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19 Of The Most Romantic Getaways In Queensland

By Ranyhyn Laine – who always has time to go to breakfast, no matter how busy she is.

It’s always a good idea to organise a romantic getaway. And, with the cooler weather underway, we're sure you are dreaming of a chance to skip town, stoke the fire, and get cosy with your significant other—we here at Urban List sure are. 

You don't have to fly too far away to find an incredible romantic getaway. Queensland is dotted with some truly dreamy romantic escapes featuring outdoor hot tubs, private pools, candlelit restaurants, and couples' spa treatments. From luxury retreats to high-end hotels, tiny homes, and cosy Airbnbs, with the best romantic getaways in Queensland listed below, we guarantee you'll earn those brownie points.

Stanthorpe Winnow's Rise

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Ok, we are really dialling up the romance straight away. Our personal fave, Winnows Rise has been set up by its super hosts to be a tranquil, perfect spot to reconnect with your special someone or completely unplug from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life.

The handmade woodfire pizza oven is perfectly placed for an easy dinner, while the stone hot tub overlooking dappled grazing land and views towards the Great Dividing Range is the spot for a glass of wine. There are heaps of indoor creature comforts too, like snug interiors and luxurious linen robes and sheets, as well as the just-right cottage kitchen.

Springbrook Mouses House

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This cosy cabin buried within a rainforest just outside of Springbrook National Park is the perfect escape for lovebirds. Book in for a stay in the Mouses House luxury rainforest spa and stream chalet, fit with a private outdoor hot tub and fireplace. All conveniently built next to a mountainside stream for some casual scenery extras.

Sky lofts, spa rooms and adorable Snow White-named cabins scattered through the forest mean you’ll feel completely secluded and completely in lurrrve. Food baskets and delivered brekkies are on the ready as well as picnic hampers, booze and even gushing waterfalls within walking distance.

Beechmont Clouds Safari

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Check in to stunning views of the lush green rainforest at this safari-style tent accommodation in the Gold Coast hinterland. You'll enjoy 180-degree views of Springbrook Mountain and Numinbah Valley, even while soaking in the gorgeous tub that can be completely opened up to the outside world. 

Clouds Safari has a projector so you can settle in for a movie, and a large deck for soaking in the views with a coffee or wine, but can of course be completely closed up when you want some privacy—or just to keep the bugs out. 

Grandchester Spicers Hidden Vale

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Whether you’re needing to score serious brownie points, Spicers Hidden Vale has everything you’d ever want, for whatever type of plus one you may bring, from cabins with boujee spa baths to mountain biking trails and hiking.

If you’re a bit of a foodie, then you’ll want to make sure you book yourself in for dinner at Homage Restaurant, where everything is grown in the market garden onsite or collected from nearby farms—your tastebuds will tap-dance in happiness. All this plus two pools, a campfire under the stars, koala safaris, cheese and wine tastings and epic views? You'll achieve peak romance points.

Montville Narrows Escape

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If a friend has come back from Montville raving about a cottage getaway they experienced, chances are they’re talking about Narrows Escape. Why? Because everyone who stays there, only says great things. Narrows Escape was officially named as Tripadvisor's 'Most Romantic Hotel In The World'  in 2021 and this cosy, hidden rainforest retreat that’s nestled in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is nothing if not romantic.

Curl up in the hammock and read a book, tramp through the rainforest, or feast on all the goods crammed into the specially-made gourmet hampers. They've just added two new cabins that feature private heated plunge pools on their balconies. Relaxation and romance will hit an all-time high here, so don’t come with a to-do list.

Obi Obi Luxury Cabin At Round Hill Retreat

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Nestled in the hills of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, this romantic getaway is designed to be a place for you to hit the reset button and connect with your loved ones. With a circular above-ground pool overlooking the lush forest and paddocks, you’ll instantly drift away into your own world of peace and serenity—it doesn’t get much better than that.

