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Australia's hottest honeymoon spots

Sarah Reid
Adult getaway on Orpheus Island

Looking for a romantic getaway that offers more than your typical long-weekend B&B fare?

From camping under the stars in Kakadu to having your worries massaged away in a tropical Balinese garden — in Victoria — there's an itinerary to suit all loved-up travellers.

Silky Oaks Lodge and Healing Waters Spa, Qld

Love the idea of holidaying in a secluded rainforest villa that's within a stone's throw of the ocean? Overlooking the Mossman River, this five star resort nestled in the Daintree National Park blends the soothing qualities of the ancient rainforest with the stylish indulgences of a contemporary retreat. You could easily spend a week or two sampling activities such as canoeing on the Mossman River, bushwalking, strapping in for a scenic helicopter ride, exploring the Great Barrier Reef, playing a leisurely game of tennis, treating yourself to a massage or simply bird watching from the comfort of your own private Treehouse. And while you'll feel like you're a million miles from civilisation, Port Douglas is a mere 20 minutes drive away. Ahh.

Phone: 1300 134 044
Website: www.silkyoakslodge.com.au

Wilderness Challenge Safari, Qld, NT, WA

Pack your mosquito repellent and put your partner on croc watch — you're on safari, Australian style. Perfect for couples who have a healthy sense of adventure and enjoy travelling holidays, Wilderness Challenge Safaris will open your eyes to the raw beauty of remote Australia. Perhaps the 14-day Gulf and Kakadu ''Drover'' safari — on which you'll travel through the Gulf country, majestic outback vistas of the Northern Territory and the unique wetlands of Kakadu National Park — is enough to get your adrenaline pumping. Or maybe the six-day Kimberley ''Discoverer'' — on which you'll travel through the heart of the Kimberly region — is more to your fancy. Prefer privacy with your partner? The Wilderness Challenge ''Private Collection'' provides tailor-made, exclusive wilderness experiences. Simply tell them where you want to go and what you want to do, and they'll design an itinerary especially for you and your loved one. Did we mention you'll be put up in a state-of-the-art off-road camper-trailer? Very bush-chic, dahlink.

Phone: 1800 354 486
Website: www.wilderness-challenge.com.au

The Settlers Hut, NSW

Voted ''Most Romantic Getaway in NSW'' and awarded four and a half stars by The Sydney Morning Herald in 2001, the restored 1840s cottage is situated in its own private garden at Berrima, in the NSW Southern Highlands. The rough hewn slab walls and carefully selected rustic colonial bush décor will transport you back to the gold rush days — well, if it wasn’t for the luxurious log fireplace and mod-cons such as the enormous claw-foot bathtub, barbecue, CD player, fridge and laundry facilities at your fingertips. The hut overlooks the Wingecarribee River, where you might be lucky enough to spot platypus playing at dawn and dusk. Simply curl up with your lover in front of the fire, or meander around the historic town's museums, art galleries, antique shops, restaurants and cafes. Adventurous types may opt to visit the nearby Joadja ''ghost town''.

Phone: (02) 4883 4001
Website: jellore.fasthit.net

Orpheus Island Resort, Qld

Ever wondered what the next best thing to owning your own island might be? The answer is holidaying on Orpheus Island, an exclusive adult getaway (that's right — no kids under 15 allowed) situated south of Cairns offering the discerning couple premium service, fine dining and total seclusion. The island is surrounded by tropical fish, coral and white sandy beaches and you'll be assured to know the resort is committed to eco-tourism. Simply relax on your own private beach with a gourmet hamper, indulge in spa treatments, explore the tropical rainforest wilderness and the wonders of the reef, or snooze away your stresses beside the pool — it's your choice.

