Some of the key attractions for honeymooners such as the Sydney Bridge Climb or Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef are tried and tested classics or you can get off the beaten track and discover what Australia is really about!
Finding the best honeymoon destinations in Australia can be tricky as Australia is a big place, focusing on some key locations can be a good solution. Take a look below for our top pics for romantic honeymoon destinations, luxury honeymoon destinations and the most unique honeymoon destinations in Australia.
Top 5 Romantic Honeymoon Destinations
1. Kangaroo Island (SA)
The ultimate nature-based destination, Kangaroo Island is packed full of beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes and pristine native forest. Expect to find a wide range of wildlife including kangaroos (of course), echidnas, seals, dolphins and bird life, as well as an abundant sea life in the surrounding waters. The Island is the perfect getaway for honeymooners providing that exclusive and remote feel but with all the luxury and excitement of a great holiday destination.
Getting to Kangaroo Island is easiest by local airline from Adelaide; the ferry trip (1 hour) can be a bit of a long haul unless you want to take your vehicle over with you. See here for more in-depth information on what to do on Kangaroo Island, where to stay and how to get there.Situated just of the coast from Adelaide and at just over 4400square kilometres this little slice of paradise has plenty of places to explore, natural attractions and parks – here are our top 4 things to do on Kangaroo Island.
- See the seals at Seal Bay Conservation Park
- Check out the Little Sahara Sand Dunes
- Visit the lighthouse at Cape Willoughby
- Say hello to the residents at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
2. Port Douglas & Daintree Forest (QL)
Considered the gateway to many of Australia’s most popular attractions, Port Douglas is a great choice for the active relaxers out there who are looking for some outdoor fun on their honeymoon. The big tip here is unless you are on an epic road trip its best to fly in to Port Douglas, the drive is a long one from anywhere.
Expect to find all the usual bars, cafes, and great little shops as well as the big drawcards including access to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Forest. These two attractions alone bring thousands of visitors per year to the region and are well worth a look (insider tip – It’s best to join a small guided tour group to get the most out of Daintree Forest). Here are our top 4 things to do in port Douglas, or for more ideas on what to do in Port Douglas see here.
- Get up close to some crocs on the Daintree River Cruise
- Grab a Rainforest inspired Ice cream from Daintree Icecream
- Visit the Wildlife Habitat
- Take a stroll along Four Mile Beach
3. Margaret River (WA)
Tucked away in Australia’s south-west corner, Margaret River is a popular one for the foodies out there or anyone who loves great food and wine! The Town of Margaret River is just over three hours’ drive from Perth, making a great addition to any tour of Western Australia.
Expect to find a great range of boutique wineries, cafes, gourmet shops, fashion boutiques and galleries scattered throughout the township and some awesome walking and biking tracks on the outskirts and the nearby famous Margaret River surf break is just 10 minutes from the town centre. Need more? Here are out top 4 things to do in Margaret River. Or see here for more information on what to do in Margaret River.
- Take A Winery Tour At Vasse Felix
- Lunch at Hay Shed Hill
- Visit the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse
- Take a Ngilgi Caves Tour
4. Noosa Hinterlands (QL)
The perfect honeymoon destination for beach lovers, Noosa is located on Australia’s Sunshine Coast just 2 hours’ drive from Brisbane. The area is popular for its beautiful beaches, tourist attractions and great surf as well as the Noosa National Park.
Expect to find all kinds of water based activities operating from Noosa including, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and swimming with Humpback whales. Or for something land based why not take in a round of golf or hit the shops. Take a look below for our top 4 things to do in Noosa.
5. Barossa Valley (SA)
This internationally-acclaimed wine region is a favourite with honeymooners and offers over 80 cellar doors and wine tasting experiences all within a relatively small area. Wine and dine your way around the regions finest restaurants and enjoy a relaxing honeymoon filled with luxury and beauty.
Expect to find a wide range of luxury accommodation, boutique restaurants, picturesque landscapes and a pretty awesome Farmers Market – definitely don’t miss this one! For Honeymooners the Barossa Valley offers the chance to escape it all and immerse yourselves in luxury and isolation or get out there and get out and enjoy the social atmosphere – the choice is yours! Need some ideas on what to do in the Barossa Valley? Here are our top 4 or take a look here for more information on visiting the Barossa Valley.
- Check out the Chateau Tanunda Winery
- Get to Angaston Village
- Savour Seppelsfield Winery & Arts
- Indulge at Maggie Beer’s Place
5 Most Popular Honeymoon Destinations
Many travellers will arrive in Australia via Sydney, and after a long flight it’s a great idea to get active and get a sense of the spirit of Sydney. It can be a frantic place with lots of business activities typical of a large city, but, it’s also a fascinating place to start your honeymoon in Australia. From the city centre public transport is a great way to get around or kick off your stay in Sydney on a half day city tour – this will help to familiarise yourself with the city and its sights.
Sydney is full of iconic things to do such as cruise the Harbour, climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, visit the Opera House, check out Bondi Beach and more!Apart from the city highlights, there are also major attractions beyond the city – places like the Blue Mountains or the Hunter Valley are only a couple of hour’s drive away.
One of Australia’s biggest cities, Melbourne is a popular one for honeymooners who love trying different cuisines from around the world. Experiencing the local food scene with everything from Italian to Greek and Spanish to Japanese on offer.
