The Best Places to Get Engaged in Australia
Australia is the smallest continent on earth with the sixth largest population, and some of the most awe-inspiring views you can imagine with year-round warm weather. More and more international couples are making Australia their vacation spot of choice. And lots of them are dropping to one knee on those trips.
For North American and European travelers, Australia is an increasingly popular destination for surprise engagements, due in part to its lush, romantic scenery. We won’t blame you if, after your trip Down Under, you decide you’d like to stay. Home and land packages for first home buyers are available for expats who fell in love with the Australian way of life.
Before you start dreaming of your loved one popping the question on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, keep in mind that there are many lesser-known, hidden spots around Australia that make for equally Instagram-ready engagement shots.
Heart Reef, Queensland
Okay, it might be a little cheesy, but who can deny the romantic allure of a heart-shaped island? The Great Barrier Reef, with its sandy white beaches, clear blue water, and scenic small plane trips over the protected Heart Reef, is the number one proposal spot in Australia.
While you are prohibited from swimming or snorkeling around the Heart Reef itself due to its protected status, this unique reef, discovered in the mid-1970s, draws countless tourists and locals alike each year. You can book a flight in a small private plane that soars above the reef, giving you a clear view of its distinct heart shape, at which point the question is usually popped. The pilot standing by offers a congratulatory glass of bubbly to the couple.
Want to make your proposal a wholly Australian affair? There are many jewelers who craft gorgeous custom engagement rings in Brisbane and other Queensland cities.
Sydney Observatory, New South Wales
There are proposals, and then there are proposals. We can safely say that getting engaged under a sky full of stars on a clear night is one of the most dreamy possibilities imaginable. In metropolitan Sydney, you’re unlikely to see the stars without the use of a telescope, and that’s why the Sydney Observatory, which offers a quiet and romantic stargazing tour, provides a uniquely special place for couples to share their most memorable moment.
If your beau is the type to track his or her astrological transits or just a total geek for astronomy, this is the ideal spot to get engaged, especially considering the beautiful music that is included on the tour. Couples can also pay $110 to name a star while they’re visiting the observatory.
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Barossa Valley, South Australia
For wine lovers, there are few better regions in Australia to tour than South Australia. The green countryside can be viewed from above in a hot air balloon, or on foot if you’re a bit nervous about heights. Walking through the vineyards and attending wine tastings in the Australian heat is about as dreamy and romantic as you can imagine, and if you’re hoping for a truly memorable proposal, this is one of the best places to quietly and subtly go about it.
The Barossa Valley region, despite its peaceful and rural location, is situated only an hour northeast of Adelaide, one of Australia’s largest and most exciting cities, so you can easily make the trip back into the city by night time to celebrate your engagement. You can pop the question in a vineyard at noon and be sipping champagne on a rooftop bar by dinnertime.