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The Most Romantic Getaways In NSW To Book In 2024

By Sammy Preston

The pool at Raes on Wategos, a romantic getaway in NSW

We're all about 24/7 romance here at Urban List—so we say there's no time like the present to plan a romantic escape. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, however, we're sure you're dreaming of a chance to skip town, stoke the fire, and get cosy with your significant other.

The good news is, you don't have to fly too far away to find an incredible romantic getaway. NSW is peppered with dreamy romantic escapes featuring outdoor hot tubs, candlelit restaurants, and couples' spa treatments. From luxury retreats and high-end hotels to tiny homes and cosy Airbnbs, make life more romantic with a trip to one of the beautiful getaways below. 

Spicers Sangoma Retreat

70 Grandview Lane, Bowen Mountain, Blue Mountains

A bathtub overlooking bushland at Spicers Sangoma Retreat, one of the best romantic getaways in NSWImage credit: Spicers | Supplied 

Nestled into peaceful bushland on the slopes of Bowen Mountain, Spicers Sangoma Retreat is perfect for couples looking to slip away from the hustle and bustle and step into nature. The adults-only property features just six private villas, each with spectacular decks and floor-to-ceiling windows so you can take in the mountain views and the bush beyond. Sink into the plush king bed, soak away your cares in the enormous two-person Philippe Starck bath, and enjoy the sounds of the birds and the breeze in the trees. 

A stay at Spicers Sangoma is all-inclusive, which means your mini bar is complimentary and re-stocked daily—and breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks at on-site hatted restaurant Amara are included in your stay too. The retreat's unique day spa looks over a trickling waterfall, so no soundtrack is needed to create a truly relaxing ambiance.

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Luxury Escapes
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Raes On Wategos

6-8 Marine Parade, Byron Bay

The tropical garden and pool at Raes on Wategos, one of the best romantic getaways in NSWImage credit: Raes on Wategos | Instagram

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 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. 

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Tower Lodge

6 Halls Road, Pokolbin, Hunter Valley

An orante four-poster bed at Tower Lodge, one of the best romantic getaways in NSWImage credit: Tower Lodge | Supplied 

Tower Lodge in Pokolbin relaunched in June 2023 under the management of long-time family owners, Michael and Karen Hope. With its eclectic Spanish villa aesthetic and luxury amenities at every turn, it is perfect for a special occasion—think proposals, honeymoons, celebrations, and special anniversaries.

Prepare to be treated like a VIP: each of the hotel's 14 suites features spacious grand bedrooms, lounges, dressing rooms, and roomy bathtubs. Some come equipped with fireplaces, sunny courtyards, and outdoor hot tubs too (the Tower Suite has a rooftop hot tub). Book a table at Sebastian, Tower Lodge's Basque-inspired restaurant, where you can indulge in a five-course feast together. The team will also help to plan your Hunter Valley experience too, organising bespoke winery tours with special access only granted to Tower Lodge guests.

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Booking.com
Expedia

The Secret Treehouse

Near Bowen's Creek Gorge, Blue Mountains

The Secret Treehouse in the Blue Mountains, one of the best romantic getaways in NSWImage credit: The Secret Treehouse | Airbnb 

If you're after something truly unique, this "secret" treehouse in the Blue Mountains ought to do the trick. Set amongst the trees and branches of 600 acres of private rainforest, it features floor-to-ceiling glass windows, a sunken hot tub with a view, and a balcony overlooking the magnificent Bowen's Creek Gorge below.

This cabin is perfect for couples looking to retreat from the big smoke and into the wilderness for a night or two. You're also close to the best of the Blue Mountains—the natural beauty of the Wollemi National Park, stargazing, bushwalking, and more.

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Airbnb

Cedars

60 Mitchells Road, Mount View, Hunter Valley

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Made up of four luxury self-contained villas, this adults-only retreat is one of NSW's most-loved romantic getaways and is a hot spot for proposals and special occasions. Located in Mount View in the Hunter Valley and surrounded by peaceful bushland, you're a short drive from the Hunter's many amazing vineyards, but a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

We recommend booking Villa Lorea so you can soak in the sculptural terrazzo stone bath for two, zen out in the infrared sauna, and cosy up by the double-sided fireplace. There's also an alkaline water faucet and your stay comes complete with a bottle of Hunter sparkling on arrival.

