Whether you’re celebrating a special anniversary, on a romantic honeymoon or just looking to explore the road less travelled, Australia is chock full of destinations that are best experienced with your significant other. If you’re looking for ways to turn up the romance and see some of the most beautiful places in the world, here are 5 awesome destinations to explore in Australia as a couple.
Perfect for the Activity Seeking Fun Lovers
Just 90 minutes from Brisbane lies Queensland’s hidden jewel. With no buildings taller than the palm trees which line the white sandy beaches, Noosa is a natural paradise perfect for any nature-loving couple. Combining picture-perfect beaches with rich green hinterland, crystal clear rivers and Queensland’s most visited National Park, this tropical getaway is overflowing with romantic natural beauty. Get out of your comfort zone with jet-skiing and water sports or settle in to enjoy the regions famous fresh produce. No matter your preference, Noosa has you covered. Stay at the boutique hotel 10 Hastings Street, a beautiful boutique hotel just steps from Noosa Heads Main Beach.
St Kilda, VIC
Perfect for the City Loving Urban Pair
The vibrant, bohemian playground of Melbourne, St Kilda has a life of its own that calls out to all city loving couples. From the smiling face of Luna Park to the buzzing nightlife of Fitzroy Street, St Kilda comes packed with the best a modern city has to offer. Get lost in the gastro-culture by the St Kilda Esplanade or join the locals for a beachside bike ride. You can also spot a furry friend in the local penguins at the St Kilda Breakwater. St Kilda is sociable, cultured and authentic and is the perfect place to explore whether you want the best coffee of your life, the best beer, or just the best time. Check in to funky Rydges St Kilda Hotel to be within a stone’s throw away from the CBD.
Flinders Ranges, SA
Perfect for Sleeping Under the Stars
Sometimes you just need to escape from the daily grind and the Flinders Range outside Adelaide offers the ultimate romantic distraction. Expect jaw-dropping natural beauty just waiting to be explored, with rugged mountains and spectacular gorges at every turn. The best views come late at night though, as the stars come out and light up the sky. For lovebirds looking to trying something different, book into a glamping experience at Wilpena Pound Resort, nestled within the Flinders Ranges National Park. Sleep under the stars in a fully-powered tent that comes with all the modern luxuries like king-size bedding, en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning, whilst being surrounded by river red gums, native pines and abundant wildlife. It’ll be an experience to be remembered.
Whitsunday Islands, QLD
Perfect for a Little Extra Luxury and Indulgence
The beautiful Whitsunday Islands offer a tropical paradise found nowhere else in the world. Find your own slice of heaven on Hamilton Island, the largest of the Whitsundays, which has its own airport to get you in from anywhere. Dive headfirst into the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef which stretches for 2000 kilometres along the Queensland Coastline or settle in and indulge with Hamilton Island’s mouth-watering local cuisine. Couples won’t want to miss out on a scenic flight over the famous Heart Reef – a quintessential stop for those who are planning on making the ultimate romantic gesture. For utter indulgence, check yourself into the world-class Qualia Resort for privacy and luxury at its finest. Think secluded open-plan pavilions with sweeping views of the sea and private swimming pool and sundeck.
Byron Bay, NSW
Perfect for Relaxing & Unwinding
With surfing schools, couple’s massages and spa treatments within easy access, this chic seaside town is designed for romantic weekend escapes where couples can truly relax and unwind. Trek up to the famous Cape Byron Lighthouse and take in stunning coastal views and rainforest surrounds – it’s bound to be a breathtaking experience, especially during sunrise. To add to your delight, join a whale-watching tour. Alternatively, laze under the sun at one of Byron’s popular beaches, including The Pass, Main Beach and Wategos Beach. Book a private Bed & Breakfast to dial up the cosiness – it doesn’t get more romantic than that.
Forget blowing the budget on an overseas getaway – as you can see, Australia has romantic retreats that can cater to any type of couple.
Here are some top travel tips to keep in mind before booking your romantic getaway:
- To avoid crowds, don’t travel during peak times like school holidays or public holidays.
- For ultimate privacy, look into adults-only accommodation.
- For couples on a budget, subscribe to deals websites like Scoopon to be in on the know for the latest travel deals and holiday packages.
- Do your research ahead of time – if the destination of choices has a lot of activities on offer, consider taking an extra day of leave from work for a long weekend.
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