Secluded escapes that come steeped in romance, these couples retreats are guaranteed to get you in the mood
Planning a well-earned weekend escape with your partner? You don’t have to look too far. Whether you’re looking for a cute couples haven, a self-catered stay or adults-only accommodation, Sydney and its surrounds are home to a range of romantic getaways that are bound to tick every box. All you need to do is decide on a setting: beach or bush? Wine country or waterfront? Rolling hills or rainforest?
Leave the city behind and treat yourself and your loved one to a weekend dripping in romance. These romantic getaways in NSW are everything you've ever dreamed of.
On the golden shores of Cabarita Beach, Halcyon House is utterly 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 $585 per night
21 Cypress Crescent, Cabarita Beach
Redefining the concept of a no-frills Aussie motel, The Bower has pushed the boundaries of a beachside boutique, bringing a touch of New York glamour to the laid-back bohemia of Byron Bay. For a romantic option, the Deluxe King Rooms tick every box. Luxuriously dark and sensual, these opulent suites come decked out in draped linens, dark furnishings and soft, cosy textiles, for an indulgent escape that's ready for romance. Outside a lush, green oasis awaits – along with the hotel's famous outdoor swimming pool. But you'd be forgiven for wanting to snuggle up indoors, The Bower will steal you and your special someone's heart at first glance.
From $548 per night
28 Bangalow Rd, Byron Bay
For the ultimate alfresco indulgence, Boydell's glamorous new safari lodges offer pure luxury in the great outdoors. Safari-style living at its most extravagant, these romantic retreats are beautifully decorated with wooden flooring, king-sized beds, stone sinks, mosquito nets and freestanding copper baths. Glamorous doesn't even cut it. Wake up to the sound of birds chirping and the waft of fresh, countryside air. If you're looking for a relaxing escape, this is undoubtedly the place to do it. Indulge in rustic surroundings and savour the picturesque views before settling down to a barbecue feast paired with Boydell's matching wine flight. Sign us up immediately.
From $590 per night
2 Green St, Morpeth
A rustic-chic, coastal hideaway nestled on the glistening waters of Palm Beach. Because nothing is more romantic than a secluded weekend beside the sea. But if you can tear yourself away from the ocean, the elegant poster bed, private plunge pool and bespoke concierge are welcome distractions. From private seaplane voyages (the Pool House has its own jetty) to celebrity chef dinners and luxurious in-room massages, we guarantee after one night at the Pool House you'll leave well rested and indulgently pampered.
From $2,500 per night
Pittwater, Palm Beach
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, Hunter Valley
Nestled at the foothills of the Blue Mountains, this luxe eco-retreat is an adults-only, African-inspired escape. Just an hour’s drive from Sydney, it boasts eight spacious suites with freestanding tubs, striking furnishings straight from Cape Town, and wraparound balconies. If you ever leave your pillowy-soft day bed (and free minibar), you’ll find an infinity lap pool and communal lounge.
From $1,299 per night
70 Grandview Lane, Bowen Mountain, Blue Mountains
An equestrian adventure where animals and nature sit harmoniously side by side, Eden Farm Escape ticks every box on the bucket list. Set in the heart of the Blue Mountains, just 90-minutes from Sydney, this romantic retreat is the perfect hideaway for animal and nature lovers. From fruit picking and nature hikes to dog walks and horse riding, city slickers can relax, unwind and get back to nature at this rustic sanctuary. The Blue Mountains are literally on your doorstep for wildlife walks and challenging hikes, but you'd be forgiven for wanting to stay within the confines of Eden's white fenced green paddocks. Their luxurious and cosy cabins are made for romance. Just be sure to bring the cheeseboard.
Animal lovers can get up close and personal with the resident farm folk – you'll find donkeys, alpacas, goats, sheep, cows and pigs roaming the grounds – as well as 12 horses and ponies in their equine centre, so you can book in for a couples horse riding lesson if it takes your fancy. They're dog-friendly too, so you can bring your furry friend along for the ride.
From $300 per night
13 Hanlons Road South, Bilpin
To recharge by the ocean, book a stay at this stylish boutique hotel on the Central Coast. Sitting (pretty) in the Bouddi National Park, Pretty Beach House is made up of four glamorous pavilions, each housing two adults only and boasting panoramic views. As a member of the Luxury Lodges of Australia collection, you know you'll be treated to an unforgettable experience.
From $1,000 pp per night
Bouddi National Park, Pretty Beach, Central Coast
Set in the charming village of Broke in the Hunter Valley, this quaint two-bedroom cottage beckons with a sense of charm and tranquillity. A romantic escape for couples – walk amongst the vines, cuddle up on the sofa next to the roaring fire, then sink into the beautiful period bath with a chilled glass of their Tinonee signature Vederlho. Pure bliss.
