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27 Of The Most Romantic Getaways On The Gold Coast For You And Your Squeeze

By Isabel Croker – who loves morning run clubs as equally as she loves negronis and tiny snack plates

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.

There's never a bad time for a romantic getaway on the Gold Coast/Kombumerri Country and the Urban List team has got just the places to check out (or check into). Get all swept up in each other’s irresistibleness at 27 of the best romantic getaways on and around the Gold Coast in 2024.

Blackbird 

210 Frasers Road, Mullumbimby Creek

a byron view from a luxury resort
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This boutique resort, 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. Book here.

Clouds Safari

1805 Beechmont Rd, Beechmont QLD 4211

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Enjoy breathtaking views of the Gold Coast hinterland from the comfort of your bathtub at the dreamy Cloud Safari. Unwind and connect with both nature and each other in this stunning studio tent.

A five minute drive from the famous 'heart-shaped waterfall' and with plenty of bushwalking tracks surrounding your own personal oasis, this accommodation is perfect for adventurous couples or just those that are looking to disconnect from the outside world. Only a 45 minute drive to the famous Gold Coast beaches, restaurants and nightlife, you’ll have the best of both worlds during your stay. Book yourself in here.

The Hangar 

Bilinga

a luxurious free standing bath
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Lauren from The Borrowed Nursery is no stranger to all things aesthetically pleasing and therefore it’s no surprise she has the cutest little Airbnb in Bilinga Beach, aptly named The Hangar. Once a garage, then a workshop, this space is now a sanctuary studio that accommodates just two and incorporates the industrial elements of its history as well as embracing the coastal and aviation surrounds in its style.

The roller door on the garage has been transformed with tiny portholes—a nod to the round windows of aircraft—while a vintage pine propeller from an old glider frames the facade. And, of course, the courtyard is filled with greenery from Lauren’s main love affair, The Borrowed Nursery. Book here.

Pethers Rainforest Retreat 

28B Geissmann St, Tamborine Mountain QLD 4272

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Tucked away on five acres of lush rainforest on Mt Tamborine, Pethers Rainforest Retreat is composed of just a dozen luxurious (and uber private) treehouses all with one entirely glass wall that looks straight out to the greenery beyond.

When you tire of the view (never), you can sink blissfully into your private spa either before or after an intimate three-course dinner in the restaurant just a boardwalk away. Romance level: Off the charts. Book here.

Binna Burra’s Tiny Wild Houses 

1040 Binna Burra Rd, Beechmont QLD 4211

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There’s no doubt about it—Binna Burra Lodge’s new Tiny Wild Houses have the best views of romantic getaway you’ll find on this list. Perched atop a cliff in Lamington National Park, these romantic tiny cabins all provide stunning vistas of the Ships Stern Range  through a floor-to-ceiling glass wall—and you can gaze at it from your plush queen-sized bed.

Each tiny house is also equipped with a couch, a kitchenette, a bathroom and an outdoor dining table, and even comes with wifi and air conditioning. Not that you’ll want to stay cooped up inside much—you’ll be too busy getting out and exploring the surrounding national park, with endless walking trails to venture on nearby. Book here.

Palmer & Gunn

Austinville

a tiny house in the Gold Coast hinterland

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. Book it here.

Narrows Escape
78 Narrows Rd, Montville QLD 4560

a plunge pool at a rainforest retreat
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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 eight 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 recently-installed plunge pools, 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. Book here.

Neranwoods Cottage, Bathhouse & Sauna

Neranwood

bath looking out over view
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This Neranwoods Cottage brings a new meaning to the phrase romantic retreat, with its own private bathhouse and sauna situated on acreage right on Springbook’s doorstep. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the countryside and enjoy a wholesome weekend away with your special someone.

Toast some marshmallows by the outdoor fire or enjoy a picnic out on the lush lawn, before retreating cosy bedroom where you can watch wallabies come out at dusk. Take a moment to disconnect with reality and reconnect with each other at this magical Airbnb. Book here.

