There are two weeks until Valentine’s Day and there’s still time to plan a romantic getaway.
But you better be quick - flights and hotels are booking out fast.
We’ve put together mini-break suggestions for different budgets for each Australian state.
We also encourage you to consider visiting fire-affected areas and neighbouring towns to help bolster their economies after a devastating summer. Find local hotels or jump on Airbnb.
Nothing says romance like a tropical island and the Whitsundays’ Hayman Island is no exception. With the Great Barrier Reef at your doorstep, a stay at this incredible resort will have you falling in love all over again.
Book a Valentine’s table at one of bustling Brisbane’s many romantic restaurants or order room service and have a relaxed night in. If you’re lucky you’ll get the pool to yourselves for a sexy night swim.
New South Wales
Having been forced to close due to fire threats, this stunning Blue Mountains retreat is open again and safe to visit. A stay in a private villa will make you feel like you’re the only two people in the world.
What it lacks in luxury it makes up for in beauty and charm. With Jervis Bay Marine Park on your doorstep, you can enjoy stunning sunsets, dolphin and whale watching and, of course, long walks on the beach.
Meticulously designed with a focus on modern art and the environment, this is a new luxury experience like no other. Set upon a vineyard worthy of film, book the private dining room at Doot Doot Doot for the ultimate Valentine’s dinner.
If you’re a nature-loving couple, a visit to Wilsons Promontory National Park will be your vibe. Just twenty minutes from this well-reviewed hotel, you’ll find bountiful wildlife, secluded swimming spots and all the hiking you can handle.
With villas right on the beach and an award-winning spa for couples massages, you’ll never have to leave the resort. Book a private dinner among olive trees as the waves crash in for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day experience.
Watch the sunset at Cottesloe beach, splurge on a hot balloon ride and take a day trip to incomparable Rottnest Island. Getting romantic in Perth is super easy and at the low-key Four Points, you’ll be right in the heart of it.
On a secluded acre overlooking a nature reserve, eco-friendly luxury home promises “the clearest night sky you're likely to see anywhere in the world”. A huge bath on the veranda uses pure rainwater so you can get romantic without regrets.
Right on the waterfront, this rustic resort is the door Maria Island National Park. Go snorkeling in crystal waters, wine-tasting at Darlington Vineyard and have fish and chips on the beach at sunset for some old-school romance.
The perfect romantic getaway for wine-lovers, this 4-star resort offers spectacular sunrises and close proximity to Penfolds, Jacob's Creek, Yalumba, Wolf Blass and Rockford wineries. Book a couples’ massage at the on-site Endota spa after a hard day of swilling.
Share your love with Kangaroo Island, which desperately needs it after the bushfires. Overlooking idyllic Eastern Cove and popular with couples, this casual hotel offers endless opportunities for romance and a restaurant punching above its weight.
I have three words for you: swim-up bar. I’m not saying it’s romantic, but I’m also not saying it’s not romantic. With outstanding sunset views, a luxurious day spa and four restaurants to choose from, this is the only place to be in Darwin on February 14.
I can personally report that dinner under the stars at this very resort is one of the most romantic things you can do. Hike the canyon, indulge in a helicopter ride and spend Valentine’s evening under a star-filled sky.
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