Honeymooners test out our patch

RUNAWAY bride and groom Mark and Denise Duffield-Thomas visited the Whitsundays over the weekend.

The couple beat more than 30,000 couples who applied for the job of Honeymoon Testers and get to travel around the world to test out some of the best honeymoon spots.

In their 80th wedding vow renewal ceremony, the couple said I do at Cruise Whitsundays' Knuckle Reef pontoon, before sliding into the water on the waterslide on Sunday.

They also said I do at Daydream Island's wedding chapel on Saturday and again at Hayman on Tuesday.

Unfortunately their vow renewal ceremony at Whitehaven Beach was cancelled due to the inclement weather.

The couple's job is to test out well known honeymoon spots around the world and blog about them, in a promotion inspired by the Best Job in the World and is supported by Tourism Queensland.

Bride Denise Duffield-Thomas said the Great Barrier Reef was one of those dream destinations the couple had been speaking about for years.

“We had no idea we'd be here so soon, and to be on this trip as the Honeymoon Testers and renewing our vows was a surreal experience,” she said.

“When we arrived in the Whitsundays, I just couldn't believe the colour of the sky and the water, it looked exactly like it does in magazines.

“It's really got everything you'd want on a honeymoon - sun, incredible sea, water sports and great food - we've been really impressed and it's definitely one of the best places we've been on our tour.”

Before the Whitsundays, the couple had renewed their vows at Mount Tamborine in Brisbane where they climbed the Story Bridge and met Best Job in the World ambassador Ben Southall.

Now they will go to Port Douglas and Palm Cove and renew their vows in an Aboriginal ceremony.

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