Australia has miles of glorious coastline, dotted with chic beach houses and indulgent secret hideaways. So if you’re looking for a special place for a romantic getaway with the most important person in your life, perhaps you should consider a weekend away beside the ocean.
Romantic Escapes Queensland
Australia’s ‘sunshine state’ is blessed with such a mind-boggling array of getaway options that the biggest problem may well be where to start looking – so let us help you with some ideas.
For romance and glamour, few places come close to the beauty of the Whitsunday Islands. Sprinkled over the Great Barrier Reef in a startlingly blue expanse of ocean, this cluster of tropical islands has been popular with couples in search of short breaks for decades. Places like Lizard Island, Bedarra Island, Dunk Island and Hamilton Island are heaven on earth, embodying the romantic ideal of dazzling, white, sandy beaches and warm, inviting waters.
If you prefer to stay on land, sensational Port Douglas or neighbouring Palm Cove are worth checking out. Located in tropical northern Queensland, both towns boast a vast range of holiday accommodation to suit all budgets – from the last word in luxury resorts to stylish boutique hotels. Further south, Noosa oozes class with excellent restaurants, wonderful hotels and a laidback feel.
Romantic Getaways NSW
Jervis Bay, Mollymook and Batemans Bay are just some of the seaside gems found on the southern NSW coast. Jervis Bay is famous for its impressive white sand beach, Mollymook has the cache of Rick Stein’s Bannisters restaurant for a memorable for an intimate dinner and Batemans Bay has the spectacular Clyde Estuary.
Heading north from Sydney, the NSW Central Coast has numerous holiday spots, just perfect for a romantic weekend – Ettalong, Terrigal and Avoca, to name just a few.
And up near the border of Queensland there is the magical town of Byron Bay. Once known only to surfers and hippies, these days Byron really is a beach town which has something from everyone from swish resorts to backpackers from beach life to alternative therapies.
Victoria Beach Breaks
The fabulous Great Ocean Road was made for weekends away. Wow your partner with a drive along this dramatic stretch of coastline, stopping off at charming places like Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Fairy. Hell, why not blow the budget and hire a convertible for the trip?!
Alternatively, the Mornington Peninsula East of Melbourne has the double attractions of stunning beaches (both calm family ones and wild, exhilarating ocean ones) and delicious wine country. For many, a romantic getaway to the Mornington Peninsula is hard to beat- where else can you stay at a chic holiday apartment in a town like Sorrento and then drive up to lunch at a winery somewhere like Red Hill?
WA Beach Appeal
If you really want to take your lover away from it all whilst giving them a taste of blissful ocean life, try Broome. With seemingly endless beaches and a relaxed ambience all of its own, Broome is an unforgettable place for a short break holiday.
Another WA tourist hotspot is the glorious wine region of Margaret River. Combining world-class food and wine with fantastic scenery and some superb boutique accommodation – a Margaret River holiday will give you a weekend getaway worth remembering.