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We are thinking about coming to Australia for two weeks in March 2010 for our honeymon. We are going to be doing 2 weeks. I wanted Fiji or Tahiti, but think that i can try and agree to one week on the beach in Australia and one week of traveling around Australia on some tours. Any recommendations on where to go, what to see, what the weather is like, etc. Would love all the help we can get as we are coming from the U.S.

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    Hello - congratulations on the upcoming nuptials! Australia in March is a lovely honeymoon destination, but is quite different in comparison to either Tahiti or Fiji. You are correct however that you can make some type of trade off with Australia; getting both a beach destination and some touring/exploring. There are a tremendous amount of options available to you, and each will depend on the style of accommodation you are looking for and if you prefer to visit cosmopolitan destinations or experience Australia's outdoors and regional areas. If you want both beach time and touring in Australia, some of the most beautiful choices for a honeymoon include: Lizard or Bedarra Island - located off the coast of far north Queensland (near Cairns) and both are renowned as luxury, very private, all inclusive resorts. The number of guests are restricted and they are both accessed via Cairns. I would suggest a minimum of a 5 day stay on either of these, or any other beach destination in your honeymoon. Another option, would be Hayman Island, again a renowned, upscale luxury resort, with larger guest numbers, not all inclusive and you will see children and families at this resort (you will not at Bedarra or Lizard Island). Hayman Island is located further south, mid way along the coast of Queensland, and is accessed via flight or launch. If you truly want to maximise your time relaxing and want an escape that is a little different, and accessed via Sydney, consider somewhere like Lord Howe Island's Capella Lodge. The Lodge is a superb, upscale property, that is on a mountainous island - not so much a beach destination as opposed to a spa, lodge and epicurean escape with spectacular views and outdoor activities. In regards to touring in Australia - Sydney would be one of your most accessible choices, or Melbourne also. The key to what you decide will depend on the airline routing you select as you can fly into any of Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane non stop from the US west coast. Just to make things a little more interesting - if you feel that Tahiti or Fiji are still a factor, you do have the option of stopping over in one of these destinations (try at least 5 days) before continuing onto Australia as there are non stops from both Tahiti and Fiji directly to Sydney as an example. There is an array of options and you will not be disappointed with what you choose - just remember the key is in the planning so that your honeymoon is as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, and is both time and cost efficient for you both. Happy to help in any way. Lisa@seeanz.com

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