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Luxury Escapes
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Marramarra Lodge

Berowra Waters

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Just one hour from Sydney on the peaceful Hawkesbury River,  Marramarra Lodge is the kind of place where you can kick back with your significant other in real luxury. Sip curated wines, spend an entire day lounging at the in-house day spa, partake in sunset canapes, take a helicopter ride to the Hunter Valley, or even frolic along on an oyster expedition. 

Framed by the stunning Marramarra National Park, this recently-built luxury lodge is only accessible by boat from Mooney Mooney and Brooklyn. You’ll kind of feel like you’re on your very own private island at Marramarra—the property caters exclusively to a max of 28 guests and when you book a stay here, you can expect an all-inclusive approach so you won’t have to worry about a thing.

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Luxury Escapes
Booking.com

Soul Wood

Termeil, Near Bawley Point 

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If a cabin in the woods is your idea of pure romance, take a peek at Soul Wood. This tiny home is located in a little slice of wilderness in Termeil, a village on the NSW South Coast.

It's close enough to beaches and local cafes, but also totally tranquil and private—so you can make the most of the sunken outdoor bath on the timber deck. As well as that outdoor tub, Soul Wood is fitted out with two queen beds, luxury linen, a rain shower, Webber BBQ, and a fire pit.

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Airbnb 

Paperbark Camp

571 Woollamia Road, Woollamia, Jervis Bay

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Paperbark Camp is a glorious award-winning eco-friendly glamping destination in the heart of idyllic Jervis Bay. Peppered across acres of beautiful bushland, there are a number of safari-style glamping tents to choose from. 

If you’re going full steam ahead on the romantic front, we recommend booking the “King Deluxe” safari tent. It features 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, be sure to book one of Paperbark's luxurious massage or beauty treatments.

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luxury escapes
Booking.com
Expedia 

Blackbird 

210 Frasers Road, Mullumbimby Creek

The pool at Blackbird in Byron Bay, one of the best romantic getaways in NSWImage credit: Blackbird | Instagram

If you’ve got a special someone in your life who deserves a next-level weekend getaway, then this romantic spot in the beautiful Byron Bay hinterland is your best bet. Blackbird is a sprawling property, beautifully framed in acres of lush rainforest with three private pavilions perfect for a romantic retreat.

Each pavilion 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. At sunset, it's time to sip a glass of bubbles while taking in the incredible view of the Byron coastline.

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Tawillah Milton Luxury Retreat

 206 Wilfords Lane, Milton 

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Tawillah Milton Luxury Retreat is a stunning Airbnb perfect for couples. Located in some prime real estate between Milton and Mollymook (each just a short drive away), this beautiful property is made for absolute seclusion so you won’t hear anything other than buzzing cicadas in summer and the morning calls of magpies in spring.

The bungalow has everything you need for a romantic reset, from a wide-open deck to take in all the beauty of Shoalhaven to a deep standalone bath for soaking. Along with this, Tawillah also sports a handy outdoor shower and an outdoor fire pit.

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Airbnb
Booking.com

Wilga Station Farmers Hut

1611 Mid Western Highway, Evans Plains

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If your ideal romantic getaway includes a little luxury with a side of country air, quiet solitude, good wine, and sweeping pink sunsets, Wilga Station should be top of your list. Nestled within the rolling green hills of a 260-acre working sheep station about 10 minutes outside of Bathurst and 40 minutes from Orange, The Farmer's Hut is a stunning off-grid eco hut built for two.

As well as its eye-catching grass roof, the hut is packed out with luxury fittings and features, like a designer bathroom, Hunter Lab amenities, your own BBQ, a king-size bed, and a complimentary hamper of local cheese and wine. And, we can confirm, this is one of the most magical spots to watch the sunset in all of NSW.

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Wilga Station

Cupitt's Estate

58 Washburton Road, Ulladulla

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Set on pretty dairy paddocks and cradled by the Budawang Ranges, Cupitt's Estate is a family-run vineyard and sustainable farm featuring an award-winning restaurant, cellar door, and craft brewery too. It's a favourite for country weddings and once you've seen the view and tasted the wine, it's easy to see why.

In 2022, Cupitt's launched a set of 10 luxury cabins. Created to sleep two, with a separate bedroom and living area, kitchenette, and full bathroom, these cabins are much roomier than a tiny home and feel more like a luxurious hotel suite. Think king beds with plush Koala mattresses and European pillows, a walk-in rain shower, and a roomy private deck with views of the paddocks and mountains. Best part? Most cabins feature enormous outdoor tubs, perfect for soaking in with a glass of bubbles or an icy cold can of Cupitt's Milton Pilsner at sunset.

