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Top 10 Most Popular Australia Honeymoon Destinations

After months of hectic wedding planning, there is nothing better to look forward to than a relaxing honeymoon. Australia, being home to some of the world’s most amazing and beautiful places, it is no wonder that it is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world. Love-struck newlyweds can delight in picturesque landscapes, stunning attractions, and warm hospitality that Australia has to offer. For those ready to jet set into the land down under, check out the Top 10 Most Popular Australia Honeymoon Destinations that we have prepared for you! 

Top 10 Most Popular Australia Honeymoon Destinations

10. Fraser Island, the biggest sand island in the world

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Fraser Island
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Fraser Island Maheno Shipwreck

Fraser Island is one of the world’s most unusual islands. Apart from being the world’s largest sand island (123km long and 22km wide), it has beautiful tall rainforests growing on sand dunes, and houses half the world’s perched lakes – lakes formed due to depressions in sand dunes. The beaches here are incredible. 

There are panoramic viewpoints that you cannot miss – Indian Head, a rocky outcrop on the island’s easternmost tip, the Cathedrals – a cliff famous for sculpted ribbons of coloured sand. There are also many beaches and swimming sites at Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby, and other freshwater pools. This camping and ecotourism destination is bound to be a honeymoon adventure. 

Best time to visit: June – August, comfortable temperatures and less rainfall.

Things to do on Fraser Island:

  • Dive into the clear waters of Lake McKenzie
  • Swim in the Champagne Pools 
  • Float down the cool, fast-flowing freshwater of Eli Creek as it rushes to the beach 
  • Trek across the Hammerstone Sandbow from the beach to swim in the fresh water of Lake Wabby – an oasis in a desert
  • Photograph the coloured sands of The Pinnales and the SS Maheno Shipwreck 
  • Spot Humpback Whales on 75-Mile Beach (between June and October) or on the western side (August and November)

9. Adelaide, for the small city lovers

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Adeleide, the capital of South Australia was once considered a sleepy city, but now is undergoing a rapid change that has led many travelers to seek out this destination for their honeymoons. The city has a sophisticated, multicultural vibe, with pumping arts and live-music scene. Adeleide’s packed festival calendar has vanquished dull Saturday nights. Discover laneway secrets, soak in nature’s beauty at Adelaide Botanic Gardens and find delicious treats around every bend. Situated on a plain between the rolling Adelaide Hills and the Gulf St Vincent, Adelaide is bordered by many of Australia’s famous wine regions, so you will be in for a treat. 

Best time to visit: February – March, comfortable temperatures and lots of outdoor activities.

Things to do:

  • Discover Adelaide’s stunning beaches – Glenelg, Henley Beach or Semaphore
  • Meander along the River Torren’s River Trail
  • Visit the picturesque Adelaide Hills 
  • Discover South Australian Wine 
  • Get up close and personal with wildlife at Cleland Conservation Park or Gorge Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills
  • Cruise the majestic Murray River

8. Darwin, for culture enthusiasts

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Kakadu National Park

With everything from Asian food markets and crocodile encounters to open-air movies and sunset cruises, Darwin though laidback, can never be described as dull. Australia’s only tropical capital city, Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory and a former frontier outpost, and also a gateway to the massive Kakadu National Park. Darwin has plenty to offer honeymooners – you will find restaurants, bars, innovative museums and galleries showcasing the rich Aboriginal culture and art here. It’s closeness to Asia also brings you strong Asian influences displayed by its energetic food scene and night markets. 

Best time to visit: April – September, although it is peak season time, the numerous festivals and tame weather do make up for that.

Things to do:

  • Meander around Mindil Beach Sunset Market
  • Snorkel at Berry Springs
  • Gaze at saltwater crocodiles in the wild
  • Splash into sparkling waterholes at Berry Springs
  • Set sail on a sunset harbour cruise by Sail Darwin
  • Eat your way around the Parap Village Markets

7. Cairns, for laidback wildlife lovers

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The easygoing ambiance and tropical climate make Cairns one of the top Australia honeymoon destinations. It’s closeness to the Great Barrier Reef sees many scuba-diving lovers seek out this honeymoon destination. This northwestern city features more wildlife diversity (visit the Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest) and travel adventures than other coastal destinations. In town also lies plenty of things to do. You will find brilliant cafés, bustling markets and beaches to just enjoy a lazy afternoon. 

Best time to visit: August, weather remains comfortably warm with cool nights.

Things to do:

  • Go snorkelling, scuba diving or sit in a glass-bottomed boat to see the Great Barrier Reef
  • Ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway from Cairns to Kuranda. Also be sure to sit the Kuranda Scenic Railway and explore the Kuranda Village
  • Stroll along the oceanfront Cairns Esplanade
  • Cool down in the huge saltwater lagoons or go bungee jumping and skydiving for some added thrill
  • Take a beautiful walk through the Cairns Botanic Gardens or explore the city on an Aboriginal walking tour

6. Gold Coast, for theme park fanatics

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If you were born in the 1990s, it is likely that Gold Coast was one of your childhood holiday destinations. But if you think it is a destination only for families or kids, you could not be more wrong! Gold Coast delivers adventure and thrill seekers more than just their exciting theme parks like Dreamworld, Sea World, and Wet’n’Wild. Surfers from all around the world seek out this surfing paradise. Many also seek out the tropical rainforest hikes to see rare birds, picturesque waterfalls and the elaborate systems of inland canals and waterways that Gold Coast has to offer. Beyond the thrill, discover laid-back neighourhoods and a booming culinary scene. 

Best time to visit: End of April – May, less rainfall and comfortable temperatures.

