What is your first thought when someone says ‘romantic destination’? For many travellers, that is usually Paris, Venice, or some dreamy tropical beach in a distant part of the world, and certainly not a country like Australia. While it is famous for its iconic cityscapes, Australia is so much more than the wild nightlife of Sydney or the vivid art scene in Melbourne. With a total surface of 7,692,024 km2 and a coastline that is 50,000 kilometres long, the Land Down Under is packed with romantic destinations that can meet everyone’s travel expectations and fit into everyone’s budget. To narrow this infinite list down, here are ten exceptionally beautiful and whimsical spots in Australia to think about.
1. Adelaide Hills, South Australia
If you have always dreamed about visiting Europe, but simply can’t afford it, because, let’s face it, it is still a pretty expensive trip, you can get a little bit of that old-world charm if you visit Adelaide Hills in South Australia. The mix of European architecture, indulging food and picturesque farmlands is ideal for couples who want to escape the city and spend their vacation in the shade of the trees, instead of on a sandy beach. The best thing about this destination is that you can stay in a cottage instead of a hotel.
2.Cable Beach, Western Australia
Although this beach is famous for its astonishing sunset, it is still relatively uncrowded, which makes it the perfect place for adventurous couples seeking to relax while soaking in the sun together. The beach features about 20 kilometres of pristine sand and crystal-clear water. The Kimberley region itself beckons as a stunningly appealing adventure beyond the beaches, so be sure to check it out.
3. Palm Cove, Queensland
While the most famous romantic destination in Queensland is undoubtledly the Great Barrier Reef, Palm Cove is a more peaceful, less crowded alternative with a laid-back atmosphere. It is also the place where you can find more affordable accommodation than in a busier tourist hub.
4. Byron Bay, New South Wales
Byron Bay captivates visitors with the breathtaking combination of rugged landscapes, tropical forest and soft sandy secluded beaches, which is a one-in-a-kind mix of all the natural beauties of Australia. It is not difficult to find activities for couples, and they range from cruising to dolphin watching. It is even easier to find romantic Byron Bay accommodation which is a dream-come-true for couples from all around the world.
5. Hunter Valley, New South Wales
Easily accessible from Sydney, Hunter Valley is home to secluded resorts, lush vineyards and landscapes of rolling hills. The region is a true wonder to explore, especially if you appreciate good wine and food, and, of course picture-perfect greenery.
6. Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland
Get past the touristy part of the Sunshine Coast and visit the unexplored gem of Queensland. A true mountain getaway that still leaves you the option of accessing the beach anytime you want, Hinterland is ideal for camping under a starry sky or staying at one of the many hideaway-style cottages.
7. Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
The beautiful alpine scenery of Tasmania is often overlooked by couples seeking a romantic vacation, which is, obviously, unfair. The mountain lakes, rocky cliffs and abundant wildlife form a unique contrast to the most of the Australian mainland. This is the part of the country where you can truly devote attention to one another, since it is an unparalleled escape from civilization.
8. Freycinet, Tasmania
Another jewel of Tasmania, Freycinet is the most romantic place in this part of the country. The region mixes together scenic slices of water, beaches covered in bushland and authentic Tassie’s alpine environment. Though it features a lot of luxurious resorts, it is also suitable for campers and hikers.
9. Kangaroo Island, South Australia
This tucked-away location is amongst the most popular choices for couples’ retreats. The island boasts idyllic cottages, rich wildlife, turquoise waters, and interesting history. Even though it is only minutes away from the mainland, it feels like it is miles away from all of your everyday worries, and what’s more romantic than that?
10. Rottnest Island, Western Australia
Australia has tons of renowned beaches, but as a couple, you probably want to go someplace where you won’t be bothered by thousands of tourists. This is why you should visit one of the most beautiful secluded beaches in the country. Rottnest Island is the ideal marriage of tranquil water and dramatic reefs, which looks like a natural swimming pool.