5 Star Couples Retreat Cairns

5 star couples retreat Cairns: These luxury resorts nestled into the treetops are you romantic hideaway to escape the world together.  Chill out and discover the natural beauty of Australia’s World Heritage listed rainforest in North Queensland, Australia.  Perfect for honeymooners, couples, or special anniversaries. 

Our two properties: Wanggulay and Wanggulay Too have  all the features you’d expect from a 5 star resort and everything you need for a romantic 5 star couples retreat Cairns. This includes a spa bath, infinity edge salt water pool, free unlimited and fast wifi, and 5 star reviews from many satisfied guests. These spectacular properties also house a wedding platform and have delighted honeymooners and couples for romantic luxury escapes for years.

On top of that, their location boasts some of the most beautiful waterfalls, nature trails and rock-pools in Australia. Book now, and wake up to the sounds of the rainforest on your next romantic getaway.

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Activities for Couples

5 star couples retreat Cairns: There is an incredible selection of  activities to enjoy together at Wanggulay or Wanggulay Too rainforest retreats as a couple. Many of our couples check these out before arrival, and then find on entering a Wanggulay villa that they just want to stay in the property. It’s so wistful and romantic there. They often wish to simply relax on the expansive balconies, private river platform or by the infinity edge pool where you can take in all the delights of a romantic getaway in the rainforest.

If you do like to get out and about, some recommendations for your romantic getaway include:

      • Sunset walks on the beach at Palm Cove
      • Take a short drive along kilometres of unspoilt coastline to Port Douglas have lunch and explore
      • Exploring the rock pool and waterfalls of Stoney Creek just 10 minutes walk away
      • A walk down to the Barron river by private pathway
      • Skyrail over the rainforest canopy
      • Take a picnic to Wanggulay’s closest local waterfall – only 12 minutes walk from your door
      • Dine out in one of the many nearby restaurants
      • Canoe the Barron river Gorge
      • Take a short drive along kilometres of unspoilt coastline to Port Douglas have lunch and explore
      • Walk the marked trails of World Heritage listed rainforest right on your doorstep
      • Explore the wonderful Rusty’s fresh produce markets.

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Natures Wedding Venues in Cairns, North Queensland

Cairns is a magnet for couples marrying, not to mention those on first and second honeymoons too. Our pleasant, laid back environment inspires thoughts of living together forever in the future. The city and surrounds have numerous commercial wedding venues at resorts, hotels, and country retreats. Some couples feel there have been so many weddings in these places, that it is almost like a ritual repeated many times before. Thus they prefer to make their promises in nature without a formal ceremony. We wrote this post to introduce four of natures wedding venues in Cairns.

Here we share some of the loveliest natural spots we know of in our tropical paradise. In this regard please note we don’t make arrangements, conduct marriages, and lay on banquets afterwards. We are simply custodians of one of the best places for loving couples, and perhaps their guests to stay. We can accommodate up to two dozen people in two separate luxury holiday rentals. One has a flatlet on a separate level on its own. We will introduce you to local people we know well, who do make arrangements, conduct marriages, and lay on banquets afterwards. Does this sound like a good deal to you.

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Natures Wedding Venues in Cairns at Waterfalls

Cairns has almost a dozen gorgeous waterfalls within easy driving distance of our luxury Wanggulay holiday accommodation. We believe the loveliest of them is Millaa Millaa, the aboriginal world for the elaeagnus triflora rain forest vine with deliciously tangy fruit high in antioxidants. The falls plunge 18 meters and are approximately 100 kilometres from Cairns on Gillies Range Road.

Millaa Millaa was once a regular camping spot for mule trains traveling to and from remote settlements and mines. The area they leveled for bivouacking has since become a grassed viewing area surrounded by indigenous vegetation. There are toilets, barbecues, a shelter shed, and information displays in bus shelters. This is also a lovely swimming hole for a quiet dip out of season. The water is crisp, but equally refreshing. This is one of the best of natures wedding venues in Cairns we know, albeit it not for winter swims.

