Don’t leave it all to Valentine’s Day to turn up the big displays of affection. Unexpected weekend jaunts, pampering and getaways for two are welcome any day of the year! Sneak away to rekindle the romance on a steamy home-grown affair.
Love is in the air nowhere more than it is in Queensland’s beautiful Whitsundays, as you’re flying over the incredible Heart Reef. Touting a distinctive love heart shape, this small yet eye-catching slice of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef has become an icon since it was discovered in 1975. Glimpse it out the window of a seaplane before topping it off with a romantic picnic on the stellar white and squeaky shores of Whitehaven Beach.
Pampering days are the best days and they’re even better when the bliss is for two. Some great hotels around the nation offer dedicated couple’s pampering packages and couple massages year-round. On the menu at Endota Spa Novotel Barossa Valley Resort there’s a ‘double bubble’ massage, soak and champagne package as well as an extravagant ‘red wine soak’ experience, just for couples. Hyatt Regency Perth, Lake House Daylesford and Surfers Paradise Marriot Resort and Spa are just a few of the many more that offer couple’s pampering packages.
What better place to chink glasses over the good times than Margaret River, one of Australia’s favourite wine regions. Luxurious accommodation, rolling vineyards and world-class drops at your fingertips... it doesn’t get much better than that. Swirl top-notch Riesling, Sauvignon blanc, Rose and Merlot at friendly cellar doors interspersed with stops at cheese and chocolate factories. Walk it off hand-in-hand at one of the long-winding scenic beaches swaddling the region’s western rim.
There are misty mountain vistas far off in the distance and then there are misty mountaintops at your feet. Have both when you check in to Spicers Peak Lodge in Queensland’s stunning Scenic Rim, just a stone’s throw from the Gold Coast Hinterland region. Unwind far away from civilisation in the elegant suites and private lodges, the spa and natural surroundings, before an award-winning culinary indulgence.
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Oysters are notorious aphrodisiacs. In Tasmania, they’re not only fresh but they come with a salty side of stellar southern scenery – and the Freycinet Peninsula dishes up both in large supply. Sapphire waters lap up against the pure, white sand shores and in the background, pink granite mountains looms. Hop from award-winning restaurants to luxury lodges and breathtaking lookouts. Wash it all down with the stellar local wine.
You may not get an island all to yourself but you can certainly find one that’s almost deserted. There’s no looking past the beautiful Bedarra Island, 140km south of Cairns. Salute the sun from your own private infinity pool or steal a private patch of sand. Alternatively, escape to the cool, green depths of the island’s tropical rainforest. Beyond Bedarra, other secluded Aussie islands to drop by include Lizard Island, Groote Eylandt, the Tiwi Islands, Wilson Island and Cocos Keeling Islands.
Why not head somewhere chilly for some cosy cottage cuddles come winter? The Blue Mountains is a haven for couple’s retreats complete with fireplaces and beautiful views. Similarly, the Hunter Valley and the Mornington Peninsular boast their own version or, for a full-blown winter hideout experience, opt for a jaunt to Australia’s snow resorts and ski fields for white, frosty scenery and romantic log cabins.
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