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Your honeymoon – why it really should be all about you!
  • Linden gardens spa room
  • Linden Gardens
  • Linden Gardens main room


Weddings are wonderful, glorious, exciting, romantic, memorable … and fraught!  It doesn’t matter how well-organised you/your partner/your mother/your wedding planner is …no-one can deny that arranging a wedding is an exercise in endurance, as well as joy.

So, the honeymoon should be the time to wind down, enjoy one another and do as much or as little as you please.  But that brings up another problem, because these days, honeymoons are nearly a competitive sport!  Where are you going, how long for, is there a spa, is it 5 star, is it eco-friendly, can your furry family come too, can your normal family come too???? Whew! - honeymoon options need to be as modern and flexible as weddings have become.

And they can be!

First, decide what you want – need – your honeymoon to be.  The reality is that we can’t always go for the waterside villa in Tahiti. Some of us need to stay in Australia due to finances or family commitments, some of us need to take our families with us, some of us can think of nothing better than jumping in the car with the dog (and partner!) and driving along the coast to find the perfect escape.

This is where TakeABreak can help.  We list over 10,000 properties throughout Australia and New Zealand and we cover it all, from hotels to B&Bs and farmstays, self-contained accommodation, eco-resorts, pet-friendly … the list goes on!

Go to www.takeabreak.com.au and check out Honeymoon Hideaways.  It is a great place to start, but is by no means the finish.  You can also search by location, price, eco-friendly, pet-friendly, romantic, luxury and more.  We have included just a few – that cater for different needs – to whet your appetite!

Linden Gardens – a haven for lovers

Take the one you love to Linden Gardens Rainforest Retreat for a romantic honeymoon you will never forget.  Located on top of Mt Dandenong and less than one hour from Melbourne, it is the perfect place for weekend escapes, honeymoons, anniversaries and other special celebrations.

Set on a three-acre estate of lush rainforest and historic gardens, Linden Gardens is a hills icon with unique plantings dating back to 1910.  You must be a guest to enjoy the gardens and tranquillity of the surrounds, so read on and decide which is the perfect escape for you!

The feel at Linden Gardens is elegant, romantic and completely indulgent. The luxury suites are a combination of contemporary and antique pieces with all the modern amenities you could wish for, yet still retaining the feel of the historic buildings and gardens.

More on Linden Gardens, finalist in the 1st night honeymoon category in the Australian Bridal Industry Awards for Victoria.

Montaray Cottage – you’ll never want to leave!

There are certain parts of the world we call “God’s own country” and this is one of them!  The beautiful Loomberah Valley lies south-east of Tamworth and is a region of rolling hills, wooded valleys and wonderful views wherever you look.

And look no further than Montaray Cottage, 25 minutes from Tamworth and set high in the Loomberah Valley with panoramic views of the countryside.  200 metres from the homestead, this 4 star property offers so much that you will find it hard to drag yourself away to enjoy the surrounding attractions.

More on Montaray Cottage

Metung Holiday Villas - a surprise around every corner …

Finding a honeymoon to suit everyone is not nearly as easy as it sounds – but it can be when you choose Metung Holiday Villas!  There is a lot to think about when you are looking for a family-friendly honeymoon … there has to be more than just activities for the kids, as it leaves the adults out on a limb, and often when the needs of the grown-up members of the group are catered for, the kids are bored - and we all know that is no holiday!

Metung Holiday Villas has the attractions to appeal to everyone, with a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, making it a destination not to be missed.  The beaches are safe and ideal for children and you have a choice of day hire boats or skippered cruises to make the most of this water wonderland.

More on Metung Holiday Villas

Home is where the Heart(land) is!

Stretch out in your queen size bed and relish that all you can hear are the sounds of nature!  Heartland Cottage is a balm to the soul of everyone who leads a hurried, stressed and frenetic life … and isn’t that most of us?  Well take a moment to refresh your mind, body and spirit in a fully self-contained 2-bedroom cottage set in 8 acres of serene bushland.

Heartland Cottage is about half way between Sydney and Gold Coast, in the beautiful hinterland of the Hastings River area.  It is one of those amazing properties that seem to change with the needs of those who stay there.

More on Heartland Cottage

So for a honeymoon that is tailored to you and your needs, go to www.takeabreak.com.au, where you will find an Australia-wide accommodation directory with a range of 'theme' holidays, including a specific Wedding Venue and Honeymoon section.  Then tick one more job off the wedding planning list!


Lisa Monk is a marketing communications writer with a diverse background that includes experience in travel, hotel, finance, public relations and advertising. She has worked with Club Med, the Holiday Inn group and on a number of other travel projects on a freelance basis. Lisa has travelled throughout Asia Pacific, North America and Great Britain.
Lisa now works with TakeABreak.com.au as editor of the Holiday Inspirations newsletter and other publications. She lives in Sydney with her husband Andy, and sons Joseph and Nicholas.

About the author
Lisa is a professional editor for Holiday Inspirations.

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