Australia, get ready to fall in love all over again with some of the most romantic getaways that are found right here in our own backyard.
For many loved-up couples, COVID-19 caused a massive shift in their wedding and honeymoon plans. Although the Maldives or Bali may have been popular romantic getaways before the pandemic, this year stunning getaways closer to home are getting all of the attention.
There’s no denying that Australia is home to some of the most enchanting natural scenery in the world, providing lots of options for romantic getaways, honeymooners or galentines pals to choose from. So whether you like the sound of a beach paradise, mountain escape, countryside seclusion or a Bridgerton-inspired castle, there is an option for every occasion. And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, here you and your special someone can fall in love with the 6 most romantic destinations around Australia for 2021:
Paperbark Camp, New South Wales
Just over two hours drive from Sydney is the romantic retreat of Paperbark Camp. More glamping than camping, the site is a stone’s throw away from the pristine clear waters and white sanded beaches of Jervis Bay. It’s the perfect base from which to explore this idyllic landscape with your loved ones, whether enjoying a gentle walk, the sounds of nature or heading to the picturesque beach. The camp offers a unique blend of fine food and wine, cosy canvas accommodation and a peaceful bush setting.
The Gunyah, which is the local Aboriginal word for meeting place, is a well appointed restaurant to cater to your needs. The accommodation offers options for different budgets, ranging up to the King Deluxe. This luxurious private canvas structure is on a platform above ground, decked out with solar lighting, insect screening and a giant bathtub with views of the surrounding bush. All-in-all, this is the perfect setup for a romantic nature getaway from Sydney.
Paperbark Camp – 571 Woollamia Rd, Woollamia, NSW 2540
The Castle on Tamborine, Queensland
For a romantic getaway worthy of kings and queens, The Castle on Tamborine has got you covered. Dripping with luxury, this real-life castle set amidst the rainforest canopies of Mount Tamborine is about an hour from the Gold Coast. The accommodation is five stars, with a day spa available to guests and two separate wings of the castle. We’re talking chandeliers and Champagne for the bourgeois among us. The Lisson Grove team have won Queensland’s Best Honeymoon Destination more than once, which is no surprise given the decadence of their honeymoon packages. This is the perfect spot for a full-blown week of bliss and pampering in a castle, or even for a mid-week getaway with a healthy dash of opulence.
The Castle on Tamborine – 274-280 Main Western Rd, North Tamborine, QLD 4272
Woodlands Rainforest Retreat, Victoria
Couples who desire a secret rainforest hideaway will love the Woodlands Rainforest Retreat, set amongst the greenery of the Black Spur only 80-kilometres outside of Melbourne. This spot is one of Australia’s leading boutique accommodation retreats and makes for a perfect romantic getaway in 2021. Couples can enjoy self-contained cottages overlooking beautiful fern gullies and a private bushland lake. The cottages are completely separate from each other, meaning guests can enjoy the sounds of the babbling Hermitage Creek and the forest, with complete peace from the outside world. Honeymoon packages include sparkling wine on arrival, breakfast hampers and even a heart of rose petals on your bed.
Woodlands Rainforest Retreat – 137 Manby Rd, Narbethong, VIC 3778
Cradle Mountain Lodge, Tasmania
Two hours scenic driving from Launceston will deliver you to Cradle Mountain Lodge, a superb accommodation option at one of Australia’s most iconic nature escapes. The lodge blends warm hospitality with sensational local food and wine, indulgent spa treatments and breath-taking wilderness surrounds. There are accommodation options for different budgets, with King Billy Suites as the premium option. The massive suites feature separate sleeping and living areas with a double-sided woodfire, king size bed and an oversized bathroom featuring a freestanding bath. Relax in the suite with a picnic hamper of locally sourced treats, or head to either of the on-site dining options. There’s plenty to explore outside of the lodge too, with beautiful bushwalks and the serene Lake St Clair at your doorstep.
Cradle Mountain Lodge – 4038 Cradle Mountain Rd, Cradle Mountain, TAS 7306
La Foret Enchantee, Western Australia
For a fairy tale retreat with more than a hint of exclusivity, check out La Foret Enchantee. This renaissance-inspired retreat is set within 10 acres of private Margaret River water frontage, surrounded by forest and elegant architecture. The retreat is decorated with fountains, classic statues, marble and granite. Enjoy views of the local forest from the sweeping terrace with an Italianate balustrade, or relax in the spa bath of the suite. Couples can head to the local restaurant around a 10-minute drive from La Foret Enchantee or, for maximum indulgence, book a private chef to cater a four-course meal right in your own room. There is an on-site spa to indulge your days away and achieve that blissed-out post-massage feeling. The forested retreat is an exquisite setting for romantic engagements, intimate weddings or enchanting honeymoons with absolute privacy. This is the ideal spot for those seeking a luxurious weekend away in absolute peace and tranquillity.
La Foret Enchantee – 5903 Caves Rd, Margaret River, WA 6285
The Louise Barossa, South Australia
Surrounded by rolling vineyards and sitting underneath the big open sky of the Barossa Valley, The Louise Barossa offers a romantic getaway perfect for couples. This luxury accommodation in the heart of South Australia’s wine country ensures guests can wine, dine and relax as much as their hearts desire. A well-loved feature of The Louise is their premium on site restaurant: Appellation at The Louise. Dishes at the Appellation are designed to indulge and satisfy, using only the best and freshest locally sourced ingredients with around 85% of the menu coming from within the Barossa Valley and wider South Australia. When not relaxing in their suite or sampling the local cuisines, guests can explore the Barossa. Why not rent a vintage car to tour the valley, or take a relaxing stroll through the native bushland?
The Louise Barossa – 375 Seppeltsfield Rd, Marananga Barossa Valley, SA 5355
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