An Epic 14-Day Australian Honeymoon Itinerary

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Grab your beloved for a memorable romantic adventure — 14 days honeymooning in some of the most scenic parts of Australia! With so much to discover, it’s a must-see itinerary for first-time travellers and resident Aussie couples. Whatever your style — adventurous, romantic, relaxed — we’ve got you covered!  

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Palm Cove, Queensland

Day 1: Touch down in Cairns, Queensland
The confetti has settled, the planning is over, and we’re guessing you can’t wait to ride that honeymoon high! Welcome to Australia, where your adventure begins in Cairns, part of glorious Tropical North Queensland. 

Bordered by the crystalline Coral Sea, Cairns is a key gateway to the screensaver scenery and World Heritage wonders of the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. And while you could spend your first day/night here, less than half an hour north you’ll find the romantic enclave of Palm Cove. Beachfront resorts and indulgent restaurants and day spas make this tiny coastal township perfect for honeymooners. 

Stroll the palm-lined esplanade with your sweetheart and embrace the seaside vibe. Unwind with cocktails in hand and toes in the sand as you ease into holiday mode.

Find your dream romantic getaway with this handpicked library of beautiful accommodation.

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Learn more about the local Kuku Yalanji indigenous people. Photo: Tourism Port Douglas & Daintree

Day 2: Daintree dreaming
Rise and shine lovers, the ancient splendour of Mossman Gorge and the Daintree Rainforest awaits. Less than an hour from Palm Cove, the Mossman Gorge Centre offers a brilliant introduction to the area. Located at the southern end of the Daintree National Park, you can also learn more about the local Kuku Yalanji indigenous people and explore their culture here. The deep connection between the Aboriginal people and their environment is awe-inspiring, and we recommend a Dreamtime Walk guided tour to get the most from your experience. But if you prefer a solo excursion, there are four graded tracks designed to enjoy on your own.

Surrounding yourselves with the beauty of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest is like stepping into a rustic romance novel, with towering mountains, cool running streams, and a lush canopy of green presiding. It’s a magical place to commune with nature, and each other. 

Keep that good feeling going with a memorable dinner back at local legend Nu Nu Restaurant, Palm Cove. The beachfront position is hard to beat, and the menu captures the fresh, delicious flavours of the tropics. We recommend the tasting menu as a perfect way to indulge!

Related: 8 Amazing Things to Do In The Daintree

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Kuranda Scenic Railway

Day 3: Discover a rainforest village
There are two ways to reach the eclectic rainforest village of Kuranda from Cairns: the scenic route or the other scenic route. Enjoy a peaceful ascent just metres above the lush forest canopy on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (upgrade to a glass-floor Diamond View gondola for a unique perspective) or hop aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Opened in 1891, this spectacular two-hour journey takes you through hand-carved tunnels, dense rainforest, and steep ravines with a short stop at spectacular Barron Falls. 

Either way, you’ll soon find yourselves over 300 metres above sea level in Kuranda Village. From here you can enjoy a range of wildlife encounters (from birds and butterflies to koalas and cassowaries), cruise the mighty Barron River, explore the rainforest on quad bike, or seek out the mini golf course that’s tucked away in the trees! Or simply waft along the streets, shopping for handicrafts and souvenirs and sampling the local produce, including delicious locally made honey. 

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Airlie Beach

Day 4: Cruising down the coast. Cairns to Airlie Beach
Now your bags are packed and you’re ready to continue the rest of your journey as husband and wife! This day is all about getting there, and isn’t that half the fun?

There are a few ways you could reach the wonders of The Whitsundays, but we’re calling road trip on this one! It’s around a seven-hour drive between Cairns and the vibrant hub of Airlie Beach, gateway to this idyllic region. Pepper in fun stops along the way, picnicking amid the scenery or even stopping overnight in Mission Beach or Townsville as you cruise down the coast. 

If you love to fly, check local carriers to nab a flight from Cairns to Hamilton Island Airport and then make your way to the Airlie action. Or consider a coach trip for a relaxed taste of the tropics. With a range of well-positioned accommodation, direct marina access and plenty to see and do (try waterfront dining at The Rocks), Airlie Beach is a top spot to spend a few days. So, settle in, sunset sundowners await … 

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Reefsleep in a Reefsuite with Cruise Whitsundays. Photo: James Vodicka Photography

Day 5: Great adventures for two
Now you’re really on a honeymoon roll, and one of the most epic natural wonders of the world is within reach — the Great Barrier Reef. For a celebrity-style experience, book a private helicopter tour and soar hand-in-hand over the turquoise waters that give way to the ultimate payoff, the reef itself. Or head out on a scenic lunch cruise or full-day sailing/snorkelling adventure for a first-hand look at this dazzling over and underwater neighbourhood. 

Want an extra-special experience for two? Check out Reefsleep, home to Australia’s only underwater accommodation, Reefsuites, on a permanently moored pontoon at Hardy Reef. Sleep with the fishes or try the glamping-style Reefbeds on deck for the first glimpse of sunrise over the water. 

