Honeymoon Itinerary: Australia
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Morning Head back to Hobart, a relaxed port town with a vibrant art scene. The place to stay is the Henry Jones Art Hotel, which is decorated with funky pieces by Tasmanians. Rooms from $233.
Afternoon Don't miss the eclectic Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), which houses everything from Egyptian mummies to a sex-and-death gallery.
Evening Sit at the communal table at trendy Garagistes, known for its house-smoked meats.
Morning Catch a flight from Hobart to Melbourne. If Sydney gets compared to L.A. (think laid-back, slightly hedonistic), Melbourne gets compared to New York City (people wearing lots of black, a big café culture). Check into The Olsen, a mod, all-suite boutique hotel on Chapel Street, which is fabulous for shopping. Rooms from $238.
Afternoon Do a progressive lunch at Queen Victoria Market, a fantastic open-air market with tons of food vendors.
Evening Cab to celebuchef Andrew McConnell's Cutler and Co., a trendy restaurant set in an old factory, and order the suckling pig for two.
Morning Walk the 100-acre Royal Botanic Gardens. Locals love to picnic here.
Afternoon Head to the up-and-coming Northcote neighborhood, popular with creative, hipster types. (It's sort of like Williamsburg in Brooklyn.) Visit cool boutiques like Hummingbird 60.
Evening Take a taxi to the bayside suburb of St. Kilda, which has a great nightlife scene. At Riva, you'll dine alfresco on a deck overlooking the water.
Morning Jump on the tram and head to Clarendon Street in South Melbourne for breakfast. St. Ali café is known for its specialty coffees.
Afternoon Visit the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia's oldest public art museum, in Federation Square.
Evening You'll likely wait for a table, but hot Mamasita on Collins Street is worth it. The menu at this Mexican restaurant is designed for sharing. Order the braised lamb quesadillas and black pudding tacos.
Morning Fly to Hamilton Island, and check into the fabulously chic Qualia. The 60 suites feature private sundecks overlooking the turquoise Coral Sea. Rooms from $1,017. (A wallet-friendly alternative is Daydream Island, 45 minutes by boat from Hamilton. Rooms are comfortable but basic; perks include seven restaurants and on-site activities like hand-feeding stingrays. Rooms from $320.)
Afternoon Wind down with a rebalancing li'tya kodo massage, inspired by Aboriginal techniques, at Qualia's spa.
Evening Enjoy seafood dishes like yabbie tails (similar to crawfish) at Qualia's Long Pavilion, with its infinity pool and catwalk-like redwood deck.
Morning It's touristy, and kids run wild, but breakfast at Wild Life Hamilton Island involves cuddling a koala.