Top 10 luxury honeymoon retreats in Australia


From dinner under a canopy of stars to relaxing couples massages, every retreat on this list offers outstanding experiences, spectacular locations and plenty of privacy to make your Australian honeymoon all you dream it could be. Whatever your preference — quiet pampering or outback adventures — these incredible retreats offer something for everyone.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley – Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Secluded and ultra luxurious, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley offers an indulgent escape surrounded by the magnificence of Australia’s Greater Blue Mountains in New South Wales. Each of the 40 gorgeous villas here feature spectacular mountain views, providing the perfect backdrop for relaxing on the expansive veranda or in the private heated pool.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

After a day of nature and wildlife tours, horseback riding, or biking through Wolgan Valley, you can unwind with therapeutic treatments at the beautiful day spa. Later, you can savour the exquisite offerings of The Wolgan Dining Room or The Country Kitchen, including delicious local meats and cheeses, artisanal bread, and fresh salads.

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort – The Whitsundays, Queensland

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort is a private island retreat in the breathtaking Whitsundays in Queensland, Australia. Here you can revel in luxe island living in one of the luxurious rooms, suites, or villas that all feature panoramic seascapes or garden views. During your stay, you can enjoy a host of romantic activities, from private picnics on a secluded beach to diving along the Great Barrier Reef.

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

Discover the flavours of Queensland in one of Hayman’s five dining venues. Then transform your mind and body with a healing massage or balancing yoga sessions in the resort’s wellness centre. Or spend the afternoon watching the sunset over the famous Whitsunday Islands as you enjoy dinner or a quiet stroll on the beach.

Spicers Sangoma Retreat – Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Make your honeymoon extra special with a stay at Spicers Sangoma Retreat, an all-inclusive destination embraced by the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. Expect lush bushland and African-themed suites, each designed with its own personality, offering privacy and an intimate escape that couples love.

Spicers Sangoma Retreat

Relish your holiday together in the infinity pool overlooking the valley, then indulge in a couples massage while you relax to the sound of the nearby waterfall. There is a bar and restaurant onsite where you can savour a sophisticated 5-course meal paired with exceptional local wines.

Southern Ocean Lodge – Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Set on the scrub-covered dunes of Kangaroo Island in South Australia, on the edge of a rugged sea cliff, Southern Ocean Lodge puts you in a world of your own. Each day here brings you closer to the honeymoon of your dreams and new wonders to discover, from the infinity-edge plunge pool, destination spa, and wine cellar to the sand and surf of Hanson Bay just a short walk away.

Southern Ocean Lodge

Calming, contemporary interiors and rates that are inclusive of all food & drinks ensure a restful and romantic stay at Southern Ocean Lodge. The 21 luxe suites are intimate and come with bespoke furnishings, a sunken lounge, plush beds, glass-walled ensuites, and a spectacular outdoor terrace that looks out to breathtaking views of the great Southern Ocean.

El Questro Homestead – The Kimberleys, Western Australia

A luxurious all-inclusive retreat on the edge of Chamberlain Gorge in The Kimberleys, El Questro Homestead is the ultimate getaway for couples in Western Australia. The 9 luxurious suites here are designed to flow seamlessly from indoors to outdoors. Each provides arresting views from the wrap-around verandas, a fabulous outdoor bathroom for two and floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

El Questro Homestead

El Questro offers all-inclusive rates and plenty of adventures to engage in with your partner. Explore on foot, by boat, by helicopter, or on horseback. Or take it down a notch and chill out by the pool or savour the exquisite offerings of the Homestead from breakfast on the veranda to dinner under the stars.

Longitude 131° – Red Centre, Northern Territory

Set in Australia’s Red Centre, Longitude 131 features luxury tented cabins with expansive decks and lavish beds, surrounded by the rugged wilderness of the desert, and breathtaking views of Uluru. This safari-style retreat come with plenty of inclusions and convenient amenities, such as all meals, an open bar, signature experiences, an in-room iPad, free gourmet mini-bar with premium Australian wines, Wi-Fi access and airport transfers.

