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Feel The Love At The Most Romantic Stays On And Around The Gold Coast

By Isabel Croker
17th Jan 2022

a pool with a stunning hinterland view

Imagine all the love you’ll get when you whisk your other half away on a romantic getaway with all the trimmings. You guys adore each other, but there’s only so many boxes of chocolate and sad servo flowers you can give before it gets a bit old. It's time to up your game—you can do better. This time of year—yes, Valentine's Day is lurking just around the corner— calls for a surprise romantic getaway and we’ve got just the places to check out (or check into).

Get all swept up in each other’s irresistibleness at one of our top picks for best romantic getaways on and around the Gold Coast.

Blackbird 

Mullumbimby

This boutique bed and breakfast, set on a sprawling 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 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!

Narrows Escape

Montville

This hidden rainforest retreat is technicallyyyy not on the Gold Coast, but it was named the most romantic hotel in the world by Tripadvisor in 2021, so we reckon it deserves a spot on this list. Nestled in the lush surrounds of the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Narrows Escape has long been one of our favourite spots for a weekend getaway, so we can see why it took out the top spot. With only six cabins hidden among the trees, here it’s all about getting back to nature, and enjoying some alone time with your plus one. Each ultra-luxe villa comes with all the trimmings, including a fireplace, double spa bath, kitchenette and hammock on the balcony overlooking the rainforest—so keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. They have plenty of packages on offer for everything from newlyweds, complete with fine dining, massages and fresh local produce, to babymooners to proposals (tag you squeeze if they need a hint).

Private Eco Rainforest Cabin

Mount Tamborine

If a rustic but stylish eco cabin sounds like your kind of romantic getaway, then you’re going to want to look at checking into this stunningly renovated rainforest hideaway. Originally a hardwood timber cow milking shed built in 1932, you won’t recognise it now. Think: recycled timbers contrasting against expanses of glasses, giving an immersive rainforest experience, a contemporary bathroom with all the fittings and a king bed with oh-so-soft Italian linen. Yes, it’s just as romantic as it sounds. Looking over a lush valley towards the ocean, a stay here will have you swapping the internet and reception for incredible views, yoga mats and housemade muesli. No complaints here.

Byron At Byron

Byron Bay

Is there anything more romantic than Byron Bay’s picturesque locale? Lighthouse walks, dolphins dancing and starlit nights away from the city’s haze equals total heaven. Tucked away from the busker-lined streets, salty air and boutique stores is the ever-luxurious Byron at Byron. Ready for a completely luxe romantic getaway? Yep, this is it. Relax with his and hers spa treatments ft. man-i-cures (cute) and remedial massages for the fellas, wander along on a lush guided rainforest tour and explore local farmers markets led by a resort chef each Thursday. Onsite yoga classes, tennis matches and feasts from the regions finest are all a must to indulge in. All too much to choose from? Opt for the Indulge Package (including dinner for two, a decadent cheese platter and bottle of champagne, of course)—then prepare for loved up bliss.

Mouses House

Springbrook

We’re all about celebrating our hinterland’s beauty. And we reckon a cosy cabin hideaway buried within a rainforest just outside of Springbrook National Park is the perfect escape for you two 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.

Stargazer

Beechmont

If you want to fall asleep under the stars but in the comfort and warmth of a bed, Stargazer house has you covered. The house’s glass ceilings make stargazing possible from rooms all over the house and glass walls make watching the sunset possible from the bathtub. Stargazing is all kinds of romantic. Apart from the stunning glass ceilings and walls, there’s an outdoor fireplace, entertainment deck and a pizza oven. Yes, a pizza oven, you read that correctly. Enjoy the views of rolling hills and ridges and the starry night sky with a woodfired slice of pizza in hand—it’s only right. Stop the search for one of the most romantic spots on the Gold Coast, ‘cause you’ve found it.

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 (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.

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat

Tweed Valley 

Move over camping, this romantic Gold Coast getaway with all the trimmings awaits. We’re seriously melting over the glass terrace bungalows at Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat—your next one-of-a-kind romantic getaway fit with sky high glass windows and uninterrupted views of glorious tree-lined serenity in the Tweed Valley. Just an hour’s drive inland from our humble Gold Coast region, this place is utter privacy, comfort and seclusion. Picture yourself waking up surrounded by a lush rainforest oasis without the mozzie bites. Better yet, why not lap up that serenity in your own private spa? Thinking about popping the question? Romantic surprises are also on offer, like 100 candle setups and cute outdoor dinners for two deep within the rainforest.

