(Closed) Australia Anyone??

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

im in australia and yeah, for you guys the exchange rate sucks at the moment but for us, woohoooo – the aussie dollar is worth more than the US dollar at the moment so ive been buying $USD all year

first thing youve got to realise is australia is BIG, i mean queensland alone is the size of texas so dont be like friends of ours that ask if they can see the great ocean road in the morning and the great barrier reef in the afternoon 🙂

sydney is always a tourist hub – the harbour, the beaches and then you have the queenslands island and then we just spent a week at Ayers Rock (hubbys surprise birthday trip) which was fabulous

i suggest also looking at http://www.webjet.com.au and http://www.wotif.com.au for flights and accomodation within australia

Post # 5
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We just got back from our 3 week honeymoon in Australia/NZ in May!  We went to Melbourne (2 days) flew to Queenstown NZ for 5 days, flew to Auckland for 2 days, flew to Cairns for 3 days, flew to Hamilton Island for 3 1/2 days, and then spent the last 5 days in and around Sydney.

It was an amazing trip– I highly recommend it.  We planned it ourselves, and we tried to save where we could.  We used Frequent Flier miles to get there and then Jet Star (regional airline) in between the cities (much cheaper than Quantas!). Also, while the trip was pricey, the US dollar is actually stronger than the NZ dollar, so I felt like we weren’t totally losing out!

I’d be happy to answer any questions : )


Post # 6
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

i also suggest you talk to your travel agent about flights – see if you can get a side trip to Fiji because last time we were in fiji there was Fiji>US direct flights so a lot of travelling US people were getting a mini break in the tropics before going home

the Palazzo IS nice and it is your honeymoon but if youre not going to be spending a lot of time in your room i wonder if something less expensive would be better

Post # 7
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I have been living in Australia for 3 years and I won’t lie – it IS expensive, particularly high end hotels, the cost of food and drink, and domestic flights. Especially compared to the USA at the moment due to the exchange rate.

As the PP said its a very large country and you will likely need to get domestic flights once you’re here, you can use webjet.com.au to find cheap domestic flights. Because its so big, there is a whole lot to see, from beaches and islands with coral reefs to snow covered mountains, rainforests, lakes, deserts and bush. Sydney is a really pretty city with some good beaches and has some interesting buildings (opera house and harbour bridge) but Melbourne has better nightlife and entertainment.

Ayers Rock is about a 3 hour flight from any major city and is typically very expensive to fly to, the accommodation there is also very pricey. I’ve been and I thought it was totally worth it, but others just think its a big red rock 😉

You should be able to get varying levels of accommodation prices and quality at most other locations, I recommend using wotif.com.au or booking.com to find deals on hotels.

If you are keen to go to the islands in tropical Queensland, look at the Whitsundays (Hamilton Island has a range of accommodation) and you could also look at Lizard, Dunk and Hayman Islands, I also like the look of this place which is pricey but all inclusive www.paradisebay.com.au.

I am looking at going to West Coast USA for my honeymoon and have looked into flights between the US and Australia, you should be able to get stopvers in the following places on the way to Australia if you want to combine the holiday with another place: Fiji, Cook Islands, New Zealand, Tahiti (via New Zealand) and Hawaii.

Hope this helps, PM me if you want tips on any specific locations / hotels etc. Good luck!

Post # 9
952 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We went to Australia for our honeymoon in January!!We went for 3 weeks. I think when all was said and done we paid close to 10 grand for the whole trip. We stayed in nice hotels and rented a car and did a lot of sightseeing. Not to mention our flight to Cairns and our evacuation flight OUT of Cairns due to the hurricane…but it was so worth it.We also took in the championship week of the Australian Open, so yes we paid for a lot of unnecessary stuff. If you can start to pay for hotels and flights now, do it. We also created a joint savings account and put as much money as we could towards that. You can do it quite cheap though if you stay at hostels or rent a campervan. Good luck and have fun!

Post # 11
6571 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I went to Australia a little while ago, we went on a tour. I don’t know if it would be ideal for a honeymoon, but it’s pretty inexpensive and you get to do a lot. We went with Contiki, it’s for people ages 18-35 (although you can be older, they just recommend those ages b/c everyone else is around that age and it’s more physical so it would be harder for older people). We stayed in hostels, and one night we even camped out under the stars. It was fun!

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