15 Most Romantic Getaways in Australia

Every couple knows one thing for sure, you can never have enough alone time with each other. Wisdom says that the best way to reconnect or spend time with your partner is by getting out of your homes to a destination that offers the tranquillity to focus on one another. Some of the destinations in Australia boast of the most scenic views and stunning natural beauty in the world. Choose from a plethora of places that you can head to for picking up your relationship up from down under. Here’s a list of some of the best spots in Australia that you can visit on your honeymoon or for an intimate getaway with your partner. 

Romantic Escapes For Couples in Australia

1. Palm Cove - a relaxing vacation on the beach

Palm Cove - romantic beach vacation

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Just 27 miles north of Cairns City is the town of Palm Cove. Flanked by the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Forest, Palm Cove is the quintessential seaside tourist destination. The beach here is pretty secluded, so there are plenty of opportunities for romancing beside the sea.

Adventurous couples can choose from water sports like jet skiing, or take a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef. Get into a hot-air balloon and sip some champagne while drifting over the Daintree Forest. Sail around the waters of Palm Cove in a catamaran with your partner. Hit the slots at the casino and test your luck together. You can request a candlelight dinner at any of the popular restaurants in the village. Pamper your other half with a relaxing massage at a spa. Palm Cove is a destination for couples looking for beachside fun.

2. Whitsunday Islands - intimate adventure near the Great Barrier Reef

Whitsunday Islands - for the adventourous couple

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Water water everywhere with the promise of a romantic fling. Nothing sums up the reasons for visiting Whitsunday Islands better. This destination is basically a collection of 74 islands just off the coast from Conway National Park. The islands form a large part of the Great Barrier Reef. Naturally, it has some of the most pristine beaches in the world. And the best part? They offer tons of privacy to visitors.

Stroll along the beach with your partner or splash about in the water at the Whitehaven Beach. If you haven’t had your fill of the sea in the day, you can always camp here for the night.  Play a spot of golf and have a romantic dinner for two at Dent Island. Take a champagne and cheese cruise around the islands at sunset. Book some quiet time at the privately-owned Hayman Islands. For an unusual experience, check out the eco resorts of Long Island.

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3. Hunter Valley - the delicious getaway

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Any foodie couple heading to Australia cannot give Hunter Valley a miss. Situated around 200 kilometres north of Sydney, Hunter Valley is one of the most important wine-making regions in the country. To top that, nature has blessed the area with numerous national parks, quaint towns and scenic views.

Rekindle your romance the old-fashioned way by taking a ride on the Hunter Valley Steam Train. Float away from time in a houseboat on the Lake Macquarie. All around this area, you will find sprawling vineyards that can be viewed from a hot-air balloon. The winery culture is accompanied by a thriving market for olives and cold-pressed olive oils. Choose some of the freshest produce of wood-fire bread, honey, chilli chocolates, and cheese. Fill up your tummy and hearts with the best of Hunter Valley, a perfect weekend getaway from Sydney.

4. Southern Highlands - partner up with nature

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For a couple that loves to spend time together in the lap of nature, the wilderness of Southern Highlands makes a super getaway. Yes, there are several sophisticated cities in this region, but the primary attractions remain in the form of natural parks and wild beauty.

The Morton and the Macquarie National Parks are home to waterfalls that can be explored on a bicycle. Bushwalking trails are available near Fitzroy Falls in the Morton National Park. Explore the valleys close to Bundanoon. A slightly less strenuous attraction is flower gardens at Bowral. You can also check out the ghost town of Joadja for an unusual stopover.

5. Sunshine Coast - the best of both worlds

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In case the name is not explanatory, Sunshine Coast is a collection of tourist destinations from the seashore to the Blackall Range north of Brisbane. These include beaches like Noosa and Coolum as well as national parks like Mapleton Falls and Glass House Mountains. Sunshine Coast may be a good holiday destination for couples who define the opposites attract policy.

The two of you can go hiking in the morning and cool off in the seawater in the afternoon. See the sunrise on the sea together and take a rainforest tour later in the day. Couples could be exploring the banks of the Maroochy River or the Lake Weyba in one half of the vacation and admiring the gorgeous sand of Fraser Island in the other. You could even be knee-deep in the farm mud at the beginning of the day, and enjoying a glass of wine in a sophisticated winery by the evening. Explore the best of all vacation experiences in one spot.

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6. Daylesford - pamper your spirits together

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Couples looking for a relaxing retreat should consider the resorts of Daylesford to the northwest of Melbourne. Daylesford has developed as a resort town thanks to the large number of mineral water springs in the area.

There are plenty of spas in Daylesford where couples can take relaxing massages together. Facials, reiki services and a lot more are offered at the Daylesford Day Spa and at Eco Spa. Post the pampering of the body, allow the soul to indulge in some of the best food up for grabs in restaurants like Lakehouse or Farmers Arms. Do try some of the wine produced in the region. You are likely to be experience a European hallucination while taking a walk on the streets of Daylesford. Enjoy this getaway for a relaxing time with your other half.

7. Adelaide Hills - the romantic mountain getaway

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Dreaming of a twosome in the mountains? Try the rustic environs of Adelaide Hills, just minutes away from main town Adelaide. Like many mountain retreats, this one too has been blessed by nature. The weather stays cool all year long, so romance thrives beautifully out here. Autumn is especially beautiful, when trees in the surrounding forest are glowing with colour.

Watch the stunning colours descend on the town of Stirling in the hills. Experience the German influence in the town of Hahndorf. Adelaide Hills is the oldest wine-producing region in Australia. Enjoy a bottle or two on a romantic dinner. You can take long drives in the evening and explore the gorgeous scenery together. Be a part of the local festivals and enjoy the celebration of life and love.