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Bareboat with Cumberland Charter Yachts

Day 6: Whitehaven for newlyweds
Good morning, sunshine! Whitehaven Beach is calling your name. Catch a boat (or seaplane if you’re feeling fancy) to an earthly paradise where the sand is almost 100% pure white silica, creating a pristine brilliance. Soak up the sun, snorkel the fringing reef, and enjoy the bliss of this beautiful seven-kilometre long destination. The Whitehaven Beach Lookout will give you a postcard-perfect view over Hill Inlet and you can unpack a picnic on the fabled sands. Dreamy.

If you have time to extend your Whitsundays escape, why not sail into the sunset on your own yacht? You’ll need a few extra nights, but we know this will be a honeymoon highlight. Local experts Cumberland Charter Yachts offers an incredible charter or ‘bareboat’ (skipper yourself, no license needed!) experience where you can set your own pace around the 74 glorious islands of this holiday playground.

Tip: If you want to spend longer in The Whitsundays, check out our week-long itinerary.

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Catch a wave on the Gold Coast

Option 2 (Instead of the Whitsundays): Go for the Gold
As every couple has their own idea of what makes for a fun time, we want to provide you with plenty of choices for your holiday in Australia. If you’ve already ticked the Great Barrier Reef and The Whitsundays off your wish list, you could have an amazing time on the Gold Coast instead. 

Here’s what that would look like!

Read now: Discover the Mellow Yellow Coast and why it’s one of Australia’s most romantic hang-outs.

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Day 5: Beach & bars 
Want stellar dining with your surf break? You’re going to love the Gold Coast! Its squeaky white sands and top-notch dining and accommodation make the GC heaven for beach babes and food-lovers.

Start your first day early with a wander through Burleigh Headlands National Park, following the trails to secluded Echo Beach on the shores of Tallebudgera Creek. Keen to try something new? The calm waterways of Currumbin evoke the feeling of Polynesian lagoons and are perfect for stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) — keep an eye out for the local dolphins! And you can’t see Australia without cuddling a koala, right? Head to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for a close encounter with these beloved Aussie icons. 

Memorable lunch stops abound and be sure to book for dinner too. Notable beachfront beauties include Rick Shores or The Tropic at Burleigh Pavilion, and you can sample delicious seafood at The Fish House, stop for rooftop pizza at Justin Lane or book a Vietnamese banquet at Jimmy Wah’s. We could go on!

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The Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park

Day 6: National parks or theme parks?
Day two on the Gold Coast, you might want to take things slow with a leisurely breakfast at your resort before heading north to magnificent Main Beach. Or take a deep dive (and a picnic lunch) into the region’s hinterland with a trip to the 6500 heavenly hectares of Springbrook National Park (just over half an hour from Burleigh). The Purling Brook Falls circuit is highly recommended, taking you over a scenic suspension bridge and close to one of the park’s stunning waterfalls. 

While many couples find romance in the great outdoors, we know you might be craving a different kind of adventure. Done! Simply swap national parks for Gold Coast theme parks and spend your day enjoying the rollercoasters, waterslides and wildlife encounters at Dreamworld, Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild. Just be home in time for dinner to enjoy one last indulgent meal before it’s time to head south. 

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Discover Sydney’s icons. Photo: Dan Freeman

Day 7: Sydney seductions, New South Wales
When you think of Australia, do the sails of the Sydney Opera House spring to mind? Well, they’re next on your honeymoon hit list, along with the harbour-side glamour of Sydney! Around 2.5 hours flight time from The Whitsundays (an hour less from the Gold Coast), Sydney has no shortage of historical sites, world-class restaurants and bars, swanky accommodation, and sparkling views. Whatever you’re in the mood for, find a place for dinner and drinks (preferably with a view of the harbour!) but be sure to get a good night’s rest. You’re going to need it for tomorrow!

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Bondi Icebergs. Photo: Kevin Bosc

Day 8: Icons & icebergs
How would you like to start your day? Perhaps a walking tour around Sydney’s biggest landmarks should be first. From the lively, historic hub of Circular Quay, you’ll be close to it all. Marvel at the iconic Sydney Opera House, take a cruise around the gorgeous harbour, explore the convict-meets-contemporary charm of The Rocks precinct, or stroll through the Royal Botanical Gardens. 

Extreme adventurers should book their Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk in advance for breathtaking panoramic views of the city and surrounding area. Too much excitement? Better head for a breather at the legendary Bondi Icebergs Pool, sidled right up to the ocean at Bondi Beach. This Olympic-sized stunner is open to the public and flanked by a very lovely lunch option, the two-hatted Icebergs Dining Room and Bar.

And if you’re honeymooning in June/July, drive south to Botany Bay National Park’s Cape Solander for a spot of whale watching. Humpback whales pass this point on their way to warmer waters and it’s one of the best places to see the magnificent creatures from the shore.

Related: Tick These 31 Iconic Australian Landmarks Off Your Travel Bucket-list!

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Swap the city for the Hunter!

Day 9: Blue Mountains magic or Hunter Valley winery-hopping
On your last day in Sydney, complement harbour buzz with the beautiful drama of the Blue Mountains. If you’re staying overnight, pick up a hire car in Sydney metro and then drop it off at the airport to catch your flight to Tasmania tomorrow.

