Sunrise over Tathra / Image via Destination NSW

This year. Wow. What a wild ride. There has been so much change, so much uncertainty, and so much taken away from so many. But there is always hope. As long as you can dream about when things will get better and how you can help get them there, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. And so, this year, if you’ve got a honeymoon on the horizon, don’t despair, instead, dream. You might not be able to book that overseas getaway, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start dreaming about and planning an Australian honeymoon.

And the good news is, that honeymoons will go a long way to helping people in our own backyard who need a boost too. From beachside towns and high country heartlands to majestic mountains, here’s our roundup of amazing destinations bouncing back from the bushfires where you can have a honeymoon with real heart.

High Country, Victoria

Three and a half hours drive north east of Melbourne, the beautiful town of Bright was spared from the bushfires, but many of the locals lost business and are slowly trying to build back up. Do your bit by spending a few days exploring the region – Mount Buffalo National Park has reopened and is home to Australia’s only ‘Cliff Picnic’. Hosted by Bright Adventure Co, you and your special someone will go abseiling and pause to ‘hang out’ with a hamper full of local treats 300m up – it’s one serious bird’s eye view!

Images via Bright Adventure Company

For those less adventurous, an hour to the north is picturesque Beechworth, where the Bakery’s pies are the perfect pit stop lunch and the bee sting custard pastries are legendary. But it’s worth staying the night, in one of the quaint B&Bs or cottages around town. Splurge with a meal at The Provenance, Michael Ryan’s award winning, produce driven restaurant. You won’t regret it.

Sapphire Coast, New South Wales

Mimosa Rocks National Park, Tanja / Image via Destination NSW

Hop in the car and head five hours south of Sydney for some of the world’s best beaches and one of the most resilient communities you’ll ever meet. Much of the bushland might be gone, but the serenity of the Sapphire Coast and the sparkle of its rugged coastline remain. The small coastal communities are doing whatever they can to build back up so they can welcome guests with open arms and every visitor counts. Like oysters? Make a beeline for the Lockstocking Brewery & Oyster Bar near Pambula, grab a dozen oysters, a couple of cocktails and a seat by the outdoor fireplace. If you’d rather hide away from the world, head to Tanja Lagoon Camp and spend a few nights in a luxe African safari tent on a lagoon in Mimosa Rocks National Park.

Kayaking, Pambula River / Image via Destination NSW

In Tathra, you can make your white washed, weatherboard cottage dreams come to life with a stay at Seatons.

Seatons images: Gabrielle Connole & Bec Haycraft

Wine Regions, South Australia:
The grapes may be gone in some places, but the spirits of the wine makers are still strong. Help them out by visiting cellar doors that are still open and stocking up on the wine that is still very, very good. In the Adelaide Hills, make a beeline for Bird in Hand’s cellar door. Grab some of their sparkling rose if you can, and a couple of bottles of shiraz. At Goldings Wines, you will want to linger over a long lunch at Market Kitchen, especially when you’re sitting out on the terrace with a bottle of Pinot Gris and fresh pizzas. The property’s vineyards were destroyed, but their famous gardens are still blooming.

Blue Mountains, New South Wales

Parklands Country Gardens & Lodge, Blackheath / Image via Destination NSW

Escape to misty mountain mornings and romantic bush walks just two and half hours drive west of Sydney with a honeymoon in the Blue Mountains. Your first stop should be Leura, make a beeline for Josophans Chocolates and stock up on the famous chocolatier’s delicate truffles and decadent blocks. Leura Cellars is also another stop worth making – stock up on a few red wines for chilly mountain evenings. Continue on to just outside Blackheath, where pulling up at the Parklands Country Gardens and Lodge is akin to arriving at a grand country estate. Take a stroll around the manicured lawns before booking into the spa before dinner. You won’t regret it.

Snowy Mountains, New South Wales

Nimbo Fork Lodge, Killimicat / Image via Destination NSW

Want to start your honeymoon with a splash? The Snowy Mountains might be known for ski holidays, but they sure know how to do romance right. On the northern edge of the region, you can wine and dine without a care in the world. Take a ‘Vine to Wine Adventure’ with True North Helicopters. Hop aboard at the Tumut Heliport, soar over orchards, forests and the Tumut river for a very luxe half day tasting experience at two different wineries with a seriously Rockstar entrance. Curl up for the night near the banks of the Tumut River at Nimbo Fork Lodge, where Hamptons heads to the countryside.

