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Romantic Retreats: Couples-only Getaways Close to Sydney

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 retreats 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 one of these blissful breaks that come dripping in romance.

Somewhere Unique

For a peaceful weekend in wine country, make your way to Wollombi Valley. There, you’ll find Somewhere Unique, a couples-only retreat that sits on 20 acres of lush bushland. There are two self-contained homes – Lowanna and Allawah – each featuring a rain shower, private courtyard, log fireplace, two-person bath and a deck offering sweeping valley views. 

118 Narone Creek Road, Wollombi

Tumbling Waters Retreat

Perched on the edge of the Illawarra escarpment, Tumbling Waters is a dreamy destination for couples. An hour south of Sydney, it’s right by the Royal National Park and a string of insta-worthy beaches. On-site there’s a modern Australian restaurant, yoga, pilates and massage services. The Bath House Cabin is our pick, with its own hydrotherapy tub and private steam room.

31 Stonehaven Road, Stanwell Tops

Spicers Sangoma Retreat, Bowen Mountain
Spicers Sangoma Retreat

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 has 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.

70 Grandview Lane, Bowen Mountain

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat

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 self-contained, 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.

201 Booka Road, Upper Crystal Creek

Pretty Beach House, Killcare
Pretty Beach House, Killcare
Pretty Beach House

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 will be treated to an unforgettable experience.

Bouddi National Park, Pretty Beach

Paperbark Camp, Woollamia
Paperbark Camp

Paperbark Camp is a safari-style retreat 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!

571 Woollamia Road, Woollamia

love cabins wollemi wilderness treehouse, blue mountains
Love Cabins

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, is made of natural materials and has uninterrupted views of the mountains. Bliss!

Mt Tomah and Mt Lagoon, Blue Mountains

Cottage Point Inn, Cottage Point
Cottage Point Inn

On the banks of the Hawkesbury River, Cottage Point Inn is famous for its Modern Australian restaurant. Dining aside, the boutique retreat was designed with couples in mind, and it’s both peaceful and practical. 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 kitchenette.

2 Anderson Place, Cottage Point

Bellawongarah at Berry

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 charming cottage with a private garden, and a three-level country home with a verandah and library. 

869 Kangaroo Valley Road, Bellawongarah

Turon Gates, Capertee
Turon Gates

Set on 6000 acres of bushland in the Blue Mountains, Turon Gates is the perfect place to escape the city and get amongst nature. With an array of accommodation options, our pick is the cottages which have been carefully positioned to afford privacy and beautiful vistas. For the explorer, there is horseriding and for the relaxer there are tranquil surrounds.

Turon Gates Road, Capertee


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