The coastal and tropical escapes that were made for newlyweds.
Blessed with sunshine, clear waters, secluded hideaways and island paradises, Queensland is honeymoon heaven. For newly married couples, luxury abounds with resorts and hideaways boasting in-house spas and million-dollar views over the ocean. With the big day done and dusted, it’s time to spend your first holiday together as Mr and Mrs.Here’s where to go if you’re thinking of heading to Queensland.
Hot honeymoon destinations in Queensland
1. Hamilton Island
Part of the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island is a spectacle to behold. Often chosen as a holiday hotspot due to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, the island features sparkling waters, silky beaches and a bevy of activities to keep the two of you busy.
2. Daydream Island
No, you’re not dreaming. This island really IS the picture of perfection. Called Daydream Island, it’s an intimate Whitsundays gem that measures less than one kilometre in length and features only one luxury resort.
Image: Tourism Whitsundays
3. Airlie Beach
Located on the mainland, Airlie Beach is an ideal base for exploring the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef. Its laidback atmosphere is matched by a culture of artist markets and waterfront restaurants serving freshly caught dishes. This one’s ideal for those wishing to make a longer trip of their honeymoon or for honeymooners on a budget.
4. Heron Island
Queensland’s Heron Island is the ultimate digital detox. There’s no mobile reception or televisions on the island, giving you and your partner in crime the chance to escape the distractions of the outside world.
- Stay at: Heron Island Resort
Image: Port Douglas and Daintree
5. Port Douglas
Tucked between forest and sea, Port Douglas has plenty of outdoor activities for restless souls. Spend your days scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef or wandering under the emerald canopies of the Daintree National Forest then spend your nights unwinding in your resort spa or watching the sunset hand in hand.
- Stay at: Shantara Resort Port Douglas
- Eat at: Salsa Bar and Grill
- Must do: Low Isles Stand Up Paddle Island and Snorkel tour
Located on the Sunshine Coast, Noosa offers boundless coastal and hinterland scenery for couples to explore. It also offers a wealth of luxurious spa and relaxation options for those who prefer to kick the breeze.
- Stay at: Rosecliffe Cottages
Image: Green Island Resort
7. Green Island
Rainforests, beaches and crystal clear waters…what more could you want out of a honeymoon on one of Queensland’s most arresting islands? Nothing, that’s what.
- Stay at: Green Island Resort
- Eat at: Make this one ultra-romantic and dine on the beach. Private seafood dinners can be arranged for two.
- Must do: Cairns Big Day Out with Green Island tour Departs from Cairns.
Image: Lizard Island
8. Lizard Island
A lovers’ paradise, this secluded getaway boasts dozens of powder-white beaches, a lagoon and infinity pools to lose yourself in. You can only get there by private charter from Cairns Airport, which is just one more luxury you can add to your honeymoon hit list.
- Stay at: Lizard Island Resort
- Eat at: Pick up a picnic hamper for a sweet and private meal on the beach.
- Must do: Lizard Island day tour Departs from Cairns.
9. Scenic Rim/Gold Coast Hinterland
Comprised of six national parks including Tamborine Mountain, Mr Barney and Lamington, Scenic Rim is the ultimate inland honeymoon destination in Queensland. It features cabin accommodation, numerous walking trails and driving routes for intrepid wanders.
- Stay at: Pethers Rainforest Retreat
- Eat at: Vue restaurant
- Must do: O’Reilly’s Lamington National Park and Tree Top Canopy tour Departs from Brisbane or Gold Coast.
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Feature image: Daydream Island