Australia isn’t always the place that springs to mind when planning a honeymoon but with flight prices more competitive than ever and it literally being foodie heaven… now is the time to explore. Australia has grown up past its backpacker status and is at the forefront of everything food, coffee, wine and of course… weddings (go check out Hello May).
And it has THE BEST BEACHES.
Although we LOVE Melbourne (look out for our blog post coming soon), Sydney we felt was just a tick off of the list. We found so many off the beaten track places, some were close to Sydney, the rest closer to Brisbane. And you could easily do them in 2-3 weeks. If scenery, wine, peace and views like the photo below float your boat head to NSW. But for endless beaches, guaranteed sunshine and chilled out vibes fly straight into Brisbane and hit the Sunshine Coast…
GO: THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, NSW
For: historical mountain villages, natural phenomena and scenery like this…
Stay: 1880’s Church on the Colo river – voted one of the most beautiful air bnbs in the world and featured on “The Living Room” tv series
Eat: Follow the Oyster trail for the BEST oysters in the world (and we’ve tried a few!)
GO: BELLINGEN, NSW
For: bohemian vibes, swimming in magical waterholes, lush greenery, historical village, one of the best coffees in Oz
Stay: in a rainforest chalet amongst lush tropical paradise
Swim: the most magical watering hole Never Never creek in The Promised Land
Drink: coffee at Hyde. Gorgeous interiors, luxury homeware for sale and one of the best coffees we had in Australia
GO: If you fly into Sydney go check out the iconic Icebergs pool at Bondi Beach, shop at Bondi markets and you MUST visit Grounds of Alexandria – one of the most beautiful wedding venues and restaurant we ever did see (and it comes complete with its own pet pig).
GO: BYRON BAY
For: the bay of dreams, hipster hangs, some of the best surfing in the world, boutique shopping, food, partying
Watch: just watching the surfers at the famous “Pass” is breathtaking. If you’re feeling brave its also one of the best places to learn
Walk: the lighthouse loop at sunset and you might spot some whales and turtles
Check out: the street art may not compare to Melbourne but its alive and kicking in Byron
Eat: Sustainable and natural food in a farm setting at Three Blue Ducks
Stay/Eat: Motel turned boutique hotel Halcyon House for Instagram heaven, 60s vibes on Carbarita beach, Australia does Palm Springs. Make a reservation at in house Paper Daisy restaurant. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Visit: Bangalow for beautiful hinterland, hippy vibes, amazing rainforest air bnbs, waterfalls and the Crystal Castle
Live: The motto is “Cheer up, slow down, chill out”…
GO: Burleigh Heads and the Gold Coast
For: an area having its moment, one of the best female tattoo artists in Australia, food, oysters, endless beaches with no-one on them, Steve Irwin zoo, koala spotting, trips to Fraser Island and The Whitsundays
Relax: Nobby Beach. A beautiful yet somehow deserted stretch of the Gold Coast
Stay: So many luxury high rises for a fraction of the cost of anywhere else in Australia
Breakfast: BSKT cafe – cool beach coffee shop with organic food and yoga. It’s all about the thermogenic coconut coffee
Hang out: with the hip locals in Burleigh heads. Beautiful beaches, foodie destination heaven, boutique shopping
Eat: Rick Shores – massive statement but maybe our fave restaurant in the world?! Pan Asian flavours, literally in the sea with the waves lapping at the windows and surfers riding by, the best oysters, cocktails and THE BUG ROLL…