Phone: (07) 4777 7377
Website: www.orpheus.com.au

Cradle Mountain Chateau, Tas

One glance at the scenery and it's no surprise the Chateau is one of Australia's most popular honeymoon destinations. Set in a World Heritage National Park boasting majestic alpine peaks and breathtaking lakes, the chateau also lies at the doorstep of some of the nation's most spectacular bushwalking trails — don't forget your camera! More of a homebody? Rug up in front of the fire while snow falls outside your room during winter, or if the weather is warmer, relax on your private deck with a glass of local Tasmanian wine. Peckish? Order freshly caught rainbow trout at The Grey Gum, Cradle Mountain Chateau's signature a la carte restaurant.

Phone: 1800 420 155
Website: www.cradlemountainchateau.com.au

Balinese Retreat, Vic

Tucked in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges just 45 minutes from Melbourne lies this exotic, uber-exclusive private hideaway, voted one of the top 10 ultimate honeymoon destinations in the world by www.luxurytravelmagazine.com in 2005. Enter your luxurious, self-contained villa via a walkway lit by traditional Balinese lanterns. Here you're free to relax any way you want, from being pampered until you pop at the day spa, indulging in a five-course Thai banquet prepared by your personal chef, visiting the Yarra Valley wineries just 15 minutes away, or simply letting the tropical garden waterfalls lull you into a peaceful, afternoon nap.

Phone: (03) 9737 0413
Website: www.balineseretreat.com.au

Cable Beach Club Resort, WA

Perched just metres from the old pearling centre of Cable Beach, just 10 minutes from Broome, the resort features arguably the most luxurious accommodation and fine dining on Western Australia's North Coast. The activity options are endless — you may choose to view the fossilised dinosaur footprints at the end of the beach, explore the humbling Windjana and Geike Gorges or the spectacular horizontal waterfall at Talbot Bay, or perhaps saddle up for a camel ride along the beach with your partner at sunset. Back at the resort, float away your cares in the adults-only temperature-controlled, salt-water pool, sample the enormous range of cocktails from the Pool Bar, or indulge in fresh local West Australian seafood, prime Kimberley grain-fed beef and pure Australian delicacies. Simply sumptuous.

Phone: (08) 9192 0400
Website: www.cablebeachclub.com

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We had our honeymoon for 7 nights staying in Airlie Beach at Waterfront Whitsunday Retreat. This is an amazing place we had a honeymoon package that included being picked up in a stretch limo from the airport, french champagne and chocolates when we checked in, a trip to a private island in a bubble helicopter and a massage for my wife. The suite had a spa bath on the balcony and inside the biggest plasma tv ever (not that I was allowed to use it much) they also have oil burners that change every day and a great mini bar. We really loved our time here and the staff we first class. We have booked to go back for our anniversary next year. 10 out of 10
I haven't actually had a honeymoon to report yet...but we are trying to get a package for the Australian snow season. Any ideas or recommendations for where's a nice place to go skiing in Aus (and not too expensive) ??
We had our honeymoon down at Margaret River and it was beautiful! Wineries, beaches, bushwalks alongside waterfalls and babbling brooks... its was soo romantic! It felt like another world and if your new hubby just wants to kick around the cottage your booked there are video stores and an IGA to buy every thing you need so you wont have to leave your room for days! from Video watching, to walks to lots of loving... and if you live in WA its a budget friendly holiday too!
Our honeymoon was on Wilson Island, via Heron Island, via Gladstone. This place was fantastic. My husband and I love the water so we spent so much time snorkelling and the rest been spoilt by our hosts with amazing food and wine. Would recommend to anyone who just wants to relax in tranquility.
We didn't have a lot of money to spend travelling too far away, so we went to the Sunshine Coast Amytis Gardens Retreat and Spa, tucked away on a mountain just 15 minutes from beaches. Everything we needed was there, perfect little chalet amoungst the trees all self contained. Chefs takeaway meals could be delivered to our chalet too, which were really yummy. I had a facial and my husband did a cooking class with the head chef. The rest of the time we just relaxed in a truely beautiful location.
we had our honeymoon in western australia. we went up to geraldton and had fresh seafood by the water, its known for its crayfish (lobster), we then took a helicoptor flight to abrohlos islands for snorkling...it was amazing. we had a romantic pictic by the water.

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