Mt Frome vineyard; photo: Evolving Images/Destination NSW

Close enough to Sydney that you can make the trip after work on a Friday, far enough away that you feel like you have escaped the city, Mudgee is a favourite wine region for people “in the know”. There's beautiful rolling countryside, a range of great cafes and restaurants, and locally brewed/distilled/fermented beverages of all varieties – without the huge crowds of some of the most well-known regions. This is the perfect home base for a romantic getaway with your significant other as you sip, graze and gaze in a space that feels like your very own.

Captain Cook Highway, Port Douglas; photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Sometimes you and your loved one just want to get away, but you don't have much holiday leave or an endless budget, either. Luckily, there are plenty of locations for delightful weekend getaways in Australia, where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery in our own backyard. One stunning place to go is the sunny township of Port Douglas, in tropical Queensland. Here are some reasons why it's such a great place for couples, and some tips on how to spend your time there.

Surfers Paradise; photo: Tourism Queensland

The Gold Coast is one of Australia's beautiful and exciting holiday destinations, with plenty of sunshine, sand and surf on offer. Why not head out on a weekend getaway to the Gold Coast with your loved one?

Here's our advice on how to spend 48 hours in this fun destination.

Photo: Rutherglen Tourism

Rutherglen in northwest Victoria is synonymous with heady, fortified wines, best savoured around a cosy fireplace. But while these muscats and topaques slumber in their 100-year old barrels, Rutherglen winemakers are busy rejuvenating their wineries with a swathe of alternative Portugese, Spanish and Mediterranean varieties. Be charmed by new and old wines on this romantic Victorian getaway. 

View of Town Beach; photo: Greater Port Macquarie Tourism

Port Macquarie, with its magic mix of sun, sand and surf, along with a generous serving of great food and wine and lush rainforest