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Winter Honeymoon Ideas: Australian Escape

Posted At : October 14, 2009 4:06 PM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 12,530
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While the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are impressively well known as big-city draw cards, a Honeymoon in Australia is all about getting "Out Back". Australian boasts some of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes to be found anywhere in the world. A Romantic Australian Honeymoon is a great stress reliever and the perfect way to begin a long and happy marriage.

But with so much to do and so much to see, planning the perfect Australian honeymoon can be a daunting task. Luckily, we have an ex-pat on the task who has compiled a great guide to Australia's best-kept honeymoon hot spots. Take it away!

Alpine air in Thredbo Village

Nestled in Australia's only Alpine region, the village of Thredbo is a year-round attraction for holiday makers all over the world. In the winter months it becomes a bustling ski town, but during summer it holds a reputation for being the best outdoor adventure venue in the country. Rafting and Kayaking, Mountain Biking and Horse Riding, Climbing, Fishing and a whole host of treks and walks make this an activity gold mine.

Best of all, the town is surrounded by the lush forests of the Kosciusko National Park its incredible wildlife. Each crisp morning you'll be awoken by native birds like Cockatoo, Rosella or Kookaburra (if you're lucky). Take a walk up to Australia's highest peak, Mt Kosciusko and enjoy looking out over a stunning outback vista. Mountain air, outback wildlife, bush sounds and a gorgeously romantic atmosphere. The perfect Australian honeymoon retreat.

Sunsets over Fraser Island

A few hundred kms north of Brisbane lies Fraser Island. Honeymoon activities here are all based around the ocean and boating back and forth to various sights and attractions. Some of Australia's most inviting dive spots are just a short paddle away, while strolling the white sand beaches is a wonderful honeymoon experience. Sunets are something to behold. The towns on the mainland glow red in the summer months as the light dips behind their dunes.

This natural wonder is currently developing a reputation for incredible eco-tourism resorts. So not only will you have an amazing time here on your Australian honeymoon, you'll also be helping to keep the environment pristine for the next happy couple.

Jervis Bay's tree-top tents

A great honeymoon secret of the NSW south coast is Jervis Bay. This secluded area is covered by temperate rainforest and is one of the most tranquil places for visitors to the region south of Sydney. The quiet, romantic setting is made even more special by some of the accommodation available here. Elevated tents that support open-air ensuites and queen size beds hang in the rainforest canopy and are adorned with local furniture and lines. Verandahs wrap this ensemble so you can enjoy sitting in the trees and the sounds of the beach.

Jervis Bay itself offers spectacular diving, snorkelling, bushwalking in the Booderee National Park, beautiful beaches, surfing, dolphin, whale and seal watching, golf and tennis. A short scenic drive away is Arthur Boyds Bundanon, local vineyards with cellar doors as well as the pretty towns of Berry, Kangaroo Valley and Gerringong.

Hot air balloons in the Atherton Tablelands (Cairns)

This unique region is situated beside the World Heritage listed Wooroonooran National Park. Just a short drive from the Tourist hub of Cairns, the Atherton Tablenads offer access to hundreds of acres of private tropical forests. And the best way to see them? From the air! Romantic hot air balloon trips are run all over the area leaving at dawn and sometimes staying out all day traveling from spot to spot touching down at restaurants and various activities.

One great spot to visit just south of Carins is Paronella Park. This multi-award winning, 70 yr old natural reserve surrounds a faux-Spanish castle and supports a myriad of flora and fauna. The park is also a popular wedding ceremony location. But when illuminated at night it is glowingly romantic for honeymooners.

Hot Air Ballooning with

Kangaroo Island Escape

Perhaps surprisingly, there are very few Kangaroos on Australia's third largest Island. But around dawn the ones that do appear will often venture down onto the beaches. Kangaroo Island is a fantastic honeymoon adventure destination. Marine tours and adventure caving are great honeymoon activities that also let you see a lot of the landscape. The Little Sahara is a must-see at Vivonne Bay, as is the Flinders Chase National Park which at sunset has an amazing view of the unique rock formations that appear here.

For a change of pace after being out and about all day, try the Sea Change Health club for a massage or relaxing romantic spa treatment. Finally, don't miss out of the Penguin Pageantry and the 45 minute nightly procession of them down towards the water. Very cute :-)

Camal tours in The Red Centre

The outback town of Alice Springs is the gateway for exploring the Red Centre. Experience a camel ride from the frontier camel farm along the sandy bed of the Todd River or combine a ride with a meal on the take a camel to dinner tour. One of Australia's quirkiest and most fulfilling honeymoon activities, but very often overlooked.

The world's largest monolith, Uluru sits pretty in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, located to the west of Alice Springs. This impressive landmark should be on any couple's itinerary when considering a honeymoon in Australia. The sacred site has been cherished by Aboriginal people for many centuries. They are a caring people who will allow tourists to climb the rock. But be aware that they don't want this to occur. Luckily, guided tours around the base of the formation are much more interesting anyway. Sunsets here will be some of the most romantic of your entire honeymoon.

Climbing the Bridge

Sydney is Australias premiere big city and boasts the worlds most beautiful harbour. The harbour provides a playground for jet boating, sailing, swimming, scenic harbour flights, dining and sightseeing at the Sydney Opera House and Botanical Gardens. All of which can become lasting images of your Australian honeymoon.

Don't miss The Rocks markets held every Saturday & Sunday. There's also some great street theatre and music while you browse for Australian arts & crafts. Familiarize yourself with the harbor by taking one of the many cruises on offer or jump on a passenger ferry to Taronga Zoo or Manly beach.

Avoid Bondi Beach and the tourist crowds if you can. Just to the south is Coogee Bay which is a great alternative frequented by locals. Finally, be sure to check out the famous Bridge Climb, which will see you scale the city's famous landmark and give you an impressive panoramic view of the entire Sydney Basin.

When to go...

Most people visit Australia for the warm climate and the sunshine. The hottest months are January and February, so if you're traveling at this time of year be sure to pack your hat and sunblock. This is also Dry Season in the North so you're unlikely to be slowed down by flooding during this time. it's also the best time of year to hit the beaches or go surfing. Summer in Australia, you can't beat it.

Getting There and Away

Let's face it. Australia is a long way away from Canada. Flying is really your only option here unless you want to spend 4 months on a cargo ship. But luckily there are plenty of choices for deciding where to fly through. consider Hawaii, New Zealand, China, Japan and any of the Pacific Islands. some airlines will even offer packages that let you choose a different stop over on the way home. So either drop in for a spot of skiing in Japan or grab a star mapo and check out the Hollywood mansions of LA.

Travelling Around

One of the best things about an Australian honeymoon is the ample choice of transportation. Flights to and from the major cities are relatively cheap and can be booked at the last minute. Rail systems connect many of the regional centres. (The best being The Ghan from Adelaide to Alice Springs and Darwin). While driving is one of the most effective methods. Take your time and enjoy the scenery. Stop at camping sites, sleep under the stars in the desert or on a secluded sandy beach. It will take longer but you'll find a tonne of great Australian honeymoon spots are not in the guide books, you'll have to discover them for yourself!

For more information about booking your perfect Australian Honeymoon check out our honeymoon specialists listings and let them take the stress out of planning your trip...

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