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My fiance and I have always dreamed of an Australian honeymoon- we talked about wanting an Australian honeymoon before we even talked about getting engaged! We know it would be SUPER expensive to go there (live in Chicago, so plane tickets alone are insane) but we saved like crazy (once again, started saving before we even got engaged).
OUR PLANE TICKETS ARE OFFICALLY BOOKED!! I’m seriously so excited, I can’t wait to spend 2 1/2 weeks traveling Australia with my new husband 🙂
The point of this is to share my excitement… but also to get tips from people as to what to do!! Any must-dos? Anything we could skip??
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@FutureMrsGG: How exciting, my FI and I went to Australia last year for 2 weeks (not nearly enough time.. not even remotely close to enough time actually).
We did: Great Barrier Reef (Cairns). We organized a helicopter ride over it and it was cancelled due to weather, so that sucked.. But I hear its beautiful and we did do some snorkeling.
We also did Surfers Paradise (could probably skip, very touristy) and Brisbane (drove there from Surfers, we stopped in to see my brother who lived in a small beach town about an hour away– Maroochydore-area).
Also did Melbourne. We roadtripped with friends, who were living there, to the 12 Apostles.. definitely recommend! Took a full day, but driving along the Great Ocean Road was awesome and there are a lot of stops along the way.
Have fun.. and beware, 2.5 weeks will leave you wanting more. Its beautiful and there’s just so much to see. I’d like to go back someday.
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Oooh I love Australia! Cairns and the Whitsunday Islands were awesome. And you obviously have to do the Great Barrier Reef. So I recommend the Gold Coast area.
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@FutureMrsGG: I’m Australian!! Congratulations!! Where are you going?
Post # 6
How exciting! It is a beautiful country 🙂 I love living here!
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@FutureMrsGG: Congratulations! This is awesome and you must be so excited! I have never been to Austrailia but your enthusiasm was infectious! Would love to hear what other bees suggesting for places to visit, and to see pics. Have a great time!
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- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@FutureMrsGG: Yay that’s awesome!!! We went to Australia and New Zealand for our honeymoon. Here were my recaps, it might give you some ideas of things to do and places to stay. we LOVED it, hope you have a fab time!!
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@KC-2722: Thanks for the tips!! I know, I wish I could stay longer than 2 1/2 weeks… but work probably wouldn’t like that very much 🙁 What was the #1 thing you did that you loved, if you don’t mind me asking?
@Pinkmoon: Great Barrier Reef is one of the #1 things I want to do. My fiance can’t scuba dive because his eardrum ruptured and he had to get a skin graf to replace it so we are just going to snorkel. Either way, I heard it’s fabulous.
@Brooke1226: I am SO JEALOUS of you!!! We are flying in and out of Sydney (cheapest tickets). I think we’re just going to rent a car and see where life takes us. We know some of the drives will be long, but I can’t imgaine the drives will be boring? I assume we’re going to stay on the east coast, and I don’t think we’re going to go to the Outback. Any suggestions?
@Jacqui90: Also… JEALOUS!!! Any suggestions as someone who lives there?
@MsYouandMe: Thanks!! Honestly I’m more excited for the honeymoon than the wedding… the wedding is obviously important as well, but spending quality time with my man exploring a foreign land just seems so much more fun 🙂
@Mrs. Wallaby: THANK YOU!!! I can’t wait to read your recaps!!! I think we might hop on a flight to New Zeland as well (funny story… my fiance tried to convince me there was an underground tunnel through the ocean we could drive through to get there… I believed him for a good week. I’m such a dumb dumb haha)
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- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@FutureMrsGG: You’re welcome!! Have fun girlie! Oh and one more tip – if you go to the Great Barrier Reef (and you should; it’s awesome and it was on our bucket list!!) stay in Port Douglas, not Cairns. Cairns is city-ish, really not very charming at all, whereas Port Douglas is a really charming resort town that feels a lot more quaint. Plus, if you stay in Port Douglas you can go on a day trip up to the Daintree Rainforest which is super cool! And in Port Douglas is the only zoo where you’re allowed to hug a koala. You’ll def need to rent a car to get around in that part of Australia; I think I included some international car rental advice in my recaps, but check with your auto insurance company to see if they offer a discout with any rental companies. PM me if you need any planning help once you get further along!
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Woo Hoo!!!! Australia is still on my “to do” list, so I don’t have any advice, but I think you’ll have an amazing time. We just got back from our African honeymoon and I’m so glad we went something a little off the beaten path!
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@FutureMrsGG: Hmmm.. picking just one would be hard because while there we got to hang with family and some close friends. So that made ordinary things like dinners/ sightseeing so much more fun. I have 3 highlights:
- Snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef (water was really rough/ terrible weather) but I saw a turtle close up.
- Jellyfish (restaurant) in Brisbane. We biked around all day and stopped for a late lunch. It was one of the best meals I’ve ever had in my life.. right on the water too.
- Australia Zoo. We got to pet and feed kangaroos.. which is huge considering I’m terrified of animals.
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@Mrs. Wallaby: +1, I much preferred staying in PD than in Cairns. Plus the drive along the Captain Cook Hwy is lovely!
OP I also suggest Mossman Gorge, the Great Ocen Road and because I lived there for a year and therefore biased, Melbourne.
FI and I went to Oz for two weeks this past August and it was amazing but way too short. It was FI’s first time (he LOVED it) but my 4th including the time I lived there.
Just a tip-Australia is a very big country and distances between cities/attractions are very big. Add to that, while driving cross country, a lot of areas are quite rugged with scenery being the bush. Since your time is limited I’d recommend flying from place to place so that you can save time and do as much as possible. Budget airlines such as Tiger Air or Jetstar have some pretty good deals. PM if you need more info!
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@FutureMrsGG: Sydney is a must, take in the harbour bridge and the Opera House! They often will have really good shows on. A must is the beaches, either up here in Queensland, or in New South Wales, or even on the Western coast, you can’t go wrong! Also I recommend some time experiencing the rainforests, they are beautiful!
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@FutureMrsGG: Hello, Aussie here. Considering where you are flying in and out of I recommend you take the Grand Pacific Drive. It will show you the less built up parts of Australia as well as some more rural, country areas. Look it up, it goes from Sydney to Wollongong, we use this road when we travel down to sea side areas like Kiama and further inland to places like Bowral. Really lovely areas, looks of greenery. When you are in Sydney I would recommend checking out the Observatory (at night is best, you get to look through the giant telescopes into space), Opera House, Darling Harbour, Centre point tower (amazing views) and The Botanical Gardens. Oh and The Rocks at night is fun, they have markets on the weekends too…..older part of Sydney with lots of sandstone buildings etc.
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Just wanted to say that if you are driving, it will be a very very long drive from Sydney to Cairns, like 2 to 3 days each way. If you only have 2 and a half weeks here that will take up a fair chunk of your time.
You can usually get cheap flights from Sydney to Cairns on airlines like Jetstar and Virgin so check them out, might even wind up cheaper if you take into account petrol and staying in motels every night.
Then you could hire a car once you get to Cairns, I definitely recommend that. We were just up there in October and we did Mossman Gorge, the Atherton Tablelands, Kuranda and Port Douglas so they are some places to look up.
I grew up on the Sunshine Coast and it is lovely, most tourists love Noosa Beach. The Sunshine Coast is in Queensland about 100km north of the capital city Brisbane.