The 5 Most Romantic Last-Minute Weekend Getaways Around Australia
What better excuse to pack your bags and hit the road for an impromptu last-minute escape with your SO than Valentine’s Day weekend? With so many spectacular locations right on our doorstep, it seems crazy not to. For the ultimate inspiration, Gordon Bayne, Head of Travel at Scoopon shared his top five idyllic weekend escapes—perfect for every couple looking for a romantic getaway. Read on and surprise your Valentine with the gift of the century.
While everyone might rave about Hamilton Island, there’s another hidden oasis in Queensland that’s well worth a visit. Magnetic Island, just off the coast of Townsville, is the ideal couples' retreat. The beauty of Magnetic Island is that it’s basically untouched—a true natural wilderness surrounded by secluded beaches. When it comes to accommodation, look no further than the Grand Mercure—a high end option for your weekend getaway. There are four pools to choose from, but it’s hard to go past the infinity pool that overlooks Cleveland Bay. Share a glass of wine with your better half while taking an evening dip and you’ll quickly learn why they call it Magnetic Bay. It’s romantic serenity at its finest.
For couples who love the outdoors, book into the Sebel Pinnacle Valley Resort—a luxury hotel nestled in the heart of the Victorian High Country. Surrounded by rivers, mountains, and wineries, enjoy the resort’s unique seclusion and take advantage of the vast array of outdoor activities on offer. From bushwalking, mountain biking, road cycling to horse riding and 4WD tours, this is a go-to destination for the adventurous duo. You’ll be relaxed and stress-free as soon as you arrive thanks to the crisp country air, lush green landscapes, and crystal clear rivers.
Soak up the last of the summer sun with a luxurious escape to the pristine shores of Geographe Bay, south west of Western Australia. Book into the Aqua Resort, a 5-star beach front accommodation in Busselton offering self-contained beach houses with uncompromising privacy. It’s an idyllic and intimate getaway to reconnect with your other half amongst a picturesque backdrop. With direct beach access to the calm waters of Geographe Bay, this destination is designed for the beach lovers. Spend your days lazing on the white sandy pitch, or relax by the infinity pool cocktail in hand.
Sun, surf, sand and spectacular views—Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel has all the right ingredients for a dreamy weekend. Book yourself a seaside room and let the panoramic views of Watsons Bay and the glistening Sydney harbour do the rest. This Valentine’s Day, the hotel is even putting on a little something special for couples—spoil your SO with a romantic candlelit Italian dinner in the Beach Club dining room, or venture out for an alfresco picnic at sunset. Trust us, you’ll never want to leave.
There is perhaps no place more suited to Valentine’s Day then South Australia’s Barossa Valley. So romantic, almost impossible not to fall in love with its scenic landscape. Admire the most breathtaking vineyards, spend the day vineyard hopping sampling the local fare before settling in for a night at The Louise—the Barossa’s most luxurious accommodation. Its spa facilities are world class and the in-house restaurant, The Appellation, is an unforgettable culinary experience. Wining and dining at its best.