Australia


Australia is home to some of the world’s great honeymoon spots, from Kakadu’s majestic terrain and wetlands to Sydney’s sparkling – and very romantic – harbour.

Another hit for honeymoons is the glorious Hamilton Island, in Queensland’s Whitsundays. You can find solitude – and seclusion – on an isolated beach; take a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef or, perhaps, rent a twin-seated kayak and paddle your way through its dazzling azure waters.

If you’re after romance, it doesn’t come much more romantic than Hamilton Island, which truly is paradise on our doorstep.

Weather

Being so HUGE, Australia’s climate varies from city to city.

At the very top of the country, in northern Australia, you’ll experience humid, tropical weather so, it follows, that this part of Australia is, seasonally, hit by heavy rainfall.

If you’re heading to the Whitsundays Islands, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast or Brisbane, you will experience sub-tropical conditions with a warm climate during the Autumn and Winter months (March to August) and extremely hot weather in the Spring and Summer months (September to February).

If you’re heading to Sydney or Melbourne, you can expect a typical cold and rainy Winter and warm and sunny Summer. Temperatures in both these cities can reach the low to mid 40s in Summer and they can drop into the single digits in Winter. Brrrr…

 

Sightseeing

Australia is known for its amazing sights.

Sydney is a city made for sightseeing. From the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, to Bondi Beach and the Taronga Zoo, you can easily spend your days hopping from one attraction to the next. A must-do while in the city is take the Manly Ferry from Sydney’s harbour to Manly Beach. The ride is beautiful (and affordable) and Manly is a beautiful place to spend a day.

If you’re heading to the Whitsundays Islands, you’ll probably be staying at a resort which will have more activities on offer thank you could possibly partake in. A few must-dos, howver, is snorkelling or scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef and visiting Whitehaven Beach.

When in Melbourne, hop onto the City Circle Tram which is free. The tram takes a you on a circular tour around the city and stops at various major tourist attractions.

Along the river in Brisbane there is plenty to see and do along the river and, of course, by its many sunny beaches. You’ll be able to spend your days lapping up the sunshine and warm weather before taking a dip in the deep blue waters that surround this lovely city.

Food & Wine

Australia is one of the most multicultural places on the planet, especially the cities of Melbourne and Sydney which are brimming with people – and food – from across the globe.

This lovely tapestry of cultures means that you can experience a variety of cuisines with Italian, Greek, Chinese and Vietnamese being some of the most popular.

Made with freshest produce and ingredients you will find flavoursome, delicious meals no matter where you decide to go on honeymoon.

 

Transport

With an excellent public transport system within every major city, you are sure to be able to get around without having to hire a car – even though this is an option is you can drive on the left side of the road.

In Sydney and Brisbane the best way to get around is by train, ferry or bus (one ticket gets you onto all of these). Melbourne’s known for it tram system, while on the Whitsundays Islands you won’t find a car in sight as most everything is done via golf cart or ferry.

Taxi and Uber services are also available through major cities.

A great way to see the countryside of Australia is to roadtrip along the Great Ocean Road which runs between Adelaide and Sydney. Hire a campervan and stop off at the various campsites along the way.

Shopping

Australia is a shopper’s paradise with both high-end stores and boutiques, as well as factory shop outlets featuring more affordable brands.

For artwork, second hand stores and alternative clothing, head to the suburb of Fitzroy in Melbourne, or if you’re looking for something a little more high end head to Victoria Market. For high-end shopping, Sydney is the place to go with malls like the QVB. In Brisbane, head to Queen Street Mall which has plenty of shops selling both designer items and reasonably priced items too.

If you’re looking to pick up souvenirs, look no further than shops in and around major tourist attractions.

 

Insurance

Whether you’re visiting Australia on your honeymoon – or just enjoying a holiday – you want it to be as hassle-free as possible, so be sure to purchase travel insurance before leaving home. It will make your special time away even more enjoyable as you’ll have peace of mind knowing that  you and your belongings are covered (within your policy’s limits, of course) should anything go wrong.

As they say in the travel industry, if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel!

Purchase your travel insurance when you book your trip and, depending on the policy you choose, you should be covered for theft, injury or illness. Some travel insurance policies do not cover certain activities such as diving, hiking, parasailing, or renting a motorcycle, so ensure you read it before signing up so that you’re aware of what it does and doesn’t cover. Take a copy of your travel insurance documents with you when travelling.

Currency

Australia’s currency is the Australian Dollar.

With plenty of banks and forex exchange places throughout the country, it is simple to change your native currency into Australian Dollars. Make sure to have your passport on hand when doing so.

ATMs are available throughout major cities and take most type of bank cards. You can also use your credit card to pay for almost anything including meals, hotels and transport.

Packing

If you’re traveling from the USA, you’ll need an adapter for 240v. Bring extra batteries and memory cards for your camera. You might want to bring a disposable waterproof camera. If you wear glasses, bring an extra pair.

Packing for warm weather, you’ll need shorts, skirts, t-shirts, light jacket, sandals, swimwear, sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses. Some other things you might need are comfortable walking shoes, smart casual clothes for going out, and backpack.

If you’re visiting the Western Australia, Queensland or Northern Territory then pack light breathable clothing.  Also pack in a waterproof jacket, insect repellent and sunblock.

For New South Wales and South Australia, pack for the season. Winter is cold and rainy while Summer is hot and dry.

Tipping

Tipping in Australia is not required and is uncommon unless the service is exceptional.


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