16 of the best honeymoon destinations in Queensland
The big “I do” day has come and gone; now it’s time to chill and soak up those first blissful days (or weeks) as the happiest married couple on earth (and make all your friends at home sick of your tropical island selfies).
When you’ve got World Heritage-listed rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef, sailing, Australia’s best beach, and the best hotel IN THE WORLD on your doorstep, a honeymoon in Queensland is kind of a no-brainer.
We’ve wrapped up 16 of the best honeymoon destinations on offer, now all that’s left is for you to decide the budget and start the countdown!
Reef & islands
It’s little wonder the Great Barrier Reef is one of the most appealing honeymoon destinations for brides and grooms the world over.
It also happens to be home to some of the country’s most luxurious resorts and if you’re not going to splurge on your honeymoon, then when?!
Bedarra Island, off Mission Beach
Bedarra was made for honeymooners. Actually, the exclusive couples-only retreat with a maximum of 16 guests would make you feel as if you were on your honeymoon even if you’d been married 50 years, so personalised is the service.
With all meals, beverages, and plenty of activities like motorised dinghies, stand-up-paddle boards and tennis included in your stay, all that’s left to decide is which day you would like your gourmet picnic basket prepared so you can claim one of the private beaches or nearby private islands.
Our money’s on The Point villa (pictured above) for the most prime position, but all villas have equally stunning outlooks.
Orpheus Island, off Townsville North Queensland
Orpheus Island off Townsville is a little bit rock star and a whole lotta paradise. Read: A maximum of 28 guests at any one time and only accessible by helicopter.
Their ‘All Loved Up’ package includes four nights accommodation, all meals, selected Australian wine and beer, signature Dining with the Tides experience one evening, one-hour spa treatment each, French champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries on arrival, Orpheus experience daily (snorkelling, fishing, island cruise), unlimited use of motorised dinghies, fishing equipment, paddle boards, kayaks, catamarans and snorkelling equipment from $5,030.
Lizard Island, Tropical North Queensland
Re-opened earlier this year after a complete refurbishment, Lizard Island is more swish than ever and an ideal honeymoon destination. With 24 private beaches, world-class dive sites, Essentia day spa with La Biosthetique products, and all gourmet meals, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, selected Australian wines, beer, spirits and sparkling wine (and in-room mini bar) all part of your all-inclusive room rate you’ll be wondering why you didn’t tie the knot sooner!
Their Romance Package – which can be added to a minimum three-night stay – adds on champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries on arrival, a sunset cruise with champagne and cheeses, a one-hour indulgent spa treatment each, private beach day with motorised dinghy and gourmet picnic hamper, and a private beach dining experience on one of the nights.
Sailing through the Whitsundays
If you can’t decide on just one island, explore 74 of them by chartering a bareboat to have your own Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swan moment in the Whitsundays. It’s easier than you think and anyone can do it – no boat licence required.
You can opt to hire with a skipper or without, and go wherever the wind blows you first to dive into this honeymooner’s paradise. Moor overnight at Hamilton Island if you feel like finding a restaurant, or crack fresh oysters straight from the rocks and dine on your deck under the stars.
qualia, Hamilton Island
The only hotel in Conde Nast Traveler‘s annual Best Hotels in the World Travel Awards to nab perfect scores, and winner of the title of Best Hotel in the World in 2012, qualia on Hamilton Island consistently tops the wish lists of honeymooners everywhere.
Spice up your relaxing stay with wine masterclasses, golf on the Great Barrier Reef’s only island course, spa treatments, and a private beach drop-off to enjoy a picnic lunch and snorkelling in your own little slice of the reef.
One&Only Hayman Island, Whitsundays
There are so many contenders on this list that also fit the “I’ve always dreamed of going to…” category, but One&Only Hayman Island is definitely one of the pinnacles and as iconic to the Whitsundays as the Opera House is to Sydney.
Their Honeymoon Escape package includes three nights accommodation, breakfast daily, Under the Stars dining experience, Sunset Escapade including sparkling wine and cheese, Romance Retreat treatment at the One&Only Spa, private Cabana Indulgence for one day, return luxury yacht transfers, and Perrier-Jouët Champagne on arrival from $3,005 per person twin-share (conditions apply).
Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island
Granted, most people don’t come to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island to retreat to their rooms but after a full day of exploring, you’ll be blessed with natural tranquility all around you at Kingfisher Bay Resort, whether you’re in a hotel room or one of their beach houses.
Seabelle restaurant offers a divine degustation drawing on Indigenous bush ingredients, and you can join in one of their talks to learn more about the plants on Fraser Island and their uses.
There’s also the requisite day spa for couples massages, kayaks, sunset champagne at the Jetty Hut, and kilometres of white sand for as many long romantic walks as you can handle.
The world’s oldest rainforest makes for a mean green escape, especially if you go north enough to lose phone reception.
Switch off and unwind at these romantic retreats in and around the Daintree Rainforest.
Silky Oaks Lodge and Healing Waters Spa, near Port Douglas
On the banks of the Mossman River, Silky Oaks Lodge and Healing Waters Spa will let you live out your Tarzan and Jane fantasies in your very own treehouse – replete with hammock for those mid-afternoon naps, of course.
