(Closed) Honeymoon in Australia — need advice

posted 10 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

My family is from AU, and every time we go, we rent a car.  I would definitely head up to the Queensland area, my uncle lives in Noosa and it’s UH-mazing!


Post # 5
19 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

I would love to hear recommendations too, we are doing out honeymoon in the land down under in December.  Any great places to stay/restaurants around sydney, etc?  Yay for summer during Northern Hemisphere winters!

Post # 6
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

My favorite place in the world!  Since living there, I have been telling friends they should honeymoon there so, I’m glad to hear that you are doing it!! It is the perfect mixture of City and Beach, great places to eat, wine country etc.

In the Sydney Area you should try to do the following:

Bondi Beach, Manly Beach, bridge climb, Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley.  This will take at least 5 days. 

Then fly into Cairns and rent a car and drive up to Port Douglas.  We stayed there during our trip to the Reef.  If you have more money in your budget head out to the Whitsundays.   

Do you have time to go to Melbourne? If you do, I suggest driving the Great Ocean Road.

Feel free to send me a PM with any questions on restaurants, flights, etc.  My fiance and I lived there for awhile and  and I had 3 visitors while I was there, so I put together lots of trips for my guests while we were there. 


Post # 7
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

If you can make it up to Cairns, definitely go diving in the Great Barrier Reef.

Another AMAZING place to go, especially on your honeymoon is to the Whitsunday Islands. Absolutely breathtaking! My Fiance and I went on a three day sailing trip to the Whitsundays, where we also did some diving, hiking, etc. We left from Airlie Beach & actually stayed on the sailboat for three nights. We aren’t really sailing people and it was still absolutely amazing.

 Definitely do the bridge climb (Harbour bridge), and of course the Opera House. There used to be a street fair/festival down in the Rocks on the weekends, so you should see if that is still going on. I also loved the Sydney zoo- you have to take the ferry to get there. You can go down to the red light district (Kings Cross) to see a bit of different culture (in a wonderfully fun way!), to Bondi Beach, etc etc. Check around because there are a few bars that are at the top of the buildings (I think the old AXA building had one) so those are great places to go to right around sunset, so that you can see the entire city in daylight, and again as night sets in.

Post # 8
2680 posts
Sugar bee

When I went to Australia we went to Cairns, Sydney and Melbourne.  Out of 10 days we were only in Melbourne 2, but I didnt really find it as exciting as Sydney.  I would fly up to Cairns, it was gorgeous there and the Great Barrier Reef was amazing!  They also have a casino (so does Sydney and Melbourne!)  Cairns had some great shopping, unique shops all down a few streets and an open market.  Go to the Tonga Zoo at Sydney too it was alot of fun. 

Post # 10
484 posts
Helper bee

small correction, don’t want anyone to end up in the wrong places 🙂 … the zoo in Sydney is called the Taronga Zoo. Take the ferry there, it’s pretty cool.

Everyone’s had some really great suggestions and pretty much covered the good stuff. I’d be weary of renting a car to drive up the coast. Australia is just as big as the US and in between the cities, there’s lots of nothing. Beautiful views, different landscape, but don’t count on stumbling upon cute little towns with quaint B&B’s to stay at. Much better to spend your time flying to where you want to go. The less expensive airlines are virginblue.com.au or jetstar.com.au.

There are markets every weekend in Sydney (and the other cities but I don’t know specifics about those), the most popular ones are in Paddington (Saturdays, Oxford Street – GOOD shopping on this street!) and Bondi Beach (Sundays). The one at the Rocks (an area underneath the harbour bridge) is good too but I’m not sure what day it’s on, I’ll check.

I’m at work so I can’t go on and on right now but I’ll pull some info together and come back with more! Definately put the Opera Bar on your list of places to get a sunset cocktail. It’s, obviously, at the Opera House, right on the water and gorgeous views, gorgeous people too. Expensive cocktails (all cocktails in AU are, about $14 AUD each), but SO worth it for a few!

Post # 11
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

@aloweha – I wish we could have met when I was living in Sydney last year!  I was trying to get a meetup together through indie bride but I couldn’t make it happen. 

Opera Bar is great! You should also have drinks at the top of the Shangri La Hotel.  That is great for the view.  I did that instead of the bridge climb 🙂

Post # 12
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

When I went to Australia I spent the bulk of my time in Brisbane, Sydney, & near the blue mountains. I love every minute of each spot!

If my memory serves me correctly though, Brisbane is a very low key, small town. But it was so darling, and the people there were so nice and accomodating! Not really near the ocean or anything. So my input may not amount to much. 

We did go to some random amusement park called Wonderland or something, where we saw Koalas. ;o)

Post # 13
1 posts
  • Wedding: July 2009

We’re in the same position.  Getting married in July and hoping to do a honeymoon in Australia.  We’re going for 3-4 weeks.  Our itinerary is still in flux, but right now we’re looking at:

 Stopover in Fiji – 7 days
 Sydney – 4 days
 Ayers Rock – 2 days
 Cairns/Port Douglas – 6 days
 Wrotham Park – 3 days

Does anyone know if Daintree is worth seeing

 Good luck planning!

Post # 14
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Go to the Hunter Valley wine region!  There are so many great wineries there!  My family rented a car and we drove from Sydney up through the Hunter Valley region and then back down to Sydney in a few days.

Post # 15
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I am going to attempt to upload pictures from Daintree Rainforest.  My little icon is from Cape Tribulation which is in Daintree National Park. 


Post # 16
619 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Everyone has got great suggestions. You could drive over to the "Blue Mountains" near Sydney and do a beautiful walk there (if you and your Fiance are into that). Australia is one of my all time favorite places in the world and I’ve done heaps of travelling. G’day!

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