The best places to go on a mini moon
Jamala Wildlife Lodge, ACT
An awesome overnight safari experience at the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra (just 10 minutes from the CBD) is the definition of cool. Stay in one of the amazing Giraffe Tree Houses where you can – seriously – feed the resident giraffe from your balcony.
THE BEST BITS
The living area of the lodge has a shark tank extending from one end of the room to the other. And when you’re not being wowed by the accommodation, you can actually meet the cheetahs! Sign. Us. Up!
Vibe Hotel Marysville, Vic
WHY This relaxing spot is all about pampering, fitness and relaxation. Check out the spa, which has treatments for both of you from top-to-toe massages to mineral soaks to unwind your body. If it’s fitness you’re keen on, check out the local running track maps, an in-room yoga channel and lots of yummy and healthy food options.
THE BEST BITS Just 90 mins from the CBD, it’s surrounded by fern gullies, rainforests and waterfalls. Make sure your phone is charged – you’ll want to take a million selfies!
WHERE The Vineyard Retreat, SA
WHY Want romance and vino on tap? The Vineyard McLaren Vale is a great spot for a relaxed wine country weekend, where you can stay in beautiful guest houses. There’s even a heated outdoor jacuzzi with views of the d’Arenburg winery.
THE BEST BITS The retreat can put you in touch with a private chef and hook you up with behindthe-scenes wine tours. If you’re feeling a bit more active, try a cycling tour or a helicopter ride, which can drop you at a private beach with a bottle of bubbles. thevineyardmv.com.au
WHERE Love Cabins, NSW
WHY Cuddle up in a cosy cave or spend the weekend in a love teepee in this eco-friendly wilderness retreat, where you can really get back to nature. Love Cabins lets you live like Peter Pan and stay in a private tree house surrounded by 600 acres of Blue Mountains bushland. The stunning open room features floor-to-ceiling windows and is filled with real trees and gorgeous natural homewares.
THE BEST BITS You can stay in a tree house – enough said! lovecabins.com.au
WHERE Briars Cottage, Vic
WHY This cute, secluded two-bedroom cottage is the perfect place for a cosy trip away. Be greeted with wine and chocolates on arrival, then unwind in a private deck spa with magnificent bush views over Doctor’s Gully. You can even arrange for an in-house massage without leaving the comfort of your room. Fancy!
THE BEST BITS
The cottage is totally selfcontained and everything comes to you – perfect if you need to completely switch off for the weekend. Bonus: for Melbournites, it’s just a quick 90 minutes from the city. briarscottage.com.au
WHERE Jonah’s, NSW
WHY For the perfect spot for Sydneysiders who don’t want to head too far out of town for their romantic getaway, it doesn’t get much better than Whale Beach. Jonah’s ocean retreat is made up of 11 luxury guest bedrooms with private sea-view balconies – pretty much the ultimate destination for refinement and relaxation.
THE BEST BITS A stunning infinity pool, spa treatments with ocean views, an excellent Chef’s-Hatted restaurant perched over the water and your pick of Sydney’s beautiful Northern Beaches to visit with your partner. What’s not to love? jonahs.com.au
WHERE Lord Howe Island, NSW
WHY Only 400 tourists are allowed to visit Lord Howe Island (a World Heritage Site) at any one time to protect its ecosystem. Capella Lodge is the island’s most luxe retreat and has amazing views of Mount Gower and Mount Lidgbird.
THE BEST BITS With over 500 species of fish and 90 different types of coral, you’ll feel at one with nature in this unique paradise while also enjoying the luxurious accommodation. lordhowe.com
WHERE The Langham, Vic
WHY Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy some classic elegance at The Langham. If soaking up culture, shopping and eating at some of Australlia’s finest restaurants is your idea of heaven, then Melbourne is the post-wedding destination for you.
THE BEST BITS Unwind after a long day of exploring Melbs in The Langham’s lush Chuan Spa and enjoy the views from the amazing rooftop pool. langhamhotels.com
WHERE Shangri-la, NSW
WHY Lie in bed and enjoy the stunning views of Sydney Harbour, or head out into the city for some serious retail therapy. If a day at the spa is more your speed, check out the amazing CHI and its luxury treatments inspired by traditional Asian healing philosophies. And there’s no need to leave the hotel for dinner – the Altitude restaurant features floor-toceiling windows overlooking Sydney Harbour Bridge.
THE BEST BITS Every room has a view of the harbour! shangri-la.com
WHERE Tussie Mussie Vineyard Retreat, Vic
WHY This gorgeous vineyard getaway on the Mornington Peninsula is only an hour’s drive from Melbourne but it feels a world away. Stay in a romantic, secluded cottage and make sure you’re ready to enjoy some serious indulgence. Head off on a couple’s horse ride and then kick back and relax in the natural, mineral-rich hot springs.
THE BEST BITS Eating and drinking as much of the delicious local food and wine as possible! We recommend a catered private picnic. tussiemussie.boutiqueretreats.com.au
WHERE Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough, WA
WHY This picturesque beachside hotel is unlike anything else in Perth, with spectacular views down the sparkling coastline. Relax on the soft white sand of Scarborough Beach or take a dip in the hotel’s funky lagoon-style pool.
THE BEST BITS A 15-minute drive from Perth’s CBD, you’ve got the best of both worlds – relax on the stunning beaches by day then head into the city for its amazing restaurants and bustling nightlife.
You’ll feel like you’re really sharing your living space with a tiger. Oh my!
Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island combines decadence with some seriously good views!