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Swap chaos for calm and nightlife for nature on an exclusive eco-honeymoon.

The wedding's over and it's time to finally unwind and enjoy one another's company. For some couples that means lounging by the infinity pool with an endless stream of cocktails and dining in multiple five-star restaurants. For others it means shopping and sightseeing, whether it's in Sydney, San Francisco or Salzburg.

But for an increasing number of loved up couples it means enjoying the great outdoors by doing more than peeking out from their poolside cabana. It means hiking, nature trails, deep sea diving, snorkelling and waking up to the sound of kookaburras in the treetops above.

Eco-honeymoons are quickly gaining popularity as an enticing option for honeymooners keen to combine adventure and relaxation and the number of accommodation providers coming to the party is rapidly rising, particularly here in Australia.

Here's a rundown of some fabulous eco-honeymoon destinations, whether you want to swim with sharks, go glamping or anything in between. 

1. Paperbark Camp

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Paperbark Camp

Perennial favourite Paperbark Camp, near Jervis Bay on the NSW Coast was one of the pioneers of the 'glamping' concept with its deluxe safari style tents, private indoor/outdoor ensuites perfect for birdwatching and an award-winning restaurant. Take a canoeing challenge, enjoy a gourmet picnic along the way then sip on a sundowner as the bush comes alive at dusk - just divine!

2. Eco Beach

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Eco Beach

Eco Beach on the Western Australian coast is another top glamping spot with accommodation options including swish tents, villas and beach houses, from which you can enjoy a diverse mix of activities including yoga, whale watching and monitoring the local turtle population.

3. Longitude 131°


Longitude 131°

If an outback adventure has always appealed, but you want to do it in style, you can't go past Longitude 131° which lies at the gateway of the World Heritage listed Uluru National Park.

Offering the ultimate blend of eco-sensitivity and romance, this is an unrivalled location for exquisite food, spiritual tourism and sublime camping comfort.

Australia's underwater assets lend themselves to ecotourism and a number of chic islands and resorts are catering for couples keen to combine rest and relaxation with underwater action.

4. Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef

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Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is an exclusive and glamorous camp with a global reputation, and there's little wonder.

Its wilderness tents exude a sense of bush luxury and the opportunity to swim with gentle whale sharks and immense manta rays will make for an unforgettable honeymoon experience - and holiday snaps to turn your friends green with envy.

5. Wilson Island

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Wilson Island

Queensland's Great Barrier Reef is home to a growing number of exclusive eco-honeymoon options.

Heron Island's little sister, Wilson Island, is a haven for loggerhead turtles and rare birdlife, accommodating a small number of super spoilt guests in its designer-inspired tent accommodation at any time; while Orpheus prides itself on offering guests once in a lifetime experiences. Imagine exploring neighbouring islands on an indigenous-led tour, or grilling your own catch from a fishing trip through pristine and secluded local bays.

Offering that elusive fusion between enjoying nature, being suitably spoiled, making the most of the great outdoors and the exhilarating feeling of being shut off from the outside world - eco honeymoons offer the perfect antidote to pre-wedding mayhem.

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