What spells out romance to you? For some, it’s dinner by candlelight overlooking a tranquil ocean view, while for others it’s enjoying a spa getaway with massages for two. Whether you want to spend your days lazing in the sun with your loved one or cycling through picturesque countryside, Australia offers no shortage of romantic destinations. For honeymoons or a weekend getaway, try exploring the following destinations.
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Wine-tasting is one of the top romantic experiences in Australia, and you can enjoy plenty of rural regions known for their wine production scattered throughout the country. One of the most romantic is in South Australia, which is filled to the brim with gorgeous wineries and excellent gourmet cuisine. The Barossa Valley is quaint and rustic, home to many famous wineries including Wolf Blass and Penfolds. Take a tour of a winery to sample the goods and stroll through the valley admiring the local churches and architecture. With beautiful views, a serene atmosphere, and plenty of quaint boutique hotels to stay in, you’ll find this to be a relaxing getaway for two.
Palm Cove, Queensland
North Queensland is home to the Sunshine Coast, with its sun splashed beaches and perfect weather. In the far north you’ll find the luxurious Palm Cove, known for its picturesque seaside cafes, posh boutiques, and beautiful unspoilt beaches. It offers couples a taste of paradise with spectacular sunset views to boot. If you have the time, it’s worth hopping in the car to explore some of the other attractions in the region on a day trip, including Noosa beach and the Eumundi Markets. Check out the latest updates on Carsales to find a suitable vehicle with style to spare.
Pacific Palms, New South Wales
If you’re looking for a prime secluded spot to enjoy with your loved one, escape to Pacific Palms on the coast of Smith’s Lake. With white sandy beaches and lush palm forests, the town is quaint and quiet. It provides proximity to Booti Booti National Park, along with some of the region’s top surfing beaches. A particularly picturesque spot popular for weddings is the Green Cathedral, which is nestled into the forest overlooking the lake.
Leura, New South Wales
Nestled into the fragrant Blue Mountains just a couple of hours away from Sydney, Leura is a town known for its sandstone architecture and abundant public gardens. Take a wander through the town and bring your bicycles for a day trip into the surrounding natural park. Be sure to pack a picnic basket with a selection of gourmet nibbles and wine to soak up the sunshine at a mountain beauty spot, where you can enjoy panoramic views.
Known as one of Australia’s top spa getaways, the charming setting of Daylesford in Victoria is the perfect place to relax and be pampered. It offers elite spa facilities throughout the town, set amidst rolling hills and verdant countryside. Book a couples’ massage and calming body wraps to feel ultimate relaxation, before sitting on a sunny terrace with a glass of locally produced wine. There are plenty of elegantly landscaped gardens, art galleries, and stunning architecture to enjoy as you walk around town, which invokes a European feeling.
Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory
If you and your partner like to enjoy an active holiday with a dash of adventure, try heading out into the wilds of the Northern Territory to visit Kakadu National Park. This magnificent and remote environment is World Heritage listed for its pristine wilderness and sheer scope of wildlife. Encompassing 20,000 square kilometres in size, there’s an amazing degree of ecological diversity and beauty to explore hand in hand. Take a wander through the bush or hire a canoe to explore the inner reaches of the park by boat. You’re guaranteed solitude and spectacular scenery along the way as you commune with nature and each other.
From posh wine tasting getaways to rugged adventures, Australia offers plenty of options for a romantic weekend away.
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