8. Heart Reef - floating hearts on the sea

Heart Reef - for a secluded romantic holiday in australia

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If you are planning a vacation in the Whitsunday Islands, take your partner for a helicopter ride on the Great Barrier Reef. While flying over the crystal-clear waters of the reef, you will come across a natural formation that feels like tiny hearts floating in the water. Heart Reef was discovered accidentally by a pilot and since then has become one of the most romantic spots off mainland Australia.

Unfortunately, in order to protect this delicate formation, water activities are not permitted around Heart Reef. Despite this, the hearts high above the sea are still filled with delight upon seeing this romantic natural formation. A little tip - if you are planning to propose to your beloved, let the pilot know in advance. They will linger at the spot for a little longer to let you have your precious moment together.

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9. Cradle Mountains - alone time at its peak

Cradle Mountains - secluded honeymoon destination in australia

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Couples looking to be cut off from the world to reconnect with each other should pay a visit to the Lake St. Clair National Park. Spend your days climbing up Cradle Mountain or enjoy its spectacular views from the chalet built by Gustav Weindorfer. There are several other peaks like the Cathedral Mountain, Mount Emmett and Barn Bluff that offer hiking trails.

Explore the wide range of flora and fauna in the national park. Take the famous Enchanted Walk from the Cradle Mountain Lodge. This scenic walk takes you through moorlands, rainforests, waterfalls and pools; guaranteeing to light a spark in your heart. You can also bundle up your partner in a plane and enjoy the views of the mountains from above. A visit to Cradle Mountain literally means a vacation for just the two of you.

10. Freycinet - for the wild lovers

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The peninsula of Freycinet on the eastern coast of Tasmania beckons adventurous couples. The Freycinet National Park offers some of the best outdoor activities, perfect for the couple who is always on the move.

Hike up to the Wineglass Bay. Lookout for the most stunning view of the park or take a boat ride into the pristine bay. Capture the best of the peninsula through the Freycinet Experience Walk that takes you along the coast as well as on the mountains. Snorkel at the Honeymoon Bay. Wander around Cape Tourville and spend some romantic moments watching the sea from the lighthouse here. If either you or your partner are animal lovers, you will find plenty of rare species in the peninsula.

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11.  Kangaroo Island - lovers amidst the bounties of nature

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Share your alone time with some beautiful sights on the quiet environs of Kangaroo Island. Located off the coast to the south of mainland Australia, Kangaroo Island is home to long stretches of uncrowded beaches, scenic spots and wineries where you can spend oodles of time sipping the freshest brews grown locally. Keeping up with its name, kangaroos are found in plenty here and they often roam around without any restrictions.

Marvel at the wonderful formation of Remarkable Rocks. If you and your partner love hiking, try to visit some of the lookout points like Muston Hill or the Bunker Hill Lookout. Steal some alone time at one of the many lighthouses on the island. You can also take lazy walks around town or on the beaches.

12. Barossa Valley - with wineries and whispers

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One of Australia’s best wine destinations, Barossa Valley is a romantic getaway to the northwest of Adelaide that will rejuvenate you and your loved one. Explore the various wineries in the region through a limousine or a vintage car. Check here for Adelaide Tours.

Grab a bird’s eye view of the land from a hot-air balloon. Cuddle up together with a view of the valley from the Mengler Hill. Stand atop the Whispering Wall and confess your love in a whisper that travels from one end of the structure to the other. Shop for the freshest natural produce and eatables at the Farmers’ Market of Barossa. Foodie couples should pay a visit to the Maggie Beer Farm Shop to meet the celebrated chef and try out some of the best local delicacies. Try to visit around Easter when the Vintage Food and Wine Festival takes place.

13. Margaret River - for relaxing and rejuvenating

Margaret River

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Couples looking for a beautiful place to relax should opt for a retreat in Margaret River, a few hours away from Perth. Food lovers might know this region as the producer of premium wines in Australia. Nonetheless, if you are looking for a casual, laid back retreat for two, Margaret River will not disappoint.

Spend your days at the wineries or in the olive groves of the region. The wineries here pamper you with food as well as the local blends. Let the aroma of roasting coffee at Yahava snugly envelope you two. If you want some seaside fun, head out to the beaches at Gracetown or Dunsborough. You can surf or canoe in the waters or take walks on the beach strips in the region. 

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14. Hepburn Springs - the revitalising holiday with your spouse

Hepburn Springs - get a couple spa

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Hepburn Springs is famous for the abundant mineral water springs in the region. It is primarily a spa town and if you are planning a holiday of complete relaxation or pampering, you should not overlook Hepburn Springs.

Bathe in the highly-valuable springs of the Mineral Springs Reserve. Revitalise with your partner in the bathhouses of the region that work to tap the potential of the springs. Indulge in a massage or take the unique salt therapy to rejuvenate your body and senses. Gift your partner some spa time and watch them emerge glowing from the therapies here. Once your body is nurtured, pamper your soul with some local shopping and mouth-watering delicacies.

15. Spicers Peak - for the lovers of luxury

Spicers Peak

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Want to spend some quality time with each other and not compromise on luxury? Whisk your other half in a helicopter ride to the lodge at Spicers Peak. The alpine lodge amidst 9 thousand acres of private property will give you all the privacy you need with your loved one. Top it up with panoramic views of the Main Range National Park around you. Wake up to the presence of the Great Dividing Range in the distance. Take the Scenic Rim Trail around the mountain accompanied by your loved one and the wilderness. Tuck into the scrumptious food in the lodge and curl up together under the stars. Spend a few days here and you will want to keep coming back every time.

Australia is home to more such destinations for couples, promising tons of romance and beauty. Many of these are popular, many yet need to be discovered. Explore some of these destinations and let us know what made them click.

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