Embrace the Beach in Noosa

The crystalline water and powder-soft sand make Noosa one of Queensland’s star attractions. And it’s no surprise honeymooners have been flocking to this idyllic resort town tucked into a pocket of the Sunshine Coast. Swanky dining options are plentiful, as are luxury accommodations and quaint shopping locales along Hastings Street.

If lazing by the water’s edge eventually grows tiresome, you can get active for an afternoon without leaving the beach behind entirely: sailing and surfing is popular here, as is canoeing along the lush Noosa River.

Capture the Picturesque Outdoors in the Kimberley

For jaw-dropping backdrops to your honeymoon photos, head to the Kimberley. You’ll be rewarded with postcard-perfect panoramas of palm-lined gorges, desolate mountains, spectacular waterfalls and rock pools, and plains dotted with boab trees. Broome, located at the far western edge of the expansive Kimberley, is reachable by Melbourne and makes a good home base for honeymoon explorers.

Cable Beach, surrounded by aquamarine waters, is an ideal place to take in a seaside sunset or enjoy a camel ride.


Relax Together in Daylesford

The serene setting of of this town, nestled in the Victorian highlands, is enough to send any couple into post-wedding relaxation mode. Daylesford’s therapeutic mineral springs have been attracting holidaymakers since the 1870s. But it’s the attractions beyond the many spas and springs that make this an attractive and relaxing honeymoon destination: local vineyards, Bohemian art galleries, well-preserved architecture, and fashionable boutiques.

There’s also a thriving lesbian and gay scene here (Daylesford hosts ChillOut, one of Australia’s most successful rural LGBTQ festivals).

Seek Isolation on Bruny Island

Couples who really want to get away from it all head to Bruny Island off the coast of Tasmania. One of Australia’s most remote and rugged islands, it boasts isolated coastal towns, spectacular swimming beaches, and a bounty of wildlife—including penguins, echidnas, and mutton birds. With a narrow, 5-kilometre isthmus called the Neck at its middle, the windswept island is almost two islands in one.

South Bruny offers the better walking trails in the thickly forested South Bruny National Park. Another highlight of this laid-back retreat is the stone lighthouse. Built in 1836, it was designed by colonial architect John Lee Archer and is the second-oldest in the country.

Indulge in City Romance in Melbourne

If your honeymoon sensibility is decidedly urban, Melbourne is more than worthy of consideration. Some of its best gems are hidden just out of sight. For example, get lost with your love one of the city’s narrow back alleys and laneways. On Hosier Lane and Rutledge Lane, you can gawk at one of Melbourne's quirkiest traditions: Colorful and sophisticated graffiti cover the walls, doors and garbage bins.

Likewise, many of Melbourne’s best eats are found in basement brewpubs and rooftop restaurants. But its world-renowned market is out in the open. South Melbourne Market is packed with treats and treasures both local and international. Wandering the crowded aisles hand in hand is a scrumptious way to while away an afternoon.

The South Melbourne Markets (Courtesy of Reinis Traidas via Flickr Creative Commons)