New South Wales
  • Romance on the Bay: Escape to New South Wales' magical Eden

    Romance on the Bay: Escape to New South Wales' magical Eden

    “Over there; that dip in the water!” Our tour guide, Ros, waggles her finger out towards the endless blue. We follow her sightline and are greeted by a spray of sea and the slow hulking form of a breaching humpback whale followed by the crescent arc of its calf. It’s magnificent.

  • Discover What Makes Mudgee So Special

    Discover What Makes Mudgee So Special

    Close enough to Sydney that you can make the trip after work on a Friday, far enough away that you feel like you have escaped the city, Mudgee is a favourite wine region for people “in the know”. There's beautiful rolling countryside, a range of great cafes and restaurants, and locally brewed/distilled/fermented beverages of all varieties – without the huge crowds of some of the most well-known regions. This is the perfect home base for a romantic getaway with your significant other as you sip, graze and gaze in a space that feels like your very own.

  • Insider Tips for a Romantic Getaway in Port Macquarie

    Insider Tips for a Romantic Getaway in Port Macquarie

    Port Macquarie, with its magic mix of sun, sand and surf, along with a generous serving of great food and wine and lush rainforest, has long been a favourite summer holiday destination. And now that a dual-lane highway has made it an easy four-hour drive from Sydney (or you can take a daily direct flight from Sydney or Brisbane), it’s also a perfect destination for a short break.

  • Experience Wanderlust Festival at Thredbo This Summer

    Experience Wanderlust Festival at Thredbo This Summer

    Unplug, unwind and enjoy music, mindfulness and art amongst the beautiful Snowy Mountains at Wanderlust festival – one of the world's most popular yoga and mindfulness events. 

  • Romantic Getaways in Southern New South Wales

    Romantic Getaways in Southern New South Wales

    Southern New South Wales is a spectacularly beautiful region of bays, lakes, beaches and rivers. On the coast, highlights are the sweeping ocean views along the coastal walk at Kiama and the Sapphire Coast. Other coastal delights include seeing fur seals at Montague Island and surfing in Shellharbour. The towns are full of restaurants and cafés with wonderful food and lovely views. Once you go, the coast regions of southern New South Wales will draw you back again and again.

  • Reset Your Senses in Mudgee Region

    Reset Your Senses in Mudgee Region

    Discover a taste sensation in a place that’s a feast for the eyes. Swirl and sip your way across over 40 family-owned cellar doors, a distillery and brewery. Eat and treat yourself to our local produce. Potter around our boutique and chic shopping precinct and find hidden gems exploring our heritage.

  • 10 Australian Beach Getaways Close to the City

    10 Australian Beach Getaways Close to the City

    Summer’s well and truly upon us, so take it as the perfect excuse for a romantic weekend away. Slip into those togs and slick on some sunscreen (or fluoro zinc if you want to go all-out), because we’ve found 10 beach getaways that you can get to easily, right from your city-dwelling back door.  

  • 5 of Australia's Best Beaches – How Many Have You Been To?

    5 of Australia's Best Beaches – How Many Have You Been To?

    Australia is renowned for having some of the best beaches in the world and the carefree culture to match. Travellers flock from all over the globe to experience Australia's golden sands and azure waters. As the world's largest island, we're literally surrounded by fabulous options for soaking up the sun and enjoying the salty kiss of sea spray on our skin. Here are five of Australia's best beaches, epitomising those quintessential qualities of a good Aussie beach we all love so much. 

  • Katie Noonan to Perform at the Lovely Spicers Vineyards Estate

    Katie Noonan to Perform at the Lovely Spicers Vineyards Estate

    Katie Noonan's Vanguard will be showcasing her new album Transmutant in the stunning setting of Spicers Vineyard Estate on Sunday 8 November 2015. 

  • Big News From Bannisters: A Luxury Makeover and New Hotel

    Big News From Bannisters: A Luxury Makeover and New Hotel

    It's an exciting time for Bannisters By the Sea with their recently completed stunning interior makeover by iconic fashion designer Collette Dinnigan, and the announcement of a new hotel opening December 1.