Truenorth Helicopters, Snowy Mountains / Image via Destination NSW

Ms Floral Says: Thank you Lisa for shining a light on some particularly special places in Australia that need our help right now. Can’t wait to hear about more couples having local honeymoons in these areas!

About Lisa Perkovic: Lisa has spent the past decade travelling the world writing for Australia’s leading newspapers, magazines and blogs about all things travel. Her own honeymoon was her pièce de résistance – an epic journey to the Maldives and South Africa. Now she loves nothing more than sharing destinations and tips to help other newlyweds work out how to have the honeymoon of their dreams.

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Whilst times have recently been tough around the globe and keeping confined had some of us going mad; it’s important we look to rebuild both economically and mentally. We couldn’t think of a better place to get in some exploring once the madness is all over than Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa in NSW.

With wide open spaces and rolling hills all around, Lake Crackenback is perfect for nature lovers, couples looking to relax and even those who like a little adventure. Let’s take a look at what your escape to Lake Crackenback might look like.

About the location 

Tucked away on 150 acres, bordered by Thredbo River and the Kosciusko National Park, you’ll find Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa. At just 15 minutes from Thredbo Village and Perisher Ski Resort, it’s a dream getaway for snow bunnies on their Winter escape or even couples seeking adventure during any season of the year.

About the accommodation

Choose from either a Mountain Chalet or a Lakeview Apartment. Either choice boasts beautiful views of the natural surrounds whilst providing you with the ultimate comfort from indoors. Each room differs slightly in inclusions though some options do provide a fireplace, spa and outdoor dining. If you have kids in tow, there are options for two and three bedroom accommodation.

During your stay dedicate a day for pampering and relaxing at the resort’s spa. Indulge in a full spa treatment, deep tissue massage or even a refreshing facial. There’s couples packages on offer with the added treat of a sweet or savoury grazing board, or you could even make the trip down for your hens weekend and take advantage of the Girls Pamper Experience or the Mother and Daughter Spa Experience.

About the photo

We can’t help but be reminded of those warm summers in Europe when looking at the quaintly coloured accommodation that lines the lake, except it’s a much calmer, quieter vibe with a quintessential Australian backdrop.

What better way to admire the location than from the lake itself, taking advantage of the resorts free canoe hire.

Also loving

All the memories you can make with a huge array of free activities including:

  • 9 hole golf course
  • Heated indoor swimming pool
  • Mountain bike skills course
  • Tennis courts
  • Trout fishing
  • 2.4km fitness track
  • Archery
  • Trampolines
  • Canoeing (not available in Winter)
  • Low ropes course
  • 25km of mountain biking and bushwalking trails
  • 9 hole disc golf

If you’re looking to amp things up a little, you can also take advantage of the paid activities in the region which include a segway eco tour, river sled tour, fly fishing tour and, of course, skiiing and snowboarding that’s only 15 minutes away.

So, what are you waiting for? When bookings reopen there’s no better way to escape.

All images via Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa

Ms Floral Says: It’s so important, now more than ever, to support local and this looks like a fantastic spot to unwind (or sign up for lots of fun activities!) once life goes back to normal.

About Bec Lawrence: I’m an animal lover, sustainability advocate and natural landscape enthusiast. On a good weekend, you’ll find me hiking with my two adorable beagles and my equally adorable husband.

Leah & Rob

Marrying in Queenstown, New Zealand, surrounded by friends and family at a picturesque venue? There’s no way Leah and Rob’s destination wedding wasn’t going to be a memorable one! Add in a stunning custom made gown by Angela Osagie Bridal that made Leah’s dreams come true, a party that lasted five days and incredible photography by Carla Mitchell, and you’ve got an even bigger winner! Below, Leah tells the story of how her and Rob wound up in Queenstown saying their ‘I do’s’.

Rob and I met in January 2013, very drunk at The Oaks (a pub in Neutral Bay, Sydney), all thanks to my sister, Leah! I don’t really remember too much of the night, however there was lots of dancing. We caught up again a week or so later and went to Pancakes on the Rocks for breakfast.

Unfortunately, after a few months together we decided to go our separate ways and I moved to London, with Rob following a few months later. We remained friends and caught up every now and then throughout our time in the UK. Fast forward a couple of years and we are now married!

We married on November 10th 2019 at Winehouse in Queenstown, New Zealand (my home country!). The style was bright and bubbly! We didn’t want a formal wedding. Quite the opposite, we were after super relaxed and good vibes. It helped that everyone travelled to Queenstown for the weekend, so everyone was in holiday mode.