Home to epic scenery (think steep cliffs and fragrant eucalyptus forests intersecting with magical waterfalls) the Blue Mountains also has charming villages dotted throughout. Head to Echo Point, Katoomba for the best view of the stunning Three Sisters rock formation, meander through gardens and galleries, and drink in the fresh mountain air. Beyond Katoomba you’ll find one of the oldest-known cave systems in the world, the Jenolan Caves, well worth a look for their otherworldly stalactites and mystical vibe. 

For couples who love wine almost as much as each another, swap out the Blue Mountains for a winery tour of the Hunter Valley. It’s around a two-hour drive from Sydney (or book a coach tour) and there are over 150 wine producers, tons of restaurants, and plenty of boutique accommodation if you want to extend your stay. Plus, you have the chance for added adventure with a hot air balloon flight over this bountiful region!

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Explore Tasmania’s rugged scenery

Day 10: Hello, Hobart! Tasmania
Ready to roam? Well pack your bags because a memorable island adventure awaits you in Australia’s southernmost state of Tasmania. Take cues from the famous Sydney-to-Hobart Yacht Race and make Tassie’s charming capital your first port of call. Just a two-hour direct flight from Sydney, Hobart’s stunning bushland comes close to the centre of the city, beaches dot the shores, and the River Derwent defines the landscape. Picturesque and historic, you’ll find a wealth of honeymoon activities here, from award-winning dining to rugged scenery ripe for exploration. 

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Meet you at MONA!

Days 11-14: Choose your own Tasmanian adventure
For couples who crave one last honeymoon road trip, you’re in for a treat if you take the next four days by car. The breathtaking landscapes offer a wild island Tasmanian adventure with plenty of balance through refined dining and luxury. Here are a few options to fill your Tasmania itinerary.

Walk the waterfront & Mt Wellington
Start on the Hobart waterfront. Salamanca Place is a must, especially the famed Salamanca Markets if you’re in town on a Saturday. While you’re out walking, head south up the colonial-era Kelly’s Steps to the historic neighbourhood of Battery Point or make your way to the River Derwent for a leisurely lunch cruise. Then take the scenic half-hour drive to the top of Mount Wellington where you’ll be rewarded with sweeping city and sunset views before you adjourn for dinner back in town. Try Aloft on Brooke Street Pier for spectacular harbour views or Ettie’s Wine Bar & Restaurant for an intimate, European-style experience. 

Meet you at MONA
Culture-vultures should leave at least half a day to explore MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) in Hobart’s north. This provocative, privately owned gallery is a treasure trove of visual delights with an excellent onsite restaurant (The Source) and even a resident winery, Morilla Estate, which offers wine tasting with river views.

Oysters on Bruny Island
Like a little wild? Take the 40-minute ferry ride from Hobart to Tasmania’s wind-swept treasure of Bruny Island. Beach walks, nature hikes, and a convict-built lighthouse await. And don’t forget to stop for local oysters at the Get Shucked! Oyster Bar, where the motto is ‘Fuel for Love.’ A honeymoon-perfect snack idea if we ever saw one! 

Wind your way around Wineglass Bay 
Don’t miss one of Tasmania’s most iconic scenes – the Insta-ready arc of Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park. Around 2.5 hours north of Hobart, this region is so stunning — all powder-white beaches, turquoise waters, and pink-granite mountains which seem to jut from the sea. You’ll score the best view of the bay via an exhilarating three-kilometre return hike and there are also longer walking trails on offer and a handful of luxury lodgings to cap off the experience.  

Follow you heart to the Bay of Fires 
Take the Tasman Highway out of town and head beyond Freycinet to the Bay of Fires on the north-eastern coast. From Binalong Bay up to Eddystone Point, the sun-kissed beaches are immaculately white with gin-clear ocean waters rolling onto the orange rocks. In need of a little pampering? The Bay of Fires Lodge Spa offers an award-winning treetop retreat, ideal for couples to unwind together. 

P.S.: If you think you need more time in Tasmania, check out our two week honeymoon itinerary here!

Keep it going!
Who says it has to end here? If you have more time and budget to spare, there is plenty more to explore on your Australian honeymoon.

Adventurers can stay on to hike the magnificent Cradle Mountain-Lake Sinclair National Park in Tasmania’s north-east interior. Around four hours from Hobart by car, it’s home to ancient rainforest, glacial lakes, majestic mountains and the renowned Overland Track. Go fully rustic with a campout, or glamp it up in a cabin or boutique lodge. 

Cultural discovery more your style? Head north to Launceston (lunch at the historic James Boag’s Brewery perhaps?) then enjoy an overnight ferry crossing from Devonport to Melbourne, Victoria. Delve into the hidden laneways, galleries and outstanding restaurant scene of Melbourne and venture further afield to Victoria’s famed wine regions of the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula. Cheers!

Ah, memories
Your Australian adventure will leave you with a lifetime of memories, a bond that feels stronger than ever, and maybe even some plans for your next anniversary trip. What a way to start married life. Happy honeymoon, and happy travels!

Related article: 10 Must-See Attractions in Tasmania For Honeymooners

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