A honeymoon destination that confounds the expectations of its travelers and admirers. Australia takes Anurag and his wife on an epic 6 night/7 day vacation that brought them on the verge of nirvana in the scenic and adventurous Australian outback.
Trip Duration: 6 nights/ 7 days
Total Trip Cost: INR 2,90,000
Trip Inclusions: Flights, transfers, accommodation, sightseeing, breakfast, and visa fees
Month of travel: February
My friends suggested me to consult TravelTriangle for a honeymoon package. While selecting our honeymoon destination, we had a few things in mind. Firstly, the weather shouldn’t be too extreme. Secondly, the place shouldn’t be a beach exclusive or an entertainment only destination.
After taking everything into consideration, Australia matched our requirements the best. Saumya from TravelTriangle guided me through the booking process and gave me plenty of options at making a customized package for our honeymoon. I selected the best deal given to me by ‘Travel Troops Global Pvt Ltd’ agency.
A brief itinerary of our six nights/seven days honeymoon trip to Australia
Day 1: Flight from New Delhi – arrival in Sydney at 7 am – check in at noon – visit the four attractions in Sydney – dinner – return to the hotel
Day 2: Breakfast – Sydney sightseeing tour – return to hotel for lunch – evening boat cruise around Sydney – dinner at the cruise – return to hotel
Day 3: Breakfast – trip to blue mountains and jenolan caves – return to hotel – dinner
Day 4: Flight to Gold Coast at 8 am – check in at noon – lunch – evening free for leisure
Day 5: Breakfast – trip to moreton island – snorkeling at moreton – return to hotel – dinner
Day 6: Breakfast – visit to dreamworld and whitewater world – souvenir shopping – dinner
Day 7: Check out- flight back to New Delhi
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We decided to explore the scenic west coast of Australia in Sydney and Gold Coast, that would give us the best of all worlds in beaches, culture, food, nature, and adventure. Here are the activities we did, that made our honeymoon trip to Australia memorable:
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Sydney: Beautiful monuments and a scenic harbor cruise
The first three nights of our honeymoon trip to Australia were spent in Sydney. We wanted to visit Sydney because of its various attractions, iconic monuments, and adventurous locations in its vicinity.
Places we covered
- Four attractions tour
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On the first day, we used our four attractions tour pass to visit the Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Zoo, and Observation point in the afternoon. We missed the Madame Tussauds wax museum because it’s entry closes at 5 pm.
At a cost of AUD $70 per adult, this is a great sightseeing tour that allows you access to few of the popular places to visit in Sydney.
- Sydney sightseeing tour
We boarded the city tour bus that departed at 9 am. We started by visiting the Opera House and Harbor Bridge. After visiting the iconic monument of Sydney, we got off at the scenic Bondi Beach and spent an hour there.
Cost: AUD $35 per person
- Showboat dinner cruise
The cruise started at 6 pm. There were music shows and dinner on the boat. We were welcomed with had snacks and drinks. The cruise took us around the Opera House and Harbor Bridge. It was a great chance to click pictures, with the scenic monuments in the backdrop. The tour ended at 10 pm after dinner. This cruise is highly recommended for couples.
- Blue mountains
We took a trip to the blue mountains on our final day in Sydney. The scenic mountains were a two-hour drive from Sydney. This day, the weather was very foggy and it rained as well. So after reaching the blue mountains, we couldn’t really see the three sister mountains due to the fog.
- Jenolan caves
An hour’s drive from Blue mountains were the Jenolan caves. Visiting the caves was a pretty good experience, as there was no effect of the fog and rain in the caves.
Our stay at the Bayswater Sydney Hotel was good, but not great. The size of the room was a bit small, and the facilities could’ve been a bit better. All in all, the hotel was simple and compact. I’d prefer going for a better hotel next time on a trip to Australia
Useful travel tips for Sydney
- There weren’t many options in Sydney for veg food. Breakfast was usually nachos and chips. Although, we found an indian restaurant for dinner, it is better to carry ready-to-eat vegetarian food.
- When taking the four attractions tour, visit the madame tussauds first, as it’s entry closes at 5 pm.
Gold Coast: City of entertainment and serene beaches
We took an early morning flight to Gold Coast at 8 am and arrived at 9 am. Afterwards, we took a taxi to the Wyndham Surfers Paradise Hotel. We liked the whole vibe to Gold Coast, the place was very tourist friendly and lively.
Places we covered
- Surfer’s Paradise beach
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Since it was very hot in the afternoons, we used to stay in till the evening and then visit the surfer’s paradise beach around 5 pm every day. I found the surfer’s paradise beach more beautiful than Bondi Beach.
- Moreton Island
We decided to take a trip to Moreton Island. After traveling for two hours by car and then an hour by ship, we arrived at Moreton Island. The lunch was included on the tour but it was only non veg. After arriving we went on for snorkeling.
First we practised snorkeling for an hour in shallow water. Post lunch, we went for snorkeling into the sea. We saw some amazing creatures dolphins and turtles.
On our third day in Gold Coast, we visited the Dreamworld theme park. We enjoyed the trained tiger show at the Tiger island, adrenaline pumping roller coasters, and thrilling park rides.
- Whitewater World
In the latter half of our third day in Gold Coast, we visited the White Water World park. We spent a few hours enjoying the numerous innovative water rides.
- Souvenir shopping on Surfer’s Paradise beach road
On our final evening, we went for a shopping spree on surfer’s paradise beach road. A long street that was filled with souvenirs shops designed keeping in mind tourists.
Our stay at the Wyndham Surfers Paradise Hotel was very comfortable. The hotel staff were friendly, the facilities were excellent, and the location of the hotel was top notch. Surfers paradise beach was a two-minute walk from our room and, the hotel also had a rooftop pool which we thought was amazing.
Useful travel tips for Gold Coast
- The best rides in Dreamworld park were Tower of Terror and Buzzsaw.
- Moreton Island is good for a day trip for snorkeling. An overnight stay is not recommended.
- Going by road won’t be recommended as the journey from Sydney to Gold Coast would take 10 hours by car.
My wife and I spent 6 nights/7 days on a magic and unforgettable trip to Australia. We were humbled by mother nature, overawed by serene beaches, and bedazzled by the charm of Sydney and Gold Coast. We found a better connection and understand with each other on a beautiful journey that saw us cover some of the most serene places on the Australian west coast.
- The nightlife at Gold Coast.
- The showboat cruise in Sydney was very romantic.
- The visit to the Jenolan caves was memorable.
- Moreton Island wasn’t very satisfactory. We used up a whole day for an hour of snorkeling.
- Vegetarian food options in Sydney were very limited.
Tips for travelers:
- Go for five-star hotels in Sydney because the three and four-star hotels in Sydney lack facilities to make your stay memorable.
- Check the weather before traveling to Australia as it can vary between hot, cold, and rainy in the same season.
- Plan your travels in Australia according to the check in times for your hotel. Prior to checking into a hotel, we had to wait for two or three hours in both Sydney and Gold Coast.
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