31st July, 2011

Top Five Australian Romantic Getaways

Australia has lots of special places to make a memorable romantic holiday special. From Surfers Paradise apartments to Bryon Bay and the Barossa Valley, these romantic getaways will ensure that you’ll have a great time with your partner and have plenty of opportunities for interesting activities and relaxation.

Surfers Paradise

You won’t go wrong if you make Surfers Paradise your romantic destination. Kick back and chill out on Surfers Paradise beach, voted the cleanest beach in Australia and filled with more than three kilometres of golden sand. Soak up some rays, take a surfing lesson, and go for a swim or a walk. When it comes to Surfers Paradise accommodation is first class and filled with choice for travellers.

Dining opportunities also bound in this vibrant town. Enjoy a romantic dinner in any of the cosmopolitan restaurants and then head to a bar or club to finish off your night. You’re close to the hinterlands too, so if you’re keen on hiking, trekking, or biking, head inland to the national parks.

Byron Bay

Byron Bay is popular destination for weddings. Its laid back feel and attractive beaches make it an ideal romantic getaway.

  • Beaches – The Main Beach has a popular surf break. Its white sands and turquoise waters make it a very pretty place to chill out. Wategos, Belongil, and Tallow Beach are just some of the other famous beaches.
  • National Parks – If you and your partner are keen on the outdoors, Byron Bay is close to the Northern Rivers area, which has some famous national parks, such as the Cape Byron State Conservation Area, Night Cap National and Mt Warning. They are great for trekking and biking or you can take a guided tour through them.
  • Markets – don’t miss out on the great local markets while you’re in the area.
  • Shopping and Dining – Byron Bay has a lot of award winning restaurants and cafes.

The Barossa Valley

The Barossa is one of Australia’s most famous wine regions. Only one hour’s drive from Adelaide, most visitors will stay at one of the main towns, including Nuriootpa, Tanunda or Lyndoch. There are more than 50 wineries in the area, such as Penfolds and Wolf Blass, and they are often open 7 days a week. Travellers can stop for a taste at their cellars.

Other than wine, the Valley has many world-class restaurants, picnic spots, and walking trails, making it a relaxing destination for those seeking a slow paced getaway with their partner.

Margaret River

The Margaret River is another famous wine region, located three-hours drive from Perth. This part of Australia is filled with not just wineries, but forests, beaches, spa retreats, and limestone caves. There are also lots of opportunities for the outdoors such as horseriding, mountaing biking, four-wheel driving, rock climbing and rafting. Try the delicious local produce with the famous wines after visiting the local breweries.

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain in Tasmania has some really spectacular natural scenery to be enjoyed, making it a wonderful romantic destination. Accommodation is plentiful, as are opportunities to get close to wildlife and to taste the great local produce and wines.