From $380 per night
1273 Milbrodale Road, Broke
A tropical oasis tucked away in a quiet pocket of Byron Bay, this beautiful boutique comes with all the trimmings. From its idyllic beachfront setting overlooking the glistening turquoise waters of Wategos Beach, to the wistful Moroccan-Mediterranean-style interiors – think monochrome muted palettes, obscure artworks, pops of greenery and rustic Sisal rugs – Raes on Wategos possesses a sense of earthly beauty that will instantly transport you to exotic faraway lands.
Sprawl out by the pool on pink Lucy Folk beach towels, enjoy a massage at the spa, stroll down to the private beach, or book in a long lunch at Raes’ renowned restaurant. With an open-window framed view of the nearby beach, surrounding headland and famous lighthouse walk, it's one of Byron's biggest draws.
Starting at $700
6/8 Marine Parade, Byron Bay
Torn between a cosy cabin or a quaint seaside shack? The Little Black Shack may just be the perfect combination of both. 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 $600 per night
29 Ross Smith Parade, Great Mackerel Beach
One of Australia's most luxurious getaways, One&Only Wolgan Valley's secluded retreat is the definition of romance. Nestled on 2800 private hectares of rugged and peaceful bushland, with the trickling waters of the Wolgan River rushing through, this beautiful bolthole will transport you and your other half into complete serenity. There are 40 sumptuous suites, each with a private pool, stone fireplace, four-poster bed, spa bathroom and scenic terrace. When you’re not blissing out in your villa, you can explore the property with guided nature walks and horse rides, or book an indulgent spa treatment for added relaxation.
From $2,700 per night
2600 Wolgan Rd, Wolgan Valley
Owned and curated by artist and stylist Lisa Madigan, The Cottage flaunts interiors just as breathtaking as its idyllic surrounds. A carpet of lush greenery awaits outdoors, whilst indoors, Lisa's stylish sanctuary beckons in all its white washed serenity. An uplifting space of calm and rejuvenation where exposed brickwork, raw woods and scatterings of greenery effortlessly combine to create a sense of rustic, laid-back luxury. With just one bedroom, this charming retreat is built for two, so get ready to bask in tranquillity and soak up the romance. Explore the majestic landscapes of Kangaroo Valley then settle down with a glass of wine and let the sofa do the talking.
Weekend rates start from $795 per night including a breakfast hamper and artisan teas and coffees
118 Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo Valley
Paperbark Camp is a safari-style getaway in the heart of the bush featuring tents with roll-up walls, so you can decide the extent to which you and your lover want to bond with Mother Nature. For romantic stays, be sure to book the Deluxe or King Deluxe tent which comes with a free standing bath and candles. Ooh la la!
Two Night Dinner and Breakfast package from $1330
571 Woollamia Road, Woollamia
Nestled on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, Cottage Point Inn is famed for its scenic waterside views and impressive Modern Australian cuisine. Dining aside, this boutique getaway has been designed with couples in mind. There’s a studio (the Riverview Suite) and a larger apartment (the Cowan Waters Suite), both of which are self-contained with balconies, a lounge area, ensuite and quaint kitchenette.
From $300 per night
2 Anderson Place, Cottage Point
A gorgeous getaway in the Tweed Valley, this couples-only resort has creeks, waterfalls, caves and lush rainforest just waiting to be explored. The retreat itself has 13 luxurious lodges, all architect-designed and placed apart for privacy. If you’re celebrating something special, we recommend the swish Mountain View Lodge or the Terrace Bungalow, which features wall-to-ceiling glass windows.
Mountainview Lodge from $795 per night
201 Booka Road, Upper Crystal Creek
Set on 6000 acres of bushland in the Blue Mountains, Turon Gates is the perfect place to escape the city and relax amongst nature. With an array of accommodation options, our pick are the charming cottages, which have been carefully positioned to afford privacy and beautiful vistas. For the explorer there's horseriding, and for the relaxer there are tranquil surrounds.
Glamping tents from $173 per night; cottages from $191 per night
Turon Gates Road, Capertee
Is a country escape more your style? Show your partner you love them (berry much) with a stay at Bellawongarah, just minutes from Berry Village. The one-acre property has two types of accommodation: a small cottage with a private garden and a sprawling, three-level country home with a verandah and library.
From $270 per night
869 Kangaroo Valley Road, Bellawongarah
Located within the world-heritage Blue Mountains National Park across two locations, Mt Tomah and Mt Lagoon, Love Cabins has the romance factor down pat. Choose from eight unique cabins, including a treehouse, cave and a tee pee. Each one is self-contained, made of natural materials and has uninterrupted views of the mountains. Bliss!
Mt Tomah and Mt Lagoon, Blue Mountains
From $343 per night
Any of these romantic getaways in NSW take your fancy? Or maybe you want even more to impress your other half. Fret not, we've got plenty to keep you and your loved one entertained. If you're thinking of a date night with a difference, take your pick from these quirky date ideas in Sydney. But if you want to go traditional, these romantic restaurants have got you covered.