  • A Weekend in Newcastle’s Historic and Exciting East End

    A Weekend in Newcastle’s Historic and Exciting East End

    There are endless options for romantic getaways in New South Wales as this ever-popular destination has an incredible range of stunning locales to choose from. One such precinct burgeoning in popularity is Newcastle, particularly her historic East End which sees a lively CBD linked with a fabulous foreshore. From cool cafes, boutique shops to excellent beaches, Newcastle can tickle the fancy of any couple, making it the perfect place for a short break or weekend getaway.

  • Celebrate Asian Culture in the Blue Mountains at the Moon Festival

    Celebrate Asian Culture in the Blue Mountains at the Moon Festival

    The Blue Mountains party palace – the opulent Hydro Majestic Hotel is hosting a spring Moon Festival to celebrate Asian culture on September 26 and 27. 

  • Paul Mac to Headline Dungog Festival

    Paul Mac to Headline Dungog Festival

    Dungog Festival have just announced that multi ARIA award winner Paul Mac will headline this year's event from 22 to 25 October.

  • Celebrate All of the Good Things in Life at Beer and Cider Festival

    Celebrate All of the Good Things in Life at Beer and Cider Festival

    At Westpoint Park on September 26 from midday until 7pm, Port Macquarie is set to host a stellar family event: the Port Macquarie Beer and Cider Festival. 

  • One Loved-Up Couple Share Their Review of Noonaweena

    One Loved-Up Couple Share Their Review of Noonaweena

    We asked Richard and Linda Banks to tell us about their romantic weekend break at Noonaweena on the Central Coast of NSW.

  • Matt Moran to Headline Tastings on Hastings

    Matt Moran to Headline Tastings on Hastings

    This year's Tastings on Hastings is set to go out with a bang with celebrity chef Matt Moran headlining the three days of foodie events from November 6 to November 8.

  • 4 Hot Getaway Deals to Get Your Love Sizzling

    4 Hot Getaway Deals to Get Your Love Sizzling

     

    Treat your sweetheart to something a little bit special and whisk them away for a romantic weekend getaway to one of these gorgeous hotels. With package inclusions such as Champagne, gourmet meals, hampers and massages, there's no better time than the present!

  • 5 Australian Wine Regions Couples Will Love

    5 Australian Wine Regions Couples Will Love

    Short on time but in serious need of a break with that special someone? Australia’s wine regions offer the perfect solution – a relaxed escape with nature’s finest drops only a hop, skip and jump from the city. 

  • Sebel Pinnacle Offers Ski & Stay Five-Star Package

    Sebel Pinnacle Offers Ski & Stay Five-Star Package

    The perfect winter weekend getaway is at hand! For a short time, the newly renovated Sebel Pinnacle is offering a Ski & Stay five-star package.

  • Great Weekend Getaways for Two in Australia

    Great Weekend Getaways for Two in Australia

    Looking for a short break? Weekend getaways for couples have never been easier to plan. With so much on offer around Australia, from a cosy cottage in Tasmania to an island hideaway on the Great Barrier Reef, there’s no excuse to stay at home. Here are some inspirational ideas for romantic getaways in Australia.

  • Unspoiled Beauty in Lord Howe Island

    Unspoiled Beauty in Lord Howe Island

    With a lagoon that looks like Bora Bora’s and mountains towering to the heavens that are home to species of animals and birds you won’t see anywhere else on this planet, is it any wonder Lord Howe Island became World-Heritage listed?

  • Romantic Lighthouse Accommodation for Whale Watching in NSW

    Romantic Lighthouse Accommodation for Whale Watching in NSW

    There's set to be a bumper whale watching season expected to hit the New South Wales coast this winter so take some time out for a romantic short break in gorgeous lighthouse accommodation and spot these gentle giants in action.

  • Escape for a Short Break in Northern New South Wales

    Escape for a Short Break in Northern New South Wales

    Lush valleys, beautiful beaches and delightful towns are a drawcard for those seeking romantic getaways in northern NSW. The NSW north coast is a natural wonder, with national parks and reserves.

