When it comes to romantic destinations for your honeymoon, the islands of Australia top many of the lists. Whether you are looking for isolation, beautiful beaches, or adventures, the islands of Australia have all this and more. Here are 5 of the most romantic islands that make great honeymoon destinations.
- The Whitsundays
The Whitsundays Photo Credit: Australia.com
The Whitsundays Photo Credit: Australia.com
Hill Inlet Photo Credit: Wikipedia
The Whitsunday Islands, commonly known just as ‘The Whitsundays’, tops our list of honeymoon getaways. Technically, these are not just one island, of course. In fact, it is a chain of of 74 islands and is the largest archipelago in the world. It is located off the coast of Queensland and makes up the southernmost reaches of the Great Barrier Reef. The 74 islands are classified into 4 groups based on locale: The Whitsunday Group, Lindeman Group, The Molle Group, and Northern Group. An amazing getaway awaits, with something for every type of holiday seeker, whether you are looking for a quiet and relaxing escape or a tropical island sporting adventure; The Whitsunday Islands are diverse enough to have it all. If you are looking for an escape, look no further than the immaculate white sand beaches, bright blue waters, and endless paradise. The Whitsundays are so popular for romantic getaways that it actually encompasses 3 of the 5 islands on this list.
- Heart Reef, QLD
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Heart Reef Aerial View Photo Credit: Australia.com
What could be more romantic than a naturally formed heart reef? It seems like it is destined from nature for you to visit this icon of the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. It is a fly-over spot popular with helicopter tours over the reef and islands and is a great snorkelling spot too. It is close to romantic resorts in the Whitsundays including the Qualia Resort, Palm Bungalows, the Pinnacles Resort, and the Airlie Waterfront Bed & Breakfast on the Queensland coast. It is located just 80km off the coast of Airlie Beach, QLD.
- Hamilton Island
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Hamilton Island Spa Getaway Photo Credit: tourismwhitsundays.com.au
Qualia Great Barrier Reef Photo Credit: Qualia.com.au
Hamilton Island is another beautiful location in the Whitsundays. It is home to the largest island resort of the Whitsunday Islands and is a fantastic luxury retreat. It is the definition of a romantic, luxury island holiday. You get to have your own piece of the island while you stay there; it is quiet and definitely romantic. However, if your idea of a honeymoon is action and adventure, there is always something happening on Hamilton Island including sporting events, festivals, and cultural events including the annual Hamilton Island Race Week Yachting Festival, Tropfest and the SB3 World Championships. If you are looking for a combination deal for your wedding and honeymoon, then Hamilton Island might be just the right fit, it is one of the most popular wedding locations with about 500 wedding ceremonies held each year at the 10 ceremony locations and 15 reception venues on the island. Love is definitely in the air on this beautiful island.
Hiring a Car near the Whitsunday Islands
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Even though you wouldn’t take your car rental to the Whitsunday Islands, it is still great to be able to get around the mainland on your own schedule and see the sights on your own timeline rather than waiting for tour buses or relying on taxis. At Budget Car Hire in Proserpine at the Whitsunday Coast Airport location, we can find the right car for all your holiday travel needs. You can stay on the mainland and hire day cruises or fishing charters, snorkel or dive boats, etc. Or you can choose to stay on one of the islands for the ultimate, intense reef excursion. Here are some other blog posts for holiday ideas near the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef:
- Fraser Island
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Fraser Island Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Rhain – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49000860
Fraser Island Ferns Photo Credit: whc.unesco.org
Whale Watching Tour Photo Credit: VisitFraserCoast.com
Fraser Island is a unique island off the coast of Queensland just north of the capital of Brisbane. It is a large island at 160,000 hectares with plenty to see and do. It is the world’s largest sand island, but what makes it unique is the variety of landscapes on the island including rainforests, eucalyptus woodland, mangrove forests, wallum and peat swamps, sand dunes, coastal heaths, The Pinnacles, creeks, and over 100 freshwater lakes. If you like to explore the wildlife and flora, this island is a biodiverse jackpot with over 865 species of plants and wildlife in one concentrated area. With beaches on the bay side and ocean side, there is also plenty of “nothing” to do there just lying on the beaches, listening to the waves. The S.S. Maheno shipwreck is lodged right on the beach which makes for an interesting spot for snorkelling and checking out the marine life. Fraser Island is also known for sand dune four wheeling adventures, adding to the mix of things to do on your honeymoon. Depending on the timing of your honeymoon, the waters around Fraser Island are one of the most popular whale watching spots in the world during the winter and spring. If you choose Fraser Island for your honeymoon destination, you can be sure that you will be able to get in touch with nature and do plenty of relaxing.
Hiring a Car in Brisbane, Queensland
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There are several convenient locations to rent a car in Brisbane. If you are arriving at the Brisbane airport, hiring a car there could be your first option. If you are planning on renting a car from another location within or near Brisbane, you can choose from Ipswich, Rocklea, or Logan. When you rent a vehicle in Brisbane, be sure to ask your car rental agent for details on the destinations you are planning for your holiday. They will kindly provide you with safety protocols, maps, and insider details all about the best places to go on a Brisbane holiday. Here are some other holiday ideas in and around Brisbane: