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Stoke The Fire With 14 Of The Most Romantic Winter Getaways In NSW

By Jessica Best
22nd Jul 2020

night view of southern highlands cabin with sky full of stars

It’s always a good idea to organise a romantic getaway. Be it for a special occasion, birthday or just to tee-up some quality time—the brownie points you can score are endless.

NSW is decked out in some stellar romantic escapes featuring outdoor hot tubs, Tuscan-style courtyards, in-house wine cellars, private pontoons and spa treatments.

Here are the best romantic getaways in NSW.

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 in NSW we don’t know what does.

Kookawood is reminiscent of a bygone era, filled with a collection of rich antique furniture, rustic bits and pieces, recycled timber beams, reclaimed windows, a fireplace and an open plan dining and living area. Tucked away at the top of a 1km-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 about five minutes away too.

corner room of kookawood blue mountains — rustic aesthetic

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.

river view of la riveraine

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat

Crystal Creek

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat is located in Tweed Valley, just south of the New South Wales 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’s a number of 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, high oak-lined sweeping ceilings and, the pièce de résistance—the large sunken spa bath with 180-degrees of lush green rainforest views.

crystal creek cabin within heriatge listed rainforest at night time

Cedar Cabin

Thredbo

If you're after a super stylish snow-filled escape—The Eastern at Thredbo Village is your dream getaway. Located in NSW's glorious Snowy Mountains region, The Eastern is the brainchild of Sydney-based photographer, Monique Easton.

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.

inside kitchen of cedar cabin decked out in all black trimmings

Hideout

Moss Vale

Not much beats misty winter 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 firepit 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.girl standing on verandah of southern highlands tiny home

CasaBelle

Bellingen

Think Under The Tuscan Sun and you’re pretty much spot on. CasaBelle brings one of the best parts of Italy to just outside Sydney, making it one the most brilliant romantic getaways in NSW (especially if 2020 cancelled your Euro summer plans).

This bed and breakfast is set amid 13-acres of landscaped gardens. There are three spacious guest suites set around an Italian-style courtyard (complete with vaulted arches and rich ochre-coloured walls), French doors leading to private terraces, L'Occitane luxury toiletries, fresh fruit, chocolates, croissants, homemade marmalade, baked fruits with ricotta cheese and yes—this is romance.

tuscanny style ed and breakfast

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 5 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. 

window of amelies cottage overlooking valley in blue mountains

The Enchanted Cave

Bilpin

For a romantic getaway in NSW like no other, you’ll want to make your way to Bilpin (Blue Mountains way) for what has to be one of NSW's most special retreats. This clifftop property is built into a natural rock platform and has a small front door opening (Hobbit-style), which means you’ll score front seats to the best damn view anyone could ever lay eyes on and a pretty nifty spa. 

bedroom of bilpin's enchanted cave

Bellingen Tree House

Bellingen

When you’re keen to pull away from the big smoke, Bellingen Tree House 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.girl lying on bellingen pontoon reading at bellingen tree house

TreeHouse Blue Mountains

Bilpin

No 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, so think built around a tree and at a vantage point so perfect you’ll feel like you’re one with the beautiful natural surrounds of the bush.blue mountains treehouse with suspensed pathway leading to front door

The Shed 

Kangaroo Valley

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).the shed in kangaroo valley at night

Blackbird 

Mullumbimby

If you’ve got a special someone in your life who deserves the weekend getaway of their life, then this romantic spot in the beautiful Byron Bay hinterland is practically made for them. The sprawling property, beautifully framed in acres of lush rainforest, features 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. Say it with us: brownie points.

valley outlook at byron's blackbird

Lilypad

Palm Beach

Look, in our eyes, a floating villa can do no wrong. Yep, if you’re after the ultimate isolated and secluded weekend feels, Lilypad is a next-level romantic stay. Unfortunately, there’s really not much to do on here other than work your way through the onboard wine and whisky cellar, get a private day spa treatment, down complimentary Veuve Clicquot champagne, dig into some breakfast from local heroes at The Boat House and sleep in with plush sustainable linen. We know, awful. You’ll also have access to your own private boat in case you’re keen to zip around to the surrounding beaches; as well as paddleboards, a personalised concierge and a floating day bed. 

lilypad a next level floating getaway at palm beach

Paperbark Camp

Jervis Bay

Located two-and-a-half hours south of Sydney, Paperbark Camp is the glorious, eco-friendly glamping set up in the heart of idyllic Jervis Bay. Peppered across 100 hectares 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.

inside paperbark camp

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

Image credit: Kookawood, La Riveraine, Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat, Cedar Cabin, Hideout, CasaBelle, Amelie’s, The Enchanted Cave, Bellingen Treehouse, TreeHouse Bilpin, The Shed, Blackbird, Lilypad, Paperbark Camp

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