WEDDINGS

30 of the Best Australian Honeymoon Destinations

A honeymoon is a special time for a newly married couple. It is the first time in your married life that you will get time to be focused solely on each other without the distractions that usually come with our busy lives (and wedding madness). This is why picking the perfect destination is so important and we have found 30 of the best Australian honeymoon destinations.

Honeymoon destinations usually bring to mind beach resorts but the definition of a perfect honeymoon spot has broadened in recent years. These days, it depends on what the couple find enjoyable, whether it’s lounging around by the pool or taking a hike, learning a new skill or doing a tasting.

This is where Australia really comes into its own. It’s surrounded by blissful beaches, packed with nature (not to mention wine regions) and has city hotels you would sell your future kids to stay in. Plus the coffee, food and wine are consistently going to deliver. 

It’s a big country so your options are vast. We’ve put together the perfect list of top spots from luxe villas looking out over the ocean to intimate hideaways where you can hole up for a few days/weeks and just let your new togetherness sink in.

Luxury Escapes

One and Only Wolgan Valley: One and Only Resorts around the world are known for their height of luxury and this one in Wolgan Valley in the Greater Blue Mountains is no exception. Emirates offers impressive views over the valley, a world-class curated dining experience with Australia’s top chefs and multiple experiences to enjoy with your love like a romantic horse ride or a coy bush bonfire.

Qualia: A luxury experience on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef with views over the Coral Sea and Whitsundays. Explore the area both under the sea as you snorkel in the reef or in the air with a scenic flight that can take you to exclusive beaches where you can feel like the only two people in paradise.

Spicer Retreat: Pick your location and Spicer Retreats will offer a combination of natural beauty and laid-back luxury. You can take to the outdoors with each location using its surroundings to make the experience like none other. Whether it is a guided waterfall tour or a picnic overlooking the surrounding mountains, these are the perfect spots to connect to nature, yourself and your partner.

The Hermes Estate: A touch of old-school elegance. The Hermes Estate offers a five-star service that is so exclusive that you would be the only guests. This makes the five-acre estate your own sanctuary from the outside world with impeccable service.  Your private butler is at your call 24 hours a day and can organise a bespoke honeymoon experience.

Raes: A barefoot luxury experience in the serene Byron Bay. Book a room with access to the beach on your doorstep. Curl up in your own private heaven or take the opportunity to explore everything Byron Bay has to offer.

Nature’s Jewels

Sal Salis: Sal Salis offers the perfect mix of luxury and nature. Their honeymoon tent offers a comfortable four poster bed, a front deck with a double hammock and access to an almost private beach with the Ningaloo Reef just beyond it. It’s the perfect spot to unwind after the rush of your wedding.

Paper Bark Camp: Look out at the stars from under the canopy of your tent among the trees. These canvas tents come with all the amenities expected in a luxury hotel room, including an open-air bath to sink into. If you’re looking for a bit of adventure, explore the beautiful Jervis Bay area through the walking trails or on a mountain bike.

Longitude 131: Experience the heart of Australia, Uluru, and the magnificent outback with Longitude 131. Snuggle up in a luxury camp with direct views of the towering rock, surrounded by the iconic red dust of the desert. Everything you need is at your fingertips with unique spa offerings and incredible dining experiences that speak to Australia’s rich cultural history.

Cradle Mountain Lodge: Perched on the edge of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, this mountain retreat offers suites and cabins for you and your partner to hide away in. The perfect spot for those who love being out in nature, the Park is filled with hiking trails to explore and Dove Lake with a calming paddle.

Mona Pavillians: These modernist architectural dens sit on the River Derwent in Tasmania right next to the Mona Modern Art Museum. Each is named after a famous artist and is home to beautiful modern art pieces. Feel like you’re living inside a museum after you spend your days exploring Hobart and the beautiful Tasmanian countryside.

Saffire Freycient: Wow. If Tasmania is a favourite or on your to do list this hotel gives you the perfect excuse. Architecturally striking and overlooking Great Oyster Bay, Saffire Freycient is packed with unique Tassie experiences like bee keeping, oyster farming and even the Tasmanian devil.

Jackalope: Mornington Peninsula + wineries + uber modern design. Where do we sign up? Cocktail bar, signature restaurant, infinity pool plus all the off property activities you need. If you want the best of country along with slick design this is it.

The Louise: South Australia’s Barossa valley is famous for its red wines and stunning scenery. The Louise is the ideal mix of a relaxed, yet refined get away reminiscent of Bordeux in France. It’s got a high end restaurant overlooking the vineyards, and stylish comfy suites.

Bamurru Plains: A top end luxury safari, this is a totally unique experience with only nine bungalows all overlooking the surrounding wetlands. The enormous Kingfisher Suite allows for romantic in room dining, perfect at the end of a long day croc hunting.

