(Closed) Australia honeymoon help!

posted 11 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
3538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have a few reccomendations..When you get to sydney, the places you must visit is.

Sydney Harbour, Opera House, the place of the 2000 olympic games (just to say that you have been) the sydney tower. bondi Beach.

I would say to fly up to brisbane because you can get some cheap flights, go visit the brisbane casino its quite nice to stay and very central. Spend about 2 days snooping around brisbane. Drive up to the goldcoast spend 2 days up there. You will want to visit the theme parks along the way. There are 4 of them, waterworld, movieworld, wet n wild and some other one. And then there is a shopping centre known to be the biggest in the southern hemisphere due to australian standards anyway. Prob smaller tho than the US called Pacific fair.  Visit the witsundays and you will want to spend a week there for sure. They offer tours around there too to visiting islands.

Well worth it!

Post # 4
1212 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

If you want really relaxing, try the blue mountains (near sydney) they do day tours and the like. Also take a look at Cairns in the far north QLD, its a beautiful laid back town, with lovely rainforests to explore and day cruises to islands where you can snorkel or scuba in the great barrier reef.

Although if you ask me, Melbourne is the best city in Australia, good coffee, great fashion, close to wine country, spa country, arts and culture capital. But, I’m a Melbournian, so I’m probably biased. πŸ˜›

You won’t regret coming to Australia though! Its such a beautiful country.

And just so you know, you don’t have to tip here. When I was a waitress some tourists tipped me like $20 for serving their dinner, and I was gobsmacked! Haha, save the tipping money and spend it on the wonderful wine we have here!

Post # 6
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We are thinking about doing the same thing! We originally had planned to spend a month in Thailand but are now going to change plans.

Right now we are thinking about heading to Sydney and then flying to Brisbane. From Brisbane driving up to Cains, taking in the beaches and a stop at the Whitsunday Islands. We would then spend some time in Cains, soaking in sun, doing dome diving and maybe some exploring in the jungles. Then off to Alice Springs and finally back to Sydney.

We figured on spending most of the time in Queensland as its warmer and we were thinking we wanted beaches.It is overwhelming but seems like a fun adventure.

My biggest question is budgeting. As we were planning on Thailand which is relatively inexpensive what does anyone expect to spend per day in Aussie?

Post # 7
3538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Aussie dollar is pretty much equivilant to the US dollar minus about 7 cents.  Aussie dollars I would allow about $120.00 per day for the both of you which inc meals and then spending i.e a tour or something. Up to you tho. You can have it on a budget if you want and limit your costs, but that would be doing it comfortably. πŸ™‚


Post # 8
365 posts
Helper bee

If you want to go shopping then go to Melbourne.  I’d recommend spending some time in Sydney (don’t forget the zoo!!!) and then go to one of the nice relaxing resorty beach places up North.

Post # 9
1051 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We’re doing 10 days in the Cairns area – would be happy to share our current itin (has lodging and excursions).  PM me your email if interested!

Post # 10
620 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Ok, seriously @Roux – Melbourne is rubbish πŸ™‚

he he

I am from Sydney and my suggestion for a short trip (2 weeks):

– arrive in Sydney, stay in the Centre of the City (about a $30 taxi ride from the airport) and do:

1 day cruising around the city – go do the walk across the bridge, around to the opera house etc, you will probably be pretty jet-lagged so good to wander around. There is also Wildlife world and Sydney Aquarium walking distance from the city in Darling Harbour – you can see Kangaroos, Koala’s,

1 day at Taronga Zoo (if you are animal people) this also has GREAT views of the harbour. OR

1 day at either Bondi or Manly Beach – Manly is where i grew up and it is beautiful, but Bondi is more iconic…

When you go to Taronga or Manly Beach be sure to catch the ferry, it takes you out into the harbour between the Opera House and Harbour Bridge – and of course wave as you go past my house πŸ™‚ and also wave at our Prime Minister who the ferry conductor will point out his house to you if you ask… everyone calls him K Rudd.
I would not bother to go out to Homebush (Sydney Olympics), it will take you all day to get out there and there is nothing much out there, except a few empty stadiums that we use for sporting matches and concerts! No offence @ccrane!!!

Then i would fly straight into Cairns. I wouldnt bother with Brisbane and the Gold Coast, because you would have to do either a couple hours of driving between Brisbane and the Gold Coast or a train. Then head to Port Douglas and stay at the Sheraton or a similar resort (you can get good deals on lastminute.com.au) and spend 5-6 days enjoying the beach and relaxing and go to the Daintree Rainforest one day and the Great Barrier Reef for one day. The Reef Tours are EXPENSIVE but it is absolutely AMAZING! Also, i wouldnt bother scuba diving, because almost all of the fish are within 5-8m of the surface and further down all the coral has started to die so it is Super boring!

Important note: the stinger season is around November to about March (google it, i could be off on my dates) so you wont be able to swim at the beaches unless in the nets (very small nets, not ideal) but it is warm in Northern QLD most of the year, so October will be lovely.

