(Closed) Is an Australian Honeymoon realistic?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Hey!  I don’t have a ton of info to offer you, but my fiance and I are planning to honeymoon there too, so of course I think it’s a fantastic idea!  We are using his parents’ timeshare so we do have the benefit of staying just about anywhere, but other than that we’re still working out the details. We are going in April due to work conflicts right after our Feb wedding, and we’ve been told that even at the start of their fall then, the Gold Coast is really warm and the place to be. We plan to hit up Melbourne (where we’ll fly into from CA), the Great Barrier Reef, the Gold Coast, and go from there…. We’ve heard Sydney is like our San Francisco so we might skip that, plus it’s a way away. If we can afford to, we will add in a flight to New Zealand since we only hear great things about it and we’re near by….. Can’t wait to go down under and experience the san, the surf, the rain forests, etc!  We figure it’s a once-in-a-lifetime type trip. We also plan to go for about 2 wks since it takes so long to get there. We are keeping our eyes on flights…. hoping to stay under $1,000 each if possible…. Since you’re going in May, you may want to stick to the same general locations as us for weather’s sake.

Anyway, good luck!  I say go for it!!  πŸ™‚

Also, have you thought about doing a honeymoon registry so that guests can help fund youer honeymoon?  We’re doing the free one, honeyfund.com. Check it out!

 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2011

We are hoping we can make Australia work too!  Where/how are you ladies lookng for tickets?

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Well, I set a fare alert up on http://www.sidestep.com, and it seems like V Australia and Quantas are typically the front runners…. We’re also getting a travel agent to iron out the other details.

 

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Are you planning on going to just one area, or hoping around?  I’m going in Dec to Austrailia and New Zealand (peak season also) for a month – 5 cities and have already spent 5k on airfare (for 2), and havent even booked any hotels yet.  I checked qantas directly and found them to have some deals every now and then.  If you do different cities once there, check jetstar or pacific blue too.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

One thing to keep in mind is the massive distances in Australia. Our domestic flights tend to be very expensive (it’s cheaper for me to fly to NZ than Perth from where I live). I don’t think accommodation or meals tend to be cheap either although of course there are always bargains to be found. Where you go will depend on the time of year you come and what you’re interested in doing, and of course where a cheap flight will send you (e.g. it might be cheaper to fly to Melbourne or Brisbane than Sydney, or to Brisbane). I’m not sure I’d say the Gold Coast is the place to be, but if you like beaches and lots of touristy stuff (like theme parks and casinos) then it can be a lot of fun for a couple of days – just make sure you’re not there during Schoolies or the car races. The Great Barrier Reef and areas around there (like the Daintree and Port Douglas) would be great for a honeymoon I think (again, depending on the time of year!) I’d start by looking at the Lonely Planet website and buying a guide book, just to get the dreaming started πŸ™‚

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We went to Australia for 2 weeks last year and spent about $12,000, and about half our hotels were free because we used rewards points. I think your budget might be frustrating if you were to try to make it work. A lot of our money went to pay for full-day tours, because there are driving conditions (unpaved roads at high speeds) that we weren’t comfortable with, and of course to get out to the reefs for scuba diving you have to go out on a boat, etc. The tours are quite expensiove but well worth it.

Post # 10
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Newbee

When looking for flights, I’d highly recommend checking out Air New Zealand as well, when I came home from Canada, we got flights for $700 one way and the average price for return was about $1300-$1500 (Seattle to Melbourne). I would  go to Melbourne (it’s where I live!), the tropics are beautiful, especially the Whitsundays and if you have time, and can afford it, a trip to Uluru is completely worth it. If you don’t have time to make it to New Zealand, a quick trip to Tassie may satisfy you (if only temporarily). Not many people make it down there, but if you love to hike, it’s the place to visit. 

If your budget is $7000 not including air fares, then I think you should be able to make it work! Let me know if you want some info on things to do in Melbourne and Tassie! 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We are going to Australia for the first part of our Honeymoon.  We are flying into Sydney then going to Cairns.  I had not used my airline miles in 3 years and paid for 2 round trip first class tickets all with miles.  Of course this left us a lot left over money to do other things.  

I wish you luck and I hope that you get to go!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2011

When are theSchoolies and care races??  We’re planning to go mid-April….

Any other suggestions from the Australia natives??  SO helpful, thanks!

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think it is possible.  We are going in the middle of April next year, because I heard it starts getting much colder in the South after that.  The roundtrip flight from San Francisco to Sydney (3 nights), Cairns (3 nights), Melbourne (3 nights) and Auckland (3 nights) ends up being $4,500 for the 2 of us.  That includes 3 and 4 star hotels.  Check out tripmasters.com.  Also, I live in South Florida, so we are flying to CA for 2 days and staying with friends before flying over.  We are using miles for that flight though.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’d second what mountain.bride said to keep in mind how huge Australia is! If you plan on going to different states or territories in Australia, just keep in mind that they are exactly that, different states and territories plus, trying to go to too many places in Australia can really kill your budget. I’ve never been to Melbourne or Sydney.. but I have been to Brisbane, Perth, and Tasmainia. Out of everything I’d def recommend going to Brisbane (Queensland has the Sunshine coast, the Gold Coast, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, and the Australia Zoo) You could def spend two weeks just there and still not be able to do everything!! But it all would depend on what you like to do… I heard Sydney is awesome if you like big cities and like to do big city stuff… Melbourne is supposed to be the fashion capital of Australia… Perth is awesome too for it’s own uniqueness but I couldn’t recommend it for a honeymoon just because it is so far from everything else in AU and if you wanted to get out of the city and really see stuff it takes for ever to get anywhere (days of driving)! If you want to go to NZ I think you def should plan on doing that though since the tickets from AU are so cheap compared to what we get here… I tried looking it up before and found that plane tickets to NZ were almost twice as much as plane tickets to AU from San Francisco!

 

Good Luck!!!! I hope you will be able to go. I LOVE Australia and New Zealand!!! πŸ™‚

 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@arose29: Wow that is an awesome deal!!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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