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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 Australia’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


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 centre, 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


The iconic Q1 Resort and Spa is Australia’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 Australia’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


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 Australia’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 chef’s 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 chef’s 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


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 Australia’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


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 Australia’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


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.

Australia’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

BIO: Australian Dream Weddings specialises in assisting couples from all over the world, dreaming of a romantic, unique and beautiful wedding in one of the world’s most desired, popular and safest locations… Australia.

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

Hours and hours of planning, designing and dreaming. The amount of time that it took to reach the actual wedding day seemed unreal. I mean, who doesn’t dream of this day their entire lives? When the day is over, and the party has ended, will you be happy with the twenty minutes your photographer had with just you and your honey? Did that photographer get every dream photograph you’ve had tucked away in your mind and heart? Did they get it in just twenty minutes?

Twenty minutes, forty minutes, or anything under an hour, can fly by. Typically you’re squeezing your bride and groom portraits in right there in the middle of the wedding day. This is how we all (photographers) have to do it! We spend a lot of time creating and rearranging timelines to get the right light aligning with the right time. And when it comes down to it, that time is hardly enough to get the actual emotions you’re feeling to surface.

Why Engage Your Wedding Photographer On Day After

Document the feels

1. Don’t Miss the Feels

With a “Day After” shoot, you get to put your dream dress back on (yay for wearing it more than once!), hair and makeup can be a little more laid back, and you can finally soak in that you’re married. I have my couples think back to when they had first met, or went on their first date together. As we shoot a day or two after the wedding, a lot of beautiful emotions can come to mind. The thick and thin that they’ve been through, the REAL moments of life that they’ve faced together. After the wedding day itself they can actually focus on one another, and have someone document all of those feelings.

Don't keep your guests waiting

2. No One is Waiting

Holla! Have you noticed how wedding guests get a little cranky when there are two hours between ceremony and reception? Why are they so cranky? Maybe they’re hungry… Typically they’ve been waiting because of family formals, wedding party shots, and bride and groom portraits seem to take forever to them. It’s funny because on the photographer’s end of the deal we quickly turn into the wedding coordinator, sunglass holder, drill sergeant, and even the family counselor. Emotions are real in this moment, grandma is feeling tired and we have to move quickly. When it comes down to it, no one is having a good time and we’re all feeling it. After that, I bet you’re feeling really in love and want to take some bride and groom photos together…

Show off your destination

3. Show off that destination

Together you can climb the mountain outside your venue, walk the sand along your beach or dance around the forest. Climbing, crawling, water skiing, or flying. As photographers we crave the shot, and I’d do just about anything to get it. Don’t fear asking your photographer to do something crazy. The worst they can say is no, right? This is the place you’ve dreamed of being in. After all, this is the very place you decide to commit your lives to one another. Why wouldn’t you want to have your photographer tag along for a few hours to create epic memories in this place? Climb the mountains, walk the desert or stroll the epic city. These shots are the ones you’ll be printing and placing in your home. These are the shots people tend to drool over as well, but most importantly these are the shots of your favorite place with your favorite person. How much better does it get?

After all is said and done, asking your photographer for a day after shoot may be the best question you ask them. Especially for you destination brides. Photographers love destinations, most love exploring and they love documenting love. Pulling them all together brings a joy to the couple and the photographer and it all lasts a lifetime. Book that day after shoot, you won’t regret it.

Help finance your “day after” wedding shoot with a Honeyfund honeymoon registry.

Bio: Raised by an artist mother, Rachel Wakefield considers herself the “photo maker of the free spirited.” She loves to tell the love stories of the people she works with, especially on location shoots. For information, check out her website.




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