(Closed) Australian Honeymoon … HELP!!

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@TeamFosterPrice:  Which state/s are you thinking of visiting?

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

where do you want to go to?

what sort of holiday? Relaxing/adventure/ ???

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2018

Kangaroo Island in South Australia is a great place to visit, I have only been there on a day trip. O’Reilly’s in QLD is a great place to feed birds, see wildlife and go on short or long hikes. They also have great villas to stay at. Or there is Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort on Moreton Island, you can hand feed wild dolphins!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Try Hamilton, Daydream or Long Islands. I love camping over in Frazer Island… If i was rich I’d go to Wilson Island though! 

You might need to get your google on you are bound to find one of the islands in your budget.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Australia is pretty hard to do for “cheap” from the US as the airfare for 2 will set you back $2500-4000 from the start (economy class). Once there, I’m always shocked at how fast the money goes, and I’m living in a city where the cost of living is already high. Sydney in particular is a pricey place. So I’d first stake out a realistic budget and see if it’s even possible. Then check for air-and-hotel packages from various airlines, which are often better deals on the long hauls than you can get from Travelocity etc. Check the Pacifc-based carriers like Air New Zealand (fantastic airline btw, one of the world’s best in my book) and Qantas. Right now NZ has flights from LAX + 12 hotel nights in 3 different cities on the same itinerary starting at $3k/person; a stop in Sydney adds $800/person and it’s not four-star hotels but still a really good price for that package, especially when it gets you to multiple cities.

The Audtralian dollar is quite strong against the US dollar (and has been for a few years now) which makes the budgeting more painful.
 
also look into the various hotel loyalty programs, as some have lucrative sign-up bonuses for getting their credit card, which can help cover 1-3 nights of hotels depending on program. Airline credit cards will be less useful to you, as the sign-up bonuses generally won’t cover one ticket to Australia, let alone two, and those tickets can be among the most difficult to actually redeem for (LAX-Auckland-Sydney all on Air New Zealand in business class is something of the holy grail to those of us who hoarde airline miles).

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

How long will your stay be?

Are you into camping, or 5 five hotels? We need more info!! Smile

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

I’d say Hamilton Island. I’ve been 3 times now and I love it.

i think is has everything you are looking for.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Hamilton island is great, but you can’t really do it cheaply. It cost FI around $4000 for us to go on a 7 day trip there, and we flew FROM australia, so I can imagine it would be a lot more expensive for you to fly from USA.

The gold coast is also really great, the theme parks are awesome.

If you want the whole ‘outback aussie, sitting on the porch watching kangaroos’ type experience, stay away from the big towns. You can see wildlife in pretty much any rural area. Although, you can hold koalas at hamilton island, so..

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper

If you are looking for a more budget friendly Australian Island try Cocos Islands. It is not 5 star but the accommodations are good, the beaches gorgeous and the locals are great.

ALso look at Virgin Australia and Delta or United for cheap airfares. A return airfare between Melbourne and LAX is about $1300 on delat at the moment.

I would also sign up for the Virgin Australia emails to alert you of specials and sales and I would also look at the Australian versions of livingsocial, groupon etc (cudo, scoopon) as they often have holiday packages. But make sure you check out the accommodations on trip advisor to see if there are any problems.

You really need to work out what you want to experience from the holiday. the “Australian experience” is many different things depending on where int he country you visit. A holiday solely in the state of Queenslands is going to be very differnt from a holiday in Tasmania.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@TeamFosterPrice:  I would stick to the East Coast of Australia so New South Wales (NSW), Victoria or Queensland.

I think the first thing you need to do is have a look at flights and see where you would land. Most international flights to Australia land in Sydney (NSW) so you could start there and go see landmarks like Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

You could then go north (driving is an option) to Queensland or go South to Melbourne, Victoria.

All these states have zoos and national parks where you can see native animals such as Koalas and Kangaroos etc.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@TeamFosterPrice:  Hi i’m currently living in Australia and originally from Ireland.

When i first got here i travelled the East Coast and loved it.

I would recommend starting in Sydney and staying at the YHA hostel in the Rocks, it is cheap, clean and in an amazing location. This way you can save to stay in amazing hotels up the coast. 

http://www3.yha.com.au/hostels/nsw/sydney-surrounds/sydney-harbour/

 

I would then recommend flying to Brisbane if you want to see wild life here take this cruise. It brings you to lone Pine koala sanctuary. 

http://www.mirimar.com/site/daily-cruises/

Then head to going to Noosa, Tangalooma or Hamilton Island. These are all wonderful locations. 

From there you could continue onto Cairns. Or Fly to Melbourne. Melbourne is an amazing city. If you delay your trip to March you would be able to attend the F1. Not sure if it is something you and your hubby to be would be interested in.

hope this helps

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