A MINIMOON PARADISE

Plan a quick post-wedding break and spend your first few days as newlyweds unwinding somewhere local and stress-free

It’s the rise of the minimoon, a short vacation for the time-poor newlyweds.
It’s a chance to recover from the festivities during an indulgent long weekend of couple-time. From five-star resorts to adventurous weekend escapes, you can plan your minimoon to suit your style.
Here are some of our best picks.

Unwind and indulge in Daylesford
It’s the spa capital of Victoria and you’re here to do one thing: relax.
Daylesford is home to Australia’s largest concentration of natural mineral springs. Think mud wraps, skin treatments and couple’s massages – the perfect way to wind down post-wedding.
Boutique luxury accommodation offers secluded cabins for you to while away the hours between rejuvenating in the spa waters, visiting the art galleries and botanic gardens,
and indulging in the region’s gourmet food and wine in some stunning restaurants just right for newlyweds. Visit lakehouse.com.au

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Find adventure in the Otways
Nestled in the heart of the Otways is the stunning town of Forrest. From four-star bed and breakfasts to full service guesthouses, it’s a delightful place to retreat and relax as newlyweds after your big day. Get adventurous and try your hand at mountain biking on the world-class trails, bushwalking in the pristine wilderness or horse riding along tracks before enjoying some local brews and stunning food at the Forrest Brewery or the town’s quirky local cafe. Visit forrestaccommodation.com.au

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Explore the Mornington Peninsula
Classic seaside cottages, countryside wineries, top restaurants and steaming hot springs: the Mornington Peninsular offers a perfect mini escape for a busy bride and groom. Drive through the region and have a love affair with the area’s wine, fresh produce and bountiful seafood or fall
for some adventure by the sea with kayaking or diving. Discover art galleries and historic homesteads, explore the wildlife on a bushwalk or shop in the stunning towns of Sorrento, Mornington and Mount Eliza. Visit buoysonqueens.com.au

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Get a buzz from Melbourne
You don’t need to relax all day to feel rejuvenated after your wedding. If you’re a couple who likes non-stop entertainment, take a trip into Melbourne and feel the buzz of the lively city. Indulge in some of Victoria’s best restaurants and coolest cafes, take in a show or some live
music in one of Melbourne’s historic venues and enjoy exploring the laneways and secrets of the city. Visit langhamhotels.com

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A Balinese delight
Tucked in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges lies the Balinese Retreat, an exotic, private hideaway, perfect for an ultra indulgent minimoon. Enter your luxurious, self-contained villa via a walkway lit by traditional Balinese lanterns. Pamper yourself at the day spa before indulging in a five-course Thai banquet prepared by your personal chef. During the day you can easily visit the Yarra Valley wineries just 15 minutes away, or just let the tropical garden waterfalls in the resort take you away into an afternoon nap. Visit balineseretreat.com.au

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Enjoy some island life
Take a short plane trip from Essendon Airport and land in another world on the pristine Flinders Island. Swim on footprintfree white sand beaches, indulge in the local produce and relax in one of the island’s stunning beach houses. After a few short days on island time you’ll feel like a new couple, ready to face the real world again. Visit westendbeachhouse.com.au

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