Halcyon House

Cabarita 

The charming little town of Cabarita is just a stone’s throw from our doorstep, so it’s perfect for a short elopement with your lover. Caba’s multi-award winning boutique hotel, Halcyon House is a sure fire way to charm the pants off of your honey. For the coastal lovers among us, 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. Yes, that’s a thing apparently! Or, why not zen out at their epic spa. You’ll be busy, to say the least. Dine at Halcyon’s hatted Paper Daisy restaurant for a relaxed dining experience then set off for fruit tasting, snorkelling with the turtles or seaside horse riding, ala Daryl Braithwaite. And if that’s not the cutest darn thing to do with the ball and chain, we don’t know what is.

Springbrook Mountain Chalets

Springbrook 

Sometimes cosy is best. Especially when you’re getting all up in your partner’s space because you love ‘em so much. Springbrook Mountain's chalets have that retro chic vibe about them with all wooden interiors, leather couches and balconies reaching out to the forest floor. Choose from unique ‘boat-styled’ chalets for two with chapel ceilings or spread out big time in the deluxe cabin with it’s A frame roof and loft styled bedroom. The only real question is, who brought the marshmallows to toast in your private fireplace?

Songbirds Rainforest Retreat

TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN

The vision behind Songbirds Rainforest Retreat was to create an experience that blew away expectations. Its aim is to completely immerse guests in the sounds and sights of the natural environment, accompanied by incredible food. One visit and you’ll know they’ve succeeded. Songbirds is one of the best romantic getaways from the Gold Coast, so take your pick of six spacious villas spread out over 51 acres of stunning Australian rainforest, giving you a sense of ultimate privacy, while also being part of the all-encompassing environment. Don’t miss Songbirds Restaurant, overseen by Head Chef Meyjitte Boughenout, for a spectacular experience of classical dishes with a modern touch, combined with just a pinch of theatre. 

Cedar Creek Woodland Glamping

Tamborine Mountain

Just an hour's drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, hidden in the rainforests of the Tamborine Mountains, are Cedar Creek Lodges’ new lotus tents. Bringing a new meaning to the word glamping, you can have the ultimate rustic camping experience—in full romantic luxury. When we say glamping, we’re talking a king-sized bed, a large couch and a TV (you don’t have to go fully off the grid) all inside a massive lotus-shaped tent overlooking the rainforest. Our favourite part definitely has to be the open air (but still enclosed) shower meaning you and your significant other can take a steaming hot shower underneath the stars, but you might prefer the fire pit where you can sit with a glass of wine and a bag of marshmallows overlooking the trees. See—all the best parts of camping, but with all the benefits of a luxury hotel, just the way we like it.

Paddock Hall

Byron Bay Hinterland

If there’s one thing we’re seeking in a romantic getaway from the Gold Coast, it’s that one-of-a-kind roof over our head; the type of roof that separates our holiday from the next person’s and maybe throws a little Insta-envy in the face of our social followers, too. Lovers of farm life, welcome to Paddock Hall, a blissfully small but modern guesthouse located in Tintenbar in the lush Byron Bay Hinterland. Praising open-plan design in support of rural views over the working macadamia nut farm, Paddock Hall provides the perfect getaway solution with its use of sustainably sourced timbers, exposed beams, vintage claw foot bath on the veranda, tranquil pool and a fireplace for chilly nights. Rise, shine and inhale the fresh country air as you enjoy a breakfast catered by Newrybar’s Harvest (optional) or a wander to visit the resident sheep, goat and chickens. We know what you’re thinking, and to confirm; yes, Paddock Hall is as impressive as it sounds. 

Are you feeling inspired to escape the 9-5 grind and explore our stunning state this year? We've rounded up the most Instagrammable Airbnbs in Queensland, so you can find your next home away from home, all year round.

Image credit: Blackbird, Narrows Escape, Stargazer, Halcyon House, Cedar Creek Lodges

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