Elements Of Byron

144 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay NSW 2481

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Perched right on the stunning Byron beachfront is the award-winning hotel Elements Of Byron. Boasting world-class facilities, including an adults-only pool fringed with cabanas, a sumptous fine dining restaurant and a dreamy spa, these digs are, without a doubt, one of the most romantic getaways in Byron Bay.

After you’ve sipped cocktails by the pool, had drinks delivered to your private poolside cabana or enjoyed an ice-cold bev at the Beach Club on the sands of Belongil Beach (yes, there's alot of beautiful spots to have a drink), you’ll want to retreat to your private villas because they’re so stunning. There are eight luxury freestanding villa styles to choose from, including one-bedroom villas perfect for couples —and yes the mini is stocked. Book your stay here

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat

3582 Lamington National Park Rd, Canungra QLD 4275

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Surrounded by 20,000 hectares of subtropical rainforest, O’Reilly’s is the perfect escape to reconnect with nature. Bliss out in one of 48 self-contained and architecturally designed villas (made from recycled materials) perched onto the sloping hillside.

There’s also plenty of activities here to get you out amongst nature, including Segway tours through creek crossings to Morans Falls or opt for uber relaxation at the Lost World Day Spa, equipped with a couple’s suite and 25-metre infinity lap pool. We recommend ordering a picnic hamper and setting off to one of 500 world-class waterfalls accessible via 160-kilometres of nature trails.

Nightfall Camp

3009 Christmas Creek Rd, Lamington QLD 4285

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If you're looking for a truly luxurious glamping experience close to home, Nightfall Glamping has nailed glamping with the perfect combination of secluded wilderness and wholesome luxuries. In summer, you can open your canvas walls (don’t worry, there’s still mesh for the bugs) to relish in the surrounding rainforests.

While in winter you can keep it intimately closed, spending your eves relaxing in the free-standing bath or curling up around the fireplace. Next, there are the finer details of each tent—elements like hand-carved stone basins, smooth wire-brushed timber floors, and lush organic bedding elevate luxury to new and lofty heights. If you want to go next-level luxury glamping, you can opt for organic catering which basically means more time to enjoy the private natural spa pools, lazy hammocks, explorations into the tangled forest, or—wait for it—an outdoor massage by the creek. Book here.

Finn’s Nook

Surfers Paradise

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This recently renovated two-person Airbnb apartment is your perfect setting if you're looking to explore Surfers Paradise on your romantic getaway. Where modern meets coastal luxe interiors, this homely unit offers everything you need to cosy up, explore or indulge in some much-deserved rest and relaxation.

Located a mere 100-metre wander to the golden sands of one of the Gold Coast’s infamous beach’s shores, it’s well and truly stolen our hearts. Soak up the rays on your sun-drenched private balcony, curl up with a complimentary book or Netflix before plunging into a bed of fresh linen. With its timber accents, bright feel, kitchen featuring everything you need to whip up a swoon-worthy feast and a luxurious rain shower you’ll never want to leave. Book here.

Crystalbrook Byron

77-97 Broken Head Road, Byron Bay NSW 2481

an all white resort room
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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 Crystalbrook 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 lounge by the pool while enjoying menu service from Blue Pool Bar and basking in the sun. Onsite yoga classes, tennis matches and feasts from the region's finest are all a must to indulge in. Book here.

The Langham Gold Coast

38 Old Burleigh Road, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217 

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Boasting 17 different types of elegant rooms and suites, direct beachfront access, panoramic ocean views and stunning Hinterland views, The Langham, Gold Coast offers an unprecedented level of five-star, romantic accommodation on the Gold Coast.

The grand 339-room luxury destination is the first hotel with direct beachfront access to be built on the Gold Coast in more than 30 years—morning swims with your squeeze, yes please. The Langham is home to grandeur facilities including a lagoon-style beachfront pool with a swim-up pool bar and spa, a holistic Chinese medicine-inspired wellness spa, a state-of-the-art health club and six dining and bar venues. Book here.

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?

