16 of the best honeymoon destinations in Queensland
Hole up in a World Heritage-listed rainforest, spend your days diving the Great Barrier Reef, sail around tropical islands, or go west to Queensland’s incredible countryside: there’s no better backdrop than the Sunshine State to celebrate this new chapter with your loved one. Kick off your life of wedded bliss with 15 of the best honeymoon destinations in Queensland.
Reef & islands
Queensland’s tropical jewel, the Great Barrier Reef, is one of the most sought-after honeymoon destinations. Home to some of the world’s most luxurious resorts, untouched beaches and remote wilderness, the Reef has a number of breathtaking destinations.
Bedarra Island, off Mission Beach
The couples-only Bedarra was made for honeymooners. If you’re seeking a sun-drenched sanctuary, you’ve come to the right place. With a maximum of 16 guests allowed on the island at any given time, privacy is paramount.
Each villa is nestled amongst 45 hectares of protected rainforest and come with its own plunge pool with breathtaking views of the bay. No one should have to make big decisions on their honeymoon, so all meals, beverages, and a plethora of outdoor activities are coordinated and organised on your behalf, so you can spend more time enjoying and less time coordinating. Think stand up paddle boarding around Bedarra Bay, snorkelling the coral bommies around the island or even a game of tennis on the resort’s court.
For the ultimate romantic expedition, have a champagne picnic prepared and take a motorised dinghy to explore the island’s private beaches. You’ll have a slice of paradise literally to the two of you.
Orpheus Island, off Townsville North Queensland
Hosting a maximum of 28 guests at any one time and only accessible by helicopter, Orpheus Island is the luxury honeymoon destination your newly married selves need.
Just off the coast of Townsville, Orpheus Island is blessed with year-round sunshine and dozens of secluded beaches for you to laze on, while the warm waters of the Coral Sea make for some of the most impressive diving and snorkelling sites in the world.
The long, lazy days here are made for loved-up newlyweds, and an afternoon unwinding at the island’s award-winning Gwandalan (meaning “rest and peace”) Day Spa will have you settled in no time. Drawing inspiration from the island’s unique Indigenous history, the spa’s Li’tya product range uses sustainably wild-harvested, pure Australian botanicals and organic ingredients to make you feel grounded, balanced, and beyond relaxed. Post-treatment, order a cocktail and enjoy cocktails by the pool at sunset.
Their ‘All Loved Up’ package includes four nights’ accommodation, meals, drinks, a signature Dining with the Tides experience, a one-hour spa treatment per guest, French champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries upon arrival, as well as Orpheus experience daily (snorkelling, fishing, island cruise), unlimited use of motorised dinghies, fishing equipment, paddle boards, kayaks, catamarans and snorkelling equipment. All the hard work’s been taken care of on Orpheus, all you have to do is enjoy it.
Lizard Island, Tropical North Queensland
One of three true coral cay resorts in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island is known for powdery white beaches and shady palms, making it a picturesque honeymoon destination in Queensland. Boasting 24 private beaches and a handful of world-class dive sites, newlyweds with the taste for adventure will revel in Lizard Island’s affinity with nature.
Their Romance Package—which can be added to a minimum three-night stay—adds on champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries, a sunset cruise with champagne and cheeses, a one-hour indulgent spa treatment per person, private beach day with motorised dinghy and gourmet picnic hamper, and a private beach dining experience.
Sailing through the Whitsundays
If you can’t decide on just one island, explore 74 of them by chartering a bareboat. It’s easier than you think. You can opt to charter the seas with or without a skipper, giving you the freedom to explore the region at your leisure.
Moor overnight at Hamilton Island; stop for an afternoon picnic on the iconic Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island; or stock up on supplies, leave the islands and crack fresh oysters straight from the rocks as dine on your deck under the stars. It doesn’t get much more romantic.
qualia, Hamilton Island
It was the only hotel in Conde Nast Traveller‘s annual Best Hotels in the World Travel Awards to receive perfect scores. It also won the title of Best Coastal Resort in the World in 2017. It’s no wonder qualia on Hamilton Island consistently tops the wish lists of honeymoon destinations in Queensland everywhere.
Exquisitely envisaged by Australian designer Chris Beckingham, qualia’s open design and liberal use of materials sourced from and inspired by nature creates a unique connectedness with both the land and the electric-blue Coral Sea at its doorstep. Intuitive guest services and state-of the art facilities ensure you can be as blissfully immersed in your surroundings as possible.
