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27 Of The Best Romantic Getaways In Australia

By Jessica Best
23rd Nov 2022

While they say love doesn't cost a thing, there's nothing quite like a sweet vacay with your significant other. And imagine all the brownie points you’ll score when you whisk your other half away to one of Australia's most romantic destinations? 

From jaw-dropping outback retreats to island escapes, get all swept up in each other’s irresistibleness at one of our top picks for best romantic holidays around Australia. 

The Best Romantic Stays In Queensland 

Spicers Peak Lodge | Maryvale

Jaws will drop as you enter the majestic 12km driveway of Spicers Peak Lodge. Located 1100 metres above sea-level in South East Queensland, Spicers Peak offers the height of luxury via its all-inclusive holiday styling. Melt into a treatment at Spa Anise, dine at award-winning restaurant, The Peak, explore the surrounds with a gourmet picnic hamper in hand, or alternate between the pool and tennis court for some localised fun. 

The Calile | Brisbane 

Treat your honey to a Euro summer getaway (minus that exxy airfare) at gram-worthy The Calile.  From the stunning rooms styled in marble and shades of mint and pale pink to the vibing pool—complete with sun lounges, private cabanas and a bar slinging tasty tipples and eats from greek restaurant Hellenika—it's an absolute dream. Once you’re done sunning yourself, you can pick up some presents for your lover at The Calile’s chic boutiques, grab a drink from the Lobby Bar and settle in for a feast at their epic restaurant, SK Steak & Oyster. 

Glass On Glasshouse | Glass House Mountains 

Blow your date away with a stay at this luxury B&B, where you’ll take in stunning vistas of the Glass House Mountains through sleek floor-to-ceiling glass walls of your cottage. Romance is in the eye of the beholder, but with a freestanding double spa bath, fire (for those chilly winter nights) and a sky full of stars beyond your deck, we’re pretty sure Glass On Glasshouse has got the wow-factor covered for even the toughest nut.

The Best Romantic Stays In NSW

Chalets At Blackheath | Blackheath

Stays in the Blue Mountains just reached new heights with the opening of Chalets at Blackheath, Australia's latest high-end eco-resort perfect for your next romantic getaway in NSW. Boasting all the luxury, Chalets at Blackheath is a boutique retreat that sits on 17 acres of bushland immediately adjacent to the UNESCO World-Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park, in the pretty alpine village of Blackheath. On arrival, guests can expect glasses of Moët & Chandon champagne in the resort library or by the native edible garden, hosted by resort ambassadors who are at their exclusive service for the entire stay. Like we said, it boasts all the luxury. Book your stay here.

Crane Lodge | Palm Beach

Okay, if money is absolutely no option, Crane Lodge is a no-brainer. Tucked away in the Sydney’s Northern Beaches, this romantic getaway with a private spa and pool is everything you could need for a secluded stay filled with all the quality. This lodge combines the creme de la creme of luxury featuring an in-house concierge service, masseuse, beautician, onsite chef or even a private sunset yoga and meditation class on the deck. Book your stay here.

Blackbird | Mullumbimby

This boutique bed and breakfast, set on 28 acres, is the ultimate romantic getaway just an hour’s drive from the Gold Coast. The sprawling property, beautifully framed in acres of lush rainforest, comprises of three private pavilions, perfect for a cosy retreat. Each is thoughtfully fitted out with the latest environmentally sustainable energy saving 20kW solar system as well as modern luxuries, designed to ensure you unwind and zen out. Wake up with a dip in the 10-metre mineral magnesium infinity pool, then warm up in the sauna before sipping a glass of red while taking in the view of the Byron coastline—dreamy!

La Riveraine | Hawkesbury River

For Australian bush escape meets Euro-summer vibes, your riverside dream will be brought to life at La Riveraine. This classic 1950s cottage is packed with all the charm and tranquillity you could need for a dreamy romantic escape not too far from Sydney. It is beautifully restored and contains a crystal clear plunge pool for summer, multiple terraces, a private jetty, ample views of the Hawkesbury, and a pontoon.

Halcyon House | Cabarita

The charming seaside town of Cabarita is just a 30 minute drive from the Gold Coast and it's multi-award winning boutique hotel, Halcyon House is a sure fire way to charm the pants off of your honey. Lap up ocean views then hire a surfboard onsite and hit the waves. Or, stay in because rooms are fit with 24 hour room service, a complimentary mini bar and even a pillow menu. Zen out at the spa and finish off the night at Halcyon’s hatted Paper Daisy restaurant.

The Enchanted Cave | Bilpin

For a romantic getaway in Australia like no other, you’ll want to make your way to Bilpin (Blue Mountains way) for what has to be one of NSW's most special retreats. This clifftop property is built into a natural rock platform and has a small front door opening (Hobbit-style), which means you’ll score front seats to the best damn view anyone could ever lay eyes on and a pretty nifty spa. Honestly, this place just screams romance.

