12 romantic getaways in Australia

Your guide to a butterfly-inducing rendezvous in Australia.

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Couple in resort pool cuddling on honeymoon

If you're looking for that perfect place to slip away to with your loved one, we've got you covered with the most romantic hotels and stay-cations around Australia.


Top romantic getaways in Australia

Romantic getaways in Queensland

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland

1. Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland

As the only 5-star hotel to offer guests direct access to Mirage Beach, this is one of the more exclusive resorts along the Gold Coast.

  • Star rating: 5-star
  • Romantic features: Ocean views, in-room spa features, double bath-tub, alfresco seafood dinner, vineyard tours, pool bar
  • Why do we love it? You can't get much more comfortable than a Sheraton Signature King Bed which has been specially designed for the ultimate night's sleep.

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qualia, Hamilton Island, Queensland

2. qualia, Hamilton Island, Queensland

Voted by Conde Nast Traveller as the best resort on Hamilton Island, get ready to splurge for an unforgettable stay in this ultra-luxurious hotel.

  • Star rating: 5-star
  • Romantic features: In-house spa and wellness centre, private chauffeur, adults-only, alfresco dining, sunset cruises on the Coral Sea, breakfast in bed
  • Why do we love it? Located within a 10-minute boat ride of The Great Barrier Reef, this is the perfect spot to get practising your snorkelling or scuba diving skills.

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Romantic getaways in New South Wales

Hyatt Regency, Sydney, New South Wales

3. Hyatt Regency, Sydney, New South Wales

Whether you've lived in Sydney your whole life or have only visited a handful of times, you won't have experienced the city like this. Located in Darling Harbour, the location is first-class as are the facilities inside.

  • Star rating: 5-star
  • Romantic features: Complimentary bottle of wine and box of chocolates on arrival, harbour view rooms, hidden cocktail bar
  • Why do we love it? Head to the rooftop to enjoy a bespoke cocktail in Zephyr Bar and unbeatable views over the harbour.

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Milton Park Country House, Hotel and Spa, Bowral, New South Wales

4. Milton Park Country House, Hotel and Spa, Bowral, New South Wales

Tucked away in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, it's easy to forget that you're only a 90-minute drive south of Sydney when you stay in this 19th-century grand mansion.

  • Star rating: 5-star
  • Romantic features: Sauna, indoor pool, outdoor tennis courts, couples massage treatments, beauty centre, honeymoon suites
  • Why do we love it? Opt for the Romance Package, and you'll have champagne and strawberries in your room on arrival, a 60-minute couples massage, a three-course dinner and an afternoon tea all included in the price.

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Romantic getaways in Victoria

Yarra Valley Lodge, Yarra Valley, Victoria

5. Yarra Valley Lodge, Yarra Valley, Victoria

Located close enough to Melbourne for a one-night getaway, but far enough to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, this serene lodge is well placed in the fruitful Yarra Valley for a couple of foodies.

  • Star rating: 4-star
  • Romantic features: Views over Yarra Valley, 120-acre grounds, farm-to-table restaurant, 24-hour room service, private terrace/balcony
  • Why do we love it? Arrange a driver to take you along the Yarra Valley Food Trail to sample some of the best wine, cheese, fresh fruits and ice creams in the area.

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Boroka Downs, Halls Gap, Victoria

6. Boroka Downs, Halls Gap, Victoria

Enveloped by the grand Grampian Mountains, this couples-only spa-retreat provides a cosy corner to come back to after a busy day on the nearby hiking trails.

  • Star rating: 5-star
  • Romantic features: King-sized bed with cotton linen, large circular spa, continental breakfast in bed, double hammock, his and hers bathrobes
  • Why do we love it? With a water purification system, solar panels and an active role in conserving the wildlife nearby, this is one of the most eco-friendly retreats in Victoria.

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Pole House, Fairhaven Beach, Victoria

7. Pole House, Fairhaven, Victoria

Suspended 40 metres over Fairhaven Beach along the Great Ocean Road, the Pole House offers unique architecture and uninterrupted views of the coastline.

  • Star rating: Not rated
  • Romantic features: Fireplace, balconies wrapped around the entire home and a single bedroom made for two. The Pole House is not recommended for children.
  • Why do we love it? It's one of the most unique houses along one of the most iconic drives. Pop in for a few days and if you're lucky you might spy dolphins in the water.

