Newlyweds seeking balance between beachfront bliss and authentic exploration will find it in Australia, a larger-than-life landmass with endless opportunities for action-packed escapades and passionate pursuits.

Reliably sunny and dry with a wide range of climates, Australia’s vast tropical coastlines, wide-reaching desert plains and glamorous urban centres makes it the perfect place to escape, unwind, and do something extraordinary.

Here are just a few ways you can add a little heat to your honeymoon getaway:

Go on a walkabout
Explore more than a million hectares of forested wilderness with a heritage hike of the Blue Mountains, led by an Aboriginal guide. Bear witness to ancient cave art, scale a sandstone bluff and swim in crystal waters beneath a eucalyptus canopy.

See swell seashells…
Submerge yourself in a prismatic paradise by snorkeling off the pearly beaches of Lord Howe Island, home to a vibrant coral reef of tropical fish. Hand-feed your new friends in low tide, or dive a little deeper to find gentle turtles on the ocean floor.

Take your love to new heights
Put your courage to the test by scaling the Sydney Harbour Bridge for breathtaking views of the iconic Australian city. Tours begin at dawn, with training, climbing gear and guides included. Bravery is BYO.

Catch a croc
Get up close and personal with freshwater crocodiles at Windjana Gorge in the Kimberleys, where dozens of these living dinosaurs can be found lounging in the shallow river waters. Canoeing and camping here are recommended, but swimming is optional.

See red in Alice Springs
Observe nature at its most magnificent in Australia’s Red Centre, home to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the famous Ayers Rock. Take the experience to new extremes from a hot air balloon, helicopter or on the back of a motorbike.