  • Food Fight in the Hunter Valley

    Food Fight in the Hunter Valley

    Stop packing your waterproof smocks – no food will actually be thrown, but there will be something even more extraordinary! The Hunter Valley region's most celebrated chefs are heating up the kitchen as they take on a line of newcomers hailing from Canberra and the Southern Highlands. 

  • South Coast Wonderland: a Romantic NSW Getaway

    South Coast Wonderland: a Romantic NSW Getaway

    The drive to the Shoalhaven region on the south coast of NSW is a picturesque two hours from the traffic snarled streets of suburban Sydney, through the rugged Royal National Park (the second oldest in the world), past the small beach-side townships of the Illawarra district, and further south through undulating green hills, sweeping valleys and lush grazing paddocks. The scenery reminds me of postcards I brought back from the UK years ago except for the red tin roofs of the homesteads we pass; serene scenes of country life so different to the skyscrapers and dense traffic of our city life. Garlanded with the ever-present blue haze of the Great Dividing Range, it’s the sort of luminescent countryside that announces you’ve arrived somewhere special.

  • Retreat to Romance: Boutique Short Breaks in Australia

    Retreat to Romance: Boutique Short Breaks in Australia

    Short breaks are the perfect getaway for couples because they can easily fit into our busy schedules. Great for a weekend away or snag the Friday or Monday off as well for a little extra time in romantic paradise. This collection of boutique short break accommodation from the east coast of Australia is a sneak peek of what's to come in our next issue of Holidays For Couples magazine on sale next week. 

  • Mollymook: A Romantic Getaway Perfect For Couples

    Mollymook: A Romantic Getaway Perfect For Couples

    You may not have heard of the charming town of Mollymook, NSW, but within this coastal area, couples can discover a fantastic romantic getaway or short break.

  • Summer Adventures in the Snowy Mountains

    Summer Adventures in the Snowy Mountains

    No matter the time of year, the Snowy Mountains is full of romantic adventures... 

    The Snowy Mountains region has more to it than most people think. Much of the attention is focused on the magical winter months, where the NSW ski resorts come to life with snow activity. However, couples looking for an active holiday during the spring, summer and autumn months will find the Snowy Mountains is a veritable adventure playground.

  • 5 New South Wales Escapes Perfect for a Romantic Weekend Away

    5 New South Wales Escapes Perfect for a Romantic Weekend Away

     

    New South Wales holds an abundance of stunning locales and natural wonders waiting to be explored. Couples will love these five locations as weekend getaway ideas for their awe-inspiring sights as well as providing endless opportunities for romantic adventures. 

  • Short Break Sydney

    Short Break Sydney

    Sydney born and bred travel writer Rob Dunlop recently released a new app Thirst for Sydney for exploring Sydney Harbour by ferry and foot. He joins us as a guest writer to help Holidays for Couples readers make the most of their Sydney short break.

  • 48 Hours in The Snowy Mountains

    48 Hours in The Snowy Mountains

    Planning a summer weekend getaway to the Snowy Mountains? Check out our guide as you plan 48 hours in The Snowies with your loved one.

    Australia's Snowy Mountains are an ideal getaway for nature lovers in any season. This breathtaking natural attraction boasts sharp peaks, rolling hills, forested areas, alpine lakes and some of the most stunning scenery Down Under.

  • Enjoy a 48 Hour holiday-at-home in Sydney

    Enjoy a 48 Hour holiday-at-home in Sydney

     

    Who says you need to leave your city to have a fantastically romantic weekend break? If you live in Sydney, you don't have to head far to find a range of attractions that can refresh, rejuvenate and entertain you.

    Here's how to enjoy 48 hours in Sydney even if it's home turf.

  • Noonaweena wins prestigious Best Hosted Accommodation award

    Noonaweena wins prestigious Best Hosted Accommodation award

    We were always pretty huge fans of Noonaweena here at Holidays for Couples, and now we've got even more reason to love them. This luxury eco-retreat, nestled in the NSW Central Coast Hinterland, has recently been named as the Best Hosted Accommodation in the recent 2014 Hunter & Central Coast Awards for Excellence in Tourism. We'd like to take this opportunity to offer a HUGE congratulations to the dedicated team at Noonaweena!

