Published: 31 August 2015 by: Christina Pfeiffer

Glasshouse Mountains; photo: Tourism and Events 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.

Springbrook National Park; photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Springbrook National Park, Gold Coast Hinterland

Escape to Springbrook National Park, where subtropical and temperate rainforests, open eucalyptus forests and montane heath are a peaceful getaway. Bushwalking in the national park reveals spectacular waterfalls, tall ancient trees and impressive views. There are plenty of walking trails in Springbrook National Park and quite a few romantic spots to put on your itinerary. The photogenic Natural Bridge is a stunning geological feature that formed over millions of years as water tumbling through the roof of a basalt cave. It’s a lovely spot for a picnic.

Stay at The Mouses House Rainforest Retreat, which is a tranquil hideaway in this World Heritage-listed rainforest. There are only 12 chalets and you’ll enjoy being with the brush-tail possums and birds among towering brush box trees and bubbling streams. Rainforest walks are a short stroll from your doorstep. After exploring the region, warm up in a traditional Finnish sauna or soak in Canadian oak hot tub. The retreat also has a half-sized tennis court and mountain bikes are available for guests to use at their leisure.

Related article: Short Break: Rainforest Escape at Springbrook Lyrebird Retreat

Scenic tourist drive through the Blackall Range; photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Blackall Range, Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Art galleries, cosy cafés, wineries and craft shops dot the towns of the Blackall Range in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. A drive through the region reveals sweeping views, lush valleys and charming towns. There are plenty of places to stop for a browse through shops, a spot of lunch, a stroll through a rainforest or to gaze at jaw-dropping vistas of coast and country. There’s a viewing platform at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve with lovely views of the Glasshouse Mountains.

The Blackall Range is a perfect destination for romantic weekend getaways for couples. There are plenty of accommodation choices. Book a luxury cabin in the rainforest at Amore on Buderim or a cottage At Remingtons in Montville. Narrows Escape has six pavilions hidden among the trees in Montville. The setting is just perfect for romantic weekend getaways. Or you could extend your short break and stay a few days longer near the beach at Noosa Blue Resort in Noosa or Oceans Mooloolaba in Mooloolaba.

Related article: 48 Hours in the Blackall Ranges

Girraween National Park; photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Stanthorpe, Granite Belt

Rug up in front of the fireplace with a glass of wine. The Granite Belt wine region is perfect for weekend getaways for couples. It’s one of the best Queensland wine regions and home to award-winning wineries, such as Sirromet Wines. The Granite Belt is the place to relax and unwind and visit vineyards and cellar doors. There are plenty of food tasting opportunities, such as trying local cheese and jam and a great choice of wonderful restaurants.

Aside from fine wine and gourmet food, the region also has national parks, country markets and festivals. Take a hike through Girraween National Park and marvel at the massive granite outcrops and precariously balanced boulders. With clear blue skies in the day time, magnificent sunsets and starry nights, the Granite Belt region is a great choice for a romantic weekend getaway. For accommodation, look no further than Girraween Environmental Lodge for a relaxing stay amongst the tranquility of nature.

Related articles: Romantic Short Breaks in the Gold Coast Hinterland,  8 Short Break Locations Under 2 Hours From Brisbane

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