Queensland
  • Luxe Walking Stays in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland

    Luxe Walking Stays in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland

    If it's a back-to-nature escape you're after, a new trekking experience is allowing couples the chance to walk with nature and sleep in luxury in Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

  • 8 Queensland swimming spots that aren't the beach

    8 Queensland swimming spots that aren't the beach

    It goes without saying that Queensland is famous around the world for its golden-sand beaches, but there are plenty of other scenic spots to visit for a cooling dip. 

    Swap the surfboard for some hiking boots and discover these eight hidden gems on your next Queensland short break. 

  • Whitehaven Beach best in Australia

    Whitehaven Beach best in Australia

    TripAdvisor has ranked the best beaches in Australia and once again, Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays has been named the best beach in Australia by discerning travellers.

  • Sojourn in the Sunshine State: A Romantic Getaway in S.E Queensland

    Sojourn in the Sunshine State: A Romantic Getaway in S.E Queensland

    With summer just around the corner, we decided to get out and experience the best of Brisbane and the Gold Coast, turning the two destinations into one fantastic long weekend.  

    Even for interstate visitors, a Queensland getaway that allows you to see some of the best locations in the state’s South-East is easy with Airtrain, as it makes travelling between Brisbane and the Gold Coast a breeze.

  • New Horizons: Explore Tropical North Queensland

    New Horizons: Explore Tropical North Queensland

    From the moment my fiancée, Jenny, and I decided to elope to Tropical North Queensland, we knew our honeymoon was going to be adventurous. We’re not interested in lazing on the beach or sipping cocktails beside the pool. We want to swing, scoot and skid into our first days as man and wife. So with our vows exchanged and our wedding attire folded neatly away, we pull out of Port Douglas and head north to the lush Daintree rainforest to embark on the first of many adventure activities. 

  • A Romantic Retreat: O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat

    A Romantic Retreat: O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat

    Nestled in 20,000 verdant, sub-tropical hectares of ancient Gondwana rainforest in the Lamington National Park, just behind the Gold Coast, you’ll find the award-winning O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Villas & Lost World Spa. This magical place has beckoned travellers from all over the world since it first opened its doors in 1926. On a serious quest for indulgent “us time” we could think of no better location to spend a two-day romantic sojourn.

  • Why You Should Take a Short Break in Port Douglas

    Why You Should Take a Short Break in Port Douglas

    Sometimes you and your loved one just want to get away, but you don't have much holiday leave or an endless budget, either. Luckily, there are plenty of locations for delightful weekend getaways in Australia, where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery in our own backyard. One stunning place to go is the sunny township of Port Douglas, in tropical Queensland. Here are some reasons why it's such a great place for couples, and some tips on how to spend your time there.

  • The Music-Lover’s Guide to 2016

    The Music-Lover’s Guide to 2016

    Because life isn’t the same without music, here’s something to brighten up your day: a guide to Queensland’s 2016 music festivals. Dig out that floppy-brimmed sombrero and book your time off work, readers. It might not be Bonnaroo, but it’s satisfying nevertheless. (We’ll take any excuse for a live music danceathon.)

  • A Star is Born on the Gold Coast

    A Star is Born on the Gold Coast

    Set in seven manicured acres of gardens at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, Jupiters Hotel and Casino has been a magnet for interstate and international visitors since opening 30 years ago, so it's timely that the property is currently undergoing an extensive $345 million refurbishment which will completely transform it by the time the Commonwealth Games roll into town in 2018. 

  • How to Make the Most of a Weekend at the Gold Coast

    How to Make the Most of a Weekend at the Gold Coast

    The Gold Coast is one of Australia's beautiful and exciting holiday destinations, with plenty of sunshine, sand and surf on offer. Why not head out on a weekend getaway to the Gold Coast with your loved one?

    Here's our advice on how to spend 48 hours in this fun destination.

  • Virgin Australia Holidays' Escape to Romance Sale is on Now!

    Virgin Australia Holidays' Escape to Romance Sale is on Now!

    Valentine's Day is just around the corner and what better gift to give than an experience that will end in lasting memories and a stronger relationship? Do something spontaneous and fun this Valentine's Day and treat your significant other to a getaway for two. 

  • How to Make the Most of a Weekend in Noosa

    How to Make the Most of a Weekend in Noosa

    You don't just come to Noosa for the beach, even though Hastings Street is one of the Sunshine Coast’s biggest draw cards. You come here for the atmosphere, the vibe and of course the exciting array of activities, adventures, shopping opportunities and delectable dining options.  Located at the northern end of the gorgeous strip of Sunshine Coast beaches, the holiday destination of Noosa Heads is perfect for a romanic getaway. So, there’s never been a better time than right now – use our guide to start planning your weekend away.

