Although most people prefer to go on their honeymoons right after the wedding, I am SO glad we decided to wait a few months. There were a number of good reasons, but the best one was that other than officially being married, this gave us something as epic as our wedding to look forward to (and plan)! We spent 26 days between Australia and New Zealand, visited 9 different cities, took 8 different flights...and amassed a lifetime of incredible memories.
All photos personal.
|Now that I've married into a Packers family, showing some love with the Sydney Opera House in the background|
Before I delve into the first part of our trip in Australia, I gotta talk about the flight to Sydney. Because Mr. M travels a lot for work, he has racked up a ton of miles over the years on Delta so we exchanged a bunch of them for free round-trip tickets to Sydney--in 1st class. For a flight that’s almost fifteen hours, having seats that recline 180 degrees, pillows and a comforter, three-course meals (with a sundae cart!), and unlimited amounts of booze was like no other flying experience I’ve ever had. I totally would have taken more pictures of us lounging but I didn’t want to be that girl. I did manage to snap a picture of Mr. M enjoying a glass of champagne while looking over the dinner menu though!
|Flyin' first class, up in the sky|
|Our little seating pods|
What We Did
- Scuba Diving & Snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef
|Scuba diving at the GBR has been at the top of my bucket list|
|The snorkeling was phenomenal|
|Awesome marine life at the reef|
- Visiting the Wildlife Habitat
|I've wanted to hug a koala bear since watching that show Noozles as a kid!|
|Mr. M wanted to take this little guy home|
|Feeding giant kangaroos|
Where We Stayed & AteWe stayed at the Shantara Resort & Spa and had two surprises in our fridge awaiting us. Management had given us a complimentary bottle of champagne to congratulate us on our honeymoon and Bridesmaid A.I. and her husband had surprised us with an incredible basket of breakfast food and a sweet note.
It was the perfect location and only a five minute walk from the main street in Port Douglas called Macrossan Street--this is where all the restaurants, bars and shops were. There was even a supermarket and liquor store so we made sure to stock up! Another great thing about this resort is that it’s truly designed with couples and adults in mind--no one under the age of 16 is allowed so it made for a quiet and romantic stay.
|Apartment style accommodations|
|We ate breakfast on the balcony every morning|
|Chillin' by one of the pools|
Next, we headed 45 minutes north to spend two days at the Daintree Rainforest. Other than our driver taking a 2 hour detour in the wrong direction (booooo), this was probably our favorite part of the entire trip!
What We Did
- Cultural Walkabout with an Aboriginal Guide
|We caught a total of five mud crabs between us two|
|Some before and after shots of our crab lunch--Yum!!!|
The Daintree Eco-Lodge & Spa was the most unique place we’ve ever stayed. This ecolodge is nestled right in the midst of the rainforest and a few of the rooms are built on stilts for a treehouse-like experience. We stayed it one of those rooms and it was amazing.
|Our "tree house" room on the right|
|Elevated boardwalks around the ecolodge|
|Outside of our tree house room|
|King bed with canopy netting|
|View from our balcony|
Next up, our adventures in New Zealand!