Honeymoon destination

After the wedding, let your Western Australia honeymoon begin

Photo credit: Jeffrey Wang from Perfect Moment Photography Wedding Blog

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

Planning a honeymoon in Western Australia after the wedding? We can’t blame you. From the white sands to cozy breweries, towering forests to sprawling vineyards, it’s full of romantic sights and spots. But which spot deserves your attention the most?

Welcome to Western Australia

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Perth

A wonderfully mild-weathered city, Perth has all the comforts of modern convenience but with plenty of verdant quiet spots, as well.

Kings Park can be an excellent choice for a romantic stroll together, while the gorgeous Elizabeth Quay lights up at night, creating a dazzling display across the water that you can enjoy from a nice, lazy cruise.

Head down the canal into Perth’s old town to see some classic charm from the city, too.

Margaret River

A gorgeous region of rolling hills, caves, and natural beauty as far as the eye can see, Margaret River might be the perfect place for those who want to go exploring on their honeymoon.

It’s full of luxury glamping eco-accommodations, helping you wake up to the sights and sounds of nature but in plenty of comfort.

There are plenty of food and wine tours sampling the best of the region’s delicacies, too, so when you’re not exploring natural sites like the Lake Cave or Meelup Beach, you can be chowing down and sipping on some gorgeous local produce.

Fun in Western Australia

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Broome

If you’re coming to Western Australia for lazy sunbathing days and coastal adventures along miles of white sands, then Broome might just be the perfect place for you.

A laid-back town that’s significantly smaller than bigger cities like Perth, it still has plenty of modern luxury as a much-loved tourist spot.

Take a trip across the sands with a sunset camel ride, take a day trip to the Willie Creek Pearl Farm to lay your eyes on some natural jewelry, and take a day trip down to Cable Beach for some sunbathing.

Cable Beach

You can reach Cable Beach from Broome easily enough, but some people might like those gorgeous, sprawling sands so much they want to spend the whole honeymoon there and they definitely can.

There’s plenty to do at Cable Beach, whether you want to live it up and get pampered at the Bali Hai Resort & Spa or you want to grab an Intombi Sunset Cruise.

Cable Beach enjoys some of West Australia’s best weather, not to mention some of the best views of the sunset you can hope to find in the country.

Rottnest Island

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A low-lying island that’s nearly twenty kilometers off the coast of Freemantle, Rottnest can feel like a relatively undiscovered oasis of natural beauty with real potential for adventure.

An easy-going destination with no more than 300 permanent residents, it’s one of the most picturesque destinations on this list with colorful coves, sandy beaches, and lots of animal friends to meet, including quokkas, adorable little fluffy mammals that aren’t afraid to come up and greet tourists.

Relive a classic date scene when you’re done exploring by spending a night at the amusement park and spend the evening snuggling up in the pool beneath the sunset.

Esperance

Feel like a seafaring adventure full of truly unique sights? Esperance is a coastal region that not only has amazing beaches but virgin coastal scrub and literally dozens of islands that you can tour full of some truly unique sights.

Lake Hillier, a lake that’s bright pink, is one of the highlights on Middle Island, as are the beaches like Lucky Bay, where you can laze by the water only to find wild kangaroos doing the exact same.

There’s plenty of good beach pub grub and drink, as well, for some of that classic Australian hospitality.

Busselton

An easy-going city that serves as the gateway to the Margaret River region, Busselton also has plenty of its own attractions to keep honeymooners satisfied, excited, and in that romantic mood.

The Busselton Jetty is the city’s most famous sight, a long walk over the sprawling emerald waters that can also be enjoyed by train with an Underwater Observatory at the very end of it.

The foreshore is another highlight, with gorgeous, clean golden sands, restaurants, fishing, kayaks, peddle-boats and just about anything a couple of loved-up beach bums could want out of a coastal retreat.

A good honeymoon is made all the better with a little cash to help you really live it up. Honeyfund can help you out with that. With Honeyfund, you can set you your custom wedding registry, universal registry, or cash registry – quickly, easily, and budget-friendly.