Longitude 131

Lovebirds should definitely experience the Uluru and Kata Tjuta guided tours included with your stay, then get whisked to a secret location to dine under the stars at Table 131. You can also reserve a private dinner atop a dune or retreat to Spa Kinara for a revitalising massage. And, of course, you can always soak up the scenery in the pool, with a glass of bubbly in hand.

Lizard Island – Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Escape to a private island retreat on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef at Lizard Island Resort. Featuring 24 private beaches and 40 villas, this is the perfect sun-drenched getaway for couples on their honeymoon. Experience the magnificence of the Reef together via snorkelling or diving. Dine on the beach, under the stars, or at the Saltwater Restaurant. Better still, pack a gourmet picnic basket and head to one of the private beaches for some quiet time.

Lizard Island

Lizard Island’s beautiful villas features commanding sea views and direct access to the white sandy beach. Plunge pools, large ensuites with tubs, and lavish furnishing are the norm here, as well as superlative service of course. Rates include all meals, daily sunset champagne and canapes, and use of kayaks, paddle boards and snorkelling equipment.

The Louise – Barossa Valley, South Australia

In its idyllic setting among lush vineyards of the Barossa Valley in South Australia, The Louise is a luxury retreat that blends the best of nature, wine, and food. After a day of savouring the best vintages and gourmet offerings from the region, return to the property in time for dinner for two at the award-winning Appellation or a refreshing dip in the infinity-edged pool.

The Louise

Later, you can retreat to one of only 15 luxury suites that come fitted with all the mod cons and a large ensuite with a spa tub for two. There is a terrace overlooking the vineyards that makes the perfect spot for an evening glass of wine while watching the sunset.

Silky Oaks Lodge – Daintree Rainforest, Queensland

Surrounded by the Daintree Rainforest in far north Queensland is Silky Oaks Lodge, a luxury rainforest retreat that is a favourite with couples. The lodge’s rooms and suites, dressed in natural tones with rich timber floors and furniture, feature hammocks and private verandas which overlook the lush rainforest or the river.

Silky Oaks Lodge

Couples looking for an immersive experience can go on a guided rainforest walk, visit nearby Port Douglas and stroll the quaint streets and shops, or dive along Great Barrier Reef. For something more laid back, you can partake in a yoga session, book a couple’s massage at the spa, or dine amongst the trees at the Treehouse Restaurant.

Cape Lodge – Margaret River, Western Australia

Experience an unforgettable honeymoon at Cape Lodge in Western Australia. This private country house in the renowned Margaret River region features 22 luxurious rooms and a separate 5-bedroom private residence. All are spacious and feature king sized beds, high vaulted ceilings, spectacular views, and en suite bathrooms for the ultimate in comfort.

Cape Lodge

Forty acres of lush forest, lake, and gardens surround this secluded luxury lodge. Choose to spend your day on the beach, hiking the forest trails, playing golf, or canoeing on the Margaret River. Alternatively, head straight to the spa in the Main Lodge for a full body massage or facial. Then end the day relishing some French-influenced country fare made from delicious fresh local produce and seafood.

There is no question that Australia offers some incredible options for an unforgettable honeymoon. However, figuring out which one of these amazing properties you’re going to visit on your honeymoon will definitely be the hardest choice yet.

Mat Lewis is Co-Founder & CEO of View Retreats. View Retreats is a boutique travel agency featuring handpicked, luxury accommodation across Australia & New Zealand.

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Comments (22)

  1. Mahima Git says:

    Very much excited to visit after looking at these scenarios!!!!

    • Mat Lewis says:

      Great to hear this inspired you to come and visit :) So many extraordinary experiences!

  2. Jane says:

    I would never have thought of going all the way from the U.K. to Australia in my day for a honeymoon. Forgive the old granny tones. But nowadays the world, luckily, is a much smaller place. And these places are, well, wow …

    As I tell my daughter, you only get one honeymoon, and to be honest soon after you are married financial reality tends to hit. Fairly soon, mortgage and nursery fees kick in and they put a breaker on your travel plans. Not to mention travelling with toddlers.

    Go for it. Be adventurous whilst you can.

