Megan Alubicki & Jeremy Flick

Megan & Jeremy

October 6, 2012

Megan Alubicki & Jeremy Flick

Megan & Jeremy

October 6, 2012

G'day mates, and welcome to our honeymoon site! We are glad you came to visit and check it out. We thought it might be helpful for us to tell you a little about why we decided to take this trip as our honeymoon. So here it goes....

We are adventurers to the core. One of the things that first brought us together was that we are both curious about life and really enjoy all sorts of activities. We were both looking for a partner that enjoyed a similar assortment. Travel. Family and friends. Dogs. Camping. Cars. Wine. Hiking. Cooking. Movies. Wilderness. Restaurants and all sorts of food. Day trips. Long walks on the beach (just kidding). We have since laughed about the fact that we both have an eclectic collection of interests and, in many cases, they're similar. Although we have different ones too (me-gardening, running, art museums, musicals, etc.; Jeremy-building things, all things mechanical, flag football, and weird futuristic and/or creepy "underworld"-type movies, etc.), we have a solid appreciation for which ones we are willing to do once in a while and which ones are the "ask someone else" type.

Maybe one of our most shared values is that we both love to learn about and experience new things, and for this reason we knew that we wanted to take a long, far away, adventure-filled honeymoon, and we knew that Australia was the place for us. The Great Barrier Reef, amazing cities, wine country, steak on the barbie, the outback.....the list goes on and on. We decided to "go big" and go for three weeks; after all, we know we won't be going back anytime soon, and it's a loooooooooong trip to get there!

So we are headed down under, and our honeymoon planning continues (it began prior to the wedding, but who's counting?). We hope that as you look through the descriptions of our locations, excursions and experiences you will share in our excitement and enthusiasm as we look forward to our "trip of a lifetime" and, in our opinion, the perfect way to begin our married life together!

We're going to Australia and Fiji!

Here's a little description of our destinations (borrowed from Lonely Planet)

Australia: Sure it's got deadly spiders, snakes and sharks, but they don't stop people from coming here, never mind living here. And for good reason. From the prehistoric gorges of Kakadu National Park, to the white sails of the Sydney Opera House, Australia is a country as big your imagination. Kick back on a beach as white as your mother's wedding dress in Western Australia; lose yourself in the labyrinthine laneways of culture-rich Melbourne or be humbled by red desert sunsets over Uluru. Turn south to visit hundred year old giants that loom large in the forests of Tasmania or take on Sydney, a heady mix of surf, sun, money and sex, and you'll soon realise Australia is a place to be discovered, not feared.

Stop #1 Melbourne:
Sophisticated and slick, edgy and rough, Melbourne’s physical and cultural landscape is shaped by a dynamic population, ever-ravenous for a bite of global culture. The result is Australia’s most accessible multiculturalism. Ornate Victorian-era architecture and leafy, established boulevards reflect the city’s history, and cutting-edge developments such as Federation Sq exemplify its enigmatic contemporary style. But, Melburnians still keep their urban frenzy to a deliciously sedate pace. Trams lumber back and forth on routes radiating out like spokes from central Melbourne, and cycling is a common way to get from A to Z.

Stop #2 Sydney:
Book a window seat for your flight to Sydney: day or night, this dirty town sure is good-lookin’. Skin-deep? Sure, but Sydney is also arty, sporty, boozy, funny, fashionable…the perfect paramour! It’s little wonder that Sydney causes a brain drain on the rest of Australia. Like New York, London and Berlin, this is a place that draws in anyone who’s got something interesting to say. Australia’s best musos, foodies, actors, stockbrokers, models, writers and architects flock to the Harbour City to make their mark, and the effect is dazzling: a hyperenergetic, ambitious marketplace of the soul, where anything goes and everything usually does.

Of course, the stage for all this activity is just as important as the performance itself. Shimmering Sydney Harbour is the city’s greatest asset, while Sydney’s ocean beaches and lush parks sustain as much life as the city streets. Add hip bars, grungy pubs, breezy cafes and glass-walled restaurants to the equation, and you’ve got a town with the perfect balance of outdoor and indoor, natural and contrived.

Stop #3 Cairns:
Boasting an infectious energy and a lush tropical setting, Cairns is unashamedly a tourist town, and its popularity is global. On Cairns’ foreshore, Korean bird-watchers swivel 15cm lenses, local ladies aqua dance at the very public lagoon pool, Islander families share picnics and fitness types jog along the Esplanade where pelicans cavort on mudflats. Overhead, planes take off with amazing frequency, and yet the straw-sucking sound of geckos still lingers in the air. But mostly crowds come to visit the Great Barrier Reef, which sits offshore and shapes the city’s character. It’s one of the world’s most popular diving sites and the number of tour/dive/snorkel/cruise operators operating here is mind-boggling. Cairns can offer you bungee jumping before breakfast, as well as tours to the Atherton Tablelands, Port Douglas and beyond. In between all this fun, you’ll discover it’s a popular place to hook up with fellow travelers.

