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#1 Colleen

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 07:11 PM

We're looking into going to the Whitsundays for our honeymoon, but I hardly know anything about it! I bought a Lonely Planet book on Queensland today, but books can say or not say all sorts of things!

So I thought I would ask you guys, has anyone been to the Whitsundays? What are the best islands? Are there any private islands near bigger ones we could stay at? Bungalows on the water?

We're getting married February 9th 2007, so it will be in the gorgeous summer weather.

Where is the best place to go?

(BTW, I haven't crossed out New Caledonia, or other south pacific islands - we just prefer to stay in Australia for visa reasons, it's just less hassle!)
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Posted 18 March 2006 - 07:15 PM

Also, what is a definate MUST DO for the area?

We're not into the touristy things, like gaudy tacky things like the "big" somethingorother, but we do love nature and beaches and relaxing.

Anything everyone says you have to do and it's not worth the money/time?

Gimme the low down!
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Posted 18 March 2006 - 08:20 PM

We just stayed on Hamilton Island for our honeymoon and we really enjoyed it, if your looking for somewhere private/secluded this probably isn't your place.

There were a lot of people on the island but nothing was ever crowded.

You can do as little or as much as you like we opted for relaxing by the pool, drinking alcohol and letting our bodies rejuvenate after what was a very hectic time in our lives.

Things are expensive (food etc) and you will pay top dollar for things but we just opted for homemade breakfast and lunch but went out for dinner.

We went up to One Tree Hill and had cocktails watching the sunset, went tube riding which was a lot of fun.

There are a lot of activities that you can do on the beach and cruises that you can go on.

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 08:48 PM

I have heard Hayman Island is lovely, though you should expect to pay top dollar there. Also it might be something to consider, but summer time is the rainy season.

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 09:06 PM

We stayed at Hayman Island for our honeymoon and it was rainy season. It was lovely but I think because it is so pricey and you pay top dollar, I think the service could be better. We had a few problems, too long to talk about really. I think you could be better to go to Brampton Island. I wouldn't go back to Hayman but glad I have been if that makes sense. When visiting the whitsundays, be sure to go to Whitehaven Beach, it is lovely.
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Posted 18 March 2006 - 10:26 PM

Rainy season?! ohmy.gif

Oh no!

What will we do? Is it only the mainland? Would fiji and the cook islands be raining too?

We just want a beachside honeymoon, where we can have a bungalow on the sand, any ideas where we can do that without getting drenched?
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Posted 18 March 2006 - 10:30 PM

We arrived 27th Feb and it rained for 2 1/2 days then was pretty overcast for the rest of the week should have mentioned that too.

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 10:38 PM

Well there goes that then. sad.gif
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Posted 18 March 2006 - 10:39 PM

We had off and on rain but it did not bother us. It either rained in the morning or rained in the afternoon and not for long periods. We went swimming in the rain.

Fiji and cook islands is the same - rainy season. Don't let that bother you too much.
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Posted 18 March 2006 - 11:59 PM

Don't let a bit of rain worry you we certainly didn't when it stopped the heat was fierce so we still lay out on the sun lounges for a while and got burnt!!

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Posted 19 March 2006 - 07:55 AM

We are going to Hayman Island for our honeymoon, cannot tell you anything yet. But everyone who I know has gone has raved about it!

Don't worry about rain, the islands trully cater for the rain. We went to Dunk Island, which is not whitsundays, a couple of years ago. It rained the entire 5 days we were there. We just drank cocktails and participated in the various activites they had on and relaxed, the spa's are usally fantastic.

I guess it all depends on what you want from your honeymoon. We just want to relax, if we get to do water sports etc we will be stoked, but failing that we will just hang about and relax elsewhere!

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Posted 19 March 2006 - 11:06 PM

QUOTE (heairo @ Mar 19 2006, 08:55 AM)
We are going to Hayman Island for our honeymoon, cannot tell you anything yet. But everyone who I know has gone has raved about it!

What sort of room are you having? We had a pool access room and that was fun. could go skinny dipping if you wanted. ph34r.gif
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Posted 20 March 2006 - 10:20 AM

You don't need a Visa for the cook islands, I am not sure about Fiji though.

The weather would be nice in Thailand, it is one of the best times of the year to visit.

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 10:53 AM

QUOTE (Busterella @ Mar 19 2006, 11:06 PM)
What sort of room are you having? We had a pool access room and that was fun. could go skinny dipping if you wanted. ph34r.gif

We are in the lagoon deluxe suites.

I just was on the phone to them this morning checking that nothing bad happened to them from the cyclone. I felt awful checking my honeymoon would go well when all these people have lost so much, and the affects will last forever. But the girl assured me I wasn't the only one!

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 04:34 PM

We are going to Brampton and it has had great recommendations. I have been to Indonesia and Fiji and Whitsundays over January - the rain won't bother you it actually is really cooling and generally only lasts for 30 mins

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