Add some extra touches of luxury to your stay at qualia with intimate wine masterclasses, hop over to Dunk island for a game of golf on the Great Barrier Reef‘s only island course, or indulge in the dreamy in-house spa. Experience the literal version of your love with Journey to the Heart: a scenic helicopter flight over Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and the stunning heart-shaped Heart Reef, then land on the Heart Island Pontoon helipad for a secluded afternoon at the Great Barrier Reef.
Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island
Most people don’t come to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island to retreat to their rooms, but after a full day of exploring this world-famous location you’ll be blessed with tranquillity all around you at Kingfisher Bay Resort.
Whether you’re staying in the hotel or holed up in one of the island’s chic beach houses or villas, this is the ideal honeymoon destination for couples who want to connect with nature. Fraser Island comes with the kind of once-in-a-lifetime experiences only a World-heritage-Listed island can offer: 4WD along miles of beach, hike through ancient forests, or go sand dune surfing. It’s an adventurer’s playground.
In the resort, there are a wealth of ways to unwind. Featuring a day spa, multiple pools, a private beach for guests and a wealth of activities including paddle boarding, kayaking and guided hikes, it may be tempting to lounge on the beach all day—but you’ll struggle.
There are multiple dining options at Kingfisher Bay Resort, but if you really want to push the boat out, book a table at Seabelle restaurant for its beautiful degustation that draws on local indigenous bush ingredients, sourced from the island.
There’s also the requisite day spa, your own kayaks, sunset champagne at the Jetty Hut, and kilometres of white sand for as many long romantic walks as you can handle.
The world’s oldest rainforest makes for a beautiful alternative honeymoon escape—especially if you go far north enough to lose phone reception.
Disconnect from the day-to-day at these romantic honeymoon destinations in and around the Daintree Rainforest.
Silky Oaks Lodge and Healing Waters Spa, near Port Douglas
On the banks of the Mossman River, Silky Oaks Lodge and Healing Waters Spa has long been regarded as the Tropical North’s most luxurious stay. Hidden away in the lush rainforest less than an hour from Port Douglas, whisk your other half to one of the most idyllic locations in the state.
Once you’ve had your fill of swimming in the pristine waters of the Mossman River, canoeing along the banks of ancient rainforests, taking morning yoga classes, indulging in spa treatments at the Healing Waters Spa and exploring bushwalks, kick back on the deck of the Treehouse Restaurant and sample some of the local native fare.
If honeymooning in a tropical bolthole is your idea of wedded bliss, go all out with their Luxury Silky Experience package. It includes four nights in a Billabong Suite, return luxury private transfers from Cairns, Dom Perignon on arrival, all gourmet meals with choice of location at the lodge, a helicopter tour, three-hour luxury purity and detoxifying ritual at the Healing Waters Spa, and a private Daintree Safari.
Daintree Wilderness Lodge, Daintree Rainforest
Hide away deep in the rainforest in one of seven exclusive cabins at Daintree Wilderness Lodge. It’s the ideal honeymoon location for guests wanting the peace and quiet of the tropics, with easy access to Port Douglas, the Great Barrier Reef and Cape Tribulation. This is a little slice of ancient Australia—with a few modern luxuries.
This eco-accredited property has been perfectly designed for complete privacy; boardwalks lead to each cabin, so there’s quite literally no chance of you bumping into other guests. All cabins feature a unique viewing sunroof so you can lay in bed and watch the world of the rainforest playing out above your head.
Cassowaries, Boyd’s forest dragons, striped possums, monitor lizards and other unique wildlife are regular features in and around the lodge, giving you an utterly unique experience of this magnificent part of the world.
You don’t need to search hard for a beautiful beach in Queensland—the coast and neighbouring islands are literally bursting with them.
Thala Beach Resort, near Port Douglas
Looking for an eco-conscious honeymoon experience? Fly to Cairns and travel 45 minutes to Thala Beach Resort. Tucked in behind a coconut plantation and facing its own private beach just shy of Port Douglas, this magnificent resort face out into 58 hectares of pristine nature reserve.
Thala’s main lodge offers a massage studio, restaurant, bar, art gallery, and two natural rock pools for when you feel like being around other guests. But it’s their eco-bungalows, built high within the forest canopy, that will make you feel like you’re on your very own desert island.
Their Honeymoon Coral Dreamings package features four nights’ accommodation in a Eucalypt Bungalow with breakfast daily, a cruise to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, dinner for two at Osprey’s Restaurant, and return transfers. It also includes on-site guided tours by specialist staff such as bird watching, nature walks, and outdoor star gazing.
