Australian couples are spoiled for choice when it comes to phenomenal honeymoon destinations. With tropical islands, wild New Zealand, and our own beautiful backyard just a few hours away, you’ll enjoy counting down to a blissful escape just as much as you’re looking forward to the wedding itself.
Here are a handful of idyllic locations to dream about before choosing your final honeymoon destination.
When you close your eyes and dream of far-away places with clear seas, quaint overwater bungalows, and endless palm trees, you are likely imagining Tahiti.
This postcard-perfect location is popular as a honeymoon spot for all the obvious reasons, and has countless islands to choose from such as Bora Bora and Moorea. Many honeymoon packages here include diving activities, couples spa treatments, kayak trips and more.
The only difficulty of visiting Fiji for your honeymoon is that with more than paradisiacal 330 islands, you’ll have a hard time choosing just a few.
Fortunately, they are clustered together close enough that you can easily visit several of them, even if you’re only there for a short time. Think silky golden sand, fruity cocktails on the beach and romantic bures (villas) for just you and your new spouse.
As in many places, you’ll have the option of a resort stay, where you have all the modern facilities and conveniences, or simpler holiday on a beachfront somewhere where you might not even have mobile phone reception or Wi-Fi to remind you of real life back home.
It’s unlikely that even as an Australian adult, you have already visited all the beautiful places within the country.
Down south on Mornington Peninsula by Adelaide, you’ll find a peaceful stretch of Australia dotted with wineries, beaches, hot springs and impossibly delicious meals from local restaurants.
The Whitsundays – a collection of 74 islands – is where to go for a local honeymoon with an international feel, as the weather rarely sees a rainy day, and even the winter temperatures rarely drop to 20 degrees.
Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands, is another beachy island location that will fill your honeymoon with barefoot walks on the beach, naps under palm trees and fresh tropical fruit at every turn.
Take a pair of bikes on tour around, learn to use a stand-up paddleboard, enjoy your own private beachfront villa, and while away your days snorkelling and relaxing in newlywed bliss.
No matter what you’re looking for in a honeymoon holiday, New Zealand will have it. The beaches around the Tasman and Coromandel are legendary, the scenery of the south is unlike anything elsewhere in the world, and the wine regions dotted up and down the country are award-winning.
As it’s all relatively close together, it’s also easy to incorporate a little of everything into one getaway, so you can be wine tasting in Marlborough one day and whale watching off the coast of Kaikoura the next.