With dramatically beautiful coastlines, pristine forests, and sumptuous vineyards, Tasmania is a little bit of an unsung hero when it comes to romantic destinations.
No matter which region you choose to visit, you’re likely to be wowed by at least one of Tassie’s beauties.
The east boasts fiery coastlines and pristine beaches of bone-white sand and cerulean seas, the west is wild and rugged with immaculate forests, virgin terrain and secluded lakes, the south boasts a rich arts scene and an up-and-coming city with scrumptious markets and infamous historical importance, and the north is rich with national parks and littered with food and wine trails. In fact, this humble isle has more gourmet food and wine than you’d think possible for such a small-by-comparison chunk of land.
And that’s just the mainland. The offshore islands are home to a whole host of equally alluring attractions.
What could possibly be more romantic than grand expanses of land where each night you’re blanketed by a million shimmering lights as you sleep? This is the Australia where nature rules.
Embrace the desert and explore the Red Centre and all its treasures, from Uluru and Kata Tjuta to The Olgas and everything in between. Head to the national parks and be amazed by Kings Canyon and Kakadu and their rich environment. Marvel at the big and the unusual such as the Devils Marbles or The Pinnacles, or cross the Nullarbor and be amazed by the considerable expanse of ‘nothing’.
The seclusion and sheer size of the Outback is both romantic and intoxicating all at once, and will no doubt leave you wanting more.
Islands are the unofficial destination for romance-seekers the world over. We’re lucky to have a selection of islands on hand in the Whitsundays just waiting for romantics to grace their shores and breathe the obligatory ‘ahhh’ as they settle into island life.
Whether you’re a luxury resort lover or an avid sailor, the Whitsundays can deliver the goods. And with 74 islands to explore you’re spoilt for choice. These palm fringed, white-sand beauties are surrounded by brilliant blue seas teeming with sea life and vibrant coral reefs.
Join a tour and explore the underwater world of the outer reefs, or stay close to home and paddle the shores around one of the islands. Set sail for the infamous shores of Whitehaven Beach and spend the day being blinded by the shimmering white sand of this glorious island-utopia. If you’re staying on Hamilton Island you can explore the island by foot and take in the gorgeous views of the island and beyond on one of the hikes on offer.
Be sure to take to the air to see heart reef. It may be a little corny but the heart shaped atoll really is a beautiful sight.
When you’re nestled deep within the confines of a hundred-million-year-old rainforest there’s a tendency for romantic ambiance. It is the world’s oldest rainforest after all.
The World Heritage listed area is rich with natural wonders, from cascading waterfalls amidst lush plants to unique wildlife.
Take it all in on a hike through the rainforest and marvel at the assortment of animals who call the forest home. You could spot everything from crocodiles, the elusive cassowary, vividly colourful frogs, tropical birds like honeyeaters, and tree kangaroos.
Another great way to explore the area is from the Daintree River on a cruise. This offers a slower, and often informative, way to explore the rainforest.
The Blue Mountains
Whether it’s the dramatic blue that illuminates the forest at dusk or the veil of mist that shrouds the valleys at dawn, there’s no denying there’s something whimsical about the Blue Mountains. The fact that it creates a ridiculously romantic setting is just a bonus.
Step out into nature and hike one of the many trails that criss-cross the mountain ranges and gape at the impressive views a steep climb can award. If a more moderate stroll through nature is what you’re after there are a number trails where the highlight is a stunning waterfall or two.
The region is also full of charming towns to explore, such as Leura and Katoomba, that offer up delectable food, boutique stores, and the odd spa.
If romance and relaxation in nature is the order of the day you’re sure to find it in the glorious Blue Mountains.
The Hunter Valley
The Hunter Valley is bias towards romantics. There’s just something about wine regions that emits a certain level of romance, and the Hunter Valley, whatever the reason, is the main culprit.
Whether it’s the acclaimed restaurants such as Muse and Bistro Molines, the rich history of the region, plethora of boutique accommodation, stunning natural surrounds, or the never ending trail of world-class wineries, the Hunter Valley has a lot to offer visitors.
The dramatic scenery of the Kimberley region humbles the soul. It’s one of those destinations that gives you a sense of size and puts the world into perspective. It also makes for a rather romantic setting.
Some of the awe-inspiring scenes include the long stretch of sand at Cable Beach, the turquoise ocean that hugs the coastline, the fire-orange gorges and sandstone structures. Take in the beauty of Cable Beach from the back of a camel during a sunset ride on the beach, take a hike through the ancient cultural riches of one of the national parks, or seek out the perfect pearl in Broome.
Gold Coast Hinterland
With serpentine roads slinking through pristine rainforest, cosy nooks for secluded picnics, and stunning waterfalls cascading around (seemingly) every corner, the Gold Coast hinterland is romance packed neatly into a verdant 100,000 hectares.
There are a good number of boutique and luxury accommodation options in the hinterland with some real gems in the mix. Glorious seclusion in a cabin nestled deep in the forest is the norm here, and it’s lovely; particularly if you’re looking for a bit of romance in a naturally beautiful setting.
Be sure to explore the ancient forests of Lamington National Park, Mount Tamborine, and Springbrook National Park; the slower the better. Take a hike to one of the hundreds of waterfalls that grace the forests and go for a dip in one of the many swimming holes hidden amidst it all.
The region makes for a beautiful road trip destination, and offers some seriously impressive views of the hinterland and beyond – at times as far as the coast. There are plenty of vineyards, cafes, and road side stalls to stop at and stretch your legs along the way too.
Margaret River, where dazzling beaches and lavish vineyards coexist in a brilliant mix of sea salt and grapes, is a wonderful seaside escape.
Tour world-class vineyards and sample exemplary blends, spend a lazy afternoon dining on the freshest of fresh local seafood, and top the day off with a bottle of bubbly on the beach at sunset.
If the beach scene is more to your liking there plenty of salty escapades to be had here, including surfing, snorkelling, boating, fishing, and coastal walks. Or, just spread a towel and revel in the sumptuous shades of blue and soft white sand.
If wining and dining with a side of gorgeous coastal scenery is your idea of a romantic destination then Noosa is the one for you.
Here you can explore the lush National Park by day, pausing briefly to revel in one of the many secluded bays, and feast on world class food with the sand at your feet by night. Sunset cocktails by the beach are a specialty, and often enjoyed with the blazing spectacle front and centre.