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Top babymoon destinations 2022


As I’m sure you know, there’s a lot to get done in the lead-up to
giving birth. Planning your finances. Writing your birth plan. Brainstorming baby name ideas. Attending an array of prenatal appointments.

While booking a babymoon may not be top of your to-do list (or maybe it is), it’s one of the more immediately rewarding activities. Organising a pre-baby getaway is an awesome way to treat yo’self, and spend some quality 1:1 time with your partner before chaos descends in the form of a small, demanding human.

Here’s what you need to know about planning your trip – plus some of the best babymoon locations in Australia.

 

Excuse me… what is a babymoon?

Ah, we’re so glad you asked!

Think of it like a ‘honeymoon’, except instead of being a holiday after your wedding, it’s a holiday before your baby arrives. Cute, right?

 

So how does One ‘babymoon’?

Are there ‘rules’ when it comes to babymooning? Nope. You can do whatever takes your fancy, whether it’s a one-day adventure, or a two-week foray. Bask in the glory of nature, or brunch in fancy metropolitan cafes. Make it all about YOU, or bring a pal along (i.e. your partner, bestie, or mum). Anything goes.

Just remember that you ARE a pregnant lady, so staying safe and comfy is important. Here are some suggestions to help make your babymoon getaway the bomb.

 

Be mindful of your babymoon vibe 

Here are a few babymoon ideas that may suit where you’re at – mentally and physically – in your pregnancy:

  • Exhausted and over it? Go for a spa trip. Think: pregnancy massages, sleep-ins, and lazy lunches.

  • Want to live it up before embracing #mumlife? Prioritise fun and entertainment. Maybe that’s going to a concert, snorkelling, or watching a tonne of movies.

  • Feeling horny? Plan a babymoon that’s romantic AF. Candles, spa bath, a King-sized bed… ooh la la! The best bit is – you don’t even need to worry about using protection.

Craving solitude and tranquillity? Hit up a rainforest retreat. Wave to some koalas, listen to birdsong, and go for some (very gentle) hikes.

 

Travel in your second trimester (if you can)

This is widely accepted as the best time to travel while pregnant. In your first trimester the chance of miscarriage is higher, plus you’re more likely to be vomiting your guts up or feeling icky with early pregnancy symptoms. In your third trimester, your rapidly expanding belly may make it more difficult to move around and really make the most of your babymoon.

 

Avoid long, tiring journeys

And not just because they’ll make you cranky. (Although, that too.)

If you’re flying or driving to a far-off babymoon destination, you’ll be at increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This is a blood clot in your leg caused by sitting for long periods of time. If long travel is unavoidable, try to stay hydrated and stop to stretch your legs every two hours or so.

Also – be smart, mama. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, complications or health concerns, you may want to stay close to your care team. And if you’re quite pregnant – 36 weeks+ – most airlines in Australia won’t allow you to travel for longer than four hours. It could trigger premature labour, and trust us – you don’t want to deliver your child at 30,000 feet.

 

Get the green light from your doc

Talk to your doctor before booking your babymoon. They’ll be able to provide health advice specific to your pregnancy.

If your doc has concerns about you traipsing around the country while pregnant, the good news is you probably don’t have to go too far for awesome babymoon getaways. The best places for babymooning may be closer than you think. 

Check out our state-by-state breakdown of the best babymoon destinations in Australia  below!

 

Best babymoon destinations in Australia

Skip ahead:  NSW / VIC / QLD / TAS / SA / WA / NT

Babymoon New South Wales

North Coast

Northeast NSW is the perfect blend of beach-meets-rainforest. Depending where you go, you can dive into nature, relax by the beach, or eat yourself into a coma. 

Resorts to check out:

 

Elements of Byron Bay

A beautiful beachside resort, with a luxe spa and several on-site dining options (poolside dining, hello!). Very babymoon friendly.

 

Salt Resort & Spa Kingscliff

Features great on-site restaurants and the beach on your doorstep, with all the charm of a seaside village.

 

Blue Mountains

If crackling fireplaces and crisp mountain air is more your style, the Blue Mountains has a lot to offer a babymooning couple (or single). 

