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Honeymoons near and far: destinations that are passport optional

Close your eyes and picture your dream honeymoon. What does it look like? Sipping cocktails with brightly coloured umbrellas in Bora Bora? Or wandering through the buzzing streets of one of the world's biggest cities? 
Whatever your ultimate post-wedding holiday looks like, you don't need to go a million miles to find it - but if you want to, that's OK too. All you need to do is spin the globe and say, "Take me there, please." We get it though, the world is a big place. So, we've done you a solid by scoping out five different styles of honeymoon, and the local and international destinations that will deliver on them.

You can check out the full low-down - including when to go and where to stay - on each of these destinations in the current issue of Bride, but we're giving you a sneak peek here.

When you want super luxe

Near: The Whitsundays, Queensland
Think of a honeymoon cliché, anything from 'paradise on earth' to 'tropical oasis', and it can probably be used to describe the Whitsundays. These islands have long been luring loved-up couples with their sugar-sand beaches, azure waters and want-for-nothing resorts. Hop aboard a chartered yacht and drop anchor in a crystal-clear bay for an impromptu snorkel or scuba dive; take a paddle off world-famous Whitehaven Beach or relax at Airlie Beach on the mainland. A handful of uninhabited islands offer back-to-nature camping - cue a romantic fire and stargazing. 

Far: Côte d'Azur, France
This stretch of coastline sets the standard for luxurious seaside glamour. With its mega yachts, high-end boutiques and Michelin-blessed restaurants, the Côte d'Azur is peppered with all the glitterati's favourite hotspots - Cannes, St Tropez, Nice and Monte Carlo. Between savouring champagne and shopping for Chanel, head inland to explore the region's medieval villages like Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Mougins and Èze, or take a trip to the foodie heaven of Provence. 

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When all you want is beach, please...

Near: Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
With its kaleidoscope-coloured coral and schools of darting fish, Ningaloo Reef is for those sea-seeking honeymooners keen to avoid camera-toting tourists at the Great Barrier Reef. Here, your days are whiled away doing as much, or as little, as you like. To unleash your inner Jacques Cousteau, make for the World Heritage-listed Marine Park, which covers the full 300km of brightly-hued reef and has waters brimming with manta rays, humpback whales, dolphins, turtles and more than 500 species of fish. Visit between April and June to take a dip with the docile whale shark, the world's largest fish.

Far: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Home of the Amazon, samba and Gisele Bündchen, Brazil is an eye-bogglingly beautiful country boasting pristine rainforests, buzzing metropolises and white-sand beaches. Perhaps the most famous of these sandy stretches are Rio de Janeiro's Ipanema (there's even a song about it) and Copacabana (another song). Beaches here are dotted with postos (posts) that mark both the lifeguard stations and the subcultures that flock there. From postos one to six - Leme Beach to Copacabana Beach - you'll find some of the world's most glamorous hotels, a view of Sugarloaf Mountain and candy-coloured kiosks selling caipirinhas, Brazil's national cocktail made from sugarcane liquor, sugar and lime. 

When you want a city break

Near: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Stay with us on this one - there's more to the nation's capital than politics and Lake Burley Griffin. Canberra's stock is on the rise thanks to a burgeoning wine scene, luxe boutique hotels and its lively locals. To do this city justice, wheels - two, four or otherwise - are a must, especially for venturing out of the city. For a 'moon, there are the big-ticket items to tick off: the National Gallery of Australia, Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial. If a day spent winery-hopping sounds tempting, the Canberra District wine region boasts 140 vineyards. 

Far: Tokyo, Japan
The Japanese capital puts 'city' in city break. With nods to its rich history and tradition popping up around every corner and alley, Tokyo has also taken technology to dizzying heights. To experience swarming crows and neon streets, take a jaunt to Shinjuku, an area complete with sleek skyscrapers, mega-malls, underground bars and the world's busiest railway station. For scenes plucked straight from a Gwen Stefani music video, mosey over to Harajuku; only a short stroll away from Tokyo station is the Tokyo Imperial Palace, home to the Japanese Imperial Family. 

When you want an out-of-the-box adventure

Near: Alice Springs, Northern Territory
A tour of the Red Centre just isn't complete without a sojourn to Alice Springs. While the town itself has a bit of a 'love it or hate it' reputation with travellers, it makes an ideal base for exploring central Australia, discovering Aboriginal art and uploading snaps of quirky outback events to Instagram (like the Henley-on-Todd Regatta, a 'boat' race held annually in the usually dry sand bed of Todd River). To see the terrain from a higher vantage point, take a helicopter tour to admire the West MacDonnell Ranges, Kings Canyon and Uluru from the air.

Far: Marrakech, Morocco
A humdrum market will never be the same once you've experienced what Marrakech has to offer. A maze of souqs, people-packed alleys and super-sized riads makes Marrakech a hive of North African action. With its blend of Arabic and Moorish culture, Marrakech is a place where bargain hunters can flex their bartering muscles; spa savants have muscles kneaded in tiled hammams; and adrenalin junkies can get their fix with mountain bikes and horse-riding. 

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When you want a bit of minimoon magic

Near: Hobart, Tasmania
Backdropped by the imposing Mount Wellington, the Tassie capital, Hobart, is a feel-good destination that has everything a mini-mooner could ask for. Thanks to artisanal produce, gastro pubs and fine-dining eateries, the food scene here is seriously on the up. The bars, restaurants and cafes dotted along the city's historic waterfront are where peckish newlyweds can graze on top-shelf Tasmanian fare, while the nearby Salamanca Market - happening every Saturday morning - is a local institution. 

Far: Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Taking out the gong for New Zealand's top tourist drawcard, it's little surprise why travellers continue to flock to this pretty corner of an even prettier country. The waters of this North Island bay are a stunning turquoise flecked with 150 islands, so a swimsuit, sunglasses and sunscreen are essential. Mosey between tourist hub Paihia, historic Russell (it was the site of New Zealand's first permanent British settlement) and laid-back Kerikeri. Travel by sea or air to Cape Brett and the 'Hole in the Rock' on Piercy Island.
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