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Booking.com
Expedia 

Osborn House

96 Osborn Avenue, Bundanoon

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Perfect for a luxury romantic escape that's not too far from Sydney, this stunning Southern Highlands manor features 15 unique suites and seven self-contained cabins, each looking out onto the beautiful garden and forest beyond.

Design lovers will swoon over the property's magnificent details. The interiors are the work of London-based designer Linda Boronkay (Soho House) alongside Sydney-based Mac Design Studio, led by interior architect Alan McMahon. As well as looking the part, at Osborn House, you can also indulge in the 25m lap pool and an ultra-luxe spa with four treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room, cool plunge, and gym. The on-site restaurant is led by executive chef team Segundo Farrell and Luz Gimenez, with a focus on cooking over fire. 

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Luxury Escapes
Booking.com
Expedia 

Bangalay Luxury Villas

30 Staples Street, Shoalhaven Heads

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Named after the Bangalay Sand Forest that surrounds it, this beachside retreat is a little paradise a stone's throw from the gentle roar of Seven Mile Beach. Featuring a collection of 16 villas and an onsite restaurant and cafe, this is a place to escape the bustle of the city and settle into a slower pace.

Each villa is super spacious with everything you need at your fingertips—a full kitchen, lounge, and dining areas, laundry, enormous rain shower, your own private deck, fireplace, and (of course) Netflix, Stan, and more for cosy nights indoors. 

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Luxury Escapes
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Kookawood

271 Martins Road, Rydal

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Complete with an outdoor bath in a garden overlooking the misty Blue Mountains National Park, Kookawood is a  truly unique fairy tale cottage. Filled with a collection of unique antique furniture, there's also an indoor fireplace, an outdoor fire pit, an outdoor shower, a full kitchen, a BBQ, and a patio area with a breathtaking view of the valley beyond. 

Tucked away at the top of a long driveway off a quiet country road, you’ll be in the perfect territory for a private city escape. There’s a Japanese bathhouse down the road if you’re keen to treat yourself; Jannai Goats Cheese Dairy is nearby for all your romantic cheese platter needs, and the epic Rydal Pub is about five minutes away too.

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Airbnb
Stayz 

Hideout

Near Moss Vale

girl standing on verandah of southern highlands tiny homeImage credit: Hideout Cabins | Supplied 

Not much beats balmy summer mornings with your significant other and the glorious natural sounds of the Southern Highlands. Overlooking a calm dam, Hideout has been designed with chill Scandinavian minimalism in mind making this tiny home the ultimate place to unwind and steal some quality time.

Attention to detail is a part of the package at Hideout, with little luxuries like IN THE SAC bed linen, complimentary toiletries from Ashley & Co, plush Sheridan towels, and heated bathroom floors.

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Airbnb 

Amelie’s

338 Pokolbin Mountains Road, Pokolbin, Hunter Valley

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This self-contained cottage means you’ll get to soak up a particularly stunning view of the Hunter Valley vineyards all day long. Perched on Pokolbin Mountain, the cottage is private and secluded, yet still just five minutes to top-notch Hunter Valley wineries and restaurants. It’s all about self-care here with a mega-large bathroom featuring a spa bath overlooking the valley too.

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Airbnb

The Shed 

Kangaroo Valley

corrugated iron shed When there’s a quiet country road that leads you all the way to a stunning farmyard property, you know you’ve hit the jackpot. The Shed is a converted farm shed that has been transformed using a heap of recycled materials.

Here, you’re more than welcome to bring any animal friends along and you’ll find spacious living areas, a wood fire, and a pizza oven that makes even the worst cooks somewhat impressive. And not to mention, it’s set on the Kangaroo River (so yes, spontaneous dips during the warmer months are necessary).

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Airbnb
Stayz

Wildernest

Razorback Road, Tallong, Southern Highlands

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If a rustic country escape in the beautiful Southern Highlands sounds like a dream to you, take a look at Wildernest. Described as a slow stay experience, it's off-grid, sustainable, and features a stringy bark hut and two tiny homes as accommodation options. 

T1 and T2 are the tiny homes, and both feature wood-fired outdoor baths (the eco-friendly version of a jacuzzi, if you will). Surrounded by nature—specifically the Wingello Forest and its many ancient gums—we can't think of a more beautiful spot to bathe. 

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