  • Experience Authentic Country Life at Felton Food Festival

    Experience Authentic Country Life at Felton Food Festival

    In Felton, food is paramount, and equally as important is where it comes from. Couples can experience a day on the land and celebrate authentic country life at the Felton Food Festival. 

  • Your Guide to Finding Your Ultimate Queensland Honeymoon Location

    Your Guide to Finding Your Ultimate Queensland Honeymoon Location

    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: your honeymoon is perhaps the most important romantic getaway of your life, so you want to make sure you do it right. And to do so you need to choose the right location and accommodation to suit your personalities and travel style. When the word honeymoon is mentioned, many couples conjure up images of a tropical beach or island hideaway. But you do not need to look overseas – there are some incredible destinations right here in Australia, and some of the islands and beaches in beautiful North Queensland give the shores of any overseas island a run for their money.

  • There's Nowhere in the World like Tropical North Queensland

    There's Nowhere in the World like Tropical North Queensland

    A gentle caressing breeze, picturesque horizons, a laid-back atmosphere and attractions galore, Tropical North Queensland has it all. On our journey to one of Australia's sunniest and most carefree destinations, we discovered a smorgasbord of delights around every corner in this region where the lush World Heritage-listed rainforest meets the pristine reef.

  • 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. 

  • 3 Holiday Packages to Inspire Your Next Short Break

    3 Holiday Packages to Inspire Your Next Short Break

    Berkeley River Lodge

    Whether you are looking for that amazing honeymoon getaway or simply an excuse to re-ignite the flame with a loved one, this package is sure to impress!

  • Check Out Airlie Beach Music Festival's Line-Up

    Check Out Airlie Beach Music Festival's Line-Up

    This year the Airlie Beach Music Festival will be held from Friday 6 November to Sunday 8 November and will feature an impressive line-up of 20 epic bands and dozens more talented musicians. 

  • Noosa Welcomes Peppers to its Range of First-Class Accommodation Options

    Noosa Welcomes Peppers to its Range of First-Class Accommodation Options

    The official launch of Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas Noosa took place on Thursday, 10 September in typical, laid-back Noosa-style with an exquisitely styled lunch in View on Little Hastings Restaurant for the brand's key partners and media.

  • Epic Selfies in Surfers with Giga Selfie

    Epic Selfies in Surfers with Giga Selfie

    It’s the ultimate selfie. Giga Selfie (billed as the world’s biggest selfie service) starts out as a close-up of your face – and then zooms out to reveal a truly massive shot of your surroundings.

  • Lizard Island Unveils Glamorous New Room: The Villa

    Lizard Island Unveils Glamorous New Room: The Villa

    The recent completion of The Villa at Lizard Island makes for yet another reason why couples will love this iconic Queensland resort on a romantic getaway.

  • 3 Great Weekend Getaways for Couples in Queensland

    3 Great Weekend Getaways for Couples in Queensland

    Looking for a romantic getaway in Australia? Make the most of the last of the lingering chilly weather and snuggle up in front of a fireplace in the mountains, rainforest or hinterland regions near Brisbane. Here are three short break ideas for couples, perfect for reconnecting and unwinding.

  • Tickets for the Australian Body Art Festival On Sale Now

    Tickets for the Australian Body Art Festival On Sale Now

    Whether you're experienced artists or curious to learn more about this cool new form of artistic expression, the all new Australian Body Art Festival has something for everyone. Learn, observe or just soak up the creative vibe at the Sunshine Coast arts hub of Eumundi on Friday 16 to Sunday 18 October.

  • Your Turn: Reader Review of Narrows Escape

    Your Turn: Reader Review of Narrows Escape

    Readers Kyle and Rachelle Hayter head to Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast for a romantic getaway.

  • Is This Mobile Map the New Tool of Gourmands on the Sunshine Coast?

    Is This Mobile Map the New Tool of Gourmands on the Sunshine Coast?

    The Sunshine Coast has made quite the name for itself as a foodie's haven so naturally now there's an exciting new mobile site to enhance the gourmand experience.

  • Discover the Real Airlie Beach With Quirky New Map

    Discover the Real Airlie Beach With Quirky New Map

    Fun, arty and super quirky, this new map of Airlie Beach will ensure you make the most of this hip coastal locale on your next couples' escape to The Whitsundays.

  • 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!