After a dip in the pool, end the night with a relaxing bath or a rain shower—and a drink or two—to fully immerse yourself in the experience, with a wood-burning fireplace for those cool winter nights as well. Ditch the electronics and book your stay now. 

Gold Coast Hinterland Palmer & Gunn

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So, you want to experience a sustainable, tiny house vacation, but you’re not quite ready to give up the hot tub and the air-con? No problem. Soak your stresses away at Palmer & Gunn, a hidden gem tucked away in the Gold Coast hinterland just outside Springbrook National Park.

Outdoor hot tub: check. Luxurious bedding: check. A burbling creek as your only background noise: check. Soaking in the aforementioned hot-tub under the stars right next to said creek: now we’re talking, and we’re packing our bags already.

Maleny The Bower

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It doesn't get much more cosy than this romantic rainforest retreat, with a wood-burning fireplace, claw-foot bathtub, and a gorgeous balcony to greet the local birdlife each day. There's even a shared bush plunge pool if you feel like taking a dip with forest views. 

The wooden cabin itself is peak cosy vibes, but still has all the mod-cons like a full kitchen, wi-fi, and Foxtel. Your booking includes breakfast provisions and firewood, so all you need to bring is a good book and a few snacks for the ultimate switch-off getaway.

Einasleigh Gilberton Outback Retreat

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Gilberton Outback Retreat is the perfect place for a digital detox—if you’ve got the coin to pay for it. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Gilbert River, this luxurious getaway offers uninterrupted panoramic views of the surrounding rugged landscape. All activities and meals are inclusive, including their 4WD Buggy Safari and Gold Mining and Fossicking Tour.

There’s plenty to see and do in the area; we recommend a trip to Cobbold Gorge, or an Outback Tour From Above. Retreat to your room to nibble on your complimentary welcome platter as you don a luxurious fluffy bathrobe and matching slippers. 

Stanthorpe Allure

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Alure Stanthorpe is the only way to do a wine-filled country getaway, if you ask us. The luxe villas and glamping tents are nestled away just a five-minute drive away from the center of Stanthorpe but feel delightfully secluded. You'll even get your own private heated spa hidden in a private courtyard—talk about bliss. 

They'll even leave fresh, locally sourced breakfast in your villa for each morning, and supply fluffy bathrobes, L'Occitane toiletries, Netflix, magazines and a GHD hair straightener, with a BBQ for cooking up a feast. Plus, they're surrounded by the Granite Belt's best wineries. Honestly, we can't even.

Maryvale Spicers Peak Lodge

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Jaws will drop as you enter the majestic 12km driveway of Spicers Peak Lodge. Located 1100 metres above sea-level in South East Queensland (just over two hours from the Gold Coast), 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. C'mon, you can't get much more romantic than this.

Obi Obi Kanimbia Luxury Glamping

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By now, we’re all well aware of glamping and how it one-ups camping in every way, but this Kanimbia Luxury Glamping site has taken the idea to the next level, putting the “glam” in camping (times 100). If you’re looking to truly immerse yourself in the great outdoors away from anyone else, you’re in luck because this luxury safari tent is surrounded by 50 acres of land.

Recharge in the bathtub, which sits behind a canvas wall that you can fully open up to truly be at one with nature. They've truly thought of everything here, supplying board games, a picnic basket and blanket, bath salts, outdoor lighting and a lengthy list of other bits and bobs you normally have to give up when you go camping. Book in here

Tamborine Mountain Verandah House Country Estate

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If the first word out of your lips when you see the incredible views visible from Verandah House Country Estate’s hot tub isn’t ‘wow,’ you need to get your eyes checked. This brand new boutique accommodation in Tamborine Mountain features just nine luxe suites, all designed with a country aesthetic in mind to match the wide open surrounds.

