Post # 1
My FI and I are seriously considering honeymooning in Australia. The thing is, I really have no idea where to start our planning! The country is just so HUGE that I am a little overwhelmed. We want to visit one of the big cities, possibly see the Outback and definitely do a few adventure activities.
Have any of you honeymooned in Australia? Or, are you planning your honeymoon in Australia?
Tell me what you did!
Post # 3
I would definately choose Sydney as your big city. There’s cool things to see there (Opera House, Harbour bridge – for an adventure you can climb it, etc.) and you can do a bunch of day trips from there to Hunter Valley vineyards, the Blue Mountains – I went on a GREAT one day tour there, PM me if you want info.
What types of adventure things are you looking to do?
Post # 4
I’m Australian and lived there til I was 25. I’d definitely agree with Sydney as a base — easy to get to, lots to see, and easy access to the Blue Mountains where you can do more adventure-based stuff.
When you say Outback, what are you expecting? It’s a bit of a loose term, and I think people have differing expectations of it. If you’re wanting proper desert, I’d consider flying (3hr flight from memory) to Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) which is pretty amazing.
The area around Cairns — Port Douglas, the Daintree Rainforest, and the islands — are pretty amazing, too, but it doesn’t really tick your ‘big city’ box.
How long are you going for? We are spending half our honeymoon in Australia so we can have a second party for my grandparents and other relatives and friends who couldn’t make the wedding — two weeks in Queensland after two weeks in the US (NYC and California).
Post # 5
I’m currently planning a family vacation to Australia – I can share some of my planning docs if you’re interested (just PM me). Since it’s for your honeymoon, I’d recommend finding a travel agent that specializes in Australia travel – they can help create your perfect trip.
I also studied in Melbourne for 6 months. Really enjoyable area – wineries all around, the Great Ocean Road (Twelve Apostles), penguins, wildlife, etc.
Post # 6
We’re going to take 2 weeks off of work, so we’ll have that time for travel and actually honeymooning.
Just because Sydney is obviously one of the more popular cities in Australia, that is where we’ve defaulted when discussing what we’ll do. And, if you guys say it’s worth it to stay there, then that works for me 🙂 Are there a lot of day trips that you can pick up within the city that takes you outside of it to places like the Blue Mountains and the vineyards? What other day trips can you take from Sydney?
When I say adventure, I mean that I would love to do some hiking. If there was a good place to go white water rafting, we would just be in heaven!
As for outback, I really have no idea what I have in mind. Hahahaha! I just want to be able to come home and say that I was able to have a real feel for the culture of Australia, which I guess from an outsider’s perspective involves the outback 🙂
We’re definitely not opposed to starting in one city and moving elsewhere during our trip. I just think it would be nice to start and end in one of the city, since that where it’ll be easiest to come in and leave. If there’s a place like Cairns that is a great place to experience and easy to get to, I’d love to hear about it.
We’re a pretty laid back and adventurous couple. Not big on sitting on a beach at a resort, so we thought Australia would fit us nicely.
Post # 7
Also, we’re going at the very end of Sept/early Oct if that makes a difference in your suggestions.
Post # 8
End of Sept and October is moving into summer so you have warmer weather to look forward too! If you have the budget go to a few different areas of Australia. Sydney is great but you can see everything in a few days and then move on.
check out this post Honeymoon in Australia — need advice and the other ‘related posts’ to this one. I wrote a novel on it about Australia! 🙂
I don’t know if you are 100% set on Australia but if you are looking for a super adventurey honeymoon – New Zealand would be incredible.
Post # 9
@aloweha – I actually spent 3 week in NZ when I was in college and LOVED it . . . seriously, like it was my happy place and I wanted to stay there. However, since I have already been and have a long list of other places I want to go, it’s not in the running for a honeymoon destination.
Basically, depending on where we are financially, we’ll either do Australia or Costa Rica. Australia is our big budget honeymoon and Costa Rica is our more affordable honeymoon.
I’ll check out the other threads though. It sounds like most of the advice points to us spending 2 or 3 days in Sydney, taking a plane to Cairns and spending a few days there indulging in hiking, white water rafting and so on, then going who knows where . . .
Thanks for your help 🙂 I’ll PM you when we make our final decision!
Post # 10
I went to Australia for 2 weeks last summer. 2 weeks is a super short time to travel Australia. Most of the people I met were there for months! So I had to prioritize. I had a friend in Sydney, so I stayed there for most of the time, saw an Opera, did the Hunter Valley and Blue Mountains day trips, did lots of walking around the gorgeous coastline and beaches. There’s a cool easy hike from Bondi Beach to Coogie beach. I only did half of it, but you walk right on the edge of the water in this rocky terrain.
I took a side trip to Cairns and went to the Daintree Rainforest. It’s one of the only 2 spots in the world where the Rainforest meets the beach (Costa Rica is the other). It was awesome!! I went to the Great Barrier Reef from Daintree instead of Cairns (a young party city) and it was much quieter.
You should know that although airfare to Australia is pretty cheap right now (I paid $700!) everything once you get there is super expensive. An average entree at a restaurant in Sydney would be $18 (Australian, but still). And the flight to Cairns was $400 so inter-continental travel is not cheap. And do not fly JetStar. I had a terrible experience that had me in an airport for an entire day!
I had a great time…and spent a lot of money (about $3000?) in 2 weeks.
Post # 11
I just went to Australia for 2 weeks in September. It was an anniversary trip for us but it would also make an amazing honeymoon! We had a travel agent prepare an awesome itinerary for us. PM me if you’d like me to send it to you, you could probably use it as a starting point.