  • 8 Short Break Locations Under 2 Hours From Brisbane

    8 Short Break Locations Under 2 Hours From Brisbane

    Brisbane-ites, this one's for you. There's no excuse not to take some time out to be a couple again with so many fabulous retreats right on our doorstep. Here are eight of our favourite weekend getaways, under two hours drive from Brisbane. 

  • How to Be Swept Away by The Whitsundays

    How to Be Swept Away by The Whitsundays

    Here at Holidays for Couples, we believe that you and your partner deserve time to relax together on every day that ends in 'y', and there's one place we think is the perfect escape from your busy lifestyles. Even though you won't find this 'day' on your weekly calendar, Jetstar and Qantas are ridding us of our weekday blues with three flights each week now connecting an extra 50,000 city-dwellers with the beautiful Whitsunday Islands each year.

  • 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. 

  • Australian Festival of Chamber Music Comes to Townsville

    Australian Festival of Chamber Music Comes to Townsville

    If you need a vacation without the fuss of international travel, Townsville is welcoming this year's Australian Festival of Chamber Music, the perfect excuse for a short break up north. Enjoy champagne, canapés and two beautiful lunch courses before finishing off with cheese and wine, all while listening to over thirty professional classical musicians play the day away. 

  • 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.

  • 3 Packages To Make You Want to Honeymoon in Queensland

    3 Packages To Make You Want to Honeymoon in Queensland

    Sun, sand, rainforest retreats and luxury accommodation – all with the convenience of being close to home. Discover why people from all over the world flock to your own backyard for their honeymoons and romantic getaways by taking advantage of one of these fabulous packages.

  • Ethiad Airways Launches Daily Non-Stop Flights Between Brisbane and Abu Dhabi

    Ethiad Airways Launches Daily Non-Stop Flights Between Brisbane and Abu Dhabi

    Queenslanders love to travel and now it has been made all the more convenient with the announcement of Ethiad's new schedule of daily flights between Brisbane and Abu Dhabi. 

  • The Stylish and Sleek NEXT Hotel Wins Innovation of the Year Award

    The Stylish and Sleek NEXT Hotel Wins Innovation of the Year Award

    The newly renovated, sophisticated and stylish NEXT Hotel Brisbane has recently been awarded "Innovation Of The Year" at the Gourmet Traveller 2015 Australian Hotel Guide Awards – the only national hotel awards in Australia. 

  • The Couple's Guide to the Regions of Far North Queensland

    The Couple's Guide to the Regions of Far North Queensland

    Cairns to the tip of Australia is a long, long way. So if time is your enemy and the tip is your goal, a fly/drive combination holiday is a great solution – and that’s what we did on our foray to the Far North of Queensland. 

  • Queensland's Newest Royal is Arriving in June

    Queensland's Newest Royal is Arriving in June

    Couples who love to cruise will be delighted to discover that Royal Caribbean are in Brisbane this week making the final preparations for the maiden arrival of their first ever Queensland-based ship Legend of the Seas.

  • Explore Australia's Nature Coast With the New 'Great Beach Drive'

    Explore Australia's Nature Coast With the New 'Great Beach Drive'

    There is nothing quite like a romantic drive along Australia's spectacular Nature Coast. It features some of the top 10 things to do in Queensland from fishing, horse riding, exploring national parks and endless food trails – you'll feel like a long weekend to cover the 200 km journey just isn't enough!

  • Wine Down and Eat Up in Queensland's Sunny Stanthorpe

    Wine Down and Eat Up in Queensland's Sunny Stanthorpe

    If your ideal romantic getaway involves wining and dining, cosy cottages and soaking up the local culture – stay tuned. You may have heard that Stanthorpe is the birthplace of some of Australia's finest apples, but even this glowing reputation is selling Stanthorpe short because there's so much more to do, see and enjoy.

  • Stanthorpe Rocks Ramps It Up

    Stanthorpe Rocks Ramps It Up

    The hype for the third annual Stanthorpe Rocks festival has just been ramped up with a series of exciting announcements that has festival-goers clutching their tickets. 

  • 48 Hours in Broadbeach

    48 Hours in Broadbeach

    For a romantic weekend away in Queensland, the Gold Coast offers a diverse range of enticing destinations, from beach to hinterland. One of our faves is the trendy beachside area of Broadbeach, a slick urban centre, with a plethora of restaurants offering eats from around the world. We’ve put together an itinerary that includes four of our favourite things: dining, wining, shopping and spa-ing – and best of all, you won't even need a car!

