The good news is that Australia has loads of romantic land-locked destinations, which are perfect for anyone who baulks at the idea of taking a swim in salty water. Your honeymoon should be a special time that you and your partner will cherish forever. So if you hate the sand sticking to your toes or shudder at the thought of wearing your cozzie in public, go ahead and toss out those honeymoon brochures and let us show you Australia’s most romantic beach-free paradises! 

Central Australia

Imagine riding a camel in the moonlight on the way to a gourmet dinner, or waking up to a hot-air balloon ride with a champagne breakfast. Snuggle together on a blanket and gaze at billions of bright stars you never imagined were really there. Australia’s Red Centre is filled with beauty and mystique. From the majestic red rock rising out of the desert to the mysterious shapes that make up Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon, you’ll find plenty to remember your first trip as a married couple.

Hepburn Springs

This tiny town is home to Victoria’s best array of relaxing spas. Here, you can allow every cell in your body to rejuvenate through massages and treatments. Have a honeymoon where the experiences happen to you – laze back and enjoy a soothing couple’s massage. Feel every part of your body tingle as you both unwind in a mineral spa. Indulge in gourmet foods and wine in the privacy of a heritage cottage with tasteful luxury. Finish each evening in a hot tub, sharing a bottle of champagne or your favourite wine while discussing which treatments you’ll try in the morning.

Barossa Valley

Toast your marriage with some of the world’s best wines in the Barossa Valley. This region of South Australia has more than its fair share of treats to tempt your taste buds, as well as countless character-filled cottages to curl up in each night. Start your morning with a balloon ride over the valley, or if that’s too tame – hop aboard a fighter aircraft. Head off on tours of the vineyards together and have fun sampling the different wines, while choosing your favourites to enjoy for years to come. Finish each day by candlelight in one of the region’s many exceptional gourmet restaurants.

Snowy Mountains

This spectacular part of Australia offers year-round romantic fun for honeymooners. Trek into the mountains on horses together or tackle the slopes on skis and boards. Have a snowball fight or build snowmen, before sharing a fondue in a log chalet. Trek through the wilderness and stop for picnics surrounded by wildflowers. In the evening, you can dance the night away or listen to a band. You don’t need beaches to have an incredible honeymoon in this region of Australia!

Daintree Rainforest

Head up to Northern Queensland, bypassing all the beaches to reach this eco-friendly paradise. Wake up to the sounds of the forest, with the rustle of breezes in the leaves, the songs of many colourful birds, and the trickle of waterfalls and streams. Enjoy the privacy the rainforest offers, with many cabins and homes tucked away behind the trees. Take a picnic on a trail through the forest and participate in an eco-tour. If you find yourself longing for adventure, you’ll find plenty of companies willing to take you white water rafting, skydiving, or trekking nearby.

Cradle Mountain

Hovering high above three beautiful lakes, Cradle Mountain is a honeymooner’s heaven. Nestled in the best of Tasmania’s wilderness is a place where you can walk picturesque trails that lead you to sparkling waterfalls. Enjoy a gourmet picnic surrounded by wildflowers and hills, canoe on a lake or climb a peak. Finish each day snuggled together by an open fire, or sipping wine by candlelight in your private cabin

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- Why not escape the beaches and take your honeymoon somewhere inland? Like the beautiful Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, above.