Resorts to check out:

 

Spicers Sangoma Retreat

Spicers’ signature babymoon package features a bottle of non-alcoholic sparkling wine (spesh), and get this: a ‘Romantic Bath Butler experience”!

 

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Lilianfels Resort & Spa

This cosy mountain retreat is known for its beautiful day spa and amazing gourmet food. Babymoon packages at Lilianfels cater to you AND your partner. 

 

Babymoon Victoria

Mornington Peninsula

Cute seaside towns, local produce markets, stunning wineries, and white sandy beaches. The Mornington Peninsula is a gorgeous place to escape to before your baby arrives.

Resorts to check out:

 

Peninsula Hot Springs

Wake up to the sounds of birdlife and bubbling natural hot springs just outside your luxury glamping tent. Pair your stay with a gourmet meal and a luxe pregnancy treatment at the day spa. (Bathing in the springs not recommended during pregnancy.)

 

Polperro Vineyard Luxury Villas

Treat yourself and your partner to a secluded stay in your own private villa set amongst the vineyard of Polperro Winery. Expect a comfy King Bed, a cosy fireplace, and lots of gourmet dining experiences in the area.

 

Yarra Valley and The Dandenongs

To Melbourne’s east you’ll find lush fern glades, rolling hills and quaint cottages in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges area. It’s one of the best babymoon locations for hot air balloon rides, waterfall walks and foodie explorations.

Resorts to check out:

 

Lake House Daylesford

This gorgeous hotel, restaurant and spa is located right next to Lake Daylesford. It’s the perfect getaway for garden picnics, pampering, and perhaps taking a cooking class, if this should take your fancy.

 

Myers Creek Cascades

Take your pick of four tranquil cottages in the forest, and enjoy customised babymoon packages. Think: hot air ballooning, massages and tasty treats to quell your cravings.

 

Babymoon Queensland

Cairns and Port Douglas

Far North Queensland is a lush and exotic place to plan a babymoon in Australia. You’ll find boutique shops, beachside resorts, rainforest adventures, and – of course – the famous Great Barrier Reef.

Resorts to check out:

 

Thala Beach Nature Reserve

If your idea of relaxing is doing things, there’s a range of on-site experiences at this eco-friendly resort, such as stargazing, walks and (bless!) a spa.

 

Misty Mountains Rainforest Retreat

This place is romantic AF – perfect if you’re after a bit of sumthin’ sumthin’ before baby arrives. Relax in a secluded private villa, explore local attractions (Waterfalls! Rainforest! Helicopter rides!), or just stay in bed all day (if ya know what I mean.)

 

Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Queenslanders love to go on about their beaches and sunshine (we get it, guys). But there’s a lot to be said for an inland QLD babymoon. The gorgeous Sunshine Coast hinterland region, north of Brisbane, delivers.

Resorts to check out:

 

Kondalilla Eco Resort

Relax, revive and recharge in a treetop room at this stunning retreat. The ‘Babymoon Bundle’ is a fave for parents-to-be, featuring goodies for you and your babe.

 

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Belles at Montville

This gem of a babymoon destination is delightfully affordable, and nestled in the heart of the hinterlands close to shopping strips, dairy towns and, Australia Zoo itself. Baby animals, squee!

 

Babymoon Tasmania

Tassie is basically a treasure trove of babymoon ideas. Indulge in gourmet food (maybe hold the wine), peruse art galleries, or simply take in the glory of nature in the southern-est part of Australia.

Resorts to check out:

 

Peppers Cradle Mountain

Overlooking a World Heritage listed hinterland park, you can spot wildlife, go canoeing, take a helicopter trip or simply snuggle in front of a fireplace at this cosy babymoon resort.

 

Saffire Freycinet Resort

Beautiful hikes, luxurious pregnancy pampering, foodie delights… need we say more? We will: Archery, kite-flying, stand up paddle boarding, fishing, beekeeping, birdwatching, meeting Tasmanian Devils. This is a great babymoon adventure destination.

 

Babymoon South Australia

Adelaide and Surrounds

The famous Barossa Valley wine region to the northeast, beaches to the west, and interesting historic towns to explore – Adelaide and surrounding areas are a treat for anyone looking to enjoy a babymoon in South Australia.