    • Mat Lewis says:

      Totally agree and great advice to your daughter! – do it now before you’ll never do it! And, although Australia isn’t around the corner, it certainly has become a lot more pleasant to travel this far. And once here, you’ll forget the 24h plane trip :)

    • Ben says:

      Totally agree with both of you. It’s the things in life that you don’t do that you usually regret far more than the things that you do. If you’ve got a chance to honeymoon in Australia then seize it. You may not get another chance.

    • Mat Lewis says:

      Absolutely agree Ben. No regrets, just do what you want.

  3. Valerie says:

    This is a reminder that lovebirds have so many different takes on what they want to on their honeymoon. Some people want the remoteness of Longtitude 131 while others are happier to see a bit more of people.

    • Mat Lewis says:

      This is why we love Australia so much – there is something for everyone. Whether you want outback, coastal, vineyards, mountains, tropical or cold…it’s all here :)

  4. Tony says:

    I’m afraid I did the honeymoon many years ago but this breathtaking selection of properties makes me feel that it may be time for a second honeymoon.

    They are a real reminder of the diversity that Australia has from the rain forest to the hot deserts.

    • Mat Lewis says:

      Sounds indeed like a second honeymoon is in order. A great reason to celebrate again :)

  5. Lesley Alexander says:

    Longtitude 131 would be my choice. There’s a lot of glamour about the old-fashioned luxury safari. And you’ve intrigued me about Table 131, I’m fascinated to find out about that romantic experience!

  6. Mat Lewis says:

    Great pick, Lesley. Longitude 131 gives that true Aussie experience, in absolute luxury so totally agree with your choice. Table 131 is an extraordinary way to dine under the stars in the spiritual heart of Australia. You’ll be served a 4-course dinner, combined with the finest Australian wines. After dinner, Longitude’s resident astronomer will explain about the Southerly constellations. Truly magical and definitely a highlight of any journey to Uluru.

  7. Julie says:

    I do like the idea of a more secluded honeymoon for peace and quiet where you can just focus on each other, surrounded by nature and beautiful scenery. It’s easy to see how Australia is a perfect getaway, with such panoramic views, mountains and golden sandy beaches. The InterContinental Hayman Island Resort looks ideal, and I like that you can either chill out and do as little as possible for relaxation, or take things up a notch with activities like diving, so there’s something to suit everyone. I think the Daintree Rainforest is something so unusual though, that really would make for a memorable, novel experience like no other!

    • Mat Lewis says:

      Yes, I’d go for peace and quiet myself too. InterContinental Hayman Island has just opened 6 days ago so all brand new after a big make-over…looks incredible doesn’t it! Oh and the lovely Daintree…such an amazing experience being in the world’s oldest rainforest. Magical.

  8. Lydia Haigh says:

    Even though I’ve got a bit of a thing about lizards, I’d have to go for Lizard Island. A private island is everybody’s dream. And how good is it to have 24 private beaches too? Would it be too much to expect butler service too?

  9. Mary says:

    Beautiful pics mate

    I am in Brisbane and you have inspired me to visit.

    Cheers

    Mary

  10. Karen says:

    As I’ve never been to Australia and never been on honeymoon, hopefully both events will be coming up soon, though not necessarily together, I think I would have to go for some combos of these great hotels. I’d certainly choose the Silky Oaks Lodge as I have never been anywhere near a Rain Forest before and then the dry Red Centre as a real contrast. Then finally I would chill out on the private island.

    • Mat Lewis says:

      I think you’re on the right track here Karen! What a way to spend your time in Australia visiting 3 distinctly different destinations. I like your thinking ;)

  11. Kara Webb says:

    Sometimes I’m all for roughing it out, but for a honeymoon or romantic couple’s retreat I’m leaning towards a more, all-inclusive, secluded, private, seved-hand-and-foot kind of vibe. One&Only feels like the perfect destination. We can certainly just stay within the premises and never get bored!

    • Mat Lewis says:

      We love One&Only :) – it’s so beautiful, the surroundings are incredible and did you know your private villa has a heated pool! That’s my favourite feature

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