Things to do:

  • Beach hop along the coastline
  • Go for a sunrise stroll around Coolangatta’s picturesque headland to Rainbow Bay
  • Get your heart racing at world-class theme parks
  • Swim beneath waterfalls in the Gold Coast hinterland
  • Zip around Broadwater’s sand bars on a jet boat or go to Australia’s highest external building walk at Skypoint Observation Deck and Climb.
  • Travel to the Hinterland for sleepy villages, vineyards, and National Parks.

5. Hobart, for nature dreamers

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Hobart, Tasmania’s capital city and Australia’s second oldest city (after Sydney) has a small, cozier feel to other mainland Australian cities. Honeymooners who are architectural fans will love the fine samples of Georgian and Victorian architecture, such as Salamanca Place. Nestled amongst the foothills of the must visit Mount Wellington, Hobart offers a contrasting blend of charming heritage, picturesque scenery, and captivating culture. It’s no wonder Lonely Planet has labeled Hobart one of the top ten spots in the world to visit. Here lies gems like rugged mountains, gourmet experiences, fresh seafood, with a little something for all honeymooners.

Hobart is also a gateway to many southern Tasmania’s best travel experiences, such as historic Port Arthur, the rugged Tasman Peninsula to Bruny Island, the Huon and Derwent Valleys and Mount Field National Park.

Best time to visit: December – January, clear skies and average temperatures.

Things to do:

  • Take a walk along Hobart’s iconic waterfront, explore the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery or take a ferry up the river to MONA for an out-of-this-world modern art experience.
  • Explore Salamanca Market, Australia’s best outdoor market
  • Charter your own private catamaran tour to get unforgettable views of dolphins, whales, fur seals and breathtaking cliffs along the coast.
  • Hike up Mount Wellington to see beautiful views of Hobart
  • Go horseback riding in Lake Saint Clair National Park near Cradle Mountain

4. Perth, for a relaxing honeymoon

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Perth, Australia’s fourth largest city and the capital of Western Australia is a beautiful blend of nature and urban life. Uniquely relaxed yet laced with a youthful and fun-loving atmosphere, Perth is a perfect honeymoon destination for those in search for a laidback and romantic vacation. Here you can soak up more sunny days than in any other Australian city. Perth has romance lurking in every corner – overlook the city at Kings Park, cycle around Rottnest Island, tour Swan Valley vineyards or delight in fish n’ chips at the Freemantle harbour. 

Best time to visit: August – November, sunny days, pleasant evenings and almost no rain.

Things to do:

  • Take a dip in the glassy waters of the Indian Ocean at Cottesloe Beach
  • Go sand surfing in the Pinnacle Desert
  • Discover laneway bars in multicultural Northbridge
  • Have a panoramic view of Perth city at King’s Park 
  • Enjoy spectacular sunset views from Kings Park, Cottesloe Beach or from a hot air balloon

3. Brisbane, for the outside enthusiasts

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Brisbane, the capital of the state of Queensland, is the third largest city in Australia (after Sydney and Melbourne). It experiences year-round warm climate, stunning scenery, beautiful flora and fauna and an exciting culture, making it one of the fastest growing cities in Australia. Brisbane is a perfect combination of art and outdoor adventure where hip and creative spaces meet beautiful beaches and scenery. It is an idyllic vacation for both nature-loving honeymooners, and those seeking an exciting lifestyle. 

Best time to visit: April – May, comfortable and sunny weather with low amounts of rainfall.

Things to do:

  • Delve into Brisbane’s eclectic arts scene 
  • Eat, drink and shop in Brisbane’s hippest neighbourhoods
  • Day trip to idyllic neighbouring islands such as Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island
  • Climb Brisbane’s Story Bridge
  • Walk or cycle through Brisbane’s Entertaining South Bank
  • Spend a night under the stars in Nightfall’s Luxury Wilderness Camp

2. Melbourne, for the high life 

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Brighton Beach Boxes, Melbourne | Photo via Mark Gray Photogoraphy

Melbourne, the capital of State of Victoria and Australia’s second most populated city, is considered the nation’s cultural capital. Here you will find a well-planned city known for its shopping, fine restaurants, fine galleries, homegrown fashion and a packed sports calendar – ideal for travelers who are seeking the good life. It’s no surprise with all that Melbourne has to offer, it is regarded as the world’s most livable city. 

Best time to visit: March – May, festivals start during this time, and autumn colors shine.

Things to do:

  • Take a relaxing stroll in the Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Sip cocktails at famous rooftop bars – Naked in the Sky in Fitzroy, Rooftop Bar gracing Curtin House in the city centre and the very unique Madame Brussels
  • Explore the vibrant arts and culture of Melbourne at the National Gallery of Victoria
  • Dine at famous award-winning eateries such as Attica, Tonka, and Flower Drum

1. Sydney, for spectacular scenic attractions

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Blue Mountains, Australia | Photo via Tourism Australia

Sydney, the capital city of New South Wales is no doubt a must-visit in Australia. Day or night, this city sure is good looking. Best known for housing iconic gems like the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Habour Bridge, Darling Habour and Circular Quay ports, Sydney is a beautiful destination for any honeymooner. Here you will find thriving restaurants, markets. Sydney is also a gateway to the Blue Mountains, one of the most beautiful places you will find on Earth.  

Related read: Top 23 Things to Do on your Sydney Honeymoon

“Sydney is one of the world’s most vibrant cities,
and is also a gateway to the rest of Australia. It’s exciting and vibrant.”- Rene Redzepi, Chef & Co-Owner of Noma, Cophenhagen

 

Best time to visit: September – October, between the high and low seasons with comfortable temperature and lower costs for travel.

Things to do:

  • Take selfies at the iconic Sydney Opera House
  • Climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge
  • Swim in an infinity pool right off from Bondi Beach
  • Take a romantic picturesque walk from Coogee and Bondi
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