  • Tropic Thunder: Discover Exciting Adventures in Queensland's Top North

    Tropic Thunder: Discover Exciting Adventures in Queensland's Top North

    Looking for a destination which is literally overrun with natural wonders and packed full of awesome adventures, yet still so relaxed you can ignore the lot and bliss out in a world-class spa?

  • 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. 

  • Romantic Short Breaks in the Gold Coast Hinterland

    Romantic Short Breaks in the Gold Coast Hinterland

    Close to Queensland's glitter strip yet a world away in atmosphere is the Gold Coast Hinterland, where couples will be surrounded by nature for a refreshing retreat away from big city living. From wine-tasting to breathtaking sights, ecotourism and misty rainforest walks, everyone will enjoy a little slice of Hinterland paradise.

  • The Complete Great Barrier Reef Experience

    The Complete Great Barrier Reef Experience

    Likened to a five star floating resort, the Sydney Sundancer is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a little bit of luxury and some intimate time with your partner in a beautiful location. This luxury yacht is renowned for its spectuacular sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving, reef walking, whale watching, uninhabited island exploration and gourmet meals complete with award winning wines. 

  • Live it up Like a Millionaire on Makepeace Island!

    Live it up Like a Millionaire on Makepeace Island!

    An island the shape of a love heart was surely destined to become one of Australia’s premier romantic escapes. However, it took a world-famous visionary, Sir Richard Branson, to purchase and redevelop Makepeace Island before it could realise its destiny.

  • Where the Rainforest Meets the Reef: Discover North Queensland on a Couples' Short Break

    Where the Rainforest Meets the Reef: Discover North Queensland on a Couples' Short Break

     

    One of the many wonderful things about Australia as a travel destination is the incredible diversity of landscapes and environments there are to be explored. North Queensland is one of these stunning locales. Here, the rainforest meets the reef, giving couples plenty of options with what they can see and do on a short break – from wandering amongst the whipbirds to discovering magical under and over-water worlds.

  • Room For Two: Seahaven Noosa

    Room For Two: Seahaven Noosa

    Luxury has a new address with the completely transformed 4.5 star resort that is Seahaven Noosa. Boasting almost 20 percent of Noosa’s beach frontage, and offering a contemporary design complete with luxurious furnishings and amenities, Seahaven Noosa is a couples’ paradise.

    Located on the world famous Hastings Street with a proliferation of renowned dining venues, cafes and boutique shopping, you can enjoy the very best of Noosa at your door. Literally park your car and leave it, writes Natalie Bosschieter, Holidays for Couples reader, who stayed in the one bedroom penthouse at Seahaven Noosa.

  • 10 Photos That Will Make You Want to Escape to Queensland With Your Loved One

    10 Photos That Will Make You Want to Escape to Queensland With Your Loved One

    Queensland has so many spectacular locations - not only is it the home of sun, surf and sand but also off the beaten track crystal creeks and natural wonders to be seen as well. Here's just a snippet of the beauty that Queensland holds so get out there and see it for yourself on a romantic holiday or weekend getaway for two!

  • A Delicious Escape on the Sunshine Coast

    A Delicious Escape on the Sunshine Coast

     

    Wining, dining and unwinding makes for an indulgent Sunshine Coast escape discovers Tiana Templeman.

  • Eumarella Shores - Lakeside Refresh

    Eumarella Shores - Lakeside Refresh

    Nestled beneath the eucalypt trees, just metres from the gentle waters of pristine Lake Weyba, eco-retreat Eumarella Shores just added another feather to its rather beautiful bow.

  • Short Break: Rainforest Escape at Springbrook Lyrebird Retreat

    Short Break: Rainforest Escape at Springbrook Lyrebird Retreat

    Springbrook Lyrebird Retreat, a AAA 4-star rated resort is the perfect short break for couples as each cabin and cottage provides privacy and seclusion deep in the rainforest. 

  • Island Luxe at the One&Only Hayman Island

    Island Luxe at the One&Only Hayman Island

    Its fabulous position as a private island bobbing in the the heart of the Great Barrier Reef has always made Hayman Island a magnet for couples – but a luxe $80 million One&Only makeover has taken it to new levels.

  • Autumn Colour in Toowoomba

    Autumn Colour in Toowoomba

    A city escape with country charm was what we were after when we ventured out for an autumn break to Toowoomba. Situated on the crest of the Great Dividing Range, ‘The Garden City’ lived up to its name with endless views across the valleys and foliage from burnt orange to crimson adorning the parks and giving way to the ever changing displays of autumn colour.

