Imagine all the brownie points you’ll score when you whisk your other half away on a romantic getaway with all the trimmings. You guys adore each other that’s for sure, but there’s only so many boxes of Favourites and sad servo flowers you can give before it gets a bit old. This time of year calls for a surprise romantic escape and we’ve got just the places to check out (or check into).
From jaw-dropping outback retreats to a floating paradise, get all swept up in each other’s irresistibleness at one of our top picks for best romantic getaways around Australia.
Pitch Luxury Camping
SUNSHINE COAST | QUEENSLAND
Embrace the great outdoors without compromising on style or romance, thanks to Pitch Luxury Camping. Setting up your dream glamping holiday at just about any campsite or private property on the Sunshine Coast, you can sit around a fire, gazing at the Milky Way, before throwing in the towel and retreating to your luxurious five-metre bell tent, complete with all the creature comforts. With optional extras like firewood, private toilets and showers, separate pop-up kitchen and dining tents and, if you want to go all out, even a private chef or butler service, this is the perfect way to enjoy a completely tailored getaway.
Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef
Exmouth | West Australia
“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 both here to explore the magic of Exmouth. Dive from the shores of the camp into the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef where you’ll find more than 500 species of colourful fish, and plenty of rays and turtles swimming among the rainbow of coral.
Mullumbimby | NSW
This boutique bed and breakfast, set on 28 acres, is the ultimate weekend 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 romantic 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!
Woodlands Rainforest Retreat
Yarra Valley | Victoria
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.
Uluru | Northern Territory
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, works by local indigenous people, 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 featuring indigenous and outback flavours. Finish the night with cocktails under the stars at the Dune-top Bar—it’s pure bliss.
Cabarita | New South Wales
The charming little town of Cabarita is just a 30 minute drive from the Gold Coast and the sweet town’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 before seaside horse riding ala Daryl Braithwaite.
Glass On Glasshouse
Glass House Mountains | Queensland
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 mind 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.
Discovery Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island | West Australia
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 to the perfect lazy pace for a holiday. Sustainability is at the core of the retreat, with the eco tents perfectly placed to protect the dunes. At the same time, they 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.
Paringa | South Australia
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!
Palm Beach | New South Wales
If you’re looking to go extra on your romantic escape then look no further than this luxury floating villa (yes, floating) anchored just off Sydney’s stunning Palm Beach. Packed with complimentary Veuve Clicquot champagne, Glenmorangie whiskey, breakfast from local heroes at The Boat House and plush sustainable linen—a stay here includes lots of luxury trimmings, alongside the sweet smell of salty ocean and the totally tranquil sound of gently splashing waves. You can also expect access to your own private boat to zip about the surrounding beaches, a personalised concierge and access to paddleboards, fishing rods and a floating day bed.
Lake St Clair | Tasmania
These romantic Tasmanian digs are the epitome of living your best life. Pumphouse Point, an intimate haven in the heart of World Heritage wilderness, is the ultimate in nature experiences. You can choose to stay in either the Shorehouse, the Pumphouse, or the Retreat (which is a whole new level of self-contained luxe), but quite honestly it doesn’t matter because you could sleep in your car and still have the most incredible experience of your life. 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.
Jervis Bay | New South Wales
Located two-and-a-half hours south of Sydney, Paperbark Camp is the 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 (pending 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 double vanity and sunken bath and a separate outdoor bush shower. If total relaxation is what you’re after, Paperbark also throws down some of the best massages and beauty treatments around.
Milk And Honey
Daylesford | Victoria
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.
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Image Credit: Longitude 131°, Paperbark Camp, Lilypad, Blackbird, Brooke Darling, Amy Higg, Discovery Rottnest Island