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Romantic getaways in Western Australia

Forest Retreat Bed and Breakfast, Margaret River, Western Australia

8. Forest Retreat Bed and Breakfast, Margaret River, Western Australia

If escaping the world and cosying up surrounded by nature shouts romance to you, this affordable rural getaway should be top of your list for a loved-up getaway.

  • Star rating: 3-star
  • Romantic features: Breakfast in bed, in-suite massage and beauty treatments, whirlpool baths, private balconies
  • Why do we love it? Rent out one of the free bicycles for the day and enjoy a scenic ride through the surrounding countryside and vineyards.

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Romantic getaways in South Australia

Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge, Kangaroo Island, South Australia

9. Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge, Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Harbouring the perfect balance between the natural world and modern conveniences, this is the ideal getaway for those who want to escape into the bush without compromising their creature comforts.

  • Star rating: 4-star
  • Romantic features: Surrounded by native bush, river views, open fireplace, outdoor saltwater pool, sauna, walking trails, award-winning restaurant
  • Why do we love it? Test your relationship with a doubles tennis match on the onsite full-sized tennis court.

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Romantic getaways in Tasmania

Swansea Cottages, Swansea, Tasmania

10. Swansea Cottages, Swansea, Tasmania

Enjoy the freedom of self-catered accommodation in your private cottage found on Tasmania's rugged east coast.

  • Star rating: 4-star
  • Romantic features: Private beach, alfresco breakfast, tennis courts, double corner spa, private balcony
  • Why do we love it? Spend a day at the nearby Freycinet National Park to discover granite peaks, friendly wallabies and of course, the spectacular Wineglass Bay.

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Saffire Freycinet, Coles Bay, Tasmania

11. Saffire Freycinet, Coles Bay, Tasmania

Wake up to views of the iconic red rocks and turquoise blue waters in this ultra-luxurious hotel which has been named as the Best Luxury Hotel in Australia according to the people of Tripadvisor for more than five years.

  • Star rating: 5-star
  • Romantic features: Beauty centre, luxury day spa, private suites, floor to ceiling windows, plunge pool, private terrace
  • Why do we love it? The staff can show you exactly where to wade out to in the estuary to find the freshest oysters you've ever tasted.

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Romantic getaways in the Northern Territory

Longitude 131, Yulara, Northern Territory

12. Longitude 131, Yulara, Northern Territory

Deep in the heart of the Red Centre, with views over to the mysterious rocks of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, this luxury hotel, complete with an in-house spa, will have you feeling relaxed in no time.

  • Star rating: Unrated
  • Romantic features: Spa centre, private terraces, outdoor jacuzzi, open fireplace, his and hers bathrobes, twice-daily housekeeping
  • Why do we love it? The all-natural spa-centre uses bush medicine traditionally used by indigenous Anangu ngangkari with all profits going towards the NPY Women's Council's work in the area.

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Where should I stay in Australia?

Australia's fantastic landscapes and cities are there to be explored, and who better to do it with than your special someone.

  • Sydney, NSW. If a luxury getaway is what you're after, the world-class city of Sydney is home to heaps of ultra-swish hotels, high-end restaurants and romantic cruises through the harbour.
  • Hamilton Island, Qld. You'll need to fly to reach this secluded island, but it'll be worth it as soon as you set your sights on endless white-sand beaches and crystal clear seas.
  • The Grampians, Vic. Best suited for couples ready to lace up their walking boots, these forested hills are most famous for The Pinnacle, which offers incredible views over the Victorian countryside.
  • Margaret River, WA. Margaret River can accommodate just about any type of couple. Whether you're looking to sample as much local produce as possible, explore the giant karri tree forests or relax on a sandy beach, you can do it here.
  • Kangaroo Island, SA. After a 45-minute ferry ride from Cape Jervis, you'll arrive at Kangaroo Island where the freshest seafood, most untouched beaches and conservation parks await you.
  • Coles Bay, Tas. Just a two-hour drive from Hobart, this quaint seaside village, characterised by its fiery red rocks, is the perfect base for exploring the nearby Freycinet National Park.
  • Red Centre, NT. If you're not up for the lengthy drive, regular flights leave from most of Australia's major airports to Ayers Rock Airport, the gateway to one of the most romantic sunset locations in the world.

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