Most of Australia is in lockdown again and we have to miss travelling this year as well. However, newlyweds can still have their wonderful honeymoon trip—they just have to do it locally. Fortunately, lucky couples have so many amazing spots perfect for a romantic getaway or an active vacation full of joy, adrenaline and excitement. No matter which type of honeymooner you are, you’ll find paradise on Earth in our beautiful Australia.
Here are just some of the destinations to consider for your 2021 honeymoon:
The Whitsunday Islands archipelago is composed of 74 islands, most of which are completely deserted. The tropical islands that are populated (there’s 4 of them) offer amazing vacation opportunities most honeymooners demand—white sandy beaches, crystal clear water and plenty of privacy. The climate of the Whitsunday Islands is perfect thanks to the Great Barrier Reef that protects the islands from large swells, which means you can spend your days and evenings cuddling in the shallows and having picnics on secluded beaches and bays.
Byron Bay is Australia’s most easterly point. This beachside town is famous for its spectacular beaches and plenty of unique dining and shopping experiences that put it near the top of every Australian honeymoon location list. You can spend your vacation shopping hand-in-hand and swiping your card in fashion boutiques, or you can take a more natural approach to your honeymoon and hit Killen Falls and Minyon Falls or go driving through the Hinterland. The best time for your Byron Bay honeymoon is from September to November, but if you’re vacationing on a budget, hit the off-season from June to August.
If you’re a cosmopolitan couple that loves luxury and exclusive experiences, choose the Sunshine Coast as your local honeymoon destination. This region is blessed with sunny beaches and national parks, but it’s especially attractive to couples looking to soak up the city spirit. While staying in the city, make sure to rent a car and have a short road trip to the nearby Noosa beach for a little break from all the hustle and bustle.
At the heart of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park lies Magnetic Island known for its natural riches, palm-lined beaches, colourful coral reefs, dramatic boulders, lanky pines and one-of-a-kind sea vistas. If you decide to visit Magnetic Island, expect to be greeted with a plethora of great accommodation, cute cafes and restaurants and plenty of romantic spots for lazy walks at the beach and warm tropical waters to cool off. With over 300 sunny days per year, you’ll be welcome to Magnetic Islands all year round.
Hunter Valley is one of the most perfect places in Australia to celebrate your new marriage. It’s the oldest wine region in the country and can easily hold its ground with giants like the Italian Barone Ricasoli and Portuguese Douro regions. You will have more than 120 wineries to explore and plenty of chances to try great wine and gourmet food. This destination is also only two hours away from Sydney by car, so you can visit the largest city in Australia as well and have a full-day excursion exploring Sydney sites like The Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach.
Here’s another perfect honeymoon destination for wine lovers—Barossa Valley. This wine region produces over 20% of Australia’s wine thanks to its dry and hot climate and moderate winters. This region has a distinctly German feel since the first settlers came from this country bringing vine cuttings with them. The best time for your Barossa honeymoon is at the end of the harvest when many festivals and celebrations take place. The end of April is the time for the Barossa Vintage Festival where you can expect live music, plenty of wine and some amazing German food like wurst, sauerkraut and pretzels.
Winemaking is not a chill job, but people from Yarra Valley make it seem so with their laid-back vibe and perfect vacation atmosphere. In Yarra Valley, every day is spa day! This region is home to the best Victorian wine made in cute villages tucked into lazy valleys. The contrast with dramatic mountains will make you feel like you’re in a fairytale village. Make sure to wake up early one day and watch the sunrise from a hot-air balloon so you can toast to the new day with your soul mate. This is how you celebrate love in style!
You don’t have to travel far and wide to have a perfect honeymoon. Stay in Australia, and you’ll still have all the luxury, romance and fun while being safe and responsible.