On the day, I wore my mum’s beautiful sapphire diamond earrings (which I was not allowed to lose!) – it ticked off the ‘something borrowed’ and ‘something blue’.

My bridesmaids were my two sisters – Loren and Helen. For the flowers, the brief was simple – I wanted big and colourful, and Sarah at The Flower Room absolutely knocked it out of the park! The flowers were quite possibly my favourite part of the wedding – they were incredible. Still to this day I get so many comments on how amazing they were! All the flowers matched the bridesmaid dresses, which were a burgundy colour. Everything was in season and put together by Sarah and her team.

I LOVE my dress!!!!! I knew exactly what I wanted from the moment we got engaged! Long sleeves, pockets and a slit down the middle were key. After searching a few bridal stores in Sydney, there was nothing that fitted the brief, so I decided to get my dress custom made.

That is when I found Angela Osagie (the world’s best dress maker and the most amazing lady!). We had so much fun designing this dress. We caught up every couple of weeks for the first three months and then again for all my fittings in the months leading up to the wedding.

Angela, was the most relaxed, skilled and talented person to deal with, she went above and beyond and the attention to detail with all of the lace was incredible! She new exactly what I was going for and made me the dress of my dreams. I couldn’t recommend her enough!

Rob was going for a really casual look, which suits his personality down to a tee! I had a bit of a freak out, deciding my dress was too formal, which meant Rob and his cotton shirt no longer made the cut. We made a last minute dash to get a fitted shirt and ties, which pulled the outfit altogether. Rob’s best mate Ryan was his best man and Steve his cousin was second in charge.

After viewing a few venues on a weekend away in Queenstown, we couldn’t go past the Winehouse at Gibbston Valley! Sam made us feel so welcome and made everything seem so relaxed and easy from the first day we met. The venue had a beautiful backdrop of the mountains in Queenstown, with a waterfall adding to the beautiful scenery.

It poured down with rain all morning and then, just as I was about to walk down the aisle, the sun came out.

I walked down the aisle to ‘Arithmetic’ by Brooke Fraser. It makes me cry every time (except the day I got married! Haha.

We chose two readings that were read by Rob’s sister April and by one of my best friends, Brigette. The readings were, ‘Marriage is Not Beautiful’ and ‘He’s Not Perfect’.

Andrew Bell was our celebrant and we couldn’t recommend him more highly for anyone getting married in Queenstown. The detail and commitment he put in to personalising the ceremony was incredible and he made us both feel so relaxed on the day, even though we were both freaking out in the few hours leading up to the ceremony.

Our ceremony was really relaxed, short and sweet. We aren’t religious and we were happy for a short garden ceremony at Winehouse… and there was a champagne tower to be poured!

Carla Mitchell came highly recommended when we were searching for a photographer and the recommendations were spot on! We couldn’t have asked for a better person to capture our special day. Carla knew of all the best locations to get photos with our bridal party, and then Rob and I separately! She was also extremely patient with all the family photos required (there were a few!).
She also did an amazing job in calming the nerves when we were all taking photos getting ready.
Carla has a photobooth service that we used as well for two hours after dinner – we got lots of awesome photos in there.

Rob and I loved going down to the river to get photos of just the two of us, it meant we got to spend half an hour with just the two of us for it all to sink in

We didn’t do any DIY. Being international it was a challenge to DIY anything, and to be honest, there was no need. Sam at Winehouse is one of the most organised humans I know and sorted everything for us. Neither of us wanted the stress of having to set up anything on the day and we are so thankful that nothing was required of us.

The marquee was amazing and the perfect setting for our reception, and then there was a separate area for dancing, which we loved. The food was delish! All catered by Winehouse.

For our first danced we danced to ‘Higher Love’ – one of our favourite songs! Combined we have four left feet, so it wasn’t the most amazing dance you have ever seen, but we tried and were happy for our friends to join us after 30 seconds. There were no dancing lessons, although they were talked about. A live band was also key – we both enjoy live music and couldn’t have picked a better band in Freefall for all our guests to dance the night away.

My advice for brides and grooms to be is to have fun – the day goes so quick and before you know it, it’s over! Try to get a few moments of alone time with your new husband / wife to reflect on the day.

Ms Floral Says: Congratulations to Leah and Rob on a sensational Queenstown destination wedding! What a stunning venue and celebration that you will remember for the rest of your lives.


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