The Whitsundays are well-known for world class reef, spectacular beaches and stunning resorts. But there are so many unique honeymoon experiences waiting to be discovered - we give honeymooners our picks of the best hidden gems of the Whitsundays region.
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Mother nature blessed The Whitsundays with all the makings of a tropical paradise; a tropical climate, the Great Barrier Reef on its border, 74 unspoilt islands, azure waters and an average of 274 sunny days each year. It's no wonder why honeymooners continue to travel from all over the world to enjoy a slice of this summery bliss.
Image below: Great Barrier Reef, The Whitsundays / Source: Tourism Whitsundays
Image below: Aerial View, The Whitsundays / Source: Tourism Whitsundays
There are plenty of tried and tested honeymoon destinations and activities that couples can enjoy but today, we're taking the road less travelled and diving into the hidden gems of the Whitsundays.
T O T H E S K I E S
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Most people would associate The Whitsundays with amusement on the water - but to really take the natural beauty of this spectacular region in, the sky is the way to go. Helipad Airlie Beach's 'Fly Heart Reef' is a romantic and intrepid adventure that will exhilarate newlyweds. It includes a scenic flight over Heart Reef, a guided snorkel, a visit to the famous Whitehaven Beach and encounters with Australian wildlife
C I T Y S C A P E
Image below: Airlie Beach, The Whitsundays / Source: Tourism Whitsundays
If complete seclusion is not your cup of honeymoon tea visit the vibrant Airlie Beach. With its gorgeous outlook over the bays and islands, and the tropical feel of an island resort, Airlie Beach is the perfect base for your Whitsundays escape. The largest town on the Whitsunday Coast and the main point of access to the islands and the Great Barrier Reef by day, Airlie Beach is a thriving hub which offers a vibrant array of dining and nightlife, shopping and relaxation.
Airlie Beach is home to a wide range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. From hotels on the water's edge, apartments in the city to beautiful properties on the hillside overlooking the panorama of beach - there is something for every newlywed couple. And if you're looking for a fun way to to take in the sights around Airlie Beach, book a pushbike tuk-tuk with Just Tuk'n Around!
C O A S T A L C H A R M
Just 45 minutes north of Airlie Beach lies Bowen, a quintessentially Australian coastal town with superb natural surrounds. Explore the plethora of palm fringed beaches, beautiful bays and enjoy delicious local mangoes! Bowen also boasts some of the best fringing reefs in Queensland, most of which lies just a few meters off shore - the perfect playground for snorkelers and divers. Those planning a January honeymoon might even be lucky enough to witness gorgeous baby turtles hatching from their eggs!
S E T S A I L
Explore the crystal clear waters of The Whitsundays on the classic Lady Enid yacht. The stunning timber vessel is an ode to the age of elegance in the 1960s before sailing was inundated with corporate sponsorship and carbon fibre. Immerse yourself in the romance of sailing the Coral Sea with your dearly beloved and relax with your favourite book, listen to music or daydream as you savour the uninterrupted splendour of the Whitsunday Islands.
P O P - U P P I C N I C
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Enjoy the delights of the outdoors with a ravishing alfresco dining experience with I Do Events Whitsundays and Peach and Pear Catering. Their range of ‘Pop Up Picnics’ can be enjoyed in several stunning Whitsunday locations and includes a choice of 2 gourmet sandwiches or salads, cheese & fruit platter for two, sweets, bottled water, your choice of a complimentary bottle or red, white or sparkling wine and can even be styled and themed!
W H I T S U N D A Y S W E D D I N G
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The Whitsundays isn't just a dream honeymoon location, it also hosts beautiful destination weddings! Treat your guests to paradise for your wedding without the hassle of leaving the country. Your choice of wedding venues in the Whitsundays includes many of the Airlie Beach based hotels, dedicated waterfront wedding venues and also on board many of the local vessels!