Paperbark Camp | Jervis Bay 

Located two-and-a-half hours south of Sydney, Paperbark Camp is a glorious, eco-friendly glamping set up in the heart of idyllic Jervis Bay. Peppered across 100 hectares of beautiful bushland, Paperbark Camp has four different kinds of canvas safari tents (depending on how all-out you want to go). If you want to really up the ante on your weekend away, hit the King Parrot Deluxe Safari Tent. It sports two king beds, outdoor lounges, an indoor ensuite with a sunken bath and a separate outdoor bush shower. If you're after extra brownie points, Paperbark also throws down some of the best massages and beauty treatments around.

The Best Romantic Stays In Victoria

Woodlands Rainforest Retreat | Yarra Valley 

If you’re looking for ultimate seclusion and indulgent luxury, this is the one. The Woodlands Retreat is deep in the heart of Victoria’s Black Spur rainforest. There are several self-contained cottages available, each one decked out with a sunken spa overlooking the gully and hidden in its own separate nook of the rainforest. Feast your lovey-dovey eyes on beautiful views of fern gullies and a private bush lake, with nothing but the sound of the babbling Hermitage Creek. It's almost cliche how good this place is.

Milk And Honey | Daylesford

Here's a spot where the accommodation is just as good as the name. The Milk and Honey cottage is located in Daylesford, about a two-hour drive out of Melbourne. Access the property via a gorgeous winding stairway with epic views over the surrounding countryside. Milk and Honey is only a few minutes’ walk from the Daylesford shops, and it's perfect if you're after that lazy getaway (with civilisation within arm's reach). Two light-filled bedrooms, an open fireplace, slick bathrooms and a full kitchen complete the picture.

Jackalope | Mornington Peninsula 

Overlooking a picturesque vineyard that will transport you straight to Tuscany, it’s not hard to understand why Jackalope has bagged a slew of awards. With a sleek palette of charcoal, dark timber and ornate lighting, this hotel is packed with a seriously impressive art collection. During the day, soak up the sunshine by the pool with bae, indulge in a decadent dinner at their fine dining restaurant Doot Doot Doot and retire to your room for a movie marathon complete with complimentary popcorn delivered to your door.

the dark and moody interior of Jackalope

Loves Lane Cottages | Dumblak

The name says it all, literally. Loves Lane is tucked away behind Leongatha and overlooks the rolling hills of South Gippsland, Victoria from the comfort of several cosy cottages complete with fireplace and luxe modcons. You may choose to while away the days taking in the scenery with that special someone, and that’s perfectly okay, but you could also take off to the Grand Ridge Brewery for a beer or two before retreating back to the spas in each cottage. 

The Best Romantic Stays In Northern Territory 

Longitude 131° | Uluru

For a truly bucket list experience, book you and your love a night or two at Longitude 131°. Nestled among ancient dunes are sixteen tented pavilions, offering unparalleled views of Uluru’s changing lights play out from the end of your bed. Each tent is kitted out with a king-size bed, spacious bathroom and private balcony with a fireplace. Once you tear yourself away from your luxury accommodation, stroll to the restaurant serving up drool-worthy contemporary Australian eats. Finish the night with cocktails under the stars at the Dune-top Bar—it’s pure bliss. 

Tiwi Island Retreat | Tiwi Island 

Located on the south west coast of Bathurst Island, the retreat is made up of 18 private rooms—the perfect place to escape the crowds and soak up those holiday vibes. Boasting a 12-metre pool fringed by palm trees, white sand and a sparkling ocean (that is home to resident croc Claudia), you’ll feel like you’ve peaked in life while sipping on a mojito. For those extra romantic vibes, treat yourself to a sunset helicopter ride over the island. 

The Best Romantic Stays In Western Australia

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef | Exmouth 

“Where the outback meets the reef” is the perfect tagline for this unique romantic retreat. You’ll find no stone unturned when it comes to creature comforts at Sal Salis. Gaze out and watch the sunset turn to a sky blazing with stars from your own private beach safari tent. With just 15 tents on-site, you’ll feel like it’s only you and your love here to explore the magic of Exmouth. 

Discovery Rottnest Island | Rottnest Island 

Discovery Rottnest Island is the prime position for a relaxing getaway with your squeeze. Jump on the ferry in Perth and in 30 minutes you’ll be whisked off to another world where life slows down. Eco tents provide access to one of the islands most picturesque spots for a stroll hand in hand. Pick a deluxe tent and you’ll enjoy a king bed, private ensuite, spacious deck and even a walk-in robe for the ultimate glamping experience. Of course, if you don’t fancy using the kitchen you can always relax and let the pros look after you at Pinky’s Beach Club right next door.

