Post # 1
Hi bees! My fiance and I are planning our Australian honeymoon for next sJuly. So far, we have only bought flights from the USA-Sydney. We will be there for 2.5 weeks and plan to go to Sydney (with a trip to the Blue Mountains), Melbourne, and Cairnes.
So this is where you come in- are there any other places you think we should consider? Are there any MUST SEE/MUST DO things you recommend? What are the “cant miss” restaraunts, experiences, romantic places?
Thanks in advance for your help!!
Post # 3
Sydney has lots of beautifully romantic restaurant venues, but it is EXPENSIVE! Bondi beach is a must. You can also do a lovely picturesque walk from Bondi beach to Bronte beach.
Melbourne has some totally cool bars & pubs. Check out a local gig guide and ask the locals. Melbournites are very friendly & accommodating. Take a tram to St Kilda. Greasy Joes burger place on Ackland street St Kilda is YUM
Cairns is the best. One of the best days we had there was an ‘Atherton Tablelands’ day trip. It was about $50ea but was a FULL day visiting waterfalls and a road trip into the countryside. Of course you HAVE to go to the reef for a snorkel or scuba.
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Post # 4
if you have time – the Gold Coast, stunning beaches, but Sydney also has Bondi 🙂
Post # 5
I used to live in Cairns and absolutely love it and can’t recommend it enough. If you’re heading up that way, you have to go to the Daintree, do a trip around the Atherton tablelands, spend a day or so in Port Douglas (where I’m getting married). Of course, your should probably do the Great Barrier Reef as well, though there isn’t really much left to see there. It’s not so much a ‘romantic’ place, but there is lots to do. The Atherton tablelands is probably the most romantic. There’s beautiful coffee places to try, a couple of wineries, chocolate and cheese places. It’s just beautiful.
Post # 6
@worldtravelingbee: Wicked honeymoon destination! Are you flying from destination to destination or driving? I highly recommend driving! Awesome way to see the eastern coast of Australia.
When in Sydney, Go to Darling Harbour. I recommend Cohi Bar. It’s an awesome cocktail and cigar lounge. They used to have funky Latin music when I lived there. You can get a beautiful cocktail and sit out on the verandah and look out over the harbour watching the word go by. Whilst there, I highly reccomend checking out the street performers near the IMAX (still on the harbour!). Then, after a nice cocktail and some entertainment pick a restaurant and have dinner – but NO dessert. Finish dinner and head to the Lindt cafe (still on the harbour by the way) for dessert. Try the hot chocolate. It will blow. your. mind. When go to the Blue Mountains you’ll drive through my old hometown – Richmond. Head on up to Katoomba for lunch. Scope out the Three Sisters and then it’s lunch and onto all the old antique shops and boutiques. Don’t worry about a restaurant recommendation for there – pretty much any of them are winners. Even saying that, my Fiance and I are sitting here racking our brains for the name of the little pub we used to visit. It was just out of Katoomba near a t intersection. Mind blank. If I remember I’ll let you know.
I’m not a big fan of Bondi – it’definitely a must see just for the tourist factor but it’s overrated as a beach. And I’d make an effort not to be eating at any of the cafes there. Check out the ferry to Manly, it’s a nice ride and there’s some great restaurants nearby.
I haven’t been to Cairns – I’d probably head to Darwin instead of Cairns, but that’s just me. I’m biased because I live here! Ha ha. In July we’re in the dry season and you are guarrunteed the most GORGEOUS weather. You can get a real Aussie outback experience and head to the rodeo or explore Litchfield and Berry Springs – beautiful national parks with waterfalls and natural swimming holes. You can climb behind the waterfalls or even up top and jump off at some swinging holes in Litchfield, Berry Springs is a bit more civilized and it’s got steps leading into it. And then there’s Kakadu. Just……google Kakadu. In Darwin there’s fantastic Greek and Asian food, street shows and Mindil Beah markets. The sunsets at Mindil are famous.
I could go on and on and on!! If I think of any more ill let you know!
Post # 7
@jothecatlady: Dude now I feel bad that I’m Aussie and haven’t been to Cairns! Can we take TWO honeymoons? Ha ha ha
Post # 8
I’m Australian (grew up 4 hours north of sydney, did college in Melbourne, now living in the US for school). Feel free to send me a private email if you want to discuss anything. Flying anywhere in Australia is pretty cheap with Jetstar airlines.
I love talking about my home so ask me anything!
