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20 Of The Most Romantic Getaways In NSW In 2022

By Jessica Best and Sammy Preston
16th Sep 2022

Umbrellas and loungers beside the pool at Emirates One and Only

It’s always a good idea to organise a romantic getaway. And, with summertime just around the corner, we're sure you are dreaming of a chance to skip town, stoke the fire, and get cosy with your significant other.

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

Here are 20 of the best romantic getaways in NSW.

Spicers Tower Lodge

Hunter Valley

After a $6 million renovation, the iconic Tower Lodge in Pokolbin reopened in July 2022 under the Spicers umbrella. 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. 

Cedars

Hunter Valley

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. Book your stay here

Soul Wood

Termeil

If a cabin in the woods is your idea of pure romance, take a look 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 firepit too. Book your stay here

Paperbark Camp

Jervis Bay

Located two-and-a-half hours south of Sydney, Paperbark Camp is a glorious eco-friendly glamping destination in the heart of idyllic Jervis Bay. Peppered across acres of beautiful bushland, there’s a number of safari-meets-glamping-style tents to choose from, but if you’re going full steam ahead on the romantic front, it’s the “King Deluxe” safari tent you need to book. 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. Book your stay here

Blackbird 

Mullumbimby

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 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 red while taking in the incredible view of the Byron coastline. Book your stay here

Raes On Wategos

Byron Bay

Easily one of the country's most stylish and exclusive hotels—scoring a room at Raes on Wategos in Byron Bay 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 Mediterannean-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—book your stay here

Tawillah Milton Luxury Retreat

Milton

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. Along with this, Tawillah also sports a handy outdoor shower plus an outdoor fire pit with all the cosy seating. Book your stay here

Wilga Station Farmers Hut

Orange

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. Book your stay here. Book your stay here

Cupitt's Estate

Milton

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 onto 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. Book your stay here

Bangalay Luxury Villas

Shoalhaven Heads

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. Book your stay here

Kookawood

Blue Mountains

First of all, there’s a free-standing bath in the garden overlooking the misty Blue Mountains National Park. If that doesn’t spell the most romantic weekend away we don’t know what does. Kookawood is a fairy tale cottage, filled with a collection of rich antique furniture, recycled timber beams, reclaimed windows, a fireplace, and an open-plan dining and living area. 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. At the same time, 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. Book your stay here

La Riveraine

Hawkesbury River

For Australian bush escape meets Euro-summer vibes, your riverside dream will be brought to life at La Riveraine. This classic 1950s cottage is packed with all the charm and tranquillity you could need for a dreamy romantic escape not too far from Sydney. It is beautifully restored and contains a crystal clear plunge pool for summer, multiple terraces, a private jetty, ample views of the Hawkesbury, and a pontoon. Book your stay here

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat

Crystal Creek

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat is located in Tweed Valley, just south of the NSW and Queensland border. It’s at the end of a valley and surrounded on three sides by the world heritage-listed Numinbah Nature Reserve and Springbrook National Park, so you can expect max rainforest vibes. Here, there are bungalows, cabins, and lodges to choose from, but for an anniversary or birthday treat, you’ll want to go for the “Rainforest Canopy Bungalows”. These split level cabins come with a fireplace (for winter), high oak-lined sweeping ceilings and, the pièce de résistance—the large sunken spa bath with 180-degrees of lush green rainforest views. Book your stay here

The Eastern

Thredbo Village

If you're after a super stylish ski escape The Eastern at Thredbo Village is your dream getaway. Located in NSW's glorious Snowy Mountains region, The Eastern includes two beautiful Scandinavian-style one-room cabins, but our pick for a romantic escape would have to be the Cedar Cabin. This guy is positioned on the banks of the Thredbo River with uninterrupted views of Mount Kosciusko (just casually). This loft-style hideaway is small, but what it lacks in space it makes up for in design kudos. Designed by juggernaut designer Nicholas Gurney, you can expect vaulted ceilings, exposed timber and, wait for it—your own private Japanese-inspired onsen. Add to this furniture pieces from Hay, charcoal linen from IN BED, Aesop amenities, and fresh coffee beans from Coffee Supreme. Book your stay here

Hideout

Moss Vale

girl standing on verandah of southern highlands tiny homeNot 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, whether it be roasting marshmallows on the fire pit at night or stargazing until you fall asleep. 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. Book your stay here

Amelie’s

Pokolbin

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. Book your stay here

Bellingen Treehouse

Bellingen

When you’re keen to escape the big smoke, Bellingen Treehouse is the perfect sanctuary to sneak away to. This 13-hectare property has been regenerated right in the middle of a rainforest and along the Never Never River, which, of course, looks as enchanted and magical as it sounds (and there’s a pontoon to relax on). You’ll be able to open up your bedroom wall and lap up all the intimate sounds of the surrounding rainforest plus swim in the property’s freshwater front yard. Book your stay here

Emirates One And Only

Wolgan Valley

Another famous spot for holidaying couples in NSW is Emirates One And Only in Wolgan Valley. Nestled on 7,000 acres of breathtaking bushland in the Greater Blue Mountains region, this is nature meets luxury at its absolute finest. Take the three-hour drive out of Sydney yourself, or book a chauffeured transfer (by luxury car or helicopter). From there, you'll check into one of just 40 private villas—the Heritage Villas are made for two, complete with fireplaces, private lap pools, and views of the glowing sandstone escarpment. You'll have access to mountain bikes to roam the property (and spot resident wildlife) at your leisure; all gourmet meals are included in your stay, as is the free mini bar, and two complimentary nature-based activities per day (think horse riding or night safaris). Book here

Treehouse Blue Mountains

Bilpin

blue mountains treehouse with suspensed pathway leading to front doorNo doubt you’ll end up completely speechless when you see what this Blue Mountains Tree House has in store for you. This property is pretty damn phenomenal and we guarantee time spent here will be the most peaceful and romantic time of your life. To reiterate, this is an actual treehouse, built into the branches of a beautiful living, breathing tree with a vantage point so perfect you’ll feel like you’re one with the beautiful natural surrounds of the bush. Book your stay here

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). Book your stay here

Need more ideas? Here are the best regional hotels in NSW.

Image credit: Emirates One and Only, Spicers, Cedars, Soul Wood, Paperbark Camp, Blackbird, Raes on Wategos, Tawillah Milton Luxury Retreat, Sammy Preston, Cupitt's Estate, Bangalay Luxury Villas, Kookawood, La Riveraine, Destination NSW, The Eastern, Hideout, Amelie’s, Bellingen Treehouse, Emirates One and Only, Treehouse Blue Mountains, The Shed

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