La Forêt Enchantée

Margaret River | Western Australia

This is one of the best-kept secrets in WA's South West for romantics. La Forêt Enchantée is a dreamy destination filled with magic on the banks of the Margaret River. Set within 10 acres of native bush and renaissance inspired gardens; you’ll feel like you have been whisked off in a fairy-tale among the lush greenery, bubbling fountains, and sweeping terraces. The icing on the cake is the two secluded cabins to choose from, resplendent with luxurious furnishings and marble bathrooms. Want even more romance? Why not add on a private chef for the evening,  or you could fly in by helicopter—they have a love heart shaped helipad ready for you.

The Most Romantic Stays In Tasmania 

Felons Boutique Wilderness Stay| Sheffield

For a secluded romantic getaway like no other, we’re going to need you to steer your ship over to Felons Boutique Wilderness Stay. The entire place is like something out of a movie, from the aged timber floors to the Icelandic sheepskins. There’s upcycled, exposed beams, expansive French doors and of course, a wood-fire for all the post sundown wine times. On the east wing of the cabin, you’ll find a clawfoot bath however, there’s also a built-in outdoor deck-bath because one tub is never enough when it comes to romancin’. Book your stay here.

Pumphouse Point | Lake St Clair

These romantic Tasmanian digs are the epitome of living your best life. Pumphouse Point, an intimate haven in the heart of World Heritage wilderness. You can choose to stay in either the Shorehouse, the Pumphouse, or the Retreat (which is a whole new level of self-contained luxe). Plus the backdrop to your stay is often referred to as the most spectacular landscape on the planet. The best part though, is that there is bread on call 24/7 here—it's served warm with butter and it's out of this world delicious. If that’s not romance, we don’t know what is. 

The two-storey Pumphouse Point in the middle of a lake

Lenna Of Hobart | Hobart

A stay at Lenna involves time travelling to 1874 when this gorgeous sandstone mansion was built. Listed by the National Trust and carefully restored, its 52 rooms have a range of stunning views—mountain, harbour or parkland—and it’s close to even more juicy history at Salamanca Place and Battery Point. At night, curl up in the Chandelier Lounge Bar and sip on smooth Tassie whiskey—sure to warm your cockles on even the coldest winter night. 

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge | Cradle Mountain

If your idea of a luxury stay leans towards timeless charm rather than modern minimalist, you’re about to fall in love with this elegant mountain retreat. Nestled on the edge of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge places you in the heart of the alpine wilderness—with luxurious perks, of course. Soak in your spa bath, as you overlook the Tasmanian hinterland of ancient forest and thundering streams, with your private fireplace roaring and a vino in hand. That’s what we call dreamy. 

Saffire Freycinet | Coles Bay

If you're wanting to impress your love, then check into this beauty which was previously voted the World’s Best Boutique Hotel and World’s Best Luxury Hotel. Featuring 20 private suites, a luxury day spa, and an unforgettable culinary offering, Saffire Freycinet, will create (free) personalised itineraries for you and your honey ensuring you’re exploring all the beauty this part of the world has to offer. Think: hiking Wineglass Bay, tasting fresh oysters at their marine oyster farm, and cocktail masterclasses. Or just relax in your suite, soeaking up those stunning views thanks to the floor to ceiling glass. 

The Best Romantic Stays In South Australia

Hotel Indigo | Adelaide

If you and your love like your getaways colourful and aesthetically pleasing (and good for the ‘gram), then Adelaide’s Hotel Indigo is for you. The colourful rooms with copper fixtures are seriously stunning, and the hotel is conveniently right in the heart of the city (and right by Adelaide Markets, might we add). On the ground floor, you’ll find the gorgeous Market & Meander Bar and Eatery, while up on the roof is the vibrant Merrymaker, a raw food and cocktail bar—perfect for a sunset tipple. Oh, there’s also a heated rooftop pool for when you and your SO want some relaxation.

The Frames | Paringa

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a luxury escape to experience the Australian outback, The Frames is the perfect place. Just a three-hour drive from Adelaide, The Frames are perfectly designed for couples looking to unwind while dialling up the romance. The six-star accommodation is comprised of three opulent villas all boasting unobstructed views of the Murray River. With your own private pool, sauna and chef, there's really no need to leave... unless you want to go for a sunset cruise on an 100 year old wooden gondola along the Murray River—yep, they offer that too!

Mount Lofty House | Adelaide Hills

If you’re after old-world charm, nothing touches Mount Lofty House. Built in 1852, the heritage boutique hotel oozes timeless elegance, with its beautifully restored period rooms and gorgeous cottages. Nestled in the famous Adelaide Hills wine region, the hotel is surrounded by botanic gardens and boutique wineries. Speaking of vino, indulge in fine dining at Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant, a three-hatted eatery that specialises in valley-to-verandah degustation delicacies. Boasting one of the best wine lists in the country, this is one culinary journey you can’t miss and secures Mount Lofty House’s spot as one of Adelaide’s best hotels.

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Image Credit: Tourism Tasmania/Stu Gibson/Emilie Ristevski, Longitude 131°, Paperbark Camp, Lilypad, Blackbird, Brooke Darling, Amy Higg, Discovery Rottnest Island

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