Vintage House, Daylesford
Spicers Sangoma Retreat, New South Wales
Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania
Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania
Longitude 131, Northern Territory
Halcyon House, NSW
Spicers Sangoma Retreat, New South Wales
Paperbark Camp, New South Wales
Paperbark Camp, New South Wales
Lake House, Victoria
Maybe you’re honeymoon hunting. Maybe you’re celebrating an anniversary or engagement. Or maybe you just want to escape for the weekend (go on, you deserve it). Whatever the reason, there’s no need to hop on a long-haul flight – there are dreamy destinations scattered all over the country where couples can revel in endless romance.
From secluded idyllic islands and outback oases to on-trend city hotels, we’ve rounded up the most romantic getaways in Australia where you can sip, spa, pucker and swoon until your hearts are content.
Redefining the concept of a no-frills Aussie motel, The Bower has pushed the boundaries of beachside boutique, bringing a touch of New York glamour to the laid-back bohemia of Byron Bay. It boasts 14 suites including a secluded barn, quaint cottage and spacious family house. For a romantic option, The Bower Cottage, a 100-year-old country home, will steal you and your special someone's heart at first glance. Generous, yet simple in style with many of the original features intact, The Bower Cottage has a full kitchen, a private outdoor space, and surrounding landscaped gardens.
From $170 per night
28 Bangalow Rd, Byron Bay
Just footsteps away from the water, Captains Rest’s secluded cabin awaits. A four-hour’s drive from Hobart, set within the sleepy fishing village of Strahan, the scenic route is a journey of its own. Treasured for its fanciful surrounds, this popular retreat with ocean view Georgian windows and stylish, eclectic décor, tells a thousand stories. There’s even a white row boat on site, just in case you care for a romantic Notebook moment.
From $400 per night
Lettes Bay Historical Village, Strahan
An exclusive boutique retreat with an idyllic beachfront setting – it'll be hard to choose which of the gorgeous, stylishly designed rooms you'll want to book (there are seven). But for a romantic stay, you can't go past Penthouse Number 1 – a secluded room that will instantly feel like you've entered your own tranquil retreat. It features a king-size four poster bed, a sunken bath and luxe marble floors. During your stay be sure to visit Rae's renowned restaurant. With an open-window framed view of the nearby Wategos Beach, it's one of Byron's biggest draws.
6/8 Marine Parade, Byron Bay
Starting at $700
Less than a two-hour drive from Melbourne, Clifftop at Hepburn is an architecturally designed retreat renowned for its picturesque views. It also features framed by floor-to-ceiling windows, a private spa for two and a daybed overlooking the surrounding bushland, which looks like you’re suspended in thin air. You can up the romance with their ‘Lovebirds Package’, which will have you and your partner arriving to your favourite music, sprinkled rose petals, fireplace set, romantic candles flickering, spa filled with bubbles, and Champagne on ice accompanied by strawberries and a decadent chocolate dipping sauce.
From $395 per night
209/219 Main Rd, Hepburn VIC
Set in a leafy 30-acre estate amid gardens, lawns and a vineyard, Lindenderry at Red Hill takes just over an hour to reach by car from Melbourne, though you’ll feel like you’re a world away. There are just 40 guest rooms available, each with their own understated elegance. For a special occasion, opt for their ‘Wine & Dine’ package where you can enjoy a delicious three-course meal within the in-house Linden Tree Restaurant while savouring a glass of the estate’s homegrown wine. And come morning, a specialty country-style breakfast awaits.
From $380 per night
142 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill
When Sydneysiders Kim Amos and Steve Eakin made the move to Byron, they took over a collection of cottages and turned them into Caribbean-style guesthouses. The houses have everything you need to live like a local: balconies, communal, well-stocked kitchens, lush gardens, a lap pool and plenty of room to roam. Try to book the kitschy American Airstream Trailer – it’s a treat.
