Honeymoon destination

Honeymoon on Australia's Gold Coast

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

With miles and miles of golden beaches surrounded by sub-tropical rainforests in the Hinterland and perfect weather all year round, it is no wonder that the Gold Coast is Australian’s most sought-after destination for romantic weddings and honeymoons.

Whether you are after luxury 5-star beachside luxury, a romantic cabin in the stunning rainforest hinterland or glamping in the wilderness of a World Heritage listed National Park, the Gold Coast has an array of options for the honeymooning couple to choose from.

Choosing The Best Destinations For Honeymoon Trips

Here are some of the best honeymoon destinations on the Gold Coast.

Palazzo Versace

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Palazzo Versace Gold Coast is everything you would expect in a luxury hotel from the world of Versace and more.

It offers an exclusive waterfront location nestled between the sparkling Broadwater and the beautiful white sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean.

With extraordinary service, spectacular architecture, opulent accommodation and the design throughout featuring Versace’s bespoke furnishings and Italian craftsmanship, Palazzo Versace creates an ambiance of pure glamor and luxury.

Gianni Versace’s distinctive vision of luxury and beauty influences every detail of the accommodation at Palazzo Versace. Every one of the hotel’s 200 light-filled bedrooms and suites and 72 luxury condominiums offers pure indulgence, absolute glamour, and ultimate relaxation – the very best of everything.

Featuring three award-winning restaurants, a famed day spa, fitness and wellbeing center, private marina and sparkling lagoon pool, Palazzo Versace truly reflects 5-star luxury.

It is no wonder that Palazzo Versace is the choice of celebrities, entertainers, and Royalty when they visit Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast is the ultimate 5-star luxury hotel honeymoon destination.

Q1 Resort and Spa, Surfers Paradise

Q1 Resort and Spa

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The iconic Q1 Resort and Spa is Australian’s tallest residential tower set in the heart of Surfers Paradise.

Offering elite accommodation in luxury one, two, three, four bedroom and penthouse apartments all capturing breathtaking views of the Gold Coast’s white sandy beaches, Pacific Ocean, and stunning Hinterland.

The design of the Q1 Resort and Spa is inspired by the spirit and lifestyle of Australia, reflecting elements of the Olympic Torch and Sydney Opera House in its stunning design.

The Q1 Resort and Spa boasts Australian’s only beachfront observation deck located on level 77 which offers breathtaking views of the entire Gold Coast. SkyPoint Observation Deck is serviced by an express elevator which rises 77 levels in just 43 seconds.

The international award-winning Exclusive Spas operate the Q1 Spa which offers a range of uniquely Australian treatments including full body exfoliations, hypnotic pulsing Vichy showers, the dual Hydrostorm, fragrant spa baths, hot rocks, chilled rocks and the amazing Jet Spa that will steam, mist massage and aroma you. Better yet they specialise in dual treatments offering the honeymooning couple the ultimate spa treatment.

The Q1 Resort and Spa incorporate luxury accommodation, world-class recreational facilities, three swimming pools, iconic dining precinct and an award-winning day spa all nestled amongst lush tropical landscaping offering you everything you need for a romantic, luxury honeymoon.

Songbirds Rainforest Retreat, Mount Tamborine

Songbirds Rainforest Retreat, Mount Tamborine

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Songbirds Rainforest Retreat offers six private luxury villas set amongst 52 acres of the stunning emerald rainforest of Mount Tamborine in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

Songbirds believes that your stay should be a time to be surrounded by the rainforest, become immersed in beauty, indulge in fine food and revive the mind, body, and soul.

Stay in one of six luxurious and spacious villas and awake to the sounds of Australian’s famous songbirds including kookaburras, whipbirds, and lorikeets.

Each beautifully appointed villa offers a King size bed, double spa bath, lounge area with a gas ember fire for cooler nights and large outdoor deck.

Relax and revive with a therapeutic massage and an array of pampering spa treatments or a one on one meditation or yoga session. Reconnect with nature by walking through Songbirds rainforest pathways and the beautiful Mount Tamborine National Parks.

Order a breakfast basket or grazing platter or dine in the multi-award-winning restaurant which has hosted many renowned Queensland chefs over the years and won many accolades. Songbirds mouth-watering cuisine is founded in fine fresh ingredients including local produce and delicious organic vegetables and herbs grown in their own organic vegetable garden and presented to the chefs each day.

Romantic seclusion, privacy, and an exquisite natural backdrop make Songbirds Rainforest Retreat the ultimate setting for an intimate, luxury rainforest honeymoon.