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Milla Milla Falls: John Hill: CC 4.0

Cairns Botanic Gardens Make a Divine Wedding Venue Too

The Cairns Botanic Gardens has the best collection of tropical plants anywhere in Australia. You may have heard it called the Flecker Botanic Gardens after the founder but the two are the same thing. There are gentle trails for walking through the Flecker and Gondwana Heritage Gardens,  pausing at the Watkins Munro Martin Conservatory, relaxing on lawns around the Freshwater and Saltwater Lakes, and perhaps quietly exchanging promises in the Zhanjiang Friendship Gardens.

The Cairns Botanic Gardens are open all year round from 7.30am to 5.30pm, and entry is free for all. A dream wedding could happen right here in this divine setting. The Cairns Regional Council  hires wedding venues if you prefer a formal ceremony. There are a variety of guided tours available to familiarize yourself with the layout, and a visitor centre although this is closed on Christmas Day, and on afternoons on public holidays. The gardens are rich in birds and butterflies.  The paths are all wheelchair friendly, except for a few in the Flecker Heritage  Garden. Our guests praise this venue highly.

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Tropical Rain Forest in Cairns Botanic Gardens: Brewbooks: CC 2.0

A Private Space for a Quiet, Intimate Ceremony in the Clouds

The Barron River Canyon is a 30-kilometre gorge carved out between the mountains with rugged hiking trails. Fortunately for loving couples seeking solitude there is a cable way crossing over it on its way up to historic pioneer Kuranda Village.  There is also a period railway line snaking up the mountains through 15 tunnels, and over 37 bridges. It is possible to combine the two, so you go up one way up from Cairns, and back down the other way.

The Cairns Skyrail cable service comprises 11 ‘diamond view’ gondolas spaced 7 minutes apart. They also have a more hectic, open plan ‘platform’, with guard rails and a ranger in control. The gondolas seat five passengers making them perfect for a bridal couple plus two friends as witnesses. We suggest reserving the fifth seat for the champagne and tasty snacks you bring along with you. This could be the coolest of natures wedding venues in Cairns.

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Cairns Skyrail with Coral Sea Beyond: Amayagan: CC 2.0

A Secret Wedding Treading Water On The Great Barrier Reef

We saved the best of all our natures wedding venues in Cairns until last. Let’s say you are determined to promise your undying allegiance and love, but your family or friends are not ready for whatever reason they have. Perhaps they will never be comfortable with your relationship, but you are in love and that’s what matters. At Wanggulay we welcome all loving couples to our romantic holiday accommodation, because we believe that love has no boundaries or fences.

So here’s our suggestion for your private wedding. Take a ferry from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef an hour’s fast catamaran ride away.  When you get there, change into swimming costumes with hidden pockets for your wedding rings. Slip into the warm, embracing water. After you swim a short distance slide the wedding rings over each other’s fingers and declare your undying love. Share a lingering kiss under the great blue sky. Nature is your witness. Now you are finally wed, forever, in endlessly creative nature.

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Endlessly Creative Nature: Kyle Taylor: CC 2.0

Your Super Honeymoon Accommodation at Wanggulay on the Edge of Cairns

We invite you to spend your honeymoon at Wanggulay, regardless of the wedding venue you select. You don’t have to choose one of natures wedding venues in Cairns as we suggested. There are many excellent, more formal facilities in numerous city hotels and resorts. But for intimate accommodation, can you think of a better place than Wanggulay, the retreat that belongs to loving couples. We are the the place you always dreamed of staying after you make your marriage promises, and set off together on life’s journey.

We have two super private luxury rentals from which to choose. They are Bali-style, with upstairs bedrooms and spacious wooden decks. The only thing you will see from bed are treetops around the house, and birds twittering in the trees. We equipped the units with comforts you expect to find at home, because we use them for our own holidays too. You will find everything clean and in good working order, and we are attentive to your requests. We will even stock the fridge and larder for you, with no service charge when you place your order. Do we have a deal? We’d love it if you came to stay in Wanggulay!

