Top 6 Babymoon Destinations For Sydney Mums-To-Be
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So, you’ve been seeing #babymoon splashed all over The ‘Gram...and you are beginning to wonder, not just what it is, but should you be adding it to your antenatal to-do list? The phrase babymoon originally described the family time you and your partner enjoy with your newborn in the first few weeks after giving birth. But it has now evolved into a term which covers a last-chance getaway for you and your baby daddy to enjoy each others company — and one last holiday without carting a porta-cot, a pram and your bundle of joy along for the trip.
Travelling while pregnant does come with challenges and there are a few things to consider when planning your babymoon. The first is timing. With the sickness and general fatigue that accompanies the first trimester and the waddling, tired legs and swollen feet that come with the third trimester, the ideal time to travel is the second trimester.
As long as you are enjoying a complication-free pregnancy, you are free to travel both domestically and overseas by plane, train, or automobile during your second trimester. However, make sure you get good travel insurance in case you run into any trouble while travelling and make sure to check the destination you travel to is suitable for pregnant ladies (e.g. doesn’t have Zika carrying mosquitos).
Planning your babymoon from Sydney
When planning a babymoon your first instinct may be to jet off to exotic far-flung destinations and partake in adventurous activities. But here are a few things to think about: should you have any (unlikely) medical issues while overseas, it might be easier to communicate with doctors if you travel to English speaking countries. Also, remember that not all countries have the same level of medical care — so while a remote Pacific island seems like a dreamy babymoon destination — remember that even basic medical facilities will be a long way away. If you do choose to babymoon internationally, try to choose a destination with a direct, not-so-lengthly flight and make sure to check with the airline that you can travel before you book (also make sure to bag an aisle seat so you can get up and stretch and move around, and also pee… a lot).
Another option that may seem ideal, but could come with issues, are cruises. While you don’t have to get on a flight and there will be an English speaking doctor onboard — cruises have limited medical facilities and a higher risk of contracting gastroenteritis. That being said, if you choose a domestic Australian cruise that sticks close to the shore and stops in a new port every day, you will never be too far away from a hospital.
Babymoons can be anything from an overnight getaway to a week-long sojourn. No matter where you choose to go, the most important thing is to schedule in lots of preggo-friendly couple time. Whether you love spa days or sightseeing — here are the top six babymoon destinations for Sydney mums-to-be.
Working hard to save up for your last few nursery items? It doesn’t mean you have to miss out on some quality time with your partner. Jumping in the car and driving just an hour or two down the road for the weekend will give you the time to unwind. Sydneysiders are lucky to be within a few hours of some great weekend getaway spots that don’t have to break the bank. Jervis Bay is a three-hour drive south of the city and offers cute waterside cafes, preggo-friendly wildlife spotting, and kilometres of sandy beaches. For a budget-friendly option throw your camping gear in the car and head to the Green Patch Camp Ground in Booderee National Park. Set just back from the sand, this is the perfect location to relax and enjoy each others company. Campsites are from $13 – $25 per night.
For a truly luxe, adult-only experience hop on a short flight or drive the eight hours north to Elements of Byron in Byron Bay. Offering cosy villas with lagoon views, fireplaces and freestanding baths, as well as a beachfront location, fine dining and a spa which caters to mamas-to-be — this northern New South Wales resort is a great luxury option for babymoons from Sydney. The adult-only heated pool is perfect all year round and has a swim-up bar, shady cabanas and poolside food and drink service… mocktail anyone?
Road trip Babymoon
If you love hitting the open road with no real plans and just seeing where the trip takes you — this could be your last chance to enjoy a road trip without factoring in regular stops to feed or change the baby (although depending on the timing, your preggo bladder may have a thing or two to say about regular stops!). If you enjoy staying in a different hotel every night and seeing as much of the local area as possible do it now before packing up and checking out requires an army of helpers to wrestle your baby’s many belongings back into the car before you can set off. For incredible scenery head inland towards the Blue Mountains and see where the trip takes you one last time.
For the real foodies, a babymoon is not only a chance to spend much needed time with their partner but also the last chance to enjoy a few of their bucket-list restaurants without needing to eat one-handed while holding their new bub. For a city break that will cater to everyone's foodie desires head to Melbourne and check in to the five-star Hotel Windsor. Offering a slice of Australian history, the opulent hotel was built in an 1880’s gold rush and has recently been renovated. Book in for the hotel’s famous Afternoon Tea, wander down to China Town or explore Melbourn’s famous Laneway dining… the options are never-ending. Need a break from all that eating? Catch a show in the theatre district or peruse the luxury boutiques of Collins Street.
Babymoon with your kids
If you are expecting your second or third child, your babymoon will undoubtedly have to be kid friendly. But never fear, there are lots of great options out there which combine luxury, relaxation, and most importantly a kids’ club. The Marriott Gold Coast has a great package which includes breakfast, parking, unlimited in-room entertainment and all-day kids’ club. The recently refurbished Marriott is located at Main Beach, just a 20-minute stroll from the well-known Surfers Paradise attractions and 20 minutes in the other direction to Main Beach’s Tedder Avenue — the perfect spot for a romantic dinner and relaxing morning coffee. Offering both the kids’ club (ages 3 – 12) and in-room babysitting, staying at the Marriott means you can enjoy time as a family and some couple time as well. The outdoor area at the Marriott is one of its main selling points with a lagoon pool full of reef fish for snorkelling, a lazy river, and shady cabanas which can be hired for the day.
If you do fancy venturing a little further, hop across to New Zealand. The short flight, English speaking medical staff and good standard of medical care make it an ideal babymoon destination for Sydney mums-to-be. Winter or summer, New Zealand offers lots of pregnant-friendly activities to take part in. Christchurch at the top of the South Island has a real European vibe. You can go punting along the Avon River, take a drive out along the rugged coastline and visit the French village of Akaroa, or wander through the Botanical Gardens. The Britten Stables offer quirky, luxury B&B accommodation, perfect for a relaxing break.
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