The Range: From the couple behind Byron’s The Farm, The Range is a gorgeous Spanish inspired Finca (ranch) that is at once both luxurious and relaxed. Everything you need is on site, including a private chef, and there are three accommodation options with the Barn being the only one bedder suitable for a cozy retreat.

Nightfall: Another luxury tent option, this time located outside of Brisbane, Nightfall has nailed the ‘glamping’ concept. Wake up in a national park, enjoy organic meals next to a log fire and totally disconnect from city life. This option allows you to slow down and really spend time together without distractions.

Seaside Stunners

Capella Lodge: This hideaway luxury retreat is the perfect couple getaway that gives you time to connect. Settle into one of the nine luxury bungalows that look out over the pristine beaches. Lord Howe island is covered in lush rainforest filled and white beaches to explore before returning for a dip in the pool with a cocktail as the sun goes down.

Makepeace Island: Much like it’s name, Makepeace Island is about bringing peace and stillness into your life. Take a private boat to this secluded spot and spend your time hiking in nearby national parks, taking a 4×4 along the coast, kayaking along the island’s rivers or simply breathing out at the spa.

Halcyon House: Found right on Cabarita Beach, this unique boutique hotel offers a slice of paradise for you and your partner to enjoy. Take long meals at the award-winning Paper Daisy restaurant after exciting days soaking in local experiences like surfing, stand up paddle boarding and horse riding along the long stretch of beach.

The Orpheus Island Lodge: Experience luxury right on the Great Barrier Reef. The Orpheus Island Lodge is an exclusive unspoilt tropical paradise. Spend your days snorkelling in this world-famous reef, connect with indulgent couples treatments at the spa and unwind with a drink watching the sunset over the horizon. 

Lizard Island: One hour from Cairns, Lizard Island screams honeymoon location due to its secluded luxury vibe, gourmet food and wine, and lux accommodation. Enough water sports to keep the physical types engaged, while intimate enough to do nothing if that’s more your style.

Pullman Bunker Bay: Bunker Bay sits on the northmost point of Margaret River facing the Indian Ocean. The Pullman is a full resort with all the perks (including whale watching), and means you have total flexibility – don’t leave the resort at all, or jump in the car and explore one of Australia’s best wine regions (including beaches, coffee and food).

Urban Hideaway

Adelphi Hotel: Melbourne’s Adelphi is everything you want in a boutique hotel. Flinders lane location, bold art throughout and a rooftop pool / deck combination providing an escape from the streets below. Self proclaimed as the world’s premier dessert hotel, this is a classy option for a Melbourne adventure.

The Calile Hotel: A beautiful oasis in the middle of bustling Brisbane, the Calile Hotel is perfect for those who love spending time in the city. Offering suites with balconies overlooking the pool. Soak in sunny weather with a cocktail in hand before going out on the town for a delicious dinner.

Watsons Bay Hotel: The iconic “Watto” provides chilled out coastal vibes in one of Sydney’s most iconic destinations looking back over the harbour towards the city. Explore the bay, have picnics by the beach, grab a ferry to the city for a day out or just settle into a sundowner spritz. A perfect option for a Sydney adventure, without the Sydney hassle.

The Treasury: Singapore’s Como hotel brand is renowned for super stylish wellness resorts. In Perth, they have brought their minimalist style to a heritage conversion at the Treasury located in the CBD. It’s the perfect stop over on your way to discover Western Australia (Monkey Mia, Margaret River etc) or have a city based break in Perth.

Intimate Getaways

Islington Hotel: This boutique hotel in Hobart not far off from the beautiful Mount Wellington, with massive windows so you’re always looking out onto stunning views. You can spend your time on the property which offers privacy from the outside world or use it as a launch site to explore the natural beauty of the island.

Bay of Fires Bush Retreat: If you’re wanting something simple but dont want to skimp on comfort, these bell tents offer the beach break with perfect simplicity and an intimate feel. Found in the Bay of Fires, there’s no shortage of activities from snorkeling with beautiful tropical fish to boat tours out in Billabong Bay.

The Atlantic: If you’re a couple who can’t be separated from the beach, Byron Bay is the gold standard for a sandy retreat. The Atlantic offers four separate cottages so you can have all the space you need to chill out after a day spent in the surf. Cook up meals in your gourmet kitchen and sit as the sunsets cuddling next to the fire pit.

The Roozan: If you’re looking for privacy, this self contained holiday home offers luxury without any other guests. This modern take on the classic wooden holiday cabin offers you plenty of room and privacy. Explore the beach town of Prevelly and nearby local attractions like whale watching and multiple uncrowded, seemingly untouched beaches.

For more wedding and honeymoon travel inspiration, check out B’LOVED’s Tuscan Wedding Destination Guide and South African Wedding Destination Guide.

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