Why Choose Australia for a Honeymoon?

 

From secluded sandy beaches to national parks brimming with wildlife. Find out why the experts at First Light Travel think Australia is the perfect place for you to spend your honeymoon.

Ayers Rock campfire with aboriginal elders

Australia is for romantics...

Considering Australia for your post-wedding getaway but not certain if it is the right choice? After spending all your time planning and organising your special day we understand that you want to ensure you spoil yourselves with the ultimate destination retreat. One that will suit you both perfectly and cater for all of your holiday wish-list items and Pinterest inspiration boards!

To help you decide, the travel enthusiasts (and true romantics) at First Light Travel have summarised their top 10 reasons why Australia should be the only honeymoon destination on your list. 

Read on to discover why....

1. There are a wealth of destinations 

Australia is a large country, which could be daunting if you didn’t have our advice. But since we are here to help, the size of Australia means you have a huge number of options to choose from when it comes to picking a destination that suits you and your partner.

Maybe you want to sit back on glorious white sand beaches and spend your days island hopping? The Whitsundays are for you.

If you dream crystal clear diving in to the multicoloured world below then the Great Barrier Reef is for you.

Or you might prefer to spend your days wandering hand-in-hand around first-class museums and galleries, with nights spent sipping cocktails in cosy bars? Look no further  - Melbourne and Sydney will be perfect destinations.

If it's all about the epicurean delights, sampling the best menus and wine on offer? South Australia or Tasmania are just what you ordered.

And if its time to get back to nature and ‘go bush’.... head to the Northern Territory with its unreal bright red horizons and Aboriginal history.

Dove Lake Tasmania

2. You can find your ideal climate

No matter when you are planning to travel, whether it be to coincide with high summer or a winter post-wedding retreat, Australia has a wealth of options to choose from to suit any season and pair it with the style of getaway you want. A bonus of travelling from the Northern hemisphere to the south means that the seasons are opposite to the UK, Europe and USA so you could experience a cooler July or summer Christmas if you wish!

Generally, the country has four defined seasons throughout the year, unless you are headed north (ie. the Top End of the Northern Territory or northern Queensland) where there are just ‘wet’ or ‘dry’ seasons. See our Seasonal Holiday Planner for more in-depth info.

Travelling in Summer (December-February)? This is an ideal time to visit Tasmania when the weather is dry, calendars are full of festivals and hiking trails beckon avid walkers. 

Travelling in Autumn (March-May)? Western Australia is a wonderful choice, particularly along the Coral Coast where you can swim with Whale Sharks at this time of year and catch sightings of Orca at Bremer Bay. 

Travelling in Winter (June-August)? The perfect time to visit Queensland since it is still warm but less humid and you are outside of ‘stinger season' (dangerous jellyfish swarms) making visits to the Great Barrier Reef hassle-free. 

Travelling in Spring (September- November)? The Red Centre is great at this time of year to avoid the scorching heat of summer and enjoy epic sunsets.

3. It is a beach and ocean lovers paradise

Of course, when you picture Australia you often think of bright blue ocean waters alongside sandy beaches and you would be right. Much of the country is a beach bum's paradise, from the multicoloured coral and sea-life of the Great Barrier Reef to the perfect surf breaks of Noosa in Queensland or Torquay in Victoria, you can paddle, dive and soak in the sunshine in a multitude of destinations.

Our top tips? Head out on the Great Ocean Road, which spans across the southern edges of Victoria and South Australia, to catch the waves of Surf Coast and tread the trails of some epic seaside hiking routes. Alternatively, focus on the eastern beachside escapes and pristine waterways - there is a reason they are called the Gold and Sunshine Coasts!

Whitehaven beach

4. You can feel safe and travel with ease

Australia is an incredibly easy country to travel around using private or public transport. As with many countries, some dangers should be considered around personal safety and possessions, along with a few more interesting wildlife-related dangers to bear in mind. However, on the whole, you will find Australia to be one of the most welcoming and safe destinations you will ever visit. 

The First Light Travel consultants are here to help with anything along the way and make sure your honeymoon itinerary runs smoothly. Our honeymoon itineraries have been carefully planned and tested to ensure all the best sights and top-notch accommodation options are included whilst also ensuring that driving times and distances are not too strenuous.

5. You can go wild and meet some furry friends

Whether you have been longing to get the perfect Quokka selfie, or bottle-feed a Joey (baby Kangaroo) - Australia can offer it all. Wildlife enthusiasts travel from all over the globe to see land mammals and birds such as Koalas, Wallabies, Tasmanian Devils, Cockatoos and Eagles as well as their water-dwelling friends including Crocodiles, Whale Sharks, Humpback Whales and Dolphins. The list goes on so you too can create a bucket list of animals to visit on your travels.