After you are done eating walk some of that amazing food off and spend some time walking around the busy streets and corner in the Flinders area or consider a half-day city tour to get familiar with the local scene. See here for more information on things to do in Melbourne.
3. Alice Springs
Simply a must-do when visiting Australia, Uluru or Ayers Rock is a favourite with many honeymooners. Domestic flights from Cairns to Uluru or Alice Springs are the best way to get there and it often works quite nicely to fly into Ayers/Uluru and out of Alice Springs.
To absorb the spirit of Uluru, walk around ‘the rock’ – this is best done in the mornings. Or you could visit the ‘Olgas’ and ‘Twin Sisters’ during sunset. Go with a local aboriginal guide to explore the local history, culture and stories – a lot of folks find this amazing. There is an array of activities and tours to do. Learn more about Ayers Rock here.
The capital of Western Australia, Perth is nestled on the coast between the Indian Ocean and the Australian outback. Its remote location only adds to its popularity with honeymooners. Find everything from stunning nature walks, wildlife encounters and an array of beaches, National Parks and marine reserves to explore.
Catch the city sights and attractions the easy way on a day tour or wander about the city streets at your own pace exploring the many boutique cafes, bars and restaurants. Don’t miss the Bell Tower, the Perth Zoo, Scitech, Perth Cultural Centre and the Botanic Gardens. See here for more information on the best things to do in Perth.
Everyone knows there is a huge variation of climate across Australia, the southern areas can be quite dry, and the northern areas fairly rainy – so when is the best time to visit Northern Queensland? The answer is in the winter season (from April until September). You are in for a much more enjoyable honeymoon experience if the weather works for you and not against you.
Most travellers come to Queensland for the tropical aspect of Australia – snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef or visiting Port Douglas and the Daintree Forest. However there is so much more to Queensland you only have to look around! The luxury Silky Oaks Lodge is located just outside town in the rain forest, spend some time at the Mossman Gorge, or check out the Wildlife Habitat or at Hartley’s Croc Centre.
5 Luxury Honeymoon Resorts
1. Longitude 31 (NT)
A luxury “base-camp” located near the famous Uluru-Kata Tjuta (Ayers Rock) in Australia’s Northern Territory (Uluru is a large sandstone formation thought to be over 550 million years old and is sacred to indigenous Australians).
Longitude 31 offers up a totally unique luxury lodge experience complete with luxury accommodation, pool, and restaurant as well as private guided tours. Floor to ceiling windows and an outdoor lounging area for each luxury ‘tent’ make sure you get the best views from dawn till dusk in this tranquil and secluded location.
- Average Nightly Rates: From $3000 to $000
- Number of Rooms: 16
2. Lizzard Island (QL)
The epitome of island beach resort accommodation, Lizard Island is located right on the Great Barrier Reef. Your choice of private beaches, unlimited views and diving and snorkelling trips to the Inner or Outer Reef are just the beginning!
The Lizzard island Resort also provides guests with spa facilities (Essentia Day Spa), a variety of island walks and nature trails, private beach picnic hampers, tennis, nature slide presentations, a gymnasium, complementary stand up paddle boards, Snorkelling equipment and lessons and motorised dinghies.
- Average Nightly Rates: From $2000 to $6000
- Number of rooms: 40
3. Saffire Freycinet (Tas)
Nestled on Tasmania’s East Coast at the edge of the Freycinet National Park and the Coles Bay Conservation Area, this luxury award winning destination hotel offer the very best in honeymoon getaways. Featuring an exclusive day spa and world class restaurant serving the very best locally sourced produce you simply can’t go wrong with this one.
If you wish to venture beyond the luxurious tranquillity of Saffire Freycinet there is plenty to see and do Freycinet National Park right on your doorstep, including remote islands, pristine forest and secluded beaches to explore or you could join one of the special guest experience including beekeeping and checking out the famous locals – the resident Tasmanian Devils.
- Average Nightly Rates: From $2200 to $3000
- Number of rooms: 20
4. Silky Oaks (QL)
Situated right next to the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park, what sets Silky Oaks apart is the unique treehouse style accommodations. Enjoy some morning yoga on your stay, guided rainforest walk or use of complimentary river kayaks, mountain bikes, fitness centre and tennis court.
Breakfast is included in your nightly rate as is a free daily transfer to Port Douglas – great for those who want to explore a bit further afield. The onsite Treehouse Restaurant is a must, offering the feeling of dining amongst the trees with its location high in the Rainforest canopy.
- Average Nightly Rates: From $450 to $1200 per night
- Number of rooms: 40
5. Qualia (Hamilton Island, QL)
World-class luxury accommodation situated on Hamilton Island, Qualia’s location alone makes it top of many honeymooners’ lists. With the Great Barrier Reef quite literally on your doorstep Qualia is the one for water lovers and even includes use of complimentary non-motorised watercraft.
Other inclusions are a 24 hour chauffeur service around the island, airport and marina transfers, use of the gym, spa and sauna as well as use of an electric golf buggy! The onsite spa facilities provide an authentic Australian inspired spa menu.
- Average Nightly Rates: From $1400 to $5000 per night
- Number of rooms: 60
To get started with your planning or to look into these places in more detail, check out our Australia honeymoon itineraries for more information on honeymooning in Australia. Happy Honeymoon Travelling!