Post # 1
My fiance and I are thinking about taking a two-week honeymoon in Australia. We both absolutely love animals and are looking forward to seeing wildlife in native habitats. We both also love snorkeling, so we are extremely excited to visit the Great Barrier Reef. We probably wouldn’t visit places like Sydney, as we really just want a beach vacation. I am wondering about the quality of the beaches in Australia, though. Are they as beautiful as beaches in Hawaii, for example?
Post # 3
@Ls413: there are many stunning beaches and if you google Whitsundays and Port Douglas that will give you an idea of Northern QueenslAnd Beaches. One thing to be aware of is the poisonous jelly fish that can inhabite these waters and make swimming without a wetsuit not possible/wise. I’m not 100% sure exactly what beaches this is at as I’ve never been to the GBR – some one else in here will no doubt know! There are great beaches all with their own uniqueness all over the country – not just tropical ones.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2014 - Serafino Wines
I can’t compare them to Hawaii as I’ve never been but we have some of the best beaches in the world. Especially Adelaide, where I live. I’ve heard that the beaches in Western Australia are also beautiful but they can be the worst for sharks. In Adelaide, I can recommend the Glenelg/Brighton area. Glenelg especially is a kind of trendy beachside suburb and it’s close enough to the city if you want to go there. Otherwise my favourite beaches are Port Noarlunga and Moana (I live 5 minutes from these two). They are about 45 minutes from the city if you don’t want to be near there. You won’t get really nice hotels like you would in the city or Glenelg, you’d probably be in a Caravan park or motel/B&B. The wine region of McLaren Vale is also about 10 minutes away from Moana if you’re into wine and there are many nice places to stay there. There’s beaches everywhere but SA is just better, although I am biased 😉 the popular beachy tropical destination is the Gold Coast but honestly the beaches there are nothing special. The Internet is your friend, there is a lot of information out there if you look for it.
Post # 5
@webster: only thing about Adelaide’s beaches is the water is so cold, even on a super hot day! Love our beaches here but rarely swim in them due to that 🙁 (I am a wuss though).
Post # 6
I think that the beaches on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland are beautiful, not as crowded or busy aa the Gold Coast and much more beautiful. Also the water temp is great and there are no stingers.
I love Coolum Beach the best but Noosa and Mooloolaba are lovely too. I grew up on the Sunshine Coast so I might be a bit biased though.
Post # 7
I may be bias but the beaches in Australia cannot be beaten. I would highly highly recommend you honeymoon in the Whitsundays. Here you have the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven beach just a boat ride away. Also, September is the perfect time to go there, it will be around 28 degrees everyday and no humidity. You also don’t have to worry about jellyfish at that time of year because september is technically their winter and the jellies are only around during their summer. we got married here after holidaying previously so feel free to PM me if you have any questions
Post # 8
@Ls413: Like Hawaii some beaches are better than others! But the ones that are beautiful are comparable if not better than the beaches of Hawaii.
The only difference is the water temperature. So the time of year will be very important because in the cooler months the water temp is very cold (wet suit cold). For comparison I had to laugh at Americans saying the water was cold and wearing wetsuits when we were in Hawaii (Maui) in May this year. To us the water was like bath water!
Post # 9
We’ve lived here about a year I’m from the U.S. The best trip we’ve had so far is flying and snorkling on Great Barrier Reef in Whitsundays. We took Air Whitsundays. It was pricey but it was amazing. I live near the Gold Coast, but my favorite beach has to be Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays. There is just something about that place:) Don’t be too scared by the prices. Everything is expensive here!
Post # 10
@Ls413: Our beaches are AMAZING! I would stay away from Sydney for sure, it’s hell in there and I dread visiting!
I would just like to mention that the Whitsundays are absolutely stunning, plenty to do and the beaches are amazing. When it comes to the coast stay clear of the Gold Coast. It’s mediocre and it has a massive party animal vibe (and lots of drunken violence I’ve been thoroughly warned) Whereas the Sunshine Coast is more slow, relaxed, family vibe but for some can be boring as there is nowhere near the same amount of entertainment.
Good luck and excellent choice in Australia 😉
Post # 11
I’ve been to Australia when I was younger with my family. The Whitsundays wee fantastic!
Post # 12
Australian beaches are pretty amazing. Just keep in mind that if you’re honeymooning right after your September wedding date, that is early spring in Australia and the water might be a bit chilly, depending on where you are. If you delay your honeymoon even a few weeks you’ll have warmer weather.