7 romantic getaways to book for the perfect couple’s escape

Sneak away for the weekend with your loved one at one of these winning romantic getaway spots.

Anniversary coming up or just looking for the perfect excuse for a weekend escape with your special someone?

If you’re not sure where to go, don’t worry. We’re here to help. We’ve hand-picked a destination in each state with a few levels of accommodation options in each, so you can have a romantic getaway, no matter what your budget.


Hamilton Island, Queensland

Hamilton Island is less than a two-hour flight from both Brisbane and Cairns, but feeling like a million miles away.

Its coastline is dotted with white-sand beaches lapped by turquoise seas, and it’s within easy reach of the Great Barrier Reef.

Condé Nast Traveller describes the luxe qualia resort, our pick as a go-to splurge on the island, as “sophisticated, contemporary and elegant”.

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Budget: Reef View Hotel
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Standard: Palm Bungalows Resort
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Splurge: qualia
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Southern Highlands, New South Wales

The picturesque Southern Highlands region, about 50 minutes from Wollongong and 90 minutes from Sydney, is a perfect weekend escape.

There are plenty of vineyards and berry farms, quaint towns, valleys and waterfalls to explore.

The area has much of the charm of the Hunter Valley, but a smaller price tag for weekend stays.

Image: Destination Southern Highlands

Budget: Motel Montrose
Standard: Dormie House Mossvale
Splurge: Milton Park Country House and Hotel


Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, Victoria

Escape the city to the nearby Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, both just an hour from Melbourne. The regions are known for their rolling green hills, wine production, and parklands that are great for bushwalking.

While in the area, consider joining a joining a wine tour, taking a hot air balloon ride or relax in a mineral spa

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Budget: Vibe Hote Marysville
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Standard: Yarra Valley Lodge
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Kangaroo Island, South Australia

After taking the 1.5-hour drive and 45-minute ferry ride from Adelaide, you’ll find yourself on a quiet island full of wildlife (everything from penguins and seals to koalas and wallabies) and lined with pristine beaches.

Our choice here for a splurge, South Coast Lodge, is described as “remote retreat combining true ecotourism with extravagant amenities along a picturesque stretch of naked coastline on the southern shore” by Travel + Leisure.

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Budget: Kangaroo Island Seaview Motel
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Standard: Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge
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Splurge: Southern Ocean Lodge


Freycinet National Park/Coles Bay,Tasmania

Situated about half-way between Hobart and Launceston, it’s an easy weekend trip from either city.

The park is home to Wineglass Bay, which is best visited by taking a bushwalk up to the panoramic lookout point and then down to the sandy beach, or by taking a cruise through the turquoise waters.

The region is also well-known for its seafood, especially its oysters. Consider joining an oyster paddle where you'll explore the area by kayak and then enjoy freshly shucked oysters.

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Budget: Swansea Cottages and Motel Suites
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Standard: Piermont Retreat
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Splurge: Saffire Freycinet
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Margaret River Region, Western Australia

While the area is famous for it's wine production, there’s much more to Margaret River than just vineyards.

Explore caves, visit the area’s renowned beaches, and walk along parts of the Cape to Cape Track, which follows the turquoise waters along the Indian Ocean Coast. Or, join a tour to easily pack it all into one day. All of this is just three hours south of Perth.

Image: Tourism Australia

Budget: The Vineyard Cottage
Standard: Bayview Geographe Resort
Splurge: Cape Lodge
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Red Centre, Northern Territory

There’s nothing more romantic than watching the sunrise or set, and the Red Centre is famous for them.

See the sky illuminated in brilliant shades of pink, orange and red. Consider joining a tour with wine and nibbles included to make the event extra special.

While this one may require extending your weekend into a three- or four-day break to get the most out of the area, it’s worth it.

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Budget: Outback Pioneer
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Standard: Sails in the Desert
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Splurge: Longitude 131

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