  • The Whitsundays; A Bounty of Beaches

    The Whitsundays; A Bounty of Beaches

    Some islands divulge their charms upfront.

    Take, for instance, the tiny dots scattered throughout the world’s tropical oceans – within a single glance you’ve pretty much summed up the dreaminess you’re in for.

    Then there are islands which, in the manner of a gemstone, reveal yet another bewitching facet each time you look.

    Which is what makes the Whitsundays so distinctive and so desirable.

  • Cruising Tropical Queensland's Whitsunday Islands

    Cruising Tropical Queensland's Whitsunday Islands

     

    Cruising tropical Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands with your sweetheart from the helm of your own charter boat is an experience of a lifetime – yet realising dreams is all in a day’s work for bareboat specialist Whitsunday Rent A YachtWhitsunday Rent A Yacht (WRAY).

  • A romantic short break in Toowoomba

    A romantic short break in Toowoomba


    A city escape with country charm was what we were after when we ventured out for a romantic short break to Toowoomba. Situated on the crest of the Great Dividing Range, ‘The Garden City’ lived up to its name with endless views across the valleys and foliage from burnt orange to crimson adorning the parks, giving way to the ever changing displays of autumn colour. 

  • Top 5 Bareboat Honeymoons

    Top 5 Bareboat Honeymoons

    If you haven't heard of bareboat honeymoons, it's time to acquaint yourself with the term. These romantic holiday options involve luxurious chartered yachts, stunning destinations and a beautiful, romantic getaway for two.

     

     

  • Beautiful Accommodation for a Romantic Getaway in Queensland

    Beautiful Accommodation for a Romantic Getaway in Queensland

    If you are in search of a Queensland short break or weekend away that's just a hop, skip and a jump from Brisbane, let us tell you as Brisbane locals that it is hard to go past the beautiful mountain towns of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. With intimate cottages and B&Bs situated around quaint villages like Maleny, Montville and The Glass House Mountains, couples searching for the perfect Sunshine Coast Hinterland romantic getaway are spoilt for choice when it comes to luxurious and unique getaways.

  • Room For Two: The Mouses House, QLD

    Room For Two: The Mouses House, QLD

    Located in the Gold Coast Hinterland, The Mouses House is romantic mountain holiday destination.

    All of the chalets at The Mouses House Retreat are named for fairy tale characters, but Cinderella and Prince Charming offer couples a unique romantic getaway (both are designed with their own special features).

  • Honeymoon Heaven: The Whitsundays

    Honeymoon Heaven: The Whitsundays

    Close to home yet with the idyllic feel of a secluded tropical island, it's no secret that we absolutely adore the Whitsundays as a perfect honeymoon hideaway. White sandy beaches, crystal-clear water, luxurious resorts at your fingertips… what's not to love? 

    Here are our top 5 reasons to choose a romantic Whitsundays getaway for your honeymoon.

     

     

  • 48 Hours in the Whitsunday Islands

    48 Hours in the Whitsunday Islands

     

    The Whitsunday Islands of Tropical North Queensland are home to some of the country's most beautiful beaches and idyllic views, making them the perfect place for a romantic couples' getaway. 

    With warm and inviting ocean waters, beaches lined with palm trees and luxury accommodation galore, you can't go wrong with a weekend getaway to this stunning destination.

    Here's how you might want to spend 48 hours in the Whitsundays, on the romantic short break of a lifetime. However, you'll likely love travelling here so much that you'll come back for more! 

  • Narrows Retreat completes romantic new renovations

    Narrows Retreat completes romantic new renovations

     

    If you're after a Sunshine Coast short break, honeymoon or romantic getaway for two, this news is definitely going to please. Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat, an exclusive luxury stay at Montville, has just re-opened following a major renovation and upgrade of their six-self contained pavilions. 

  • 48 Hours in Noosa

    48 Hours in Noosa

    Located on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Noosa is an incredible destination for couples, with an abundance of luxury accommodation, beautiful scenery and gourmet delights.

    It's a veritable foodie paradise with plenty of cafes, restaurants and places to pick up top-notch fresh produce. 

    Here's how you can spend your time exploring culinary wonders with a romantic 48 hours in Noosa.

  • Top 5 reasons to honeymoon in Queensland

    Top 5 reasons to honeymoon in Queensland

    A honeymoon in romantic Queensland can make all your dreams come true, with its beautiful climate, stunning natural features and all the luxury accommodation you could ever dream of.

    Here are just five magnificent reasons to take your romantic honeymoon in Australia's tropical north – but you're likely to find many more...

