MUD SHACK AT MUDJIMBA BEACH is the perfect place to unwind in the lead up to your wedding or after the big day. The Mud Shack is a tropical hideaway at Mudjimba Beach on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Private and secluded, quiet and romantic, the Mud Shack is set amongst tall palm trees, lush tropical gardens and a huge resort pool with outdoor shower and Endless Summer Bar. It’s a flat, easy 600m walk to Mudjimba Beach, restaurants and coffee shops – everything you will need is within 1 kilometre of the shack. Minutes to Sunshine Coast Airport (no air traffic noise).
Enquiries: T 0417 637 553 or email


Set on the picturesque coastline of Northern New South Wales at Kingscliff, PEPPERS SALT RESORT & SPA is a sanctuary of indulgence where a luxurious resort blends perfectly with its seaside location to create the ultimate wedding destination. Just 15 minutes south of Gold Coast Airport and 30 minutes drive from Byron Bay, the resort caters for weddings of all sizes from intimate gatherings to lavish affairs and the beautiful grounds and pristine South Kingscliff Beach offer various settings for romantic ceremonies. The resort offers a wide range of accommodation types from beautifully appointed resort rooms to spacious suites overlooking swimming lagoons, secluded rockpools or the luscious hinterland. All suites feature a spa bath and private balcony and Season (the resort’s restaurant) was awarded a Chef’s Hat in the 2012 Australian Good Food Guide Chef’s Hat Awards.
Enquiries: T 02 6674 7718 or email


No visit to Far North Queensland is complete without a day trip to Whitehaven Beach… a 7 kilometre stretch of pristine silica sand along Whitsunday Island which is the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays and the most photographed beach in Australia.

ABOVE >> PEPPERS BLUE ON BLUE RESORT at Magnetic Island (a 25minute ferry ride from Townsville) is located on the water’s edge with gorgeous marina and mountain views… and gorgeous sunsets. Magnetic Island has 23 secluded beaches and bays… it is easy to find a spot where you are the only two on the beach as most of the island is a National Park.  The resort is also a perfect destination wedding venue, with first class food, indoor and outdoor reception options and contemporary style accommodation from modern hotel rooms through to the 3 bedroom penthouse.

ABOVE >> PEPPERS BEACH CLUB at Port Douglas is only steps away from the endless sands of Four Mile Beach. It is a Mediterranean style resort with beautifully appointed rooms… and you can literally step out of your lounge room onto your own private balcony and dive straight into the lagoon pool? You can even swim up to the restaurant for a delicious tropical buffet style breakfast or lunch… but we recommend you dress for your romantic evening meal and stroll instead of swim !

ABOVE >> St Mary’s by the Sea is a historic 1880 fully-restored non-denominational church in the heart of Port Douglas where every year around 200 couples from all over the world choose to say “I do” in paradise.

ABOVE >> This is the view of the majestic Whitsunday Passage from the balcony of PEPPERS CORAL COVE RESORT at Airlie Beach. The apartment style accommodation is modern and beautifully appointed and the food is fabulous. We recommend a romantic dinner for two on the Restaurant’s balcony overlooking the wet edge pool and the calm Coral Sea… sublime !

ABOVE >> PEPPERS BEACH CLUB & SPA at Palm Cove is an award-winning resort set in the heart of Palm Cove Village and only steps away from the palm-fringed beach. The one and two bedroom penthouses have private rooftop terraces with BBQs and a plunge pool or jacuzzi. They also have fully equipped kitchens and every conceivable luxury… you won’t want to leave. The lagoon pool is sensational with a fabulous swim-up cocktail bar. Honeymooners bliss !!!


New Zealand’s North Island is only three hours away when you fly with Air New Zealand direct from Brisbane to Auckland and is a fabulous honeymoon destination. The exchange rate makes the already reasonable prices even more reasonable. The food and scenery are amazing. The locals are very friendly and you can cover a lot of distance and experience so much diversity in a short time. You can pick up your hire care from Auckland Airport and take off on a very relaxing honeymoon in a very picturesque country.

DISCOVER TRAVEL & CRUISE organised a fabulous, romantic trip to NZ’s North Island for myself and my husband in 2012 and here are just some of the many highlights. DISCOVER TRAVEL & CRUISE are honeymoon and cruise specialists (they even have a honeymoon registry). Contact them to set up your honeymoon registry and start planning your dream honeymoon.

ABOVE >> Three and a half hours north of Auckland is the historic town of Russell. Your honeymoon is the perfect time to spoil yourself and even if it is for just one night, to experience EAGLES NEST at Russell in The Bay of Islands is something you will never forget. This 75 acre estate has five world class villas and I was privileged to stay in the First Light Villa, which is their most romantic and has a mezzanine bedroom, a floor to ceiling glass shower and louvered skylight over the super king bed. It also has an indoor-outdoor fireplace and a private jacuzzi.

ABOVE >> Mudbrick Vineyard on Waiheke Island. Waiheke Island is a 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland. The island boasts beautiful beaches and gorgeous scenery and is known as New Zealand’s Island of Wine. A great way to see the island is to take an organised wine tour which takes in a number of vineyards and olive plantations.  Make sure you stay at least one night on Waiheke.

ABOVE >> During my visit to Waiheke Island, I had the privilege of staying at THE BOATSHED and being spoiled by the host, Jonathan Scott. The Boatshed is an intimate island-style luxury hotel perched above Oneroa Bay. Jonathan spoils all of his guests with sensational breakfasts, all day dining and the most romantic candlelight dinners overlooking the bay. The food is simply divine and the accommodation is cosy, private and luxurious.

ABOVE >> FULLERS are the experts when it comes to cruising around The Bay of Islands and their latest addition IPIPIRI is the biggest and best boat offering overnight cruises around this idyllic part of the world. The accommodation onboard is spacious and comfortable, the food and service is great and the scenery is spectacular. This is a wonderful way to relax and spend some romantic time together and a break from the driving and navigating ! Make sure you get off the boat to explore the islands, swim with the dolphins and any other activities on offer. Bon voyage !