Just the name of the island nation brings up images of the rugged Outback, cuddly koalas and endless outdoor adventures. And it’s true, it’s all there waiting for couples in love to experience the natural wonder. But it’s also so much more; from cosmopolitan cities and secluded islands to legendary watersports and some of the best wines in the world, Australia offers something unique for every style of romance.
Ensconce yourself in peace and luxury on Hayman Island. Just a short seaplane or boat ride away from the mainland transports you to a secluded world of dense rainforests and pristine beaches. The northernmost island in the Whitsunday archipelago, Hayman Island is nestled inside the infamous Great Barrier Reef. This is the perfect jumping-off point for couples looking to mix exploring one of the seven wonders of the natural world with an exclusive, tranquil honeymoon.
Newlyweds hoping to enjoy a sophisticated, cultural city will find themselves at home in Sydney. The sun-soaked harbor town features warm, breezy weather year round, world-class museums and a wealth of famous landmarks including the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. In Australia’s largest city you’ll also find exciting nightlife, upscale shopping and enough gourmet restaurants to keep you sampling local cuisine though your entire stay. But, Sydney isn’t all glitz and glamour. Sun seekers will love popular Bondi Beach where over four miles of sand welcomes surfers and beach-goers alike.
For the quintessential experience of a destination wedding in Australia, including petting a kangaroo or feeding a koala, head to the Gold Coast. This up-and-coming hotspot is a favorite among couples in love, destination wedding guests and family vacationers because of the diversity of sites and attractions. The area boasts all the conveniences of a major tourist destination, including luxury resorts, award-winning restaurants and theme parks.
But, there is also something uniquely Australian about the area that sets it apart. As the most bio-diverse area in the nation, nearly fifty percent of the land in the region is native vegetation. You’ll find wetlands, mountains, rainforest and protected wildlife habitats, all snuggled up to a bustling city. Wine lovers will especially enjoy visiting the area’s wineries and sampling the award-winning vintages produced there. The best part? The Gold Coast has over 300 days of sunshine each year – so there’s no need to worry about booking a rain-date for your celebration!
To make the most of your visit to the land down under, consider the timing. Since Australia is located in the southern hemisphere, the seasons there are reversed from the United States. Consider escaping the winter chill by visiting Australia during their summer. Or, visit during the dry season of April through October when pleasant temperatures and sunny skies bring out both visitors and wildlife. No matter the time or the region, Australia brings your destination wedding celebration to the next level…so soak it up and have the time of your life!