The recent coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent travel restrictions might have hindered your post-wedding plans, making the dream of visiting an exotic, faraway destination for your honeymoon nearly impossible to fulfil this year. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t substitute your newlywed vacation for a stay at one of Australia’s hidden gems, as most States and Territories still remain at least partially open to travellers.
So, here are some of the best lesser-known spots in Australia that would be perfect for a beautiful honeymoon:
A stunning wonderland created solely by nature, Karijini National Park is essentially a vast playground filled with adventure that is bound to bring joy to any thrill-seeking couple. The scenery here is characterised by expansive gorges and blissful swimming holes, along with a limitless network of incredibly charming walking trails. As these trails are classified by their difficulty and potential danger, you can come across anything from a mildly strenuous trek to exciting cliffs that require ropes, pulleys and a lot of courage, making for a great honeymoon option for any adventure-seeking newlywed couple.
Although just a small fishing village south of the Streaky Bay, Baird Bay offers a great experience for those on the hunt for a quaint, secluded place where they could spend their days bushwalking, camping, bird watching, and fishing, among other interesting water-based activities. However, what makes this place so unique is its Ocean Eco Experience that allows you to swim alongside dolphins and sea lions, get close enough to these beautiful creatures to see how they interact in their natural habitat, and experience all the wonders that the magical marine life has to offer. If you’re a couple who’s especially fond of animals and nature, Baird Bay could be the perfect honeymoon destination.
Away from the Sunshine Coast’s famous beaches, the Mary Valley is filled with lush forests, gorgeous green valleys and picturesque mountains, ideal for a newlywed couple who enjoys being active in beautiful natural landscapes. Here, you will find ideal spots for hiking, horse riding, cycling, and even kayaking, along with some brilliant Aussie food made with fresh local produce. If you are looking for a calmer, more family-oriented honeymoon, however, you can also take a look at Australia’s Family Travel Guide where you can find useful information regarding the best accommodation options, car rentals, as well as destinations in the area that are more suited to your ideal vacation.
If you’re a couple that likes to mix relaxing and indulgent days with wonderful, unique activities, then the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef might be the perfect place for you. Representing the true definition of coastal utopia, the twin towns of Seventeen Seventy and Agnes Waters hide the raw natural beauty that’s undoubtedly one of the best-kept secrets of Queensland. From beautiful secluded beaches and pristine rock pools to gorgeous forests and untouched tropical islands, this region truly offers the best of Australia. Combine it with surfing on gentle waves and a swim with dugongs and sea turtles, and you’ll have that perfect honeymoon you’ve always dreamed of.
Although often overlooked, this wonderful part of Australia can offer one of the most unique travel experiences, from staggering Eucalypt trees and rugged yet appealing sceneries to an incredibly interesting history, as well as some of Australia’s most beautiful shorelines. Whether you decide to visit historic landmarks and charming coastal towns, experience the beauty of untouched nature in gorgeous national parks, indulge in some of the country’s most delicious food and wine options, or even include more exciting activities into your itinerary, such as a brilliant killer whale expedition, the Great Southern area truly offers the best of everything and can be suitable for any type of honeymoon.
If you want to go as far off the coast as you possibly can without needing a passport, then the Cocos (Keeling) Islands might be the right choice for your honeymoon. These islands are often referred to as Australia’s secret Maldives, and for a very good reason. The tropical-like sun shines on these islands year-round, the turquoise water is crystal clear, and the sand covering the beautiful beaches is as soft and bright as baby powder. If you and your significant other are looking for a luxurious and indulgent vacation that’s close to home, then head to Cocos (Keeling) Islands and spend your days lounging on the beach, soaking up the sun, and sipping on a cold coconut-inspired cocktail.
Regardless of the type of traveller you are, there are many gorgeous hidden gems in Australia that are bound to fulfil any couple’s honeymoon dreams.