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AF­TER ex­chang­ing vows, pop­ping the cham­pagne and cut­ting the cake, a hol­i­day is the per­fect ex­cuse to take the edge off the wed­ding hype. But there’s no need to pack the pass­port, with plenty of op­tions in Aus­tralia’s backyard. Louise Wal­lace took a closer look at the key con­tenders to bring you Aus­tralia’s top hon­ey­moon des­ti­na­tions.

TROP­I­CAL TRAV­ELS BY­RON BAY

By­ron Bay is a long time favourite with cou­ples for its pris­tine beaches and tran­quil rain­for­est hide­aways. Throw moun­tain views, white beaches and renowned surf­ing spots into the mix, and it’s easy to see why By­ron Bay is a favourite among new­ly­weds. There is no short­age of ac­com­mo­da­tion in this beach­side par­adise, with The By­ron at By­ron Re­sort and Spa earn­ing a solid list of ac­co­lades for its unique blend of lux­ury and laid back beach­side liv­ing. With cou­ples mas­sage, five-star din­ing and com­pli­men­tary yoga, new­ly­weds are well catered for. The re­sort also of­fers a hon­ey­moon pack­age with three nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion, break­fast, a spa voucher, sparkling wine and cheese plat­ter on ar­rival from $1770 per cou­ple. Rae’s on Wat­e­gos is another op­tion which of­fers five-star ac­com­mo­da­tion priced from $550 per night for a gar­den suite.

COUN­TRY CHARM DAYLES­FORD

Quaint cot­tages, lush green sur­round­ings and nat­u­ral hot springs; Dayles­ford ticks all the boxes for new­ly­weds. Serv­ing up a per­fect blend of coun­try meets city, the re­laxed at­mos­phere is part of its charm but the im­pres­sive ar­ray of restau­rants and cafes de­liv­ers a level of chic that makes it a wor­thy hon­ey­moon des­ti­na­tion. Lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion is easy to come by with the Pep­pers Min­eral Springs Ho­tel of­fer­ing gar­den rooms and self-con­tained vil­las from $695 and $1220 re­spec­tively per cou­ple for two nights. The Lake House also pro­vides an idyl­lic back­drop for any hon­ey­moon with rates lead­ing in from $275 per per­son in­clud­ing din­ner and break­fast.

NUR­TURE NA­TURE KAKADU

For cou­ples who have had their fill of beaches and city es­capes, Kakadu is worth a look in. Around three hours from Dar­win, Kakadu’s re­mote lo­ca­tion is a ma­jor draw­card for honeymooners, but it’s the wildlife and nat­u­ral land­scapes that have earned this one such high ac­claim. Honeymooners won’t find six-star lux­ury in the Top End, but the trade off is bou­tique ac­com­mo­da­tion with a five-star touch. Wild­man Wilder­ness Lodge, a pri­vate eco-re­treat in the heart of Arn­hem Land, is the pick of the bunch. With 10 lux­ury free­stand­ing cab­ins and lux­ury sa­fari tents, all ac­com­mo­da­tion fea­tures pre­mium fur­nish­ings com­ple­mented by top notch cui­sine sourced from lo­cal in­gre­di­ents. The three night Wild­man Kakadu Ad­ven­ture in­cludes three nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion, break­fast and three course din­ner daily, a bil­l­abong cruise and full day Kakadu tour from $2229 per cou­ple. AAT Kings also of­fers a range of tours in­clud­ing the Top End High­lights from $2350 over six days which vis­its Litch­field Na­tional Park, Kather­ine Gorge and in­cludes a tour of the rock art gar­l­leries of Ubirr.

CULI­NARY CUL­TURE MAR­GARET RIVER

Ro­mance and fine wine go hand in hand, and the Mar­garet River caters for both. Renowned for its de­li­cious chardon­nay, the re­gion pro­duces over 20% of Aus­tralia’s pre­mium wine which is a clear in­di­ca­tion of the qual­ity of the stuff. But this pic­turesque re­gion

also boasts equally de­li­cious scenery with spec­tac­u­lar beaches, tow­er­ing karri forests and rugged land­scapes in ev­ery di­rec­tion. The Mer­ri­brook Re­treat of­fers a three night hon­ey­moon pack­age in­clud­ing break­fast, a dou­ble mas­sage treat­ment, flow­ers and choco­lates on ar­rival, and late check­out from $1155 per cou­ple. The Losari Re­treat also has a hon­ey­moon pack­age of its own in­clud­ing three nights’ lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion, break­fast ham­per, a bot­tle of lo­cal bub­bly and a cheese plat­ter from $1320 per cou­ple.

SOUTH­ERN SO­JOURN TAS­MA­NIA

With re­mote wilder­ness, tem­per­ate rain­for­est, and a se­lec­tion of bou­tique winer­ies, Tas­ma­nia packs a punch for Aus­tralia’s tiny is­land state. Be­tween the scenery and culi­nary de­lights, there are also in­ti­mate ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions for loved up new­ly­weds such as Pep­pers Cra­dle Moun­tain Lodge which is billed as one of Aus­tralia’s most iconic wilder­ness ex­pe­ri­ences. Lo­cated 2 hours from Launce­s­ton and 1.5 hours from Devon­port, it’s nes­tled in the heart of Tas­ma­nia, but that’s part of its charm with warm hos­pi­tal­ity and spa treat­ments to re­ju­ve­nate af­ter the big day. The re­sort of­fers a food and wine pack­age from $784 over two nights in­clud­ing break­fast, a three course din­ner and wine and cheese tast­ing for two. Self-drive is the best way to see this gem, with tour op­er­a­tor Premier Travel Tas­ma­nia of­fer­ing a num­ber of self-drive op­tions rang­ing from five-day so­journs to 18-day epic ad­ven­tures so new­ly­weds can ex­pe­ri­ence Tas­ma­nia on their own watch. Agents re­ceive 10% com­mis­sion on all book­ings.

SEA­SIDE SA­FARI WHIT­SUN­DAYS

With cloud­less skies, end­less white beaches and turquoise wa­ters, the Whit­sun­days hosts more than 1500 wed­dings a year. Event plan­ners know how to iron the creases out of any Whit­sun­days wed­ding, but this one is also a top lo­ca­tion for any hon­ey­moon or ro­man­tic get­away. The Whit­sun­days is all about re­lax­ing, and with a num­ber of five-star re­sorts and coral reefs, it’s not hard to un­der­stand why. Cruis­ing and sail­ing are among the most pop­u­lar op­tions for new­ly­weds with a num­ber of op­er­a­tors of­fer­ing sin­gle and multi-day op­tions. Five-star ac­com­mo­da­tion tops the agenda, with One&only Hay­man Is­land re­sort serv­ing up adults only five-star lux­ury com­plete with day ex­cur­sions, hik­ing and ex­pe­ri­ences that can be savoured by two. Qualia also boasts 60 pri­vate pavil­ions which look onto the Coral Sea and sur­round­ing Whit­sun­day Is­lands, with rates lead­ing in from $995 per night.

Cou­ples mas­sage, five star din­ing and com­pli­men­tary yoga, the re­sort has love­birds cov­ered’

By­ron at By­ron One&only­beach House Mar­garet River. Alan Lam Pep­pers Cra­dle Moun­tain Lake House, Dayles­ford

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