     

  • 48 Hours on the Gold Coast

    48 Hours on the Gold Coast

    The Goldie still glistens...

    The sunny Gold Coast boasts many locations to suit almost any holiday, all fabulous in their own right. Surfers Paradise is known for its party atmosphere – perfect for the outgoing couple - while the quiet Main Beach in Gold Coast's north will provide a romantic escape. The quaint village vibe at Burleigh Heads is an alternative for a relaxed beach break, or head to the mountains and experience the glorious hinterland.

  • 48 Hours in Brisbane

    48 Hours in Brisbane

    Want a romantic weekend in Brisbane? You're in for an absolute treat. We've created an itinerary for 48 hours in this fabulous city, and you'll enjoy every moment.

  • Top 5 winter weekend getaways from Brisbane

    Top 5 winter weekend getaways from Brisbane

     

    Escape Brisbane this winter with a getaway for two to one of these romantic destinations.

    It's that time of year perfect for rugging up and heading on a winter weekend escape somewhere nice with your loved one.

    Here are our top five picks for romantic weekend holidays for couples, all within around two hours' drive from Brisbane. Time to plan your weekend!

  • 48 hours in the Blackall Ranges

    48 hours in the Blackall Ranges

    While the Sunshine Coast is normally synonymous with a romantic beach getaway, it's also the perfect location for couples wanting a mountain escape. (The Sunshine Coast really is the best of both worlds!)

    Here's our plan for spending 48 hours in the Blackall Ranges.

  • 48 hours in Queensland's Scenic Rim

    48 hours in Queensland's Scenic Rim

    Visit Queensland's Scenic Rim for a weekend away. Queensland's Scenic Rim region is found towards its south east and is full of natural wonders. From mountain ranges to forests and a number of national parks, it's a great place to visit with a loved one for a relaxing weekend away. Here's how you can spend 48 hours in the Scenic Rim.

  • 48 hours in Cairns

    48 hours in Cairns

    Ever fancied a romantic weekend getaway in tropical Queensland? Cairns is the perfect place for a short break, with its airport and regular flights from most capital cities, its proximity to a range of natural wonders, and its great accommodation options - from luxury getaways to rainforest cabins (Kuranda is only 45 minutes from Cairns city so you could potentially base yourself here if you prefer).

    If you find yourself with 48 hours for a romantic getaway in beautiful balmy Cairns, here's some inspiration for how to spend it. 

  • 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.

  • 10 Great Dining Experiences for honeymooners or couples visiting the Whitsundays, Australia

    10 Great Dining Experiences for honeymooners or couples visiting the Whitsundays, Australia

    If you're lucky enough to be treated to a weekend away, short break or couples' getaway in this divine region of Queensland any time soon, be sure to swing by one (or all) of these highly recommended establishments and tantalise your tastebuds with a delicious dining experience. It's the perfect complement to a romantic escape for two!

  • Fill your days with fun and relaxation this autumn and take a trip to the legendary Tweed Valley

    Fill your days with fun and relaxation this autumn and take a trip to the legendary Tweed Valley

    Only 15 minutes south of the Gold Coast and 30 minutes north of Byron Bay, the Tweed is the perfect location to get out, get active and turn your daydreams into lifelong memories.

  • Congratulations to one of Holidays for Couples' longest partners!

    Congratulations to one of Holidays for Couples' longest partners!

    Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat has been part of Holidays for Couples for more than a decade, so it is with great delight that we announce another notch in their award held with the recent gold win in the tourism industry's highest accolade, the Qantas National Australian Tourism Awards.

  • A weekend in Country Queensland

    A weekend in Country Queensland

     

    Drive 3 hours west of Brisbane and you'll find yourself in a place where the grass is green, the people are friendly, and the wine is very tasty. Welcome to the Granite Belt Wine Country of Queensland … the perfect destination for a weekend getaway! 

    There is so much to do and discover in the region that one weekend is really just an introduction. Here is a quick list of what we discovered in a mere 48 hours.

  • Indulge in a Southern Queensland Country short break

    Indulge in a Southern Queensland Country short break

    When we talk about indulgence in Southern Queensland Country we don't mean over-the-top extravagant resorts. We mean indulgence in the true sense - accommodation with class, charm and character, and being spoilt with access to the freshest locally-sourced regional produce. And out here, there's not just five stars, there's billions. Just look up at the vast night sky. 

