27 November 2018
Whether you’re looking for a place to enjoy your honeymoon, celebrate your anniversary or just reconnect away from the pressures of home, then you don’t need to look further than your own backyard. Australia has many holiday destinations perfect for loved-up couples, so whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a week-long retreat, here are some places well worth visiting when you need to inject some romance into your life.
Hunter Valley, New South Wales
An easy drive from Sydney, the picturesque wine growing region of the Hunter Valley is custom-made for romance. From stopping in at cellar doors to taste local drops, to dining at award-winning restaurants and enjoying long, meandering walks through the countryside, the Hunter Valley is the ideal setting for couples to relax and reconnect. Hire a small cottage complete with a fireplace and spa, or choose to enjoy the amenities offered at one of the resorts or hotels located in Pokolbin, Lovedale or Rothbury. Either way, the Hunter Valley’s passionate local providores, restauranteurs and wine and cheese makers will ensure an indulgent weekend of wine, cheese, chocolate and more is all yours.
Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
For couples craving some time to themselves away from the city, putting things into perspective at Cradle Mountain is a very good idea. Staying at the iconic Cradle Mountain Lodge is a great way to have unfettered access to the national park located right next door to the lodge. Spend the days walking the tracks and trails of the national park, where native birdlife and marsupials live in abundance. After a day of breathing in fresh air, admiring wildlife and stunning scenery, retreat to the lodge to enjoy a warm spa bath, wine and cheese tasting, and a quiet evening resting by the fireplace.
A top year-round destination, Bright is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty. In autumn, the area is known for turning red, amber, yellow and orange as the foliage changes colour with the season creating picture-postcard scenery. In summer, the hiking tracks and cycling trails are open for business, with incredible alpine views on offer from vantage points along the way. In spring, the wildflowers burst into life, providing the perfect backdrop for a romantic picnic. And while cold, the alpine town and surrounding areas come into their own in wintertime, with roaring fires and warming roast dinners provided by local gastropubs and bistros.
Port Douglas, Queensland
Filled with luxe resorts, chic boutiques, cool cafes and top-quality seafood restaurants, Port Douglas is the ideal setting to savour a romantic beach break in style. Soak up the sunshine on the beach or sit by the resort pool with a good book, stroll along Macrossan Street enjoying the relaxed village vibe or book in for a relaxing massage or treatment at one of the many day spas dotted throughout the town. Up the romance factor with a sunset cruise or day spent out on the reef viewing colourful marine life. Boasting balmy temperatures, sunshine-filled days, gentle sea breezes and an incredibly photogenic coastline, this is a romantic getaway for couples who like to chase the sun.
Margaret River, Western Australia
Wine, sunshine and surf combine to create one of Australia’s favourite wine growing regions. The Margaret River is a great region to head out on romantic road trip. Only three hour’s drive from Perth Airport, the Margaret River is a top self-drive destination filled with things to do, see, taste and experience. Food loving couples will be excited by the prospect of driving to cellar doors, farmer’s markets and out-of-the-way gourmet food stores hidden on farms and in tiny towns. Surf lovers will get a kick out of driving along the Surf Coast where some of the state’s best surf breaks (and fish and chip shops) can be found. With plenty of luxe accommodation options offer, couples can choose from quaint country farm stays, boutique design hotels, family-owned bed and breakfasts or even a houseboat adventure.
Eyre Peninsula, South Australia
An underrated holiday spot overlooked by many, South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula is the ideal setting for a romantic break away from the crowds. From savouring local oysters and wine in Avoid Bay to exploring Coffin Bay National Park on foot, the Eyre Peninsula is a down-to-earth foodie and nature lover’s playground. Hire a villa with ocean views, rent out a charming cottage or splash out and stay at a luxury eco-lodge, either way you’ll adore the laidback charm of this corner of South Australia.