Here at H4C, we'll find any excuse for a romantic weekend away or short break (hence our name). A fabulous opportunity for a loved-up sojourn, Valentines' Day is quickly approaching – don't panic, though. To help impress your special someone, we gathered a collection of fabulous New South Wales hideaways you can easily escape to. Start dreaming and start packing…
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About as charming as riverside escapes get, Amaroo Cottage sits on the banks of the tranquil Hawkesbury River and is only moments from gourmet hotspots like the acclaimed Berowra Waters Inn. Under an hour from Sydney, this superb hideaway features a lovingly resorted 1920s cottage, plus an enchanting Boathouse Studio that (quite literally) sits above the water.
Privacy a priority? Amaroo Cottage is only accessible by boat (there are plenty of private boat hire companies and water taxi and ferries available), meaning you'll feel blissfully secluded from the rest of the world.
Best room for two: For something unique, spend your stay in the super-sweet Boathouse Studio. With a private deck that's built directly on the water, it's fantastic for couples.
With breathtaking views of the magnificent Yengo National Park (90 minutes' drive from Sydney), Noonaweena is ideal for couples seeking a relaxing escape. Tucked away amongst dense Australian bushland, this eco-friendly retreat boasts four sumptuous self-contained lodges, each with generous living spaces and wonderful views.
For a brilliant getaway, chill out with a glass of wine and a cheese platter on your private deck or get out and explore the national park and its incredible flora and wildlife. Want to take it easy? There's also a swimming pool and a day spa for you to enjoy, and you really should.
Best room for two: Hole up in your own secluded home-away-from-home when you book Noonaweena's Treetops Suite. Including a gourmet kitchen, a spa bath and spacious deck with a barbecue and a Jacuzzi, it promises a delightful stay.
The Falls Mountain Retreat
Few places in Australia are as romantic as New South Wales's spectacular Blue Mountains. Inviting couples to enjoy all that this amazing destination has to offer, The Falls Mountain Retreat is hidden away in four acres of peaceful gardens, near Wentworth Falls (90 minutes' drive from Sydney).
Claim one of the retreat's elegant self-contained studio-, loft- or one-bedroom apartments for yourselves and be treated to touches like spacious balconies, private courtyards, open fireplaces and hydrotherapy double spa baths. Top it all off by visiting the nearby Blue Mountains National Park or weave your way through the destination's beautifully quaint townships for a getaway that's oh-so lovely.
Best room for two: Spoil yourselves with a stay in one of The Falls Mountain Retreat's marvellous one-bedroom apartments, decked out with all the mod-cons. Can't fathom leaving your fur-baby at home? Pet-friendly apartments are available upon request.
Calabash Bay Lodge
To really live it up, retreat to the luxe Calabash Bay Lodge on the Hawkesbury River (just over an hour's drive from Sydney). A boutique lodge immersed in three national parks, it's blessed with pristine eucalypt bushland and ancient sandstone cliff surrounds.
Spending your whole stay here relaxing is a tempting option, but there's plenty to do in the area. Go boating and find your own deserted swimming hole, go fishing, kayaking or SUP-ing to get your fill of water activities. Or, share an intimate dinner at the renowned restaurants nearby – Peats Bite is a top option. Seeking a truly romantic experience? Calabash Bay Lodge's in-house chefs will organise an exceptional three- or five-course dining experience for you in-lodge.
Best room for two: Perfect for getting away with friends, Calabash Bay Lodge is available exclusively for whole-lodge bookings. With two king rooms, balconies with water views, luxury amenities, sophisticated living areas and a private boat jetty on offer, you won't have any trouble finding a couple to escape from the rest of the world with.
A boutique sanctuary located in the sensational Kurrajong Hills (90 minutes' drive from Sydney), rustic spirit is also set in the magical Wollemi National Park. A short drive from botanic gardens, cider orchards and cellar doors, it's home to a collection of cosy self-contained cottages, each with gorgeous forest views and their own unique character.
To return home feeling refreshed and reconnected with each other, book a pamper-session at the onsite quiescence day spa. And sample generous country-style cuisine at the guesthouse dining room.
Best room for two: All with forest views, private balconies, day beds, fireplaces and double spa baths, rustic spirit's accommodation offerings make for a memorable escape. For seclusion and excellent amenities, book the aptly named treetop pavilion and feel as if you've retreated to the the forest canopy.
Thinking of a romantic NSW getaway or short break? Find plenty of beautiful accommodation here...