(Closed) Need ideas- Australian Honeymoon!

posted 9 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 32
3635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I just wanted to pop in and let you know that the correct pronunciation of Cairns is CANS, yep, just like a can of coke. A lot of people get confused by that. Not that it really matters, we’ll know what you mean anyway.

Please look up the distance between places before you decide to drive. A lot of people don’t realise that it’s about a days drive from Sydney to Brisbane (non stop), Australia is BIG. I know we look small, but we really aren’t.

Although I love Brisbane (I live here) there isn’t that much to see and do here except perhaps Australia Zoo home of the crocodile hunter (Steve Irwin) but even that isn’t technically in Brisbane. 

Also, (and I’m really sorry if you know this already, I don’t mean in anyway to be patronising, it’s just that a lot of tourists get into trouble with this) when you go to the beaches make sure to go to ones that are patrolled by life savers and to swim only between the red and yellow flags. These are areas in which it is safer to swim and they will rescue you if you are in trouble. Outside the flags they have no responsibility to do so.

I’m sorry if I sound like a downer, it’s just that I don’t have much advice to offer as to which places are the best to visit, I have safety tips instead! I am really glad that you are coming to Australia for your honeymoon! Even if it doesn’t really sound like it, haha!

Post # 33
942 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Here you go Innocent :


Arrive SYD

Day 1 
– Sydney Harbour lunch cruise $70pp www.captaincookcruises.com.au
-Madam Tussard wax museum (or any of many exhibitions)
-Romantic Dinner with a view Circular Quay or the Rocks www.bestrestaurants.com.au
Day 2 
– Ferry from Circular Quay to Manly
Visit manly beach & boat wharf for lunch. Adrian Zumbos patisserie in Manly does fantastic Macaroons
– visit Botanic Gardens CBD & romantic dinner again
Day 3
-Morning shopping, paddys markets
-Bus to Bondi
Bondi to Bronte beach walk. Discover Bondi pubs & local atmosphere. Have a few drinkies
Day 4 
– Fly to Melbourne
Check out www.beat.com.au
– visit Brunswick street in Fitzroy (ask local for tram number) for shopping & bars
DO NOT DRIVE IN CBD! Road rules are different & can be very confusing.
Day 5
– take a tram to St Kilda. Go to Luna Park, The Espy (pub) and Greasy Joes. Lots of nice stores for shopping & lots of pretentious people
– go to a gig or performance
– Visit Lygon street for amazing Italian & greek restaurants 
Day 6
-Walk over Flinders Bridge toward Southbank. View from EQ cafebar is gorgeous
– Go to a Football (afl) game @ the MCG. Melbourne is full of afl fanatics. Pick a team, wear their colour & scream obscenities at each other! Fun!
– go to Crown Casino
Day 7 – day trip
Day 8 – fly to Cairns
Day 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18
10 days


Post # 34
1561 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Just found out that we are going to Sydney and Cairns for our honeymoon, too! It was a surprise and my DH announced the location at the wedding! I’m so excited! We are headed there from Nov. 16 to Dec. 1 and this thread has been so helpful!! Thank you to all the informative Aussie bees!

Post # 35
9251 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

OK here are my top things to do:


paddy market

walk the bridge

Sydney observatory at night

Fort denison, cockatoo island (visit the island bar for great views) and shark island

Shakespeare hotel for dinner in surry hills

Do a ghost tour (touristy but fun)

Shelly or coogee or bronte beach

Melbourne: be sure to bring an umbrella!

Queen Vic market

The old melbourne gaol

National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) or Melbourne Museum’s bunjilaka to see some indigenous art

The block arcade

Use the city circle tram- they are a free way to get around the city

Williamstown- grab some lunch and look at the view

Hoiser lane- for street art

Great Ocean road- day trip from Melbourne I would personally do an overnight trip and stay in Apollo Bay or Lorne or if you can manage it make it all the way to Warrnambool and try and catch sight of the whales.


Atherton Tablelands

Mission beach

Great Barrier reef dive

Daintree and Cape Tribulation rainforests

Kuranda scenic railway

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre

and as someone else mentioned relax, relax, relax.



Post # 36
16 posts
  • Wedding: December 2012

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@Edelweiss:  I second the Great Ocean Road as well.

Its absolutely beautiful!

Post # 37
1278 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I am a Melbourne girl here so I am glad to hear you are visiting! Apologies in advance for the weather… it wont be as cold as your winters but it still wont be great! 

Melbourne has some great laneways, you can wander down any dodgy looking alley way and there is likely to be a bar or cafe at the end of it! 

I see you like music – so check out The Corner Hotel for gigs, venues like the East Brunswick Club, if you want any tips on the live music scene in Melbourne let me know 🙂 

Lots of the popular restaurants have a no booking policy. Its annoying for those of us who live here but great for travellers as you can just turn up and wait in the line. 

As great as Melbourne is, it is a small place and as others have said, I recommend getting out of town. I live out near the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges… beautiful part of the world. Great ocean road is lovely as well although it is further, Mornington Peninsula is another spot to possibly look at. 

Cairns – are you planning on staying there or in Port Douglas? I love Port Douglas. I know its totally touristy but its beautiful. You cant swim in the beaches due to jellyfish, but every hotel has a pool anyway. Snorkelling on the great barrier reef is a must. 

Post # 38
205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I lived in Melbourne and I think it’s GREAT that you’re honeymooning in Australia!!! 

Having lived in Melbourne I would say you must visit a website called Melbourne Espresso (just google it because I can’t remember the exact address). It has all the best Melbourne cafes! And cafes in Melbourne are like a religion. Some of the best coffee you will EVER have.

I also recommend going out of town. Hire a car and drive up the Dandenong ranges, check out the Yarra Valley (Domain Chandon highly recommended if you like champagne style wines), the Mornington Peninsula (for great little restaurants, especially DOC) and Daylesford (spa country!).

If you’re into food, consider buying a book called the Good Food Guide – it has all the good restaurants for most cities (I think all cities have them – probably even available as an e-book). There’s also another called Cheap Eats Guide, which is GREAT for eating on a budget. Melbourne has a lot of good places to eat that are not expensive (try Victoria Street Richmond for great Vietnamese, and Laksa King in Flemington is one of my favs).

Make sure you get out of the CBD. Many great neighbourhoods are a short tram ride away, like Fitzroy or Richmond.


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