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Honeymoon in the Outback: Australia offers wildlife, amazing landscapes and lasting memories

2012-09-23T10:00:00Z Honeymoon in the Outback: Australia offers wildlife, amazing landscapes and lasting memoriesBy Ashley Boyer nwitimes.com
September 23, 2012 10:00 am  • 

Ready to relax and celebrate your recent nuptials with your new spouse? If you’re looking for a real adventure, pack your bags and head Down Under! Considered the world’s biggest island and smallest continent, Australia is home to exotic wildlife, amazing landscapes, and a culture unlike any other. Australia’s year-round temperate weather and little rainfall make the continent an excellent destination any time of year. From Sydney and the Gold Coast to the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru, there’s plenty to see and do Down Under.

Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa Gold Coast

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Lose yourself in the luxury of Australia’s magnificent Gold Coast at the Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa Gold Coast. Surrounded by sparkling lagoons and tropical gardens, the five-star resort boasts a spa and health club, gourmet restaurant, and breathtaking ocean views. Numerous attractions are a short drive away: Sea World, Dream World, White Water World, Warner Brothers Movie World, and the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. In addition, the nearby Gold Coast Hinterland, comprised of several mountain ranges, features walking trails and spectacular panoramic views of the coast. Plus, explore the boutique wineries, arts and crafts stores, and country cafés hidden in the hinterland.

Pinnacles Resort and Spa Whitsundays

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Enjoy the splendor of the Great Barrier Reef and the fabulous Whitsunday Islands at the Pinnacles Resort and Spa Whitsundays. The five-star luxury resort is located on Airlie Beach and one-, two-, and three-bedroom self-contained apartments feature spacious balconies with breathtaking views of the Coral Sea and islands. Want to relax? Spend the day at the hotel’s day spa or laze by the pool. Ready for adventure? Sail the pristine waters of the Coral Sea, kayak the seaways connecting the Whitsunday Islands, or marvel at the magnificent array of creatures living along the Great Barrier Reef as you snorkel or scuba dive.

Park Hyatt Sydney

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Looking to immerse yourselves in the cosmopolitan culture of modern Sydney? Situated on the world-famous Sydney Harbor, the newly renovated Park Hyatt Sydney features guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto private balconies and boast views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge. Couples can enjoy fine dining and drinks at the hotel’s restaurants and bars, and relaxing treatments at the on-site spa. The iconic hotel is located only minutes from all gorgeous Sydney has to offer: the Sydney Opera House, famous beaches such as Bondi Beach and Manly Beach, art galleries, festivals and more.

Voyages Ayers Rock Resort

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For a real outback experience, head to one of the five hotels of Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, located on the edge of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. A visit to the breathtaking Uluru (Ayers Rock), one of the world's largest monoliths, and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), a group of more than 30 rounded red domes, is a must-do. Discover these natural wonders by camel, motorcycle, helicopter or walking tour. After a day of exploring, rejuvenate at the resort’s Red Ochre Spa, browse the hand-crafted artwork at the Mulgara Gallery, or enjoy a romantic dinner of authentic Australian delicacies under a canopy of stars.

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