Stop #4 Brisbane:
It may be Australia’s third-largest city, but for the longest time Brisbane was seen as something of a poor cousin to Sydney and Melbourne: a sleepy country town hiding behind a big city façade. In recent years, however, Brisbane has stirred from its slumber and is casually emerging as one of the most desirable places to live in Australia with an estimated 1000 people packing their bags and moving up here every week! Despite the transformation into a sleek, cosmopolitan city complete with world-class art galleries, a booming live music scene and a fabulous café culture, Brisbane still retains the laid-back, easy attitude of a small community. But mostly people love Brisbane because it’s a ritzy city with a down-to-earth attitude.

Stop #5 Fiji:
Most who visit Fiji want little more than a white-sand beach, a cloudless sky and the opportunity to fall into a sun-induced coma under a palm tree. On this score, Fiji doesn't disappoint. Fiji has been in the tourism business for decades and the Nadi and Denarau island-hopping-escape itinerary has proven to be a winning formula. Those that arrive with notions of cocktails on alabaster beaches are seldom disappointed. The underwater scenery is spectacular and some of the finest, and most accessible, dives in the Pacific can be found here. Its reputation as the 'soft coral capital of the world' is well justified and with the opening of the country's first overwater bungalow resort on Malolo, Fiji remains flushed with sunburnt tourists despite the 2006 coup.

Our Registry

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As soon as we saw this, we knew we HAD to check it out while in Sydney...what an adventure! On the Discovery Climb, we'll go to the top along the inner arch of the Bridge. The summit is 134 meters above the water. We can only imagine the view!
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Well, we do love wine, so this is a "must do" while down under. The full-day tour visits 4 vineyards and includes a wine expert guide, an air-conditioned fun bus, and a safe ride home!
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Koalas, kangaroos, and emus...oh my! In small groups this full-day, naturalist guided ecotour will give us quality time to learn about wildlife and enjoy the wide open spaces of Australia. We can't wait to see these animals in the wild!
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CRIKEY! This is Jeremy's #1 MUST DO in Australia! It’s the Australia Zoo, Home of the Crocodile Hunter, with wildlife like nowhere else in the world.
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The Blu Bar on 36 is right in our Sydney hotel! This exclusive lounge is high above the city, with breathtaking views of Darling Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House...a perfect place for drinks and appetizers after our Bridge Climb!
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With this location, delicious food, and the outdoor seating to soak up some Sydney weather, the Opera Bar seems like a win-win-win. Yum!
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Lunch at Mojo's Cafe and Tapas Bar: We're not sure whether we'll take a surfing lesson or just relax on the beach, but we are definitely going to check out Sydney's most famous beach! And tapas will be a perfect way to refuel!
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After many, many, MANY hours of travel, I think the Citigate will be a very welcome site. For the first leg of our Australian adventure, we'll stay here for 4 nights. It looks like a great home base while in Melbourne!
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Although we'll be out and about lots of the time, an in-room bottle of Barossa Valley Estates E Minor Shiraz South Australia and an appetizer are right up our alley!
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The beautiful Shangri La Hotel is our home away from home while in Sydney, and it's going to be a real treat! The stunning Opera House, the blue sky and sea, and the Harbour Bridge will be the sights from our window in this gorgeous room with a view.
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For our time North Queensland, Mantra Trilogy is our home base. Its located on the Cairns Esplanade on the door step of a variety of the areas greatest attractions and restaurants and will be our doorway to the Great Barrier Reef!
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Dinner at the Raw Prawn sounds delicious, but also a bit "different" than usual. I'll probably stick with a treat like oysters, but Jeremy may choose the 'Hop, Skip, Swim, and Jump'...a meaty mixture of kangaroo, crocodile, emu and barramundi hm
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There are a huge range of cafes, restaurants, and bars on the Cairns Esplanade. We are excited to try out the cafes for breakfast or lunch, and maybe try out a bar or two in the evening.
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For our final two nights in Australia, we'll be staying in Brisbane at the Rendezvous Hotel. It has a cool blend of old and new, as a historic restored building with a stylish contemporary feel.
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Our final four days of our honeymoon will be at Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji, which looks like paradise to us! We will be staying in a bungalow (with air conditioning!) on the beach at this incredible resort, and we can't wait to enjoy its amenities!
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While at the resort, we definitely want to check out Kalokalo Bar, which is atop Bebe Spa and is the highest point of the resort. With incredible views of the Pacific, and a menu featuring small plates, oysters, and tasty beverages, what's not to love?
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Rafting in Fiji in the Upper Navua Gorge? Sounds AMAZING to us! The trip is full of many special and gorgeous places. There is not one waterfall but many (some say at least seventy); not one short stretch of deep, narrow canyon, but kilometers!!!
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To prepare for our day's in Fiji, we think that the buffet breakfast would be a good option for two of the days. That way we can fill up early and head out to the beach and activities.
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