Published: 19 May 2015 by: Christina Pfieffer

The iconic Byron Bay Lighthouse; photo: Stephanie Watson – Flickr

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.

The far north reaches of Northern NSW has a distinct appeal for couples seeking weekend getaways that will impress. Northern NSW is a region of seaside villages, charming country towns and peaceful rolling hills. The main drawcard is Byron Bay, which has long been a magnet for those wanting an escape from the city. North of Byron Bay are the main centres of Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah and Kingscliff.

The Tweed Coast is a great spot for a traditional beach escape. If you’re looking for a seaside complex where everything you need is in one spot, try Salt Village. The luxury beach resort has apartment accommodation, restaurants and shops.

Related article: The Tweed, Northern NSW

Away from the beach, the Tweed Valley is a dreamy rainforest hideaway where you can enjoy fresh air and forest walks. The Tweed Valley is located between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast hinterland. It’s a beautiful area and an ideal location for a quiet escape for two.

Related articles: Romantic Short Breaks in the Gold Coast Hinterland, 48 Hours in Tweed Valley

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat

To get away from the buzzy beach vibe, Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat is a forest hideaway with 10 luxury bungalows. The retreat is on 100 hectares of rainforest bordered on three sides by Numinbah Nature Reserve, which is part of the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves Australia, an area of World Heritage significance.

There are eight kilometres of walking tracks within the retreat and paths are well marked, which means you don’t need to leave the property at all to enjoy a walk through fern-lined gullies and under giant strangler figs. Tracks range from easy walks to a steep hike ascending 250 metres to a lookout with stunning views. Another pleasurable pastime is to lie in a hammock over a bubbling rainforest brook listening to the soothing sounds of the trickling water.

If you’re looking for a destination that’s sure to impress, you’ll be safe to choose Byron Bay. Australia's easternmost town is a fashionable coastal resort with some of Australia’s best beaches set against a jaw dropping backdrop of lush volcanic hills. Watego’s is a sheltered north-facing beach; Tallow Beach is a wild beach; and Whites Beach is so peaceful.

Another of Byron Bay’s attractions is its stylish vibe. The town is packed with art galleries, cool cafés, spas and boutiques. So there’s plenty to do in Byron Bay. After a day at the beach, wandering around the shops or exploring the coast, you’ll want to escape to a luxury oasis.

The Villas of Byron

Fortunately, accommodation in Byron Bay leans towards being boutique and exclusive. One such place is The Villas of Byron, an escape with five luxury one- and two-bedroom villas. Villas have handcrafted Javanese doors and the décor is contemporary Balinese, with traditional Balinese daybeds and batik robes to ultra-modern lighting, heated pools and spas.

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