16 January 2018
Valentine’s Day is meant to be shared. Surprise your loved one this year with a romantic getaway in the heart of NSW. You don’t have to go far to discover fairy-tale beauty, with many picturesque locations at your doorstep.
Check out some wonderful romantic getaways in NSW perfect for Valentine’s Day below.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in stunning Blue Mountains surrounds and soak up the beauty of nature with a weekend getaway at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley. Around three hours’ drive north-west of Sydney, the luxury retreat is set on a 7000-acre private conservation reserve in the Greater Blue Mountains Heritage area. Enjoy a private dinner in your villa, savouring seasonal produce sourced from local farms, or dine at the restaurant in the main homestead.
Looking to spoil your loved one with the ultimate Valentine’s Day weekend escape? Take a trip to the Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains and enjoy chocolate dipped strawberries, sparkling wine on arrival and a tasty three course Valentine’s Dinner to the romantic sounds of live classical guitar. Head to Medlow Bath to spend the weekend at the iconic Hydro Majestic Hotel. Once there, guests can enjoy Valentine’s Weekend High Tea and live romantic serenades. You can also splurge on a Majestic Journeys package with Blue Mountains Vintage Cadillacs and take a vintage car tour along breathtaking scenery, stopping off at romantic locations along the way.
Take a trip to the Hunter Valley and spend your Valentine’s Day unwinding in the lush countryside of the famous wine region. Arrive by Hunter Valley Helicopters, make a grand entrance and take the time to explore the outstanding wineries, vineyards and cellar doors of the Hunter.
Visitors can delight in rustic charm at Rothvale Vineyard Cottages and while away the Valentine’s weekend sampling delicious wines and touring the vineyards. Pack a champagne hamper and enjoy a picnic at the Hunter Valley Gardens or take your partner out for high tea at The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley and enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and awe-inspiring views across the rose garden.
With its calm turquoise lagoon, striking volcanic peaks, laidback Lord Howe Island is a South Pacific island beauty. The luxurious Capella Lodge has a friendly and relaxed restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the plunge pool, lagoon and mountains.
Order a picnic or barbecue hamper from the lodge and head to Old Settlement Beach, where you can snorkel at the world’s southernmost coral reef, swim alongside turtles, and kayak across the lagoon to North Bay. The Capella Spa offers a range of treatments from ‘Sacred Stone Therapy’ that draws upon the power of heated basalt stones from the island’s beaches to the three-hour ‘Dreaming’ package.
The North Coast is filled with romantic places to visit, beautiful bays and gorgeous beaches perfect for a Valentine’s retreat. Byron Bay is popular with travellers because of its unique beaches, shimmering coastal walks, quaint surrounding townships and sprawling hinterland. Whether you’re looking for a city break or a country retreat, you’ll find something to suit you in the Byron Bay area. Stay at a luxury Beach Suites boutique apartment to enjoy beachfront access and spend some time with your loved one at the studio’s private rooftop swimming pools.
Further south, explore The Tweed area’s stunning beaches and unique rainforest surrounds. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s escape at Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat. Located within 250 acres of untouched, World Heritage listed rainforest, this secluded retreat is perfect for those who want to get away from it all with their other half. Enjoy a candlelit dinner, swim in crystal pools and spot many different types of native wildlife.
The Mid-North Coast also has many romantic spots to discover. Enjoy a boutique accommodation with sparkling Manning River views at Mansfield on the Manning. Enjoy riverside picnics with your partner, kayaking adventures and stylish cabins with amazing sunset vistas.
Take in the ancient beauty of Outback NSW and explore natural attractions in Broken Hill. Feel a million miles away from civilisation with someone special on a breathtaking, stargazing adventure. Enjoy the wonders of the bright, night sky with Outback Astronomy and see clear constellations on a personalised romantic night tour of the area.
If your significant other is a movie buff, be sure to check out the nearby Outback town of Silverton. The historic township has been the backdrop of many famous films over the years, including Mad Max, Mission Impossible II and more.
Whisk your love away to the Snowy Mountains this Valentine’s Day. Although ski season is a few months off, there’s still an abundance of activities to get involved in throughout February. Take in the amazing views on a self-guided Valentine’s Day Sunset Walk as you stand on Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko. Enjoy a flute of champagne before making your way back to the Thredbo Alpine Hotel where a romantic dinner for two awaits visitors.
For a more private Valentine’s retreat check out Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa for a secret romantic haven on the lake hidden by natural bushland.
The South Coast of NSW is the ideal place for a romantic break, with a wide range of gorgeous coastal towns, unspoilt white sand beaches and crystal clear, tranquil ocean. Head to Berry for beautiful village surrounds, heritage retreats and luxury food and wine tours at award-winning restaurants like South On Albany. If you’re looking to impress your nature-loving beau, take a trip to the Kangaroo Valley to discover lush bushwalks, gorgeous waterfalls and native flora and fauna at Budderoo National Park.
The jewel of the South Coast, Jervis Bay is one of the most romantic spots in NSW. Known for its truly superb stretch of silky, sandy coastline and beautiful turquoise waters, catch a glimpse of playful dolphins, explore secret coves, coastal walks and more. Stay at Hyams Beach Hideaway for direct Hyams Beach access, or look out for beach camping opportunities to enjoy the night under the stars with your lover. A little off the beaten track and perfect for a romantic couples weekend away, Honeymoon Bay is another truly stunning spot to enjoy Jervis Bay camping.
Just a 90 minute drive from Sydney, the Central Coast is a great place to escape to and forget about the day-to-day troubles of city life. With national parks and bushwalking aplenty and shimmering coastal beaches, bays and inlets ideal for nature lovers, discover the beauty of the Central Coast on a romantic Valentine’s getaway.
Situated in lush hinterland next to Bouddi National Park, Bells At Killcare Boutique Hotel is a sophisticated coastal retreat ideal for couples. Alongside the hotel’s renowned luxury day spa and manicured gardens, the retreat is in close proximity to some of the region’s most amazing beaches, including Killcare Beach, Putty Beach and more.
There’s also some great places to explore near the iconic Avoca Beach. Book into The Palms at Avoca to enjoy tropical gardens, swimming pools and heated spas all within walking distance from the famous surf beach.
Surprise your significant other with a relaxing Valentine’s weekend getaway to the Southern Highlands. Famed for its quaint cottages, stunning gardens and cool-climate wines, the area shows of the best of what Country NSW has to offer and makes for a wonderfully romantic backdrop for your Valentine’s getaway. Stay a few nights at the heritage-listed Fitzroy Inn Historic Retreat to enjoy luxury rooms with ensuite facilities and charming manicured gardens. Discover vibrant local markets, spa retreats and golfing experiences in the region’s main towns of Bowral, Moss Vale and Mittagong.
Headed to Bowral? Stay at the secluded Milton Park Country House estate to enjoy French Provincial style in one of Australia’s most romantic wedding venues and hoteliers as well as award-winning gardens, spa baths and open fireplaces.