  • 48 hours in Byron Bay

    48 hours in Byron Bay

     

    If you and your sweetheart are looking for the perfect weekend getaway, have we got the location for you. Spending 48 hours in Byron Bay, about two hours out of Brisbane, will have the two of you rekindling your love in an utterly romantic oceanside town. 

  • Room for Two: Somewhere Unique, Hunter Valley

    Room for Two: Somewhere Unique, Hunter Valley

    Nestled in the gorgeous Hunter Valley is a luxury retreat designed just for couples. Somewhere Unique is an eco-certified property and combines a love of the natural environment with modern opulence and convenience – everything you want in one perfect bundle! This tranquil, private and romantic getaway will certainly please.

  • Room For Two: Bannisters by the Sea, Mollymook

    Room For Two: Bannisters by the Sea, Mollymook

     

    This coastal getaway, looking over the stunning Mollymook Bay, is luxury accommodation at its finest. Every room offers panoramic ocean views and are in close proximity to some of the NSW South Coast's best surf beaches. The hotel is also home to Rick Stein at Bannisters, with a menu celebrating the celebrity chef's passion for the coastal lifestyle. It's a holiday location for the beachlover in every couple.

  • 3 Health Getaways in Australia

    3 Health Getaways in Australia

    As the international holistic health movement gains momentum, so too does the rise of specialty lifestyle retreats. Ideal for the health-concious couple looking for the ultimate escape, these serene resorts partner nutritious food, spa treatments, plenty of chill time and the power of nature for some serious rejuvenation. We round up three of Australia's leading health getaways which claim to refresh and re-energise all in under a week.

  • 48 hours in Shoalhaven

    48 hours in Shoalhaven

    If you're chasing the dream of a weekend getaway in the hinterland, New South Wales' South Coast is where you'll find the perfect spot. 

  • Top 5 tips for an Easter getaway in Newcastle this Easter

    Top 5 tips for an Easter getaway in Newcastle this Easter

    For weekending city slickers wishing to escape the urban jungle, or countrysiders seeking a relaxed city break, Newcastle provides a romantic base on the doorstep of the iconic Hunter Valley, with a swathe of cultural, culinary and quirky activity options. Newcastle Airport operates services to Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney - connecting NSW's second largest city to the rest of Australia and the world.

  • 48 hours in the Blue Mountains

    48 hours in the Blue Mountains

     

    Australia's beautiful Blue Mountains National Park is a great place for a weekend getaway and it's only an hour or so's drive from Sydney - so it's perfectly placed for your convenience. 

    To get you inspired for your retreat into the mountains, here's what you can do with 48 hours in this magical part of Australia.

  • 4 gorgeous garden bars in Sydney

    4 gorgeous garden bars in Sydney

     

    Want to feel like you're on holiday without leaving Sydney? Or are you heading to this bustling metropolis on a romantic break, looking for some great bars to enjoy? 

    If so, you can't go past this stunning selection of outdoor and garden bars. When you're looking for great short breaks Australia won't disappoint with its selection of locations for a drink! 

    You'll love getting outside to soak in some rays and breathe some beautiful fresh air, not to mention these spots can provide the perfect backdrop to a bit of romance. 

  • How to Spend 48 Hours in Sydney

    How to Spend 48 Hours in Sydney

     

    Who says you need to leave the city to have a weekend break? If you live in Sydney or want to discover why Sydney is one of Australia's most famous cities, you don't have to head far to find a range of attractions that can refresh, rejuvenate and entertain you.

    Here's how to enjoy 48 hours in Sydney even if it's home turf.

  • Norfolk Island: a couple's vacation paradise

    Norfolk Island: a couple's vacation paradise

     

    What makes Norfolk Island the ideal place for a couple's vacation?

    Well, this peaceful retreat has everything you and your partner could possibly desire, whether it's delicious local food and drink, luxury accommodation or exciting sightseeing opportunities and attractions.