  • A dose of romance in Port Douglas

    A dose of romance in Port Douglas

     

     
     

    Sometimes you and your loved one just want to get away, but you don't have much holiday leave or an endless budget, either. Luckily, there are plenty of locations for delightful short break or weekend away escapes in Australia, where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery in our own backyard without the stress of major travel time. One stunning place for couples to take a romantic short break is the sunny township of Port Douglas, in tropical Queensland.
  • Four breathtaking views for couples

    Four breathtaking views for couples

    There's nothing like looking out at an awe-inspiring view, with your loved one snuggled by your side.

    Luckily for loved-up couples around the globe, there are no shortage of wondrous sights on this beautiful Earth.

    Here are some of the ten best views on the planet, perfect for making memories for you and your partner.

  • A weekend break in tropical Queensland

    A weekend break in tropical Queensland

     

    Tropical Queensland is an oasis for loved-up couples looking for lovely spots to relax in each other's company - and there's no place like the seaside resort town of Port Douglas for weekend getaways in Australia.

    With a long, white sand beach, warm water and a quaint township lined with palm trees, it's the perfect spot for a lovers' jaunt.

  • The New Look Sheraton Mirage Resort & Spa Gold Coast

    The New Look Sheraton Mirage Resort & Spa Gold Coast

     

    Sheraton Mirage Resort & Spa Gold Coast has recently completed an extensive $26 million refurbishment, unveiling a stylish and contemporary new-look throughout its guest spaces, with luxurious design features that are a perfect match to the resort's exclusive beachfront location on the Gold Coast.

  • Fraser Island: the quintessential honeymoon destination

    Fraser Island: the quintessential honeymoon destination

    The stuff of dreams, World Heritage Listed Fraser Island has a rich history and biodiversity to match. One of the few places on Earth where rainforests flourish in the sand, the verdant forest is home to a vast array of mammals, birds, reptiles and fish.

    From the time you step off the ferry (which runs daily from Rainbow Beach and Hervey Bay) and start your drive along the beach on the world's largest sand island, you may not believe your eyes.

  • Australia's 15 Dreamiest Beaches

    Australia's 15 Dreamiest Beaches

    From sexy seaside escapes to intimate coves and coastlines of sunshine and gold, Craig Tansley has found a showy stretch of sand to make every heart race.  Check out the full list here:

  • Pick the Blackall Range for a splendid romantic getaway

    Pick the Blackall Range for a splendid romantic getaway

    South of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, Hinterland's Blackall Range is characterised by the charming villages of Mapleton, Montville and Maleny. The streets are peppered with boutiques and art galleries, craft shops and exquisite restaurants.

    They are the perfect place to get away from it all and enjoy the fresh mountain air, stunning views, followed by a stop in one of the many tea houses and cafes.

    In the 1920s, Maleny, located high on the Blackall Range, transformed from a timber town to one focused on dairy and fruit agriculture, and is now known for its "hippie/greenie culture" as the town is home to many artists, musicians and craftspeople.

  • The ultimate guide to a romantic getaway on the Sunshine Coast

    The ultimate guide to a romantic getaway on the Sunshine Coast

    If you and your loved one are longing for a short break from the daily grind, Australia's sunshine coast provides the escape you've been dreaming of. The Sunshine Coast supplies a perfect blend of environment and adventure, allowing couples to enjoy the untouched nature that abounds in this area.

    With beautiful beaches, forests and countryside that is untainted by overdevelopment, you and your partner can revel in the pristine charm of the Sunshine Coast while taking part in any number of activities.

  • Plan your wedding or romantic getaway at the Whitsundays

    Plan your wedding or romantic getaway at the Whitsundays

    Located on the stunning tropical coast of Queensland, Australia, the Whitsundays are composed of 74 incredible islands. The breathtaking seascapes and landscapes will have you and your partner absolutely awestruck. Speckled with secluded beaches and right in the midst of the Great Barrier Reef, these islands provide an astounding array of activities.

    Sail through islands surrounded by crystal clear waters and coral reefs where you and your loved one can enjoy all the different snorkel and dive spots. Swim in the aquamarine shallows of the world-renowned Whitehaven Beach.

  • Plan the perfect honeymoon in Tropical North Queensland

    Plan the perfect honeymoon in Tropical North Queensland

    Tropical North Queensland (TNQ) offers everything newlyweds could want: stunning beaches, exquisite aquamarine waters and dense jungle, rife with wildlife and incredible flora and fauna.

    With a land coverage equal to 20 per cent of Queensland's total area and home to only six per cent of the region's population, TNQ makes for a great place to get away from it all.

