If you're looking for a honeymoon destination with lots of sun, sea and sand- Queensland might just be for you.
Qualia, Hamilton Island
Honeymooners can follow in the footsteps of their favourite stars staying at qualia, one of Australia’s most luxury island resorts. qualia is an adult-only exclusive world-class luxury resort, nestled into northern side of Hamilton Island and surrounded by the stunning Great Barrier Reef. The luxury resort has a definitive style of understated elegance and quality. Guests can dine beside Pebble Beach or escape to the sanctuary of the spa for a quintessential qualia treatment.
Take a helicopter over the Great Barrier Reef
Located on Hamilton Island at the heart of the Whitsundays, honeymooners have amazing access to the world famous Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach by helicopter. The qualia Whitehaven Beach by Helicopter package includes four night’s luxury accommodation, a gourmet dinner, VIP chauffeur and concierge service on Hamilton Island, A la carte breakfasts and a sensational helicopter trip to Whitehaven Beach, known for having the whitest sand in the world. On touch down couples can tuck into a fruit platter and sparkling wine overlooking the Coral Sea.
Reefsleep, overnight accommodation situated directly on the Great Barrier Reef, allows visitors to sleep under the stars in ‘swags’ - cosy, low tents with a clear viewing panels, a comfortable mattress and snug bedding. Available as king singles or doubles for couples, the ‘under the stars swags’ are an unbeatable sleeping experience - just you, the sea air and the stars. Reefsleep offers two days and one night’s accommodation at a permanently moored pontoon on the exquisite Great Barrier Reef.
Treetop luxury at Sunshine Coast’s Secrets on the Lake
The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is ideal for honeymooners, with its intimate B&Bs, cosy restaurants and cafes, art galleries and mountain views. One of its most romantic getaways is Secrets on the Lake where they have bespoke honeymoon packages and where tree houses are nestled on the shores of peaceful Lake Baroon. Hand-carved, elevated wooden walkways lead you through the rainforest treetops to 10 individually-themed private tree houses.
Underwater adventures at Orpheus Island
Just a stone’s throw from the ocean and set in idyllic isolation, Orpheus is very much a secret to the outside world. The ideal destination for those wanting an underwater adventure, Orpheus’ principal dive sites boast 1,100 of the 1,500 species of fish on the reef with the local waters a fisherman's playground and home to the most sought after reef fish species in the world. For an adventure on the surface honeymooners can take the helm of a motorised dingy complete with gourmet picnic hamper and discover the many pristine coves and reefs that fringe the luxury island.
Consistently ranked as one of the top hotels of the world and located at the north of the Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island has 24 white sand beaches and a number of secluded accommodation options including private villas, suites, and pavilions. Expect uninterrupted views across Sunset Beach and the Coral Sea. The privacy and natural seclusion of Lizard Island makes it a popular destination for couples seeking a truly intimate and exclusive location for their honeymoon.
Hire your own island
Previously a private island, this tiny Great Barrier Reef island is now open to travellers. Nestled in the Southern Great Barrier Reef’s Keppel Group of islands 14 kilometres off the coast of Yeppoon, the island is just six hectares in total, and offers eco-friendly accommodation for up to 34 guests in 7 self-catering units that are powered by the wind and the sun, each with private decks overlooking the sunset. Located on the lesser known Southern Great Barrier Reef, the island will provide fantastic opportunities to snorkel, dive, spot turtles, stand up paddle board, and fish.
Bedarra Island, off Mission Beach
Bedarra was made for honeymooners. The exclusive couples-only retreat caters for a maximum of 16 guests, resulting in a highly personalised service. All meals, beverages, and plenty of activities including motorised dinghies, stand-up-paddle boards and tennis are included in the stay.
Daintree Wilderness Lodge
Experience a honeymoon hideaway deep in the rainforest, in one of seven cabins at Daintree Wilderness Lodge. This eco-accredited property has been designed for complete privacy, with a boardwalk leading into each cabin. Each cabin even has its own viewing sunroof so couples can lay in bed and watch the world of the rainforest playing out above them. Relish this WiFi-free zone, alongside an abundance of nature and delicious local produce.
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
Reached after a winding drive up through Lamington National Park, a private villa at O’Reilly’s is an idyllic honeymoon destination. Couples can fill their cars up with local produce, cheese and wine from Canungra before the drive up, then settle into their self-contained villa, perched high above the rainforest canopy. The private villas have a BBQ and Jacuzzi on deck, fireplace inside and full kitchen; fully equipped for a romantic stay.