A romantic holiday is the perfect boost for any relationship.
Australia, we’ve picked out the best of the best; those invigorating places to take your lover this year for a romantic holiday. Whether it’s a beachside retreat, a countryside escape or an amorous adventure, Australia has got everything for all sorts of swooning couples. Apart from discovering the best places to visit in Australia, you and your partner will be able to discover compatibilities, solidify bonds or rediscover the clutches of love all bound a romantic holiday escape.
Lake Macquarie, NSW
If you’re indecisive about wanting a retreat, an escape or an adventure, then Lake Macquarie is your best bet. It’s got everything! Have the best of both worlds and book yourself a tranquil stay at Caves Coastal Bar & Bungalows, with Caves Beach mere metres away. When you’re both ready for adventure, slip into a canoe from JetBuzz and take on Lake Macquarie or go beach spotting, bike riding, trekking or even skydiving. Finally, when you’re both ready to settle down after a restless day, take your pick of the various cuisines in the area. We recommend Italian with 8 at Trinity.
Bathurst is the ultimate countryside escape for lovey-dovey couples, featuring a plethora of tranquil activities and hearty eateries. Click here to see our unique guide to Bathurst. For a royal stay, book yourself a night or two at Bishop’s Court Estate, or perhaps stay at the Guesthouse at Hill End for ultimate tranquillity. Couples who adore wine together must not pass up a self-guided tour of the surrounding wine region. There’s also an art scene to navigate through, Jenolan Caves and Mayfield Gardens in the south. And we cannot forget Mount Panorama!
Yarra Valley, VIC
Yarra Valley is a wine lovers paradise, with over a dozen wineries to visit. For a rather exquisite stay with your significant other, we highly recommend Chateau Yering. You’ll both be treated like royalty at this winery estate, so be sure to plan some activities before you arrive or else you’ll never leave. Indeed, the most important aspect is wine tours, for which you could choose a preplanned itinerary or go bespoke. As well as wining and dining, you could visit Healesville Sanctuary, soak up the art scene, hot air balloon, take a train ride or even tackle the wilderness with a hike.
True Melbournians know that Daylesford is the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. But Daylesford offers more than just a calming countryside. Book you and your lover a weekend stay in a Hepburn at Hepburn villa just north of Daylesford for a relaxing retreat from ordinary life. This neck of the woods is home to lush scenery, historical buildings and spectacular local produce served at the various restaurants and cafes. Your romantic partner, as well as your mind, will thank you for the trip. And so will the locals!
Cradle Mountain, TAS
The most romantic place to stay in Cradle Mountain is Peppers, featuring their own fine dining restaurant and bar, and the most picturesque day spa that overlooks the Pencil Pine Creek. The hotel lodge is a cosy getaway for couples wanting to rekindle, with close access to Cradle Mountain National Park where you have plenty of ground to explore. Peppers also features a few walking tracks along the adjacent creek. For a truly special trip, hire a car in Hobart and take the scenic drive with our Hobart to Cradle Mountain Road Trip Guide.
Barossa Valley, SA
Barossa Valley exudes the true essence of a wine region. You and your special someone must not pass up staying at The Louise, a simple and effective retreat that gives more than sprawling picturesque views. In fact, we recommend it. How does extreme seclusion sound? Or even an uninterrupted night sky? Of course, wine must be at the heart of you and your lover’s reason for travelling here, but it’s not the only selling point. Instagram your way through the Lyndoch Lavender Farm or wander over the Whispering Wall.
Margaret River, WA
It may be a famous wine region, but would you believe us if we told you Margaret River is actually an adventurists paradise? Couples wishing to revitalise their love with some heartfelt hiking will love the Margaret River region. Most notable attractions are their complex cave systems, stretching beaches and lighthouses. We recommend staying at the Pullman Bunker Bay Resort, featuring an infinity pool, gorgeous beach views and an onsite day spa. Indeed, since you and your lover are here, be sure to tipple on some wonderful wine.
Australia’s heart can be found in the deep south of the Northern Territory. That’s right, Uluru/Kata Tjuta National Park. For a constantly uninterrupted view of the big red monolith, we recommend staying at Longitude 131. And while we understand that you cannot climb Uluru, that doesn’t detract from the beauty of visiting. Here’s our non-climbing travel guide. Couples should consider a twilight buffet dinner called Sounds of Silence, featuring a didgeridoo performance and a tour of the night sky. And then there’s the sunset camel ride.
Hamilton Island, QLD
Our final spot for the ultimate romantic getaway is in northern Queensland on the gorgeous Hamilton Island. We recommend staying at qualia, a tranquil retreat that offers an opulent experience perfect for couples of all stages. Although you might just want to stay here all weekend, we advise you to get out and see the picturesque surrounds. Enjoy a decadent feast at Bommie Restaurant that has one of the most breathtaking views on the island and serves up the freshest and tastiest seafood. There’s also the Great Barrier Reef out there to explore, as well as the impressive Whitehaven Beach.