Post # 9
@Mrs.Mods: Oh you have to see Cairns. The areas surrounding Cairns are just beautiful. But then maybe I’m biased because I live in Mount Isa now, and let’s face it. Anywhere’s better than Mount Isa.
Post # 10
@jothecatlady: Ohhhhh yes. Wedrove from Sydney to Darwin when we moved, and went through Mt Isa. You must miss Cairns so much!
Post # 11
Wow! You ladies are incredible! Thank you so much for all the amazing ideas…keep them coming!
FYI- we will likely be doing a combination of flying and driving around Australia..based on what makes the most sense time wise and logistically (i.e. $$) I can’t wait!!
@KellyLouise: thanks for all of the info! I think I’m most excited for Cairns area for snorkeling the reef and seeing the rainforest/waterfalls/etc. We are thinking about staying for a couple nights in a “tree house”..thoughts, anyone?
@jothecatlady: I’m hearing a lot about the Atherton Tablelands and I just googled it..OMG! So beautiful…this will definitely be something we add to our itinerary! Port Douglas looks incredible..your wedding is going to be stunning! Best wishes 🙂
@Mrs.Mods Thank you! We will likely be doing a combination of driving and flying to get the most of our time and money while in Australia. Is there a specific area you recommend driving? You had me hooked with the mention of hot chocolate! haha Thanks for all the tips..I can’t wait to go to Cohi Bar and enjoy the view of the Harbour!
@ERsax: Thank you! I will be emailing you shortly 🙂
Post # 12
I live in Melbourne. I don’t know how long you’re planning to be in the area, but the Great Ocean Road is a must see. Rent a car and take 2-3 days to drive it. Plenty of cute B&Bs along the way. If any of my friends or family ever comes to visit me here, that will be the one thing I’d make sure they see.
Also just a couple hours away is Phillip Island. Splurge and get the Ultimate Penguin Tour. You’ll go out to a private beach with not more than 6-8 other people, with a private guide, and you’ll sit out there on blankets with night vision goggles. Good time to sneak in a cuddle. Get there early in the day and stop by the Nobbies and the Koala Conservation Centre.
A trip out to the Dandenongs is also worthwhile and Healesville Sanctuary is probably my favourite zoo in the Melbourne area. If you’re into wineries, there are tons of them out there. The Skyhigh Restaurant isn’t bad either.
IMO, all the best things about Melbourne are actually outside of the city. The CBD is crowded and expensive and just like any other city.
Post # 13
Sweet!!! We’re going to New Zealand and Australia for our honeymoon!!!
Here’s our itinerary:
4 days in Nelson, New Zealand.
4 days in Queenstown, New Zealand.
4 days in Sydney. Do the Sydney Bridge Climb, see the Opera House, try to make it out to the zoo, do a pub crawl, etc.
4 days in Port Douglas. We’re staying there instead of Cairns because we heard it was a little more quaint and romantic. We’re staying at Shantara Resort Port Douglas. Doing a 1-day snorkeling trip, 1-day scuba diving trip, and renting a car so we can spend 2 days adventuring. We’re planning on going to the koala refuge in the Daintree Rainforest one of those days.
I’m bookmarking this thread for everyone else’s recommendations 🙂
Post # 14
Definitely go to Port Douglas (north of Cairns) — it’s like paradise! I actually got engaged on the beach there. 🙂
Most accommodations there are super spendy, but we stayed at a B&B called Paradise Villa: http://www.bnbnq.com.au/paradise/. The website is kind of hokey, but it’s a perfect spot — it’s kind of like a mother-in-law unit off the owner’s house, and it’s as romantic as it could be.
If you want to go to the reef, I definitely recommend Wavelength (http://www.wavelength.com.au/) instead of the big companies. It’s a smaller operation with an eco-tourism slant, and they only take small groups. It was fantastic!
Have fun! My husband is Australian, and we’ve really enjoyed all of our trips there… but Port Douglas was DEFINITELY a highlight!
Post # 15
Nothing to add that’s helpful….just wanted to chime in and say i’m very jealous. One day when I get chance I’d love to drive from Sydney up the coast past Fraser island. I’d also love to go inland and stay at one of the outback resorts like this…
Aww….make sure you post lots of pics when you get back 🙂
Post # 16
I would hike the trail to Mordor, but that’s just because I love Lord of the Rings with all my heart. 😉 haha
On a more serious note, Australia is a prime honeymoon spot, and I’m super jealous! 😀