The cool thing about honeymoons is that it’s that one time in your life where you’re absolutely expected to go away and spoil yourself in a completely selfish, noone-else-in-the-world-matters manner.
Whether you disappear straight after the wedding or prolong it a while to recharge the funds, we advocate that you DO get away somewhere. It’s something to look forward to – and it’s really important to have things planned after the big day.
You could even do what one of us did and escape for a mini-moon immediately after the wedding, with a longer, more luxurious honeymoon booked later (like, a whole year later). There’s no timeline on honeymoons – as far as we’re concerned, they’re a gift card you can redeem anytime.
But enough about that – the point of this post is to share some awesome honeymoon inspo that’s on our very doorstep, so to speak.
We’re sharing some of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous, luxe getaways this fair nation has to offer. And then we’re sharing a great way to do the same region for less.
Let’s start in the heart of Australia.
LUXE: Longitude 131 // Yulara, NT
This is glamping at it’s absolute finest. Fifteen intimate tents plonked in the outback with unbroken views of Uluru and the wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Guests awaken to a private sunrise behind the rock while enjoying more luxurious surrounds than well, most other places that even have permanent roofs and walls.
There’s a fine-dining restaurant Dunes House, as well as – wait for it – the outdoor dining experience Table 131°. Think an open-air restaurant set under millions of desert stars, with four courses of incredible Australian cuisine and wines to match.
Ergh, we just want to stay here so much.
The set back? $1,200 per person, per night.
LESS: Ayers Rock Campground // Yulara, NT
Yes, it’s kind of one extreme to another, but camping is a just-as-romantic, if not more hands-on way to experience this amazing part of Australia. There are communal kitchen facilities, BBQs and amenities. And let’s face it, you’re going to be out exploring Uluru and Kata Tjuta anyway. Just make sure you time this one well – winter nights in the desert are literally freezing (but hey, all the more reason to snuggle).
The set back? Powered tent sites start at $48 per night.
LUXE: El Questro Homestead // The Kimberley, WA
Set on one million (!) acres, El Questro Wilderness Park is one of those places to escape to when you’re looking to be blown away by Australia’s untamed beauty. The Homestead at El Questro is an exclusive retreat, sitting atop a gorge with panoramic views of river systems and the gorgeousness that is The Kimberley.
Yes, you’re far, far away from pretty much everything but you will want for nothing – this is a serious world-class affair, with all the luxurious trappings you’d expect from one of Australia’s most highly regarded lodges.
The setback? From $1,674 for a double room, per night.
LESS: Home Valley Station // East Kimberley, WA
Go ahead and Google-image Home Valley Station right now. It’s eye-wateringly beautiful country. There are plenty of different accommodation options on the property, but we like the Eco Tents. They’re large, located in an idyllic bush setting and have big canvas windows on all sides which be fully drawn back at night to reveal the blanket of Kimberley stars above.
The setback? From $150 per tent, per night.
LUXE: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley // Blue Mountains, NSW
This is a conservation-based retreat just a 2.5 hour drive from Sydney. There are 40 accommodation suites, each with its own swimming pool, swanky double-sided fireplace and private verandah that looks out across the valley and rugged sandstone escarpments.
We like that it’s a completely self-contained escape too, with dining experiences and activities like horse-riding, mountain biking, wildlife safaris and much more. And since the resort is wedged between two national parks, they take conservation and biodiversity very importantly, which is another tick in our books too.
The setback? From $2,050 per suite, per night.
LESS: Two Dogs Bilpin // Bilpin, NSW
Down the end of a country lane and surrounded by Wollemi National Park lives this gem. We love that it’s super private, has an open fireplace for winter and a great 14m saltwater swimming pool for summer.
The setback? From $380 per night for the property.
LUXE: Saffire Freycinet // Freycinet, TAS
We’re not sure where to begin with this one. Just a stone’s throw from the natural wonder that is Wineglass Bay, Saffire Freycinet was named the number one boutique hotel in the world last year. We’ve heard stories of the staff here surprising guests with things they didn’t even realise they needed – for example, if you’re reading a home design magazine at breakfast, you might find a stack of them in your room later on.
We’ve been long wanting to visit Saffire Freycinet for quite some time. But WedShed might need a few more years before we can afford the price tag…
The setback? From $1,950 per room, per night.
LESS: 81 on Freycinet // Freycinet, TAS
She might be a little dated and plaid on the inside but this stone cottage has a lovely view over Coles Bay, a fireplace and big wooden deck, and is in a perfect spot to explore a very pretty part of Tassie.
The setback? From $140 per night for the cottage.
LUXE: Qualia // Hamilton Island, QLD
Located on the secluded northern-most tip of Hamilton Island, this is typically what comes to mind when you say the word honeymoon. Jaw-droppingly beautiful in design and surrounds, Qualia aims to ‘completely spoil the senses’ and we reckon they’d probably nail it.
Signature activities include culinary classes and tastings, personal beach drop-offs with a picnic lunch, spa, yoga, golf, and more. It’s a real grown-up retreat and by gosh, you deserve it after all that hard work that went into the wedding, don’t you think?
The setback? From $1,050 per pavilion, per night.
LESS: Whitsunday Cane Cutters Cottage // Airlie Beach, QLD
We’ll be honest: we found it hard to find charming alternatives on Hamilton Island. If you’re going to stay there, just blow the budget and Qualia-it-up for fewer nights because the alternative is apartments. And while they’re totally fine, we preferred the personality of this 100 year-old wooden cottage back on the mainland near Airlie Beach.
The Cane Cutters Cottage looks out into rainforest garden, with daily visits from wallabies, bandicoots and the a couple of horses. If you’re there on a Wednesday night, the owners are happy to take you sailing on the Twilight races – no experience required. And the rest of the time you can just explore the Great Barrier Reef by day-trips.
The setback? $170 per night for the cottage.
LUXE: Southern Ocean Lodge // Kangaroo Island, SA
Perched on a cliff overlooking the rugged Southern Ocean, you only have to look at these pics to know it’s something special. It’s got everything you’d expect – the gastronomic experiences, the guided day trips, the spa, but to be honest, we’d be happy just hanging out watching the weather whip by from the comfort of your own suite.
The setback? From $2,200 per night for a suite.
LESS: Still Windy // Kangaroo Island, SA
Set on a 100 hectare bush block, this lovely self-contained cottage has great views of spectacular Snelling Beach just 10 mins away, as well as the surrounding countryside.
It’s got a wrap-around deck so you can drag your chair and chase the sun, and it’s pet-friendly too. For us, that seals the deal.
The setback? From $195 per night for the property.
LUXE: Capella Lodge // Lord Howe Island, NSW
There are only 400 beds available on Lord Howe Island at any one time and these have got to be the nicest ones. Capella Lodge sits on the peaceful southern tip of the island, and the views from the property are postcard-worthy.
Described as one of the last remaining paradises, Lord Howe Island strikes us as the perfect place to honeymoon. Meals and drinks are included in the price tag of Capella Lodge but save some change for the spa – you might need it after all the exploring you’re going to want to do here.
The setback? From $750 per person, per night.
LESS: Banyan Apartments // Lord Howe Island, NSW
Nice tropical garden with cheerful little apartments tucked away. It’s not fancy but it’s quite loveable and close to shops and restaurants. Explore the island during the day and then come home to an easy, central base from which to head out from again.
The setback? $275 per night for the apartment.
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