Resorts to check out:

 

Shadow Creek Luxury Vineyard Accommodation

Located in McLaren Vale, south of Adelaide, the signature babymoon package includes a pregnancy massage and yummy things. This vineyard retreat is close to beaches too, including a nudist beach if you’re keen to let your sexy mama body shine.

 

Riverview Rise Retreats

An hour east of Adelaide you’ll hit the historic town of Mannum. This luxury retreat prides itself on creating romantic experiences for couples. Think spa baths, rose petals on the bed, and cruises along the nearby Murray River.

 

Port Lincoln

Coastal Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula is a seafood lover’s dream come true. Enjoy fresh coastal breezes, beach and nature walks, fresh seafood feasts and – if you’re game – jumping in a cage to meet some Great White Sharks face to face. (No joke – one mum told me she loved this adventure activity on her babymoon in South Australia!)

Resorts to check out:

 

Kata & Belle Glamping

Love to camp, but not prepared to find a comfy pregnancy sleeping position on a rocky tent floor? Why not ‘glamp’ in a luxe belle tent? Located smack bang in Port Lincoln National Park, you can enjoy nature walks, a dip at the beach nearby, and snuggly campfires too.

 

Tanonga Luxury Eco Lodges

Surround yourself with stunning native plant and bird life while living it up in a secluded, architecturally designed eco lodge. A babymoon option for the eco-conscious mama-to-be.

 

Babymoon Western Australia

Yallingup

About 3 hours south of Perth you’ll hit Yallingup, a babymoon destination featuring beaches, nature, food, and pampering. Stare out across the Indian Ocean as you unwind, connect with your partner, and soak up some quiet time before your baby arrives.

Resorts to check out:

 

Injidup Spa Retreat

If peace and quiet is the babymoon vibe you’re after, this retreat is for you. Sleep in a secluded private villa, get pampered in the on-site spa, experience fresh sea breezes, and connect with Country at the nearby Wardan Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

 

Seashells Yallingup

If a lazy wander through heritage gardens and a peruse of local art galleries appeals, visit Seashells Resort. The serviced apartments are comfortable and spacious, there are plenty of dining options onsite, and it’s only a short stroll to the beach.

 

Broome

Tropical Broome in northeast Western Australia is all about the island vibes. Think palm trees and fruity mocktails on the beach, with a healthy dose of Aussie bushland and native wildlife.

Resorts to check out:



Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa

Relax in the spa, swim in the Asian-style resort pool, or soak in glorious sunsets across white sandy beaches. There’s even a nearby crocodile park if cuddling a baby croc happens to be on your bucket list. (Hot tip: Book this one in advance! It’s very popular.)

 

Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat

130kms south of Broome, Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat offers secluded luxury accommodation with plenty to do. Track down some turtles, take a sunset cruise, or enjoy yoga on the beach. Lush.

 

Babymoon Northern Territory

Uluru

Hit up the Red Centre for your babymoon, just like Bindi Irwin did (inviting your mother and younger brother optional). Exploring Uluru can mean the ultimate in luxury, delving into indigenous culture, star-gazing, or all of the above. 

Resorts to check out:

 

Longitude 131°

Stay in one of 16 luxury desert tents, or the glamorous Dune Pavilion, complete with Uluru views. Plus, you can dine under the stars or go for a number of incredible guided walks.

 

Desert Gardens Hotel 

Nestled amongst stunning native gardens, the Desert Gardens Hotel is a no-fuss babymoon destination for those looking to peek at Ayers Rock, then refresh with a dip in the resort pool. Spa, shops and restaurants nearby too.

 

Kakadu

The Top End is a great babymoon destination if you’re looking for a romantic escape with beautiful scenery, and maybe a dip in those magical ‘fertility waters’ Nicole Kidman bangs on about.

Resorts to check out:

 

Bamurru Plains Wild Bush Luxury

Bordering the beautiful Kakadu National Park, stay in a luxe safari-style tent with access to wildlife adventures, walks, and river cruises.

 

Cooinda Lodge Kakadu

Base your babymoon from this oasis-style resort, with all the amenities you need to explore Kakadu in comfort and style. Swim in the shaded pool, dine in the onsite bistro, and explore the local attractions of Kakadu and the flood plains (feat. crocodiles). 

 

Read next: How to connect more deeply with your partner during pregnancy

 

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