The best places to go on a mini moon

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WHERE

Ja­mala Wildlife Lodge, ACT

WHY

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.

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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!

ja­malaw­ildlifelodge.com.au

WHERE

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!

vibeho­tels.com.au

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!

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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.

tfe­ho­tels.com/scar­bor­ough­wed­dings

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!

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