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple
Situated along the world-famous Four Mile Beach in northern Queensland’s most sought-after township, the Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa is the ultimate honeymoon statement.
Featuring 130 sleek studio rooms, two- and three-bedroom apartments, and villas for those seeking a more secluded stay, the Pullman Port Douglas pulls out all the stops. The Balinese-style lagoon pool is at the heart of the property and is the perfect place to settle in for an afternoon of sun, sleep and swimming.
A five minute drive away is the beautiful Port Douglas town centre, which also happens to be your gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, and surrounding natural wonders for honeymooners keen to explore.
Go all-out and stay in their exclusive penthouse suite, complete with a rooftop spa and alfresco dining area (and some magnificent views to the ocean).
Oceans Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast
For a prime luxury beach position with views up and down the Sunshine Coast, a penthouse apartment at Oceans Mooloolaba will make your honeymoon unforgettable.
Immerse yourself in their Sunshine Coast Couples Getaway package, which includes three nights in a one-bedroom penthouse, French Champagne and Oceans signature hamper on arrival, breakfast daily at Lot 104 Cafe & Bar, and one-hour massage per person (in-room or at the spa).
QT Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise
Famed for its retro fit-out and knockout dining and bar offerings, QT Gold Coast is right in the centre of the Gold Coast, making it the Queensland honeymoon location for anyone wanting to feel the energetic vibes of the GC.
Hire one of QT’s retro cruiser bikes, sip homemade lemonade around the pool, book yourself in for an afternoon of individually-tailored treatments at the SpaQ, and work up an appetite for Bazaar restaurant’s wow-factor, all-you-can-eat dining experience.
If all the chaos of the wedding planning has caused you to yearn for a complete retreat, take to the mountains for a romantic hinterland hideaway.
Bushwalks, fireplaces and spa bathtubs with views beckon from these beautiful properties.
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Scenic Rim
Reached after a winding drive up through Lamington National Park, a private villa at O’Reilly’s at Scenic Rim is a welcomed home away from home. Fill a basket with some local produce, cheese and wine in the local town of Canungra before the drive up, then settle into your self-contained villa, perched high above the rainforest canopy.
With a BBQ and jacuzzi on your private deck, a fireplace inside and full kitchen to cook up romantic dinners for two, you could easily spend a week tucked away inside, but there’s a restaurant and bar up at the main lodge and plenty of world-class walking tracks and hikes in this neck of the woods.
The villas are also just a short stumble to the Lost World day spa and one of the most picturesque infinity pools you’ll ever set eyes on.
Nightfall Camp, Scenic Rim
Nightfall Camp will exceed all your glamping expectations; this is National Park luxury and you’ll never want to leave. Limited to only six guests, this handful of super secluded private safari tents provide the perfect environment to sleep off the wedding and spend the rest of your time unwinding.
Take full advantage of the prime position, nestled next to the headwaters of Christmas Creek in Lamington National Park, where you can book a spa treatment right at the water’s edge. Organic food is prepared on the fire each night for you and on special occasions, hosts Steve and Heidi Ross will pop on a film to enjoy under the stars.
Spicers Peak Lodge, Scenic Rim
The Scenic Rim, a beautiful pocket of SEQ, is pure, unadulterated romance country: picture achingly pretty villages, sweeping vistas, big orange sunsets and country walks. Spicers Peak Lodge is Australia’s highest non-Alpine lodge, making it a world-class destination with luxury accommodation to match.
Splash out on one of the private lodges with its own infinity pool with views out over the breathtaking valley. All lodges mirror the heritage homestead of the main building, where their award-winning restaurant, The Peak, serves some of the best food in the country (so make sure you book at least one degustation while you’re there).
There’s the Anise Day Spa for the requisite pampering and 4WD wilderness tours for when you want to get those hearts beating even faster, with the property’s 10,000 acres of tranquil countryside to roam at your leisure.
Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat, Montville
There are dozens of picturesque lodges and cottages dotted throughout the Sunshine Coast Hinterland; Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat is a prime example of how to combine honeymoon privacy with the peaceful surrounds of nature.
With just six pavilions placed around Narrows Escape, each has a double spa and fireplace – the essential honeymoon ingredients.
The honeymoon package at Narrows includes two nights’ accommodation, champagne and chocolates on arrival, dinner for two at a local restaurant, gourmet cheese platter, fresh flowers in your cottage, a breakfast hamper on arrival and freshly baked croissants delivered daily.