From $220 per night
13 Marvell Street, Byron Bay
If you’d prefer to stay in a home away from home rather than a hotel, consider a stay at the Vintage House Daylesford. This 1860's miner's cottage on the border of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, has been renovated and styled as though it's been plucked straight from a designer magazine. It's everything you'd want in an amorous escape – from its deep, dark and moody interiors to the acres of land and fruit trees that surround. This beautiful bolthole is a hotbed of romantic (and delicious) adventures.
$450 per night
Hepburn Springs, Victoria
Tucked away quietly in a back street, just 10-minutes away from Byron's buzzing dining and shopping strip, this bright and sunny guesthouse is all about style and simplicity. Laid-back and effortlessly chic, the casual beachy vibe wafts through Bask & Stow as cool as Byron's fresh sea breeze. Towering palm trees, swaying hammocks and clusters of cacti bring a taste of coastal living, and there's a small plunge pool with umbrellas where you can cool down from the sweltering summer heat.
40 Marvell Lane, Byron Bay
Torn between a cosy cabin or a quaint seaside shack? The Little Black Shack may just be the perfect combination of both for your romantic weekend away. And what’s more, it’s only an hour’s drive from Sydney, near famous Palm Beach. You’ll need to catch an old timber ferry to reach this whimsical retreat. This place scores bonus points for those with a penchant for water sports – you have your pick of swimming, kayaking and snorkelling in the pristine waters of Mackerel Beach, just metres from the shack itself.
From $615 per night
29 Ross Smith Parade, Great Mackerel Beach
To sip your way through South Australia’s most exciting wine region, jet to The Vineyard Retreat in McLaren Vale. Set on a working vineyard, there are four chic cottages (as well as a bubbling hot tub) hidden among the vines. They’re self-catered stays, but you’ll arrive to a kitchen stocked with fresh produce from the region, and the owners are on hand to organise wine tours, bikes and even private chefs.
From $450 per night
165 Whitings Road, Blewitt Springs, SA
This relatively new-yet-popular Airbnb listing, Captains Cottage, ticks every box. Originally built for a ship’s captain in the mid-1800s, this heritage-listed holiday home is set in the heart of Hobart, within walking distance to Constitution Dock, Salamanca Place and Battery Point. Inside, a mix of natural-textured fabrics and furnishings fill the cottage with warmth, from the timber floors, the velvet sofa, all the way to the 100% linen bedding. There’s also a courtyard garden to enjoy, perfect for taking in that fresh, Tasmanian air.
Fom $220 per night
30 Alexander Terrace, Stanley
This elegant French Provincial property was originally built in 1903 and has since undergone a luxurious transformation. Set within Mount Ophir Estate, a unique and exclusive venue in the rural district of Rutherglen in northern Victoria, this truly unique listing features three levels with a spiral staircase that leads to a private sitting room on the second floor and a bedroom suite at the top. Stay here to fully immerse yourself within an extraordinary architectural landmark in Australian winemaking history.
From $550 per night
168 Stillards Ln, Rutherglen VIC
In Latin, qualia means ‘deep, multi-sensory experiences,’ and that’s exactly what you’ll get at this five-star resort. Perched on Hamilton Island, qualia has 60 private pavilions, most of which have their own plunge pool overlooking the sapphire waters of the Great Barrier Reef. If you can peel yourself away from your pavilion, you’ll find bars, restaurants, two infinity poolsand a day spa.
From $1300 per night
20 Whitsunday Boulevard, Whitsundays, QLD
In a prime position on James Street, this boutique pastel dream is the Palm Springs-vibe vacation you and your partner are crying out for. A resort-style experience in the heart of the city, The Calile Hotel exudes Insta-worthiness with its beautiful pool, chic furnishings and exotic flora. Book in a suite to experience everything The Calile has to offer – balcony views, blackout blinds, in-room entertainment and luxe amenities. After exploring the city, soak up the sun at the cabanas by the pool or melt into a couples’ massage at the day spa.
From $279 per night
48 James Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD
Lakeside luxury meets rural relaxation at this resort in Daylesford – a charming town known for its mineral springs and Victorian architecture. The Lake House is romantic without even trying. Sitting on six acres of rolling countryside, it’s famous for three things: its award-winning cellar, chef-hatted restaurant, and the Scandi-style Salus Spa, that comes decked out with treetop hot tubs. Bliss.
