Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are only newly engaged, but already countries worldwide are vying for their attention, namely destinations to celebrate big wedding milestones.
Australia, being a bit of an attention seeker, has already offered itself up as a potential honeymoon hotspot (among others), and now it’s pitching to be the official home of Prince Harry’s bucks night.
It started innocently enough, with Tourism Australia running a little piece suggesting all the sweet Aussie places him and his mates could go.
From a heli pub crawl in the Northern Territory to jet-packing, James Bond-style, on the Gold Coast, they dished up some truly A+suggestions for the ultimate stag celebration down under.
You can read the full piece here, or check out some highlights below.
But now Australia has taken it one step further, with the actual Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, actually writing a letter to offer Australia’s services.
In a release, Ciobo confirmed he had written to Harry to congratulate him on his engagement, and “inviting him to Australia for his pre-wedding celebrations and honeymoon”.
Ciobo added, “Having previously visited Australia, Prince Harry is no doubt aware of the amazing experiences we have to offer. From the world’s best beaches and endless coastlines, to the vast and ancient landscapes of the interior to our vibrant cites and thriving food and wine scene, Australia has it all.
“Australia can provide the perfect pre-wedding party and an amazing romantic honeymoon after the wedding.
“For Prince Harry’s pre-wedding celebrations, Tourism Australia has recommend some of Australia’s best adventure experiences on Queensland’s Gold Coast and through the wilds of Northern Territory and Western Australia.
“These are just recommendations, I told Prince Harry Tourism Australia stands ready to work with him and Ms Markle to design an itinerary to their tastes.
“Australia would be honoured to welcome Prince Harry and Ms Markle to celebrate some small part of their wedding with us in Australia. Our tourism operators, and the nation, would welcome them with open arms.”
Now check out some of Tourism Australia’s suggestions for a gorgeous honeymoon getaway, should Harry be bothered to fly all the way back down after the wedding, after he (obviously) comes to see us for his bucks night too.
Guided zipline tour at Tree Top Adventure Theme Park on the Gold Coast, the largest, highest and fastest in Oz
High-speed jet boat it down the Gold Coast Broadwater and Moreton Bay Marine Park with Paradise Jet Boating
Get behind the wheel of an actual supercar with the Supercars Official Driving Experience
Go parasailing with Gold Coast Watersports for a gorgeous Surfers Paradise view on one side, and the Hinterland on the other
Take an Aussie Air Scenic Charter over Burleigh Heads
Embrace their wild side by taking on more than 50 hardcore obstacles in a self-drive army spec buggy with Wet’n’Wild Buggy.
Go jet-packing, James Bond-style with Jet Pack Adventures
Jump in a hot air balloon to enjoy sweeping Gold Coast views at sunrise
Go fishing up north with Darwin Barra Fishing Tours (not sure how ‘romantic’ this one is, but whatever)
Jump on an airboat and speed through NT waterways with Outback Floatplane Adventures
Go on the ultimate pub crawl – via helicopter – with Airborne Solutions Darwin Helicopter Tours
Swim with whale sharks on the Ningaloo Reef
Go on a 4WD safari of The Kimberley.
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