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What Lies Westward of Our Cairns Romantic Accommodation

The geography of Far North Queensland varies greatly as the coastal strip gives way to the Great Dividing Range. Drive across the Atherton Tableland, and go a scant two hundred kilometres further west. You could end up in a land of rusty tin shacks, red dust, and emus with penetrating glances. Let’s set that option aside for now, and take a car trip to the west, and upwards to the Atherton Tableland. Read more

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Cairns Romantic Accomodation – What’s for Breakfast?

A Cairns romantic breakfast for two in your Cairns romantic accommodation. Now that sounds like a good idea, strictly between the two of you of course. We have a top notch kitchen  at Wanggulay but there’s just one problem. Who is going to get out of bed, cook bacon and eggs, and butter the toast and make the coffee when you would rather linger in the private swimming pool or have a shower at the bottom of the garden. Good news is we have many other choices just for you to choose.

Cairns Romantic Accommodation – What’s for Breakfast at Kuranda?

Choice number one could be coffee, fruit, and frozen yogurt before you head for the railway station and take a romantic vintage train ride up the Barron River escarpment to the lovely, laid back village of Kuranda. This is a real peach of a place with a lovely covered market and restaurants and coffee shops galore. Try taking the return journey on the skyrail rainforest cableway. The gondolas are super comfy and the views incomparable drifting back down to your Cairns romantic accommodation.

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Morning Shower in the Rain Forest: EOS Dude: CC 2.0

Caffiend When Not Breakfasting in Your Cairns Romantic Accommodation

Our guests love getting out and exploring the local cafes, shops and restaurants. We can’t blame them because Cairns is home to some brilliant restaurants and cafes serving  fantastic local food. Caffiend is one of our favourite places on the odd weekend we stay over. Especially for a weekend brunch in a place dedicated to coffee, art and music.

To start with the coffee is fantastic. This alone will make you want to come back again. The beans are roasted by our local Tattooed Sailor Coffee Roasters, and you can certainly taste the difference. But the real star is the menu. The chefs at Caffiend take the best of  local tropical produce and turn it into something  quite amazing. A Caffiend breakfast is one of our favourite meals of the day.

One of the best we’ve tasted was a miso scramble with bonito, smoked salmon and avocado – yum! Caffiend isn’t just for breakfast though. We’ve had some great afternoon tea catch-ups there. And why wouldn’t you, with chocolate, ricotta and raspberry cake topped with locally made coconut gelato, dehydrated raspberries and coconut chips. In fact, we might just head off there now!

Cairns Romantic Breakfast Opportunities at Palm Cove

Palm Cove is a pretty little village 17 kilometres north of Cairns along the coastal Captain Cook Highway. Out of season, it has a population of some 1,250 people, making it an even better place to visit for a romantic breakfast. There is a row of signature palm trees all the way along the beach, a small island out to sea, and great protected swimming inland of the reef.

You will find the kind of pristine beaches and tree lined paths at Palm Beach that set walkers, joggers, and cyclists dreaming. The fishing is good with mackerel and giant trevally great catching off the cove jetty when they are biting. The Australian Good Food and Travel Guide lists 15 restaurants to consider for breakfast, lunch, and supper, and some of these we can personally recommend as very good bordering on exceptional.

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Palm Cove Beach Australia: Eugene O: CC 2.0

Cairns Romantic Accommodation: How About Brunch Instead

Let’s face up to it and admit not all of us are morning people. As a counter proposal to rising early, how about a fresh fruit breakfast from your very own Wanggulay kitchen followed by a coffee. And perhaps a gentle stroll down to the river to tempt your taste buds for an inspiring brunch. Le Crouton at nearby Freshwater is one of our very best favourites, but is popular over weekends. This makes it an option for a mid-week  treat when staying at our Wanggulay romantic accommodation.

Now you might have guessed from the name that Le Crouton is a French establishment, but this isn’t actually a restaurant. Instead, it is an artisan-al bakery serving up all manner of pastries and and specialist breads.  The latter is so delicious you will want to grab a loaf or two and bring them back to Wanggulay. Before you do though, linger to taste their classic filled croissants, almond croissants, amazing brioches, and for the sweet tooth, their custard-cream horns. Bon appetit, but hide the bathroom scale  in our special paradise!

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