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Luxury Australia Honeymoons

Australia’s coastline measures in at more than 22,000 miles and that’s before you take into consideration the 14,000-plus miles that circumnavigate its islands. In short, we’re talking an awful lot of sand, sun, sea and surf, not to mention many a beach featuring in the world’s top 100. It is this coastline that draws the majority of visitors, especially for a luxury Australia honeymoon, but it is certainly not a place for just lying on a lounger. Aussies have an innate get-up-and-go attitude, and once here it becomes contagious. This is the great outdoors – an authentic adventure, Aussie-style.

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Turquoise Holidays Top 5 Reasons To Honeymoon In Australia

1. Keep it simple. It is sometimes difficult to get your head around the size of Australia. Although it is the world’s smallest continent it’s the sixth largest country, mainland Europe can fit into Australia’s borders! In short, don’t try and do too much. Australia is possible to visit in two weeks but the longer you have there the better! However even if you are lucky enough to have a lot of time off for your honeymoon, don’t try and do too much. It is more important to truly experience a few regions, than try and rush everything – you can always go back!

2. City Chic. Sydney is a must for any honeymoon in Australia. A glamorous, cool and chic city with a beautiful harbour littered with islands, coves, inlets and beaches just waiting to be explored. A three night stay is an ideal amount of time to explore, even then you will leave wishing you had stayed longer. Makes sure you have room facing the harbour - it’s worth the extra cost. Top tip – take a scenic flight up the Hawkesbury river in a seaplane for lunch.

3. From City to Reef. The Great Barrier and the islands of this pristine wilderness are another must see if you haven’t visited before. The Queensland coast has the best weather during our summer months, so perfect for a lot of honeymooners looking to go away straight after their wedding. It is also a lovely place to visit in Spring and Autumn, but humidity and rainfall are more likely. The founders of Turquoise Holidays got engaged on Lizard Island, a perfect honeymoon paradise and a firm favourite at Turquoise!

4. Stopover en route. Break up the long the journey down-under in Dubai, Bangkok, Singapore or Hong Kong, giving your honeymoon a fun two centre twist and your body a bit of a rest! It is always worth getting a quote for Business Class or Premium economy as airfares are cheaper per mile than any other destination worldwide. So although seemingly expensive compared to other destinations, there is usually a bargain to be found!

5. Live like a local. Australia is all about culture and the fantastic Aussie lifestyle. Move away from big hotel brands and experience local life by staying in one of our beach houses or smaller boutique properties. Learn to surf, sample some of the fantastic Australian wines, and most importantly…try a famous Moreton bay bug (huge prawn) straight from the BBQ.

Beaches, Rainforests and Reefs.

When beach-bound Down Under, it’s often a case of destination East Coast. While Bondi remains the iconic city/beach hip hangout, Byron Bay has managed to combine fashionable chic without forgoing its whimsical flower power vibe of old. Then there is surf-cool Noosa (the perfect place to learn) before hitting the picture-perfect Whitsundays with its island beaches, so clean they almost squeak. Peppered with romantic five-star, hammock-swinging private abodes (led by Hayman and Hamilton) the Whitsundays is a place where luxury feet-in-the-sand moments come with a capital L. Here, like the more northerly 24-beach Lizard Island, the Great Barrier Reef is your back garden, a world wonder to explore with local guides whether it be snorkelling, sailing, diving or fishing.

But much of Australia’s captivating spirit is down to its wilderness: from the rainforests in the north with treetop accommodation that borders on the fairytale to the wild surfer beaches and unsung wineries of Western Australia’s Margaret River; from the veritable zoo that is Kangaroo Island to the tiny far-flung Lord Howe Island (described by Sir David Attenborough as ‘so extraordinary it is almost unbelievable’), there is a tangible rawness to much of Australia. Nowhere is this more evident than Tasmania, reputedly home to the cleanest air in the world. Anyone Tassie-bound should trek the stunning Freycinet National Park with its green peaks, pink granite rocks and heavily wooded interiors that tumble down to the instantly recognisable Wineglass Bay. Alternatively, be guided through the Bay of Fires, a remote landscape of blinding-white beaches, turquoise waters and orange-hued rocks. Spot a wallaby, go in search of the elusive platypus, learn to build a campfire, picnic under the stars and enjoy rural eco-luxury at its best.

But unlike 20 or 30 years ago, most of us don’t have the luxury of ‘gap year’ months stretching mindlessly ahead (albeit with Greyhound buses and noisy hostels). With a grown-up time limit the key to travelling Australia is to respect its vast size and not try ‘to do it all’. A lot depends on the season, but pick and choose a handful of destinations, be open to domestic flights and differing combinations. Australia is such a diverse country: from its vibrant cities and fantastic food scene to its iridescent beaches, tropical rainforests, remote islands and the mesmerizing outback (much more accessible than people imagine), it is a destination to discover, to taste and to savour. Wherever you go, embrace the laidback lifestyle, enjoy barbies on the beach, beer in a boat and let the carefree spirit of Australia do the rest. 

Hotel of the month: Six Senses Con Dao

This rustic yet luxurious tropical retreat is surrounded by nature and fronted by wide, gleaming-white sands on the unspoilt island of Con Dao, a short flight from Ho Chi Minh City – the perfect beach ending to a top-to-toe journey through Vietnam.

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Hotel of the month: Six Senses Con Dao

This rustic yet luxurious tropical retreat is surrounded by nature and fronted by wide, gleaming-white sands on the unspoilt island of Con Dao, a short flight from Ho Chi Minh City – the perfect beach ending to a top-to-toe journey through Vietnam.