Everybody has their own idea of what ‘romance’ means. So when it comes to going away as a couple, it’s best to first have a think about what you love to do together.
Do you enjoy being outdoors and experiencing nature? Or do you prefer snuggling by a fire in a cosy cabin? Do you want to propose on a mountain top or do you feel closest when you are faced with a challenge?
Some of the most romantic destinations in Australia will only appeal to a few couples whereas others are enormously popular. What romantic getaway will you choose to enjoy with your loved one? Here are some ideas to get you thinking.
Romantic getaways in secluded spots are always favourites. The stunning Cradle Mountain in central Tasmania is a wilderness experience that can be as basic or as luxurious as you want it to be. The various resorts offer a range of accommodation options but what they all have in common is the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding landscape.
Spend half a day hiking then enjoy a couples’ massage in the afternoon followed by a sumptuous candlelit dinner. You may like to focus more on the natural elements and spend less on your accommodation and stay in a cottage or cabin.
Or you may prefer to choose an upmarket and luxurious spa suite with room service and champagne, with the glorious mountain as a backdrop.
Australian wines are some of the best in the world and many famous exports come from the renowned Barossa Valley including Penfold’s Grange, a 1953 bottle of which currently retails for $25,000 AUD.
A romantic getaway in ‘the Barossa’ would be incomplete without participating in a winery tour. Couples who love wine will find one of these tours to be fascinating, not just for the information and wine tastings, but also because the journey takes you through spectacular scenery, with gently undulating hills planted with generations-old vines.
Adelaide and the Barossa Valley are ablaze with rose bushes, particularly in the summer months when the blooms are full and everywhere you look, roses decorate fences, gateposts, nature strips and of course, the end of every row of vines.
Treat your lover to a romantic getaway in an underground cave motel, where the privacy will make you feel like the only couple in the world. Coober Pedy is the opal capital of the world as it is the most prolific producer of the precious stones on the planet.
Living in Coober Pedy means that the ambient temperature outside is far too hot for comfort for large parts of the year. Happily, the locals long ago recognised that building into the rock on the hillside provided much cooler housing. Tourists can now stay in an array of beautiful underground cave motels, bed and breakfasts or even choose underground camping.
A must-do in Coober Pedy is to fossick for opals, where you can visit a local mine as part of a tour and find your very own stone. Then you can have it polished and turned into a unique and highly personal item of jewellery to always remember.
If the idea of camping is too uncomfortable for your romantic getaway, but you do love the idea of being outdoors and away from traffic, crowds and mobile phones, then consider ‘glamping’. It’s a combination of the words ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’ which perfectly describes what it is.
There are a number of glamping locations all around Australia that offer this style of accommodation, and in most of the southern states, air conditioning may not be needed. There is even a glamping company that will set up a ‘glampsite’ in your choice of location.
You will enjoy luxury queen size bedding, an abundance of cushions, lovely soft floor rugs, romantic lighting, plush bath towels and all the privacy you could want.
What could be more romantic than feeling like a tiny, insignificant speck among an infinite night sky? Can you imagine cuddling together outside in the cool air, looking up at a billion stars after watching the most spectacular sunset of your lives?
By day, you can climb up Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) and take in the most amazing views of the surrounding landscape. Lots of people don’t know that the local Aboriginal people request that tourists do not climb the rock.
If you would prefer to respect their wishes, then you can take a guided walk around the entire base. It’s actually called the Uluru Base Walk and takes walkers over 10 kilometres on a flat marked dirt path.
Most spend around an hour and a half to witness the beautiful vegetation and spot some Aussie wildlife at the same time. You could also consider joining a camel tour or motorcycle expedition.
To make this trip a fully romantic getaway, you can stay in luxury couples-only accommodation, where you will be treated to fine dining under the stars, featuring locally harvested bush tucker ingredients, or, partake in the spa facilities and completely relax.
Breathe in the ocean breezes as you and your partner languish in your very own private infinity pool. Sip cocktails brought to your door by the butler and feast on fresh, locally caught seafood prepared by your private chef.
On Hamilton Island, off the coast of Queensland, 5-star resorts are waiting for you to visit and you will be utterly spoiled. You can have not just a hotel room, but a lavishly appointed pavilion to yourselves, overlooking the glorious ocean.
For those with an unlimited budget, imagine celebrating in a completely private luxury house, complete with helipad, yacht mooring, horizon swimming pool, 24/7 personal butler, luxe concierge and Dom Perignon champagne on arrival. The home is a short boat ride from Hamilton Island.
Any time of the year is a popular time for couples to spend a few nights away.
If you’re planning to do the same, then it’s important to decide what kind of experience and accommodation will suit you both, research your options and then book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
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