Friendly reminder: Valentine's Day is just around the corner. If you're wanting to celebrate the occasion with a romantic escape but haven't planned anything yet, take a sneaky peek at these gorgeous Australian stays...
Woodlands Rainforest Retreat, VIC
Tucked away in the tranquil rainforest of the Black Spur, this Yarra Valley hideaway is ideal for those seeking privacy. Spread across 16 hectares of native forest, Woodlands Rainforest Retreat's architect designed self-contained cottages feature open fireplaces, central heating and cooling, fully equipped kitchens, king beds and a therapeutic spa. The only neighbours here are the local wildlife (expect to see wombats, echidnas and wallabies during your stay) and the only sounds you'll hear are birdlife and the babbling Hermitage Creek in the distance. Heaven.
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Truffle Lodge, TAS
Tasmania's wilderness is nothing short of breathtaking, making it the perfect setting for a romantic glamping experience. Sitting on the banks of the Derwent River just an under an hour northwest of Hobart, Truffle Lodge feels as if it's in a word of its own. Here, luxury safari tents look out over the river and centre around a stately lodge, where couples are treated to gourmet wine-paired meals and campfires under the stars. Book a luxury tent for yourselves and feel totally isolated from the hustle-and-bustle while still enjoying the finer things in life.
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Empire Retreat and Spa, WA
An hour's drive southwest of Bunbury, Empire Retreat and Spa is a seriously dreamy place to stay. Home to its own winery and spa, the Yallingup retreat also boasts a range of stylish accommodation options. For your own private escape, book the open-plan Luxury Villa, kitted out with open fireplace, sunken lounge area, timber deck with daybed, panoramic farm views, deluxe spa bath and a garden courtyard with its own outdoor shower.
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Falls Mountain Retreat, NSW
Known for its majestic scenery, the Blue Mountains and its surrounds are pure romance. For an unforgettable getaway in this part of the world, base yourselves at The Falls Mountain Retreat (90 minutes west of Sydney). Just 200 metres from the National Park and five minutes from the historic village of Wentworth Falls, this sumptuous escape is blissfully quiet. Book yourselves one of the loft studio apartments on the top floor for high ceilings, garden views, a king bed, outdoor balconies and a two-person hydrotherapy spa bath.
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Bremer Island Banubanu Beach Retreat, NT
If you're looking to combine an island getaway with an eco retreat stay, set your sights for Bremer Island Banubanu Beach Retreat. Start your romantic escape by taking a scenic 15-minute boat transfer from Nhulunbuy and feel the rest of the world slip away as you near the ruggedly wild island. Once there, hit the surf, sunbathe on Bremer's golden sands or share a delicious meal on the retreat's sundeck before wandering back to your Deluxe Beachfront Eco Tent. Perched at the foot of sand dunes and commanding amazing ocean views, the permanent safari-style tents are also a spectacular spot for stargazing.
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The Mouses House Rainforest Retreat, QLD
Hidden in the pristine Springbrook National Park, The Mouses House Rainforest Retreat (an hour southwest of the Gold Coast) is a couple's heaven. Surrounded by lush rainforest and sitting by a peaceful stream, its 14 fully self-contained chalets include touches like handcrafted furniture, hardwood fireplaces and large spa baths – perfect for holing up for a few days.
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Jamala Wildlife Lodge, ACT
To really impress someone special, claim one of Jamala Wildlife Lodge's (10 minutes from Canberra's CBD) Giraffe Treehouses for yourselves. Surrounded by lush forest and with its own private wildlife enclosure, these incredible hideaways offer guests all the luxurious mod-cons, plus the chance to feed the lodge's resident giraffes after an exciting afternoon wildlife tour.
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The Frames, SA
A three-hour drive northeast of Adelaide takes you to The Frames, a secluded escape in the Riverland's town of Paringa. Comprising of three separate retreats, the eclectic hideaway offers an extra level of privacy for guests. Enjoy a stay at the modern Montage and be treated to touches like a private sauna, spa bath, pool and secluded balcony with River Murray views. Romantic dinners are an intimate experience here, with special chef-created two- and three-course dinners available in-retreat. Take it easy and spend your stay relaxing or explore the river for yourselves on a romantic gondola cruise at sunset for a memorable escape.
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