  • Tips for a Romantic Getaway in NSW

    Tips for a Romantic Getaway in NSW

    Stunning natural landscapes, jaw-dropping attractions and unbelievably good dining – we're sure you already know the selling points of a romantic getaway in NSW. What exactly to do here – that's another story. Here are a few tips to make the most of a short break in one of Australia's most incredible destinations. 

  • A Sydney Makeover - Pullman Sydney

    A Sydney Makeover - Pullman Sydney

    After a multi-million dollar refurb the Pullman Sydney has emerged more stylish than ever. Highlights include fresh bolts of colour and pattern for the lobby and rooms, a new Executive Lounge on level 21, and the sleek new Bar Rendezvous, the perfect spot for a nightcap or pre-dinner tipple.

  • 48 Hours in Tweed Valley

    48 Hours in Tweed Valley

    Head just south of the Queensland border and you will find yourself in the picturesque Tweed Shire. With its sweeping beaches, lush hinterland, coastal townships and charming mountain villages, you will find luxury resorts and private retreats, nature-based activities and plenty of adventure. The entire area is just made for touring by car, and boasts an enchanting mix of tropical vibe and relaxed lifestyle. So, whether you're flying in from interstate, or just driving down from your base in Queensland, the Tweed offers up a fabulous 48 hours!

  • From Paddock to Plate … join in the celebrations at the Tweed Foodie Fest!

    From Paddock to Plate … join in the celebrations at the Tweed Foodie Fest!

    Local Chefs - Local Food! Now there is even more reason to visit this magical region with the third annual food festival on from 27th November - 1st December 2013.

    With a full list of daily activities, seminars and speciality classes on the menu, the Tweed Foodie Festival provides the perfect opportunity to delve into the grass-roots of the region's vibrant culture and cuisine. Nightly feasts are held in different locations throughout the region and the highlight will surely be the signature event, Tweed's Biggest Dinner Party - which will be held at the rustic Murwillumbah Showgrounds against the stunning backdrop of Wollumbin Mt Warning on the 30th November. 

  • Peppers Manor House - A trip for the taste buds

    Peppers Manor House - A trip for the taste buds

    Peppers Manor House, situated in Sutton Forest as a part of New South Wales' Southern Highlands, is a picturesque haven for food-loving couples. The luxurious and secluded retreat, which has a history dating back to the 1800s, now offers speciality Gourmet Food Trail packages, exclusive High Teas and a market garden, which takes advantage of the region's brilliantly fertile farming land. Newly-appointed and internationally-renowned Executive Chef Daniel James is in the process of developing a fresh new menu. 

  • 7 Dreamy Australian Beaches

    7 Dreamy Australian Beaches

    From seaside escapes to intimate coves and coastlines of sunshine and gold, these beaches are sure to make your heart race. 

  • The ultimate guide to a romantic getaway in NSW

    The ultimate guide to a romantic getaway in NSW

    When searching for the perfect place for a romantic getaway, look no further than New South Wales (NSW), Australia, where you and your loved one can enjoy the fresh mountain air or frolic along the coast.

    If it's beaches you're after, Mollymook is the jewel of the NSW coast. With dazzling scenery, forested mountains and excellent surf beaches with sparkling white sand, Mollymook will give you the rest and relaxation you're after.

  • 5 best places to kiss in Sydney

    5 best places to kiss in Sydney

     

    One of the best places to steal a kiss in Sydney is the Harbour Bridge, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city at sunset.

    Looking for the perfect place to lock lips in Sydney? There are numerous romantic nooks where couples can enjoy a quick smooch in the city, but here are a few particularly special spots.

  • Tweed Foodie Fest - Perfect excuse for a couples escape this Summer

    Tweed Foodie Fest - Perfect excuse for a couples escape this Summer

    Are you feeling hunger pangs? After some delish food to share with your special someone? 

    If you're answering yes to these questions we recommend heading to the Tweed for their food festival Nov 27-Dec 1 2013. This year's Tweed Foodie Fest is a five day extravaganza of deliciousness.

