This blissful seven-day Australian honeymoon combines city fun, natural wonders, and adventure. Your romantic trip begins in cosmopolitan Sydney, where you'll cycle past iconic sights and savor a relaxed Aussie lunch cruise on the harbor. Then, jet north to the tropics in Queensland and drive the scenic coastline to Port Douglas, where you'll spend evenings immersed in a luxe Daintree Rainforest lodge. You'll snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, taste native bush foods, and helicopter to a private waterfall.

Highlights

  • Sail around Sydney Harbour on a cruise, then climb across the landmark bridge
  • Board a private plane for a three-course culinary experience in a national park
  • Spend a full day swimming and snorkeling around the Great Barrier Reef
  • Fly a helicopter to a private waterfall for a refreshing swim and a picnic lunch

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Sydney, Bike Tour Sydney
Day 2 Explore Neighborhoods & Beaches, Lunch Cruise, BridgeClimb Summit Sydney
Day 3 Cottage Point Inn Fly & Dine Experience, A Taste of Chinatown Tour Sydney
Day 4 Fly to Cairns, Drive to the Daintree Rainforest Daintree
Day 5 Drive to Port Douglas, Full-Day Mackay Cay Outer Reef Tour Daintree
Day 6 Half-Day Aboriginal Tour, Rainforest Waterfall Helicopter Escape Daintree
Day 7 Fly to Sydney, Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Sydney, Bike Tour

Transfer Airport - Accommodation
Zip around the sights of Sydney by bike today

G'day and welcome to Sydney! With a dazzling natural harbor, epic beaches, an impressive restaurant and bar scene, and an unquenchable thirst for fun, you'll never get bored in this city—which is why it's the perfect honeymoon destination. Upon arrival at Sydney's airport, a driver will be waiting to transfer you to your city accommodation. Refresh, then set out to find lunch or go for a walk through the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens and along the edge of Sydney Harbour.

After lunch, get ready for an afternoon pedaling across Sydney. Along with a local guide, you'll tick off all of the city's iconic sights, including the Opera House, Hyde Park, Darling Harbour, Chinatown, Parliament House, Queen Victoria Building, and more. This whirlwind cycling tour will give you a quick feel for the city and introduce you to the top landmarks and neighborhoods.

Day 2: Explore Neighborhoods & Beaches, Lunch Cruise, BridgeClimb Summit

Sydney Harbour
Cruise around Sydney Harbour at lunch, then climb over the famous bridge after dark

This morning is yours to explore Sydney's neighborhoods and beaches at your pace. Perhaps you'll want to catch a glimpse of local life in trendy Surry Hills or hipster Newtown, then venture out to Bondi Beach to watch the surfers. You could also take a lesson yourself or wander the waterfront Bondi to Bronte coastal walk. Return to the city in time for a four-hour lunch cruise in the afternoon. Zip across the harbor, taking in the most famous sights and lesser-known coves as you enjoy a delicious Australian-style barbecue lunch with locally produced wines and beers.

When darkness falls on the city, you'll set out for a unique after-dark adventure—climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Strap on a harness and let a BridgeClimb leader take you 439 feet (134 m) above sea level for an adrenaline-pumping journey that provides memorable 360-degree views of the city. As you ascend to the summit of the world's largest steel arch, you'll hear insights into this icon's engineering and cultural history. After your descent, head to Circular Quay or Darling Harbour to take your pick of some of the city's best restaurants.

Day 3: Cottage Point Inn Fly & Dine Experience, A Taste of Chinatown Tour

Sydney - Sydney Seaplanes - Cottage Point
Catch a seaplane to Cottage Point Inn for a three-course lunch

Today starts as you board a private 20-minute scenic flight destined for the award-winning Cottage Point Inn. This beautiful waterfront restaurant is located in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and is renowned for its exceptional modern Australian cuisine. The friendly staff will greet you with a warm welcome and great Australian wines. After your laid-back and leisurely three-course lunch, board the seaplane for your return to the city. Circuit above the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House before landing at Rose Bay.