Nightfall Wilderness Camp, Scenic Rim Lamington National Park

Nightfall Wilderness Camp, Scenic Rim Lamington National Park

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Nightfalls Wilderness Camp is nestled next to the headwaters of Christmas Creek located in a seemingly remote part of the Lamington National Park, aptly known as the Lost World.

The camp sits atop a vast mystical ancient geology near Mount Warning sheltering rare flora and fauna and some of the world’s remaining tracts of Gondwana subtropical rainforest and the magical rim of mountains known as the Scenic Rim.

Glamping at its best, Nightfall Wilderness Camp is limited to only six travelers, ensuring privacy and intimacy. The decadent private safari tents provide the perfect environment for a honeymooning couple.

Blending simple luxuries with off the beaten track rainforests, waterfalls, and wildlife, you can enjoy rapids with private natural pools, a massage by the creek or in the rainforest, a lazy hammock or a night under the stars by the campfire.

For those who crave adventure discover the tangled rainforest walks on your own or with a guide to discover the local birds, wildlife, plants, history, and culture.

After pre-dinner drinks, your hosts Steve and Heidi will prepare a sumptuous organic feast prepared on the campfire and served under the stars.

Nightfalls Wilderness Camp is a truly memorable experience for the honeymooning couple looking to really get away from it all.

Byron Bay

Situated just an hour South of the Gold Coast is the beautiful coastal town of Byron Bay known for its beaches, surfing, and scuba diving sites, as well as bustling culinary and music scenes. Cape Byron is Australian’s most eastern point and the Cape Byron Lighthouse is situated on the headland in the State Conservation Park.

Byron Bay enjoys a subtropical climate and between June and November humpback whales can be spotted form headland viewpoints such as the Captain Cook Lookout.

Watermark at Wategos, Absolute Beachfront Byron Bay

Watermark at Wategos, Absolute Beachfront Byron Bay

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Set amongst the lush backdrop of the Byron Bay Hinterland and offering absolute beachfront self-contained luxury suites, Watermark at Wategos is situated on one of Australian’s most beautiful beaches, Wategos Beach.

Watermark at Wategos offers three luxuriously appointed beach suites. Choose from the Beachfront studios featuring a stunningly furnished separate living area and galley kitchen, queen size bed and an Italian marble bathroom with Egyptian cotton bathrobes and towels.

The Ocean View apartment is situated upstairs enhancing the spectacular beach view. The suite incorporates a spacious and beautifully furnished living room, an Italian marble bathroom with Egyptian cotton bathrobes and towels and a separate bedroom featuring a Queen size bed.

The luxurious Private Residence is the ultimate accommodation at Watermark at Wategos. Featuring two master bedrooms finished in fine details with luxury marble ensuites in each. The view from every room is spectacular but none more so than the stunning living room and outdoor entertaining area. Enjoy the view and the fresh ocean breeze as you watch whales, dolphins, and surfers from your balcony in your Private Residence.

Nestled in the beautiful Cape Byron Headland Nature Reserve in the shadow of the famous lighthouse, Watermark at Wategos is the ultimate beachfront honeymoon location.

The Villas of Byron

The Villas of Byron

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The Villas of Byron are tropical luxe inspired private villas nestled discreetly in the heart of Byron Bay. Set amongst the lush coastal rainforest, the villas invite each of their guests to revel in their own private oasis.

The luxury Villas are designed as exclusive compounds offering the ultimate accommodation experience from the private internal courtyards with heated mineral pools, waterfall, and spa, signature additions such as the outdoor showers and Japanese bidet to the plush, textured furnishings, oversized bedrooms, lavish ensuite bathrooms and contemporary galley kitchens.

The Villas of Byron offer an excellent range of luxurious signature services. Choose from their range of gourmet hampers including a breakfast basket, gourmet picnic hamper or mezze platter, or enjoy candlelit dinners in the privacy of your villa prepared by a personal chef.

The Villas Pamper Menu is designed to enhance your stay. Experience an array of decadent face, hand and foot beauty rituals or sample the range of well-being services including full body massage and private yoga lessons.

If you seek a romantic retreat, the Villas of Byron can offer you all of this and more.

Australian’s Gold Coast truly does offer the honeymooning couple everything they could desire for the ultimate romantic, intimate honeymoon getaway.

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Sunset on the Gold Coast

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Honeymoon in Queenstown NZ

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

True, getting married is its own adventure, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t add a little extra adventure with an amazing honeymoon destination. Imagine doing something that you both love together to celebrate your marriage. Here we have put together 8 awesome honeymoon destinations that any adventurous couple will love. But don’t worry – these destinations may be full of adventure, but they’re also packed with plenty of romance!