  • Happy Valley: NSW Hunter Valley Accommodation to suit every mood

    Happy Valley: NSW Hunter Valley Accommodation to suit every mood

    Just right for romance, The Hunter Valley is the perfect setting for holidays with a wine focus and much, much more. You choose the setting - welcoming B&B's, pretty vineyard cottages, eco-friendly retreats, golf and spa resorts - and shape your special holiday from there.

    Polkolbin is at the heart of wine country with cellar doors, restaurants and many local attractions, while the wider region has much to offer with more vineyards, scenic drives, farm gate produce, historic villages, activities such as horse riding, golf, kayaking, scenic helicopter flights and 4WD tours. In fact all the things couples just love to do and discover together.

  • Food, Wine and Romance in Australia

    Food, Wine and Romance in Australia

    Southern Highlands

    A mere ninety minutes south of Sydney sits the Southern Highlands, known for English inspired hamlets and a distinct four seasons.Often known as Australia’s Cotswolds, expect manicured gardens, winter log fires and tulips in spring. Romantic accommodation options range from quaint bed and breakfasts to country lodges, horse studs and wineries – a mere stumble from the cellar door to the guest bedroom. Many of the region’s land owners have in recent times turned to planting grapes, contributing to a burgeoning wine industry with sixty vineyards and sixteen cellar doors. Try Mt Ashby Estate run by Chris Harvey and Sally Beresford, head to Southern Highland Wines for vineyard vistas from the in house restaurant, Tertini Wines for international recognition, and celebrate Italian heritage at the family owned St Maur wines. Centennial Vineyards in the gateway town of Bowral boasts an impressive restaurant menu with local produce.

  • Wollombi Music Festival

    Wollombi Music Festival

    If you're looking for a reason to have a mini-getaway then we have an excuse for you! The Wollombi Music Festival is coming up in October and is perfect for couples looking to recharge their batteries as well as experiencing some fantastic music and food.

  • Short Breaks - The Shires

    Short Breaks - The Shires

    Sneaking in a little one-on-one time together can make for a very romantic sojourn – and with an endless supply of natural beauty and secluded locations on our doorstep, Australia really is the perfect place for a mini break. Take time out at a sunny seaside resort, breathe in the fresh country air, or indulge your senses at a tropical retreat. Head out and enjoy some homegrown attractions ... 

    Discover the quaint towns, near-deserted beaches, beautiful hinterland and a surprising ‘foodie-culture’ in the most northern parts of New South Wales.

    Head just south of the Queensland border and you will find yourself amongst the lush green coastal and hinterland area of the Tweed and Byron Shires, collectively known as the Northern Rivers. It’s one of the most magical and diverse corners of the country, with so many unique and charming villages, hamlets and communities that are just made for touring by car (and perfect for a short break!).

  • The Tweed - Northern NSW

    The Tweed - Northern NSW

    Hidden mountain pools where the water feels like silk. Tumbling waterfalls framed by dewdrop-splashed ferns. Secluded picnic spots on the banks of a babbling brook. Cosy cabins with alfresco spas surrounded by lush sub-tropical rainforest. If ever a destination was designed for romance by Mother Nature herself, it would have to be the Tweed Valley in northern NSW.
    Midway between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay and nestled within the caldera of an ancient volcano, the Tweed ticks every box for couples in search of the ultimate romantic getaway.

    BEAUTIFUL SCENERY – Picture an enveloping, rich and fertile World Heritage rainforest. Imagine spectacular lookouts, perfect stops along an afternoon drive. Take a swim beside secluded waterfalls, or enjoy the rolling green hills, patch-worked farmlands and tranquil rivers.

  • The Byron Run

    The Byron Run

    Take your time and explore the coast and hinterland on this holiday road trip between Sydney and Byron Bay …

    For many of us, a drive along the New South Wales north coast is a blur lost in the holiday rush of getting from A to B. But get off the highway and onto the back roads and you’ll soon find there’s much more than roadhouses and petrol stations to see along the way. Think beautiful beaches; wild World Heritage-listed national parks and rainforest; lush, fertile farmland valleys laced with wide fish-filled rivers and an array of interesting villages and regional towns hiding some of the state’s best kept holiday secrets.

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