This evening, explore Australia's more recent migrant history with a tasting tour of Chinatown. Over three hours, visit hidden landmarks and hear little-known stories from the history of Chinese Australians. Enjoy some of the best Asian Australian cuisines, with roots in Chinese, Korean, and Malaysian food. Taste modern fusion and Sydney Chinatown classics, from handmade dumplings and noodles to the best KFC (Korean Fried Chicken). You'll also experience a Chinese tea ceremony, an ancient, serene tradition. 

Day 4: Fly to Cairns, Drive to the Daintree Rainforest

Make your way along the Great Barrier Reef Drive stopping for photos
Plan your trip to Australia
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.

Today you'll board a flight for Cairns, a tropical paradise and the gateway to the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef and ancient Daintree Rainforest. Over the next few days, you'll connect with one another while experiencing some of Australia's most remarkable natural wonders and attractions. Collect a rental car and make the 80-minute drive north to the luxurious Silky Oaks Lodge, a relaxed eco-retreat set above the gently flowing Mossman River and surrounded by the cool leafy canopy of the Daintree Rainforest.

Turn the drive into today's adventure, following the incredibly scenic Great Barrier Reef Drive. Keep your camera close as you make your way along the coast from Palm Cove to the palm-fringed Ellis Beach. Pause to admire deserted tropical beaches and unspoiled coastline stretching as far as the eye can see. Turn inland through Mossman, where green cane fields contrast the rainforest and coast. Detour to Mossman Gorge, a place rich in Indigenous culture and breathtaking beauty, and experience the ancient ferns, emerald green vines, and lush canopy of the Daintree Rainforest.

Day 5: Drive to Port Douglas, Full-Day Mackay Cay Outer Reef Tour

Sailaway
Spend a full day cruising around the Great Barrier Reef with stops for snorkeling

Today, you'll dive into one of the world's great natural wonders with a luxury full-day excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. The world's largest coral reef system counts an incredible diversity of marine life, including over 1,400 species of fish, 30 species of whales and dolphins, and six species of sea turtles. Made up of over 2,900 individual reefs and nearly a thousand islands, the protected area spans over 1,430 miles (2,300 km). Pack your swimsuit and sunscreen, drive 20 minutes to the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina to board your luxury catamaran, and set sail to the Coral Cays of Mackay.

Get ready to snorkel and sail around the reef with this once-in-a-lifetime eco-adventure. Once at the protected reef sites, you'll get to dive into the sea and meet colorful fish, sea turtles, rays, and even sharks. The Great Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and is an essential ecosystem for the world's oceans, providing vital habitat and protection for marine life. 

Day 6: Half-Day Aboriginal Tour, Rainforest Waterfall Helicopter Escape

Daintree Indigenous Guided Tour
Your Aboriginal guide will introduce you to local bush foods

Today you'll discover the history, culture, and traditions of the local Aboriginal people. Learn about the Kuku Yalanji people's special relationship with their land, and explore rainforest and coastal habitats with a local guide, discovering different foods and natural medicines. During the adventure, you'll collect shellfish while learning traditional Aboriginal hunting practices. You'll also have a go at spear-throwing in attempts to catch a mud crab! Complete your Mossman and Daintree adventure with a swim in a crystal-clear freshwater stream.

After lunch, you'll board a private charter helicopter from Port Douglas. Enjoy the jaw-dropping aerial views of the tropical coast and the sparkling turquoise waters of the Coral Sea before landing at Stewarts Creek Waterfall. This magical fall is a jewel in the UNESCO-listed Daintree National Park and is only accessible by helicopter. Leave the modern world behind as you enjoy a refreshing swim in the cool waters, listen to the sounds of the rainforest, and dine on a gourmet picnic with sparkling wine.

Day 7: Fly to Sydney, Depart

Daintree
If time allows this morning, venture out for one last walk in the Daintree Rainforest
Sadly, your weeklong Australian honeymoon comes to an end today! Enjoy a final leisurely breakfast at your luxe accommodation, then pack your bags and make the 90-minute drive to Cairns airport. Drop off your rental car with enough time to board your departing flight to Sydney. From Sydney, you can catch your international flight home or onward. Safe travels!

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