6. A taste bud extravaganza is on the menu

The prospect of the speeches may have made you too nervous to enjoy your wedding feast, but now is the time to relax and get those taste buds tingling with delights awaiting across Australia. With some of the finest wine regions in the world available to you, wine connoisseurs are in their element here with established vintners paving the way and new boutique wineries popping up to challenge the status quo. Sip the spicy Shiraz of the Barossa Valley and the tangy Rieslings of the nearby Clare Valley in South Australia; enjoy the cool climate region of Victoria’s Yarra Valley which makes their Chardonnays superbly zesty, or head to the remote Margaret River in Western Australia to taste their iconic full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon.

And that’s just the wine - the foodie scene in Australia is another level entirely! As the land of plenty, there are plenty of award-winning restaurants in every state to include on your travels. Since there is an abundance of produce grown across the land, it is an ideal place for top-notch chefs to experiment with locally sourced ingredients to create exciting and challenging menus.

Barossa Valley wine tasting restaurant

7. There is unrivalled culture and history

Being home to the oldest surviving cultures anywhere in the world, Australia has an unrivalled mix of indigenous and modern heritage to explore. The First People have been part of the fabric of the country for more than 60,000 years and the Aboriginal history is fascinating to learn about on your travels alongside the geological wonders that date back over 3000 million years. 

Invest some time expanding your mind by heading into the Northern Territory to Uluru and Kata Tjuta to witness the masses of rusty red stone that have dominated the horizon for 500 million years. Alternatively, in the Top End of the state, you will find the biggest concentration of ancient rock art sites in Kakadu National Park (some are 20,000 years old).

In more modern history, Australia’s cultural diversity can be seen weaving throughout the states thanks to the plethora of migrations that followed the 18th-century European colonisation. This has transformed the country into a colourful medley of people and cultures making the cities and towns truly vibrant. 

8. You can feed your adventurous side

For those couples who relax best by staying active and getting their adrenalin pumping, Australia has almost been designed especially for you. Adventure-seekers can be sated with a range of activities around each state. Epic hiking trails and exhilarating shark-cage diving experiences can be found in South Australia while swimming alongside migrating Humpback Whales can be crossed off the bucket list on the Coral Coast of Western Australia. For those young at heart couples looking for a bit of fun, why not head to the theme park capital of the country - the Gold Coast - where you can spend days testing out some of the world’s tallest and fastest thrill rides.

9. Your accommodation sweet spot awaits

The accommodation options available are endless: from luxurious retreats to simple campgrounds, there is something for everyone and every budget.

As a honeymoon destination, you must be after some romance and opportunities to treat yourselves and Australia can offer some incredible high-end options. A snapshot of some favourites are:

The Quamby Estate in Launceston, Tasmania: This 1820s manor is set in 150 acres of landscaped grounds complete with a golf course and tennis courts. 

Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa, New South Wales: A gorgeous mountain escape and day-spa sanctuary located in a World Heritage-listed park only 90 minutes from Sydney.

Longitude 131 in Yulara, Northern Territory: This ‘luxury camp’ is located just outside Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park and gives incredible views over the iconic Red Centre landscapes.

Arkaba Station in Flinders Ranges, South Australia: 60,000 acres of unspoilt bush shared with only 10 other guests at this luxury wildlife conservancy.

Cape Lodge in Margaret River, Western Australia: An award-winning adult-only country estate situated in the middle of fabulous wine country.

Coconut Grove in Port Douglas, Queensland: A five-star resort comprising of private luxurious apartments close to the iconic Four-Mile Beach.

Arkaba Station

10. It is the ultimate road trip country

Maybe you want a taste of it all, from reasons 1-9? Well, then an Aussie roadie is right up your street (forgive the awful pun). Head out behind the wheel and compare big cities with small-town life; explore the dusty outback and picture-perfect coastlines or travel from rainforests to reefs and meet all the native wildlife celebrities in-between. This country is made for exploring by road, allowing flexibility to create your personalised route and itinerary along with the ability to spontaneously change your mind or direction.

Have we given you the Aussie travel bug? We can help with that!

Our Australia Honeymoon Packages are a great place to start or Contact Us to discuss a bespoke honeymoon itinerary developed with our expert travel consultants.

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Jenny Power
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Jenny Power
: 18 Nov 2021 (Last updated: 18 Nov 2021)

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