8 Exciting Honeymoon Destinations

Water sports in Queenstown NZ

1 – Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown is famous for its adventure. From bungee jumping to zip lining to the world’s biggest swing (the Nevis swing) to kayaking, you’ve probably heard about it all. However, have you heard about the relaxing hot pools where you can sip champagne? Or perhaps you’d be interested in altitude wine tours where you can taste the finest of local pinot noirs? Queenstown has the best of both worlds where you can find adventure and romance around every corner.

Adventures in Colorado

2 – Rocky Mountains, Colorado

From skiing, dog sledding, snow tubing, and outdoor ice-skating in the winter, to horseback riding, paddle boarding, hiking, fishing, and swimming in summer, Colorado is great year-round spot for honeymoons. This is also a great destination for couples who want to honeymoon on a budget. With many houses available for rent through Airbnb, and many hotels and lodges available for only $140 – $180/night, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself and each other without breaking the bank.

Adventures on the Amalfi coast

3 – Amalfi Coast, Italy

This enchanting city is located just south of Naples. Not only will you be able to enjoy the coast, you’ll be able to take in the beautiful mountain scenery. There are plenty of places to enjoy a little romance, as well as lush canyons to explore, sandy beaches to relax on, and an intoxicating aroma of native flowers, lemon groves, and olive trees on the air (during the warm seasons, at least!) After a day of exploration, you can sit back and relax at one of many boutique resorts & spas, munch down at alfresco restaurants, and maybe kick things back up with one of many water activities!

Inca ruins in Machu Picchu Peru

4 – Machu Picchu, Peru

Walk among these well-preserved and remarkable Incan ruins, which are located high in the Peruvian Andes. Here, you can enjoy history with an adventurous edge. Enjoy breathtaking scenery, a warm and inviting culture, and cozy, romantic stays at world-class hotels. Trek the mountains, or take a train trip to hidden away cities, take a plane to Amazonia beaches, steal a few moments away in the mountains, or enjoy some of the romantic Latin cultures and get some good food to boot.

Plenty to do in Iceland

5 – Iceland

From Bjork to Games of Thrones and even a beautiful volcano, you’ve probably heard some interesting things about Iceland by now. However, you might not be so familiar with chasing the Northern Lights, ice climbing, horseback riding, or hiking that Iceland is also known for. It’s also not terribly far away, being only a 4- 7-hour flight depending on which coast you leave from. But don’t let the beauty fool you, this is home to some of the wildest nightlife in Europe. Between that and its quirky culture and delicious eateries, you won’t find a boring moment in Iceland. Enjoy a 1,200-year-old Viking longhouse, one of a dozen hot springs, art scenes like nowhere else, or visit Mink Viking Portrait, where you can be decked out in authentic Viking garb.

Beaches in Cape Town South Africa

6 – Cape Town, South Africa

This is a popular destination for winter honeymooners, as Cape Town enjoys a delectable summer during our winters. With beautiful, limitless beaches, unforgettable foods, and exciting experiences around every corner, it’s no surprise that Cape Town is so popular. This modern city has no shortage of adventure, with easy access to climbing, hiking, rappelling/abseiling, and hang gliding. These activities can be enjoyed from either Table Mountain, a huge flat top, or Lion’s Head, which is an extraordinarily steep climb. Either way, you can finish off your day with some surfing or even great white shark cage diving!

Local culture in Costa Rico

7 – Costa Rica

Costa Rica is great for those who are a little burnt out of planning after a wedding. They offer several “adventure packages” that include everything from zip lining, hiking, and self-driving tours to water rafting, swimming, and affordable upscale hotels and suites. You get to enjoy delicious cuisines, action and adventure, and lovely nights at the poolside sipping bubbly. It’s a great way to have an adventure while also having time to relax.

Camel tours in Morocco

8 – Morocco

Morocco promises adventure for everyone with its bustling cities, enticing spices, gorgeous coastlines, historic architecture and unbelievable eats. Enjoy everything from large, open markets to upscale modernized cities, laid-back beaches, and unending fun and adventure in Morocco. Surfing, hiking, swimming, and discovering the love of new places and tastes are just a few of the wonderful adventures you can enjoy with your new spouse.

Wherever you choose to go, starting your marriage off with an adventure is amazing. Trying new things together, learning new things together, and finding new things together will only help to strengthen the bond that you have. Add in a ton of adventure along the way, and you’ll have stories to last a lifetime.

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Bio: Abby Drexler is a contributing writer and media specialist for Travel Wits. She regularly produces content for a variety of travel blogs. Some of her favorite travel destinations include Italy, San Francisco, and Ireland.

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