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat

201 Booka Road, Crystal Creek QLD 2484

a beautiful bath overlooking rainforest
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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 adults-only 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 Gold Coast region, this getaway is utter privacy, comfort and seclusion and has been designed especially for couples. 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. Book here.

Cedar Creek Woodland Glamping

Cedar Creek Falls Rd, Tamborine Mountain QLD 4272

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Less than an hour's drive from the central Gold Coast, hidden in the rainforests of the Tamborine Mountains, are Cedar Creek Lodges’ 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 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. Book here.

Ketchup’s Bank Glamping 

726 Green Hills Road Cannon Creek, Boonah QLD 4310

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Ketchup’s Bank Glamping is the Scenic Rim’s best kept secret—and it’s barely over an hour from the centre of Brisbane. Two fully kitted out luxury eco tents or a stunning (and utterly private) tiny house await you here, each complete with a plush bed, en suite bathroom, fridge, gas BBQ, fire pit and everything else you could possibly need for a romantic weekend stay.

Heck, there’s even hammocks and yoga mats. You’ll be given goodies for an epic BBQ dinner, marshmallows and toasting prongs (no twigs here) for roasting on the fire and a tasty breakfast basket, plus feed for the local wallabies. We could go on and on—but we’ll let you discover the rest for yourself. 

Stargazer

Beechmont

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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. 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. Book here.

Houston Beach Apartment

Currumbin

a currumbin airbnb with coastal tones
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Looking for a renovated 1950s mid-century classic beach house on the Gold Coast? Bit specific, but okay. Roll into paradise, park out front and say ‘welcome home, us’ at your very own waterfront Airbnb, Houston Beach Apartment.

Whether your stay is for a weekend or for a week, this is the one of cutest beach houses the Gold Coast offers for sun-drenched lunches on the patio, boozy beachside arvos and visits to Elephant Rock. With a king bed for you and your lover, room for a little tacker, chic coastal furnishing and cosy patio, it’s the leopard print tiled staircase for us. Book here. 

Spicers Peak Lodge 

Wilkinson Road, Maryvale QLD 4370

a woman sitting in a large stone living room with fireplace
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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 Maryvale (just over two hours from the Gold Coast) and on the edge of an 8000 acre property, 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. Book here.

Halcyon House

21 Cypress Cres, Cabarita Beach NSW 2488

a white apartment overlooking a pool
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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. Or, why not zen out at their epic spa. 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. Book here.

Mouses House

2807 Springbrook Road, Springbrook QLD 4213

a romantic getaway on the Gold Coast
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We’re all about celebrating our Gold Coast Hinterland’s natural beauty. And we reckon a cosy cabin 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. Book here.

Raes On Wategos

6-8 Marine Parade, Byron Bay NSW 2481

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Raes on Wategos is easily one of the country's most stylish and exclusive hotels. Scoring a room at Raes might not be easy, but it'll definitely impress your significant other if you do. A bit like the Chateau Marmont, every corner of this stunning hotel and spa could be torn from the pages of Vogue or a Sofia Coppola movie.

From the sky-blue loungers dotted around the pool to the wooden shutters, tropical garden, ocean views, and Mediterranean-inspired restaurant—every detail has been considered. Suites are bright and breezy, fitted with large baths, luxury linen, and Lucy Folk-designed towels. If beachside and fashionable is your vibe, Raes is for you. Book here.

Paddock Hall

Byron Bay Hinterland

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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 or a wander to visit the resident sheep, goat and chickens. Book here.

Springbrook Mountain Chalets

2058 Springbrook Road Springbrook, Springbrook QLD 4213 

Sometimes cosy is best. Especially when you’re getting all up in your partner’s space because you love them 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-style’ chalets for two with chapel ceilings or spread out big time in the deluxe cabin with its A-frame roof and loft-style bedroom. The only real question is, who brought the marshmallows to toast in your private fireplace? Book here.

Songbirds Rainforest Retreat

232 Geissmann Dr, Tamborine Mountain QLD 4272

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. Book here.

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