Once you tire of swimming in the pristine waters, canoeing, doing yoga, having spa treatments and going on bushwalks through the rainforest, kick back on the deck of the Treehouse Restaurant and sample some of the local native tucker. Lemon myrtle poached crocodile, anyone?
Go all out with their Luxury Silky Experience package, including four nights in a Billabong Suite, return luxury private transfers from Cairns, Dom Perignon on arrival, all gourmet meals with choice of location at the lodge, helicopter tour, three-hour luxury purity and detoxifying ritual at the Healing Waters Spa, and a private Daintree Safari for $8,966.
Daintree Wilderness Lodge, Daintree Rainforest
Hide away 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 strategically-positioned cabin.
There’s even the added bonus of a viewing sunroof in each cabin so you can lay in bed and watch the world of the rainforest playing out above your head, the soundtrack of the Daintree playing on repeat.
Keep your eyes peeled for cassowaries and Ulysses butterflies during your stay and relish this WiFi-free zone, with delicious local produce.
You don’t need to go ‘offshore’ in order to have the perfect honeymoon, you just need to choose your perfect patch of sand to call your own.
Thala Beach Resort, near Port Douglas
If you’re looking for an eco honeymoon, fly to Cairns and drive 45 minutes to Thala Beach Resort, tucked in behind a thriving coconut plantation and facing its own private beach just shy of Port Douglas.
Gorgeous, private timber bungalows face out into 58 hectares of nature reserve while the main lodge offers a massage studio, restaurant, bar, art gallery, and two natural rock pools for when you feel like mingling.
Their Honeymoon Coral Dreamings package includes four nights accommodation in a Eucalypt Bungalow with full breakfast daily, a full-day cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, one a la carte dinner for two at Osprey’s Restaurant, return transfers from Cairns or Port Douglas, onsite guided tours by specialist staff including bird watching, nature walks, outdoor star gazing and a unique coconut odyssey for $1459 per person, twin share.
Oceans Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast
For a prime luxury beach position with views up and down the Sunshine Coast, a penthouse apartment at Oceans Mooloolaba will make you feel all Beyonce and Jay Z.
Book their Sunshine Coast Couples Getaway package for three nights in a one-bedroom penthouse, French Champagne and Oceans signature hamper on arrival, breakfast daily at Lot 104 Cafe & Bar, and one-hour massage per person (in room or at the spa) for $775 per night.
QT Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise
QT Gold Coast is perfect for honeymooners who want to be right in the centre of the action and appreciate a little fun-lovin’ in the form of bright decor, quirky touches and a killer restaurant and bar offering.
Hire one of their retro cruiser bikes, sip homemade lemonade in the lobby cafe, relax around the pool, book yourself in for a block of time at the SpaQ (you choose the treatment once you arrive), and work up an appetite for Bazaar’s all-you-can-eat extravaganza. You might want to book a long stay; it could take you a few days to make it out of the hotel!
If all the chaos of the wedding planning (and Aunty Shirley’s attempt at twerking) has caused you to yearn for a complete retreat, take to the mountains for a romantic hinterland hideaway.
Bushwalks, fireplaces and uber private bathtubs with views beckon from these top properties.
O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat, Scenic Rim
Reached after a winding drive up through Lamington National Park, a private villa at O’Reilly’s is just what the honeymoon doctor ordered. Fill a basket with some local produce, cheese and wine in Canungra before the drive up, then settle into your self-contained villa, perched high above the rainforest canopy.
With a BBQ and jacuzzi on deck, fireplace inside and full kitchen to cook up gourmet dinners for two you could easily spend a week inside, but there’s a restaurant and bar up at the main lodge and plenty of walking tracks and activities if you’re looking for action outside the bedroom, too.
The villas are also just a short stumble to the Lost World day spa and one of the most picturesque infinity pools you’ll ever set eyes on.
Nightfall Wilderness Camp, Scenic Rim
Nightfall Wilderness Camp will smash all your glamping expectations out of the park. Limited to only six travellers, the private safari tents provide the perfect environment to sleep off the wedding and spend the rest of your time in a lover’s haze.
Take full advantage of the prime position, nestled next to the headwaters of Christmas Creek in Lamington National Park, with a massage above the creek or in the forest. Organic nosh is prepared on the fire each night for you and on special occasions, hosts Steve and Heidi Ross will pop on a film to enjoy under the stars.
Spicers Peak Lodge, Scenic Rim
The Scenic Rim is romance country, and Spicers Peak Lodge is the creme de la creme – Australia’s highest non-Alpine lodge. Splash out on one of the private lodges with its own infinity pool with views out over the valley, or get high with a scenic helicopter flight.
There’s the Anise Day Spa for the requisite pampering and 4WD wilderness tours for when you want to get those hearts beating even faster.
Narrows Escape, Montville
Only six pavillions are placed around the property and each has a double spa and fireplace (aka essential honeymoon ingredients).
Their honeymoon package includes two nights accommodation, champagne and chocolates on arrival, dinner for two at a local restaurant, gourmet cheese platter, fresh flowers in your cottage, breakfast hamper on arrival and freshly-baked croissants delivered daily for $950.