@CCrane – When were you last in the Gold Coast? Pacific Fair is outstripped by almost every Westfield in Sydney these days! I think it is actually getting smaller?

Then you will likely have to fly back out of Sydney, so you can come back down and fly straight out or spend another few days.

Another tip – Look RIGHT when stepping off the curb – the cars come from the other direction here πŸ™‚

Miss Sydney (You can call me Miss Tour Guide Australia)

P.S Melbourne is crap (he he he)

P.P.S. For all non-Australians – Sydney and Melbourne have a long held rivalry, stemming from when the country was founded and the two cities were fighting over who should be the capital of Australia, and like a responsible parent, they put it in the middle of the two cities – Canberra.

Post # 11
92 posts
Worker bee

Cakelove, if you want a relaxing holiday then Queensland is perfect! It depends what you like to do.  I am not adventurous or sporty so my idea of ‘relaxing’ is lying on a beautiful beach, drinking a cocktail, going for a swim and enjoying a great meal.  If that sounds like you, I would recommend:

Noosa! This is one of my favourite places on Earth.  http://www.visitnoosa.com.au/ It’s a bit posh – the beach is gorgeous and clean, and right behind the beach is Hastings St, a famous, great shopping strip with stylish cafes, great restaurants, and designer shops.  I love Bistro C and Seasons for restaurants.  There’s also a gorgeous ancient rainforest to walk in up on the cliffs that border the sea.  Everything is in walking distance – beach, restaurants/shops, and bush.  Accomodation can be really expensive but I’ve stayed at ‘BreakFree resort’ which was very cheap and surprisingly nice. 

Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef – ‘Qualia’ is one of the nicest resorts in Australia, but hugely expensive.  See http://www.qualia.com.au/  I haven’t been but am dying to go.

PS the sun here is a killer so wear your sunscreen! 

Post # 12
92 posts
Worker bee

PS – go team Melbourne! 

Post # 13
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I just went to Australia last summer for 14 days.  The one thing I LOVED that I haven’t seen mentioned yet is the Daintree Rainforest.  It’s a 2 hour drive from Cairns.  I took a tour and we stopped along the way at the Mossman Gorge and then stayed in Daintree Beachhouse hostel (the nicest hostel I have ever seen!).  The Daintree is gorgeous.  I didn’t see a lot of animals, but I did a nightwalk with just flashlights, which was really cool.  And I went to the Reef out of Cape Tribulation (which is the city in the Daintree where we stayed).  We were the only boat on our part of the reef.  The trip was AWESOME!  The boat is called the Rum Runner. 

I did the Blue Mountains day trip from Sydney also and would definitely recommend it.

Let me know if you want any other info!

Ooh! Australia has great wine too!  I did a day-trip to Hunter Valley.  There are hundreds of wineries there.  Could be very relaxing!

(Had a terrible experience with JetStar airlines and know some other people that have too.)

Post # 14
294 posts
Helper bee

I’m going to australia this october for 17 days.  we’re going to sydney, port douglas, daintree rainforest, cairns, hamilton island and melbourne.  everything is booked, including hotels, inter continental flights and excursions, so feel free to message me if you are interested in seeing our itin.

Post # 15
1278 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I am a biaised Melbourne-ite too! I think Melbourne is much more fun than Sydney – we have GREAT food, lots of culture and beautiful gardens. For the other part of your trip, I think you are on the right track with Cairns and the Whitsundays.

Have a look at Port Douglas – I have stayed at the Beach Club Resort there and it is beautiful and not too far a walk from the main hub. Port Douglas gives great access to the great barrier reef too. It is also close to the rainforest, and I would recommend a drive to Cape Tribulation as that is BEAUTIFUL!

I wouldnt stay in Cairns though – it is a bit of a swamp!

I havent been to any of the Whitsunday islands myself but I wouldn’t recommend Hamilton Island (one of the main ones) as friends have been there and there are lots of kids around – so not great for the “honeymoon” experience.

Have a look at TripAdvisor and see which islands rank best, I have heard good things about Dunk Island.

But personally, Port Douglas is my favourite part of that area….

or Melbourne. πŸ™‚

Post # 16
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

australia…where to begin!!

i lived in oz for a year, and LOVED sydney (and i am NO city girl).  i would spend maybe 5 days or so in Sydney and see all the sights there.  the Blue Mountains would be a great day trip. 

i would then fly directly to Cairns (and would skip Brisbane) and have some relaxing time in Queensland.  Relax in Cairns for a day or two and go to Port Doulgas. i LOVE Port.  visit the Daintree and MOST DEFINITELY go on a Whitesunday boat trip.

i would suggect going to Melbourne as well as it is a gorgeous city.  go on a trip to the Great Ocean Road and Fraser Island.

it is an amazing country and there is SO MUCH to see!  enjoy!

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