Each suite has its own balcony or verandah where you can take in those views, as well as a fireplace, kitchenette, lounge area and ensuite. There’s also a pool, outdoor fire pit, community kitchen and day spa on the property, and a continental breakfast spread is supplied each morning for you to eat wherever you please—we’ll be taking ours back to bed.

Whitsundays InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

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If you want all the luxury and amenities of a mega luxury resort but you also want total privacy and a kid-free slice of beach literally at your front door, InterContinental Hayman Island Resort’s new Beachfront Pavilions are the getaway you’re looking for. These adults-only one-bedroom cabins are perched on the edge of Hayman Bay, with the ocean just steps away from the front deck of each of the 12 sites.

You can gaze out on the horizon from the private heated plunge pool, your plush king-sized bed or even the free-standing bath, whichever best matches your mood for the day. Of course, if you want to leave your dreamy bubble of perfection, the resort’s restaurants, bars, pools and spa are only a short walk away.

Mission Beach The Elandra

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The team behind the just offshore Bedarra Resort are behind the recent renovation and reopening of this luxe Mission Beach resort, and have spent millions transforming The Elandra into a five-star beachside retreat. Featuring just 20 rooms for now, with 12 more to come, the dreamy resort features its own day spa, restaurant, tennis court, gym, and of course, that stunning pool.

Each room has its own balcony with sea views, and you’ll have direct access to the beach and Kennedy Walking Track when you’ve had enough of relaxing with cocktails. Picturing yourself starting the day with breakfast on that pool deck already?

Mount Tamborine Pethers Rainforest Retreat

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Pethers is a truly secluded retreat set amidst five hectares of pristine sub-tropical rainforest. Although designed exclusively for adults, you may find yourself sharing space with local wallabies, echidnas and possums that call this part of the world home. Accommodation is limited to 10 stunning private tree houses, featuring timber floors, a private spa, gas fire and five-metre tall glass windows and doors, allowing you to enjoy the outside view 24/7. If you're staying with a larger group, the recently renovated Pethers House is prime with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large lounge and dining space, indoor fireplace and a sprawling outdoor deck. 

Pethers Rainforest Retreat offers all of the important luxuries, including an award-winning restaurant headed up by talented Head Chef Alex Fee, and massage, facials and body treatments are only a phone call away. We also love how dedicated the team are to making your escape as special as possible—you can upgrade your stay with champagne, candles, rose petals and all the makings of an ultra-romantic stay.

Beechmont Beechmont Estate

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A sprawling estate nestled amongst the rolling hills of Beechmont, this adults-only accommodation is the stuff of fairytales. Wake up to the slow and gentle sunrise bathing the countryside in a warm yellow glow, before enjoying an à la carte breakfast featuring only the freshest local produce. From there, treat yourself to a walk amongst the grounds, or tackle a local hike and be rewarded with sweeping views of the surrounding mountain ranges. As if it wasn’t clear already, let us lay it out for you—Beechmont Estate is an absolute must-stay.

Maleny Maleny Country Estate

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Like something out of a Nora Ephron movie, Maleny Country Estate brings you the perfect getaway to experience the colder months at their best. The Estate houses multiple properties, giving you the option to bring the extended friends and family or leave them at home. Spend your days playing tennis or hiking through the Maleny country and the evenings beside your fireplace—the Maleny Country Estate team will even come around to light it for you if you’re pyro-challenged. 

Marburg Twigley Farm

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Glamping is already far more romantic than any camping experience, but throw in a beautifully restored bathhouse complete with a clawfoot bath and you’ve got romance in spades. That’s what you’ll find at Twigley Farm, just outside of the historical village of Marburg, just under an hour out of Brisbane.

Inside the canvas tent overlooking wide open paddocks you’ll find a luxurious queen bed and electric fireplace so you can cosy up together in any season. There’s a BBQ where you can cook up a feast to eat on the deck or over by the fire, and that bathhouse is kitted out with fluffy bathrobes for an extra tick on the checklist of luxe getaway essentials. Check it out and book your stay here.

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