Make Western Australia your wedding destination

Photo credit: Jeffrey Wang from Perfect Moment Photography Wedding Blog

BIO: Wedding photography expert Jeffrey Wang has his own wedding photography studio in Sydney Perfect Moment Photography. He helped hundreds of couples to capture their love stories and the raw emotions and spirit behinds the weddings. In his free time, he writes about love stories, venues and photography tips for known wedding blogs around the globe.

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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.

Are you getting married and planning your honeymoon? Are you using Honeyfund for your registry? Big props to you.

Even if you don’t realize it, registering to fund your honeymoon travel is a great way to reduce your wedding’s carbon footprint. You’re opting for experiences over material goods. Plus the memories from a trip will likely last longer than the enjoyment from opening a crystal punch bowl.  

You may have made some green choices for your wedding, like using local flowers or exchanging ethically sourced rings. You can continue to make eco-conscious choices together with your honeymoon. Or use it as a chance to start a more sustainable lifestyle if this wasn’t something you were thinking about before.

For other tips to have a greener get-away, read on.

Tips For A Wildlife-friendly Honeymoon

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 1.  Exotic doesn’t mean you have to go far.

You don’t have to travel to some far-flung, remote island to celebrate newlywed life. Remember it’s about you and your partner, not the place. By skipping a roundtrip trans-Atlantic flight, you can save 1.6 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Between the two of you, that’s the emissions equivalent of a nearly 8,000-mile road trip. Plus, the less time you spend traveling, the more time you have to explore your destination and enjoy each other’s company.

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2. Go where the wild things are.

Consider a trip to a national park to see native species in their natural splendor. The admission you pay for these parks helps support the conservation of natural spaces for years to come, providing valuable habitat for wildlife. A recent study also confirms that time spent in nature is good for your physical and mental well-being. Even though you vowed “in sickness and in health” why not hedge your bets and start things off on the right foot in the great outdoors?

3. Opt for ethical ecotourism.

If you are looking into any kind of ecotourism activity, do your research and make sure it’s responsible. This means tourism sites put animal safety and welfare ahead of guest experience, with restrictions on how close you can get and limiting the amount of people on tours each day. Other best practices include minimizing harms to animals and habitats and tours that financially support and empower local culture and conservation efforts.

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4. Travel light.

Once you arrive at your destination, you may need a way to get around town. If you’re planning on renting a car for your trip, see what your alternative options are available, such as hybrid or electric vehicles. Even better, use bike shares and public transportation to get around and to see more of the area. Stations and stops are usually located near major sightseeing destinations in urban areas, making them a super convenient and low-impact way to get around.

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5. Stay small.

Find small-scale hotels in the community you’re staying in. Their impact is usually less than the larger chain hotels. Smaller hotels can reduce your accommodation footprint by as much as 48 percent. You’ll also likely be supporting local businesses in the area and the staff might be able to recommend some hidden gems off of the beaten path. Small local businesses help support and empower the nearby community.

6. Be sun safe and sea safe.

Check the ingredients on your sunscreen and opt for types with natural barriers rather than chemical ones. Oxybenzone and octinoxate are toxic to corals and cause them to bleach and die. A third of reef-building coral is threatened and we’ve already lost half of our coral reefs due to climate change. The added stress of chemical contamination deepens the crisis.

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7. Safe sex saves wildlife.

No matter where you go, honeymoons are notorious for one particular activity. But before you “make things official,” make sure the right contraceptive for you and your partner is at the top of both of your packing lists. That way you don’t add to your family before you’re ready. Almost half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, and the demands of our growing human population mean less resources and space for wildlife.

There are a number of ways to make your trips more sustainable from where you go to how you get there. Your honeymoon can be a joint commitment to a more conservation conscious lifestyle. And remember, these suggestions can apply to any trip, not just your honeymoon. Spread the love for wildlife by making responsible choices whenever you travel.

Bio: Since 2009, the Center for Bio Diversity’s Endangered Species Condoms program has been working to address the connection between rampant human population growth and the extinction crisis since 2009. Through innovative outreach and public-pressure campaigns such as our award-winning Endangered Species Condoms project we focus on common-sense solutions, including the empowerment of women and girls, the education of all people, universal access to birth control, sustainable consumer choices, and a societal commitment to giving all species a chance to live and thrive.

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