From $680 per night
4 King Street, Daylesford, VIC
Nothing screams romance like a secluded countryside cottage, and this boutique gem is one of our favourites. Unique, stylish and unwaveringly chic, this 1900’s Federation house has been impeccably restored and beautifully styled. If curling up in front of a fire with a glass of wine is your idea of the perfect escape, then we can’t think of a better place to do it.
From $390 per night
17 Falls Road, Trentham
Need an(other) excuse to visit the Margaret River wine region? Injidup is a bit of an insider secret, and as idyllic as it gets. Perched on a clifftop, the views from the 10 villas are out of this world, spanning 180 degrees of sparkling sea, sandy shores and lush wilderness. Relax with a couples’ spa treatment, then stargaze and tuck into a gourmet picnic on your deck for dinner.
From $650 per night
31 Cape Clairault Road, Yallingup, WA
Snooze under the desert stars at Longitude 131 – a safari-style resort that offers postcard views of Uluru from your pillow. It’s intimate, with just 16 luxury lodges plus a lounge, library, bar, and Spa Kinara, where the treatments feature outback botanicals. Come nightime you can cosy up in a swag to watch the sunset from your balcony or dine and sip on sundowners at the Dune Top.
From $1600 per night
Yulara Drive, Yulara, NT
There's no denying the Hunter Valley is the perfect backdrop for a romantic weekend away. So it's only right that after a day of exploring (aka post-wine tasting), you'll want to cosy up somewhere equally as romantic. The Boathouse at Leaves and Fishes is made up of four lakefront cabins and is the ultimate adults-only retreat. The Balinese-inspired cabins feature king beds and marble bathrooms with a double shower and stone bath. The accommodation is also located in the suburb Lovedale – need we say more?
From $420 per night
737 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale
Tassie’s Freycinet Peninsula is jaw-droppingly beautiful, and Saffire really raises the bar for romance – so much so that it was named the best luxury hotel in the world back in 2014. With just 20 suites (which are perfectly positioned for privacy), you’ll wake up to peaceful views of white-sand beaches. The Palate Restaurant is an absolute must – but we’d add the helicopter tour over Wineglass Bay too.
From $2200 per night
2352 Coles Bay Road, Coles Bay, TAS
On the golden shores of Cabarita Beach, Halcyon House is gorgeous – and if you manage to score a room, that’s one way of saying ‘I love you.’ Inspired by the Amalfi Coast, it’s a design-lover’s dream, and none of the 21 rooms are the same. Spend the day soaking up the sun by the pool, and then dress up for a date night dinner at the two-hatted Paper Daisy.
From $650 per night
21 Cypress Crescent, Cabarita Beach, NSW
Nestled 10 acres of beautiful Blue Mountains wilderness, Spicers is built for starry-eyed lovers. And we mean that: the resort is adults-only, with just eight striking suites. The rooms have freestanding tubs, fireplaces, and wraparound balconies with day beds begging to be sunk into. While you’re there, sign up for the Sangoma Signature Kahuna, a couples’ massage by twilight.
From $1,299 per night
70 Grandview Lane, Bowen Mountain, NSW
For your own home among the gum trees, escape to Paperbark Camp. In Jervis Bay, the safari-style retreat is made up of 12 canvas tents with beds, showers, private decks and roll-up walls so you can decide how close to get to Mother Nature. If you’re celebrating something special, book the King Deluxe Tent, which comes with a freestanding bath and candles. Hello, romance!
From $525 per night
571 Woollamia Road, Woollamia
Sydney loves showing off, and the QT loves showing its guests a good time. It’s the perfect match. Inside the iconic Gowings and State Theatre buildings, the boutique hotel is cool and subtly sexy, with burlesque-dressed staff, a day spa, and a restaurant that goes above and beyond. The rooms are plush, and decked out with designer pieces, DIY martini kits and oversized baths.
From $294 per night
49 Market Street, Sydney, NSW