Short Breaks

Photo courtesy Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat

At Holidays for Couples, we've been on the hunt for the best romantic getaways in Australia and beyond for 22 years now, so if you are looking for the perfect Australian escape, short break or honeymoon, you can relax -- all of the hard work is done for you! From luxurious cottages to city resorts, and private houses to B&Bs, there is a romantic destination in the H4C online gallery just perfect for your next Australian holiday.

From New South Wales to beautiful Queensland and Victoria and beyond, there is a romantic getaway on this website that is just perfect for you and your special someone. If you are looking for something more, we think you’ll love the brand new digital magazine - Australia for Two.  This complimentary, contemporary guide has been put together by the editor’s of Holidays for Couples magazine and features some unique weekends away in just about every Australian state.

If you’re not quite sure where in Australia you want your holiday or honeymoon to be, head to our Where to Stay - Australia section and let your chosen accommodation dictate your state or territory … after all, many of the romantic retreats featured on www.holidaysforcouples.travel are the actual destination themselves (seriously, you’ll find it hard to leave!).

In the meantime, below you’ll find a range of articles, written by leading travel writers. As one of Australia’s longest-running travel magazine, there are hundreds of articles here, so sit back, grab a cup of coffee (or glass of wine) and let our writers give you the low-down on some of Australia’s best short break destinations.
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A vibrant port with charming colonial architecture and leafy suburbs, Hobart has no shortage of fine restaurants and cafes that serve fresh seafood and superb local produce. 

It’s a city of culture packed with galleries and museums. It was named as one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2013 by Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel”. 

Here’s how to spend 48 hours.

Friday evening:

The bar at Hobart's Henry Jones Art Hotel stocks top drops, from top-shelf whiskies to craft beers and local wine. After a pre-dinner drink, head to Ethos Eat Drink for an intimate eight-course menu designed for sharing. 

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Southern Highlands

A mere ninety minutes south of Sydney sits the Southern Highlands, known for English inspired hamlets and a distinct four seasons.Often known as Australia’s Cotswolds, expect manicured gardens, winter log fires and tulips in spring. Romantic accommodation options range from quaint bed and breakfasts to country lodges, horse studs and wineries – a mere stumble from the cellar door to the guest bedroom. Many of the region’s land owners have in recent times turned to planting grapes, contributing to a burgeoning wine industry with sixty vineyards and sixteen cellar doors. Try Mt Ashby Estate run by Chris Harvey and Sally Beresford, head to Southern Highland Wines for vineyard vistas from the in house restaurant, Tertini Wines for international recognition, and celebrate Italian heritage at the family owned St Maur wines. Centennial Vineyards in the gateway town of Bowral boasts an impressive restaurant menu with local produce.

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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. 

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Combine sun, surf, sand and style and you have a Mantra resort getaway.  With a trail of Mantra resorts dotted along the Australian coastline a variety of options are on offer for couples looking for a relaxing break in quality surrounds and stunning beachside locations.

The vibrant village feel of Port Douglas and its array of superb restaurants and cafes complement the tranquil stretch of Four Mile Beach to provide just the right mix for couples.  Mantra Portsea and its white washed Mediterranean style architecture, swim up pool bar and direct beach access is an ideal Port Douglas accommodation option, situated a short stroll from the centre of town and close to day trip departure points.

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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.

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