  • Port Douglas Escape

    Port Douglas Escape

    August to October is an ideal time to take a short break in Tropical North Queensland. We recently made the easy trip to Port Douglas for a long weekend, where we revelled in the sunshine and laid-back vibe, and the chills from a 'southern-state' winter were a million miles away. 

    It seemed like everyone we met was either on holiday, sailing in or sailing away, or just another long timer who passed through town years back, and never left! I can see why they stayed … Port Douglas has all the charm of a sleepy fishing village and the sophistication of a world-class destination in one delightful package. It boasts a really relaxed lifestyle, with great accommodation options ranging from budget backpackers to five-star luxury and boutique hotels. Plus you'll find palm-fringed beaches, fabulous restaurants, great pubs (with live music and cane toad races putting you firmly in North Queensland territory!), and an abundance of stunning natural natural attractions including three of Australia's most prized assets right on its doorstep – the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, Mossman Gorge and the Daintree Rainforest. 

  • Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2013 17-25 August

    Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2013 17-25 August

    Are you and your partner sailing aficionados? Or maybe just like visiting the sun and sand?

    This August head to Hamilton Island for the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week that's set to celebrate three decades of sailing. From the 17th to the 25th of August, the event is not just about sailing. Indeed there is fine cuisine, fashion, champagne, and even a few celebrity guests to spot.

  • Best of Brisbane: Our hot tips on where to go and what to do in Brisbane

    Best of Brisbane: Our hot tips on where to go and what to do in Brisbane

     

    Queensland’s capital just gets better and better. There’s a reason Brisbane International Airport is amongst the busiest in the country – global travellers are discovering this subtropical capital, not just as a gateway to the coasts or North Queensland but as a vibrant yet relaxed shopping and dining destination. And despite its new-found sophistication, Brisbane still has jaw-dropping natural beauty right on the doorstep.

     

    Here are a few hot tips from those of us lucky enough to call Brisbane home...

  • Escape to Paradise in Port Douglas

    Escape to Paradise in Port Douglas

    Our writer Natalie Bannister took some time out to travel north to beautiful Port Douglas, and returned boasting about sunny days, tropical nights, stunning scenery, sunset sailing and some serious relaxation. Try not to be jealous… and start planning your next trip here.

    "Taking a three day short break from my chilly base in Brisbane and flying north to tropical Port Douglas turned out to be the best cure for the the winter doldrums that had been slowly but surely setting in. With temperatures plummeting to below 12 degrees at home, and a forecast of sunshine and good times on the itinerary up north, happy days were ahead of us. And, as I had not been to Port Douglas in far too many years, I was looking forward to seeing how this peaceful coastal town had changed.

  • 48 Hours in Brisbane

    48 Hours in Brisbane

    Many Brisbane residents – this writer included – say the city comes into its own in winter and early spring. The humidity, thunderclaps and downpours of summer are gone, replaced by mild, sunny days and clear, star-filled nights.

    The months of May to September are ideal for a short, warm, romantic break in the Queensland capital.

    Start by treating yourselves to a few nights at the Emporium Hotel in Fortitude Valley – it is streets ahead of other hotels in Brisbane for design and panache. The husband-and-wife team that owns the place has created a modern design gem with a hot cocktail bar sporting an eclectic mix of furniture and chandeliers, and a hip rooftop deck and lap-pool. The rooms are sleek and sexy with black, white and golden-brown colour schemes and frangipani-motif panels. The Emporium Suites are the go: each has a vast bathroom, large spa bath and private balcony.

  • Whitsundays Wonderful

    Whitsundays Wonderful

    Whether you’re planning the perfect honeymoon, romantic holiday or long weekend getaway, you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable experience in the Whitsundays.

    With one of the top ten beaches in the world as white as any wedding, tropical islands set amongst azure waters, and a reef shaped like a heart, the Whitsundays is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. In the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and the calm waters of the Coral Sea lie the 74 tropical islands of the Whitsundays.

    The wonder of the Whitsundays is not just about witnessing its visual magnificence – it’s also about a new world of experiences. From the exhilaration of a snorkel or scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef taking in thousands of coloured fish species, to the intense pinks, reds and oranges of another stunning sunset. Be swept off your feet in the wonder of this tropical paradise, and feel worlds away just a short flight from home.

  • Snorkelling Sensations: Discover Extraordinary & Romantic Aquatic Wonders

    Snorkelling Sensations: Discover Extraordinary & Romantic Aquatic Wonders

    Get set for a pulse-quickening, eyes-agog escape. Melissa Rimac plunges in to find the regions’ most extraordinary, most romantic, aquatic wonders.

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