Part 1: Honeymooning at Australian Resorts
Australia offers a diverse array of experiences for honeymooners. Romantic getaways especially designed for newlyweds are available at island resorts and seaside locations. Or you can choose to be more adventurous and visit the Australian outback, learn the aboriginal culture or visit large cities.
In Part 1, I will touch upon the travel packages designed for romance. Most coastal and island resorts offer buffets, massages, spas, swimming pools, meals at top-rate restaurants, tennis courts, gyms, snorkeling, rain forest walks, shopping, galleries, theatres, and an opportunity to see unique Australian wildlife. A potential drawback is that they are pricey. The following island resorts are near the Great Barrier Reef off the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia.
At the Long Island Resort, you can have a romantic portrait photograph taken and enjoy a scenic flight over the Whitsundays Islands. You can even try your hand at the exciting sport of coconut tossing! Jet skiing, water skiing, parasailing, and sailing in a glass bottom boat are available at extra cost.
If you would like to catch a glimpse of the humpback whales, consider an August to October visit to the Kingfisher Bay Resort of Fraser Island, which is located at the start of the Great Barrier Reef amidst ancient rain forests, huge sand dunes and an abundance of wildlife. Morning cruises depart the resort daily.
At the Daydream Island Resort and Spa you can take a helicopter flight to Whitehaven Beach and munch on a gourmet lunch. Visitors rave about the wildlife — the living reef with tropical fish, sharks, rays and real corals, wild birds, lizards and wallabies.
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The Airlie Beach Reef Romance at Toscana Village Resort features a cruise to Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island. And the Great Barrier Reef Experience invites you to climb aboard Reefworld’s floating pontoons where you can gaze eye-to-eye at schools of tropical fish and spectacular living coral formations. One pontoon provides direct viewing of the Coral Gardens, a unique underwater observatory area.
Cairns Esplanade at Rydges gives you a choice between the Kuranda and Daintree Rainforests, an Outer Barrier Reef Cruise or tour to the stunning Atherton Tableland. You can take the Ocean Spirit Dinner Cruise if you choose the Cairns Romantic Cruises at Colonial Club Resort, one of the most popular in tropical North Queensland.
If you are seeking exciting nightlife, you can find superb dining complimented by a dynamic stage show at the fabulous Jupiters Hotel & Casino when visiting the Gold Coast Romance at the Crowne Plaza. The Gold Coast is a major tourist destination with its sunny subtropical climate, surfing beaches, canal system, high-rise skyline, nightlife and proximity to the rain forest.
Gold Coast Theme Parks include Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World and Dreamworld theme parks. The latter is home to Tiger Island, the Australian Wildlife Experience, and some of the tallest, fastest thrill rides in the world. For extra charge: Ballooning & Grand Homestead Breakfast and Vineyard Tour; and full day at Grand Brisbane, which includes an afternoon at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
A touch of Venice greets you at The Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa where you can enjoy a seafood dinner and a romantic gondola cruise on the Noosa River.
In Part 2, I will describe some Australian honeymoon adventures in the outback, camel races, scenic wilderness areas, “bushwalking,” and hanging out with kangaroos.
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