Everything goes in Australia’s famous harbour city and that surely includes romance. Island hopping around its eight idyllic isles can be seriously romantic, and a luxury cruise can be a fantastic way for seeing the city’s famous landmarks and discovering hidden coves and secluded beaches. An enchanting walk around the Royal Botanic Gardens or the Sydney Harbour National Park is another joy to the senses. If your partner is an animal lover, a surprise trip to Taronga Zoo is a sure way of warming his heart. Then what seals a love more than spending an evening watching a ballet or symphony at the splendid Sydney Opera House? Hosting over 1,500 performances each year, one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world will surely offer something you both enjoy.
This is a national park on an island of the same name in Queensland’s amazing Great Barrier Reef. Beautiful, natural and wild, this must be one of the world’s best places for romancing around a reef. Consistently ranked as one of the world’s best hotels, Lizard Island offers a unique setting where you feel you are experiencing the natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef on your own island retreat. A sunset cruise, romantic walk or picnic on one of the 24 isolated white sand beaches will stay ingrained in your memory forever. Sea lovers will delight in exploring the world’s largest reef system during snorkelling, diving and deep-sea game fishing excursions around the crystal blue waters. Five star cuisine and indulgent spa treatments with indigenous techniques enrich the experience even more.
Inspiring and relaxing, Uluru (Ayers Rock), known as the spiritual heart of Australia, is another superb reason to honeymoon down under. Here’s where you can enjoy Australian delicacies in a secluded sand dune while enjoying a sunset and the magical setting of the outback and listening to a didgeridoo player weave some magic. Or how about a great escape via a helicopter ride for a picturesque view of the Red Centre to discover the enormous region and relish views over Uluru and Kata Tjuta domes (The Olgas)? Another option is to spend a night with your prince in a tent near the red dunes at the entrance of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to experience some of the world’s best stargazing spots and wake at sunrise to watch the changing light. Early birds can also enjoy a sunrise camel tour.
The Blue Mountains
Set 915 metres above sea level in the Blue Mountains, The Three Sisters tower above the breathtaking Jamison Valley. The legend surrounding them is a story of love so strong; it makes it the perfect honeymoon spot. A heritage and art walk around Katoomba, the principal town, will lead to interesting murals, historic buildings and quaint antique stores. And The Heritage Listed Blue Mountains hold some of the most wonderful scenery in New South Wales, if not Australia. There are so many amazing bushwalking tracks to explore throughout the region and they feature some amazing views and waterfalls. Nature lovers can also take a ride on the Scenic Railway, Scenic Cableway or Scenic Skyway. There is no shortage of romantic hotels in the area, but for a cosier experience, a secluded cottage or camping are great options.
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