Australia Honeymoon

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m doing Oz as well! We’re doing a month in SE Asia and another month in Oz/NZ. Haven’t planned anything yet, but I do have the ticket into HK. 

I worked in Hong Kong before business school and it’s AMAZING! There are so many things to see and do and there’s great food – you’ll have a great time! 

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It wasnt my honeymoon, but we did a wirlwind Austrailia trip and stopped off in Darwin, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Cairns in 2 weeks.  Much too much in such a short time.  I did love Melbourne though.  Sydney is a must.  Cairns to scuba the reef – but otherwise I didn’t really like it, Port Douglas was a cute little port town.  And Whitsunday Island was hands down the most amazing beach in the world imo (Compared to Thailand, Carribbean, Hawaii so far).

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

jpbee:  We’re still in the planning phases so I’m not sure exactly where. In Oz, we’d like to do Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, and maybe Ayers Rock, but that’s a lot so we may have to shave that down. In NZ we’d like to ski and drive all over the islands to see the sights. In SE Asia, we’re doing a mix of beaches and adventure (climbing a mountain, doing a bike tour in Vietnam) – when I worked in HK I travelled all around SE Asia and I’m obsessed with it; I personally think it’s the best place on earth! 

Regarding time off, I’m getting my MBA right now and I’ll graduate in May and don’t start work until October (that makes me sound super young, but I actually spent 4 years working between undergrand and MBA so I’ll be 28 and my fiance will be 33 at the wedding). My fiance works for a large corporation that allows for leaves of absence, so he’s planning to take a sabbatical. The only problem is that recently he’s been applying for new jobs so that could mean we’d have to cut our trip short! 

Post # 6
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368 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

jpbee:  steph5565:  are you ladies still planning on going to Australia, or have you already gone!?

pinkshoes:  We were thinking of Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns for about 4 nights in each location. How long did you stay in each?

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

bluelinebride:  i think it was 2 or 3 nights in Sydney, 1 in Brisbane, and 3 in Cairns.  4 in each would be a nice relaxing pace.  I don’t recall that there was much to see in Brisbane itself, the beaches/surfers paradise and the koala santuary were the main points of interest for us.  We used brisbane more as a stop over on the way to Mackay to see Whitehaven beach.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper

bluelinebride:  Have you thought of skipping Brisbane for somewhere else? Though there are plenty of great things to do on Brissie if you know where and what they are, you could drop it for somewhere like Kakadu or Uluru. Or go to Western Australia. It gets missed by so many international tourists and is imo a far better place to visit than somewhere like Brisbane or Sydney. 

In Western Australia you have places like Margaret River, Ningaloo, Monkey Mia, Cable Beach, the Bungle Bungles to name just a few amazing places. 

Post # 9
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Newbee

j_jaye:  I completely agree.  Yeah, Sydney is great and so is Brissy but there are so many beautiful places to go in Australia.  

Post # 10
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368 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

pinkshoes:  j_jaye:  BondiBride:  Awesome! Thanks so much for your feedback. We aren’t really set on Brisbane, we would definitely be open to doing someplace else instead. I will check into Western Australia 🙂

I wish we could do a longer trip and hit every place but it’s just not possible. I think after our Europe trip last year I would much rather spend more time in each place than switching locations every couple days. 

Post # 12
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411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I live in Australia and to do the country “properly” you’d need years – just like any country haha! But 2 weeks, I’d stick to one side; either east or west. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

With only a few days in Sydney you’ll probably jusy stick to the few main tourist sights, which is good for a first time, however I’d strongly recommend AT LEAST a week and actual venture out and see what the city really has to offer. 

i agree with those who said no to Brisbane and very good call on staying in Port Douglas rather than Cairns. nothing you can do in cairns that you can’t do from Port Douglas and it’s just sooooo much nicer. If you had the time I’d have suggested driving down from Cairns to Sydney and stopping at all the george just coastal towns, country sides, wine countries etc along the way. i know I t’s too late now but thought i’d throw these tips in for anyone else who may look back at this for their plans 🙂

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

jpbee:  Yes, I am getting great information :). You also have the advantage of having your FIs Uncle in Sydney where he can show you the main attractions a lot quicker than seeking them out on your own. He will probably be your own little tour guide 😉

mazzoffee:  We will definitely be looking into staying in Port Douglas over Cairns. We might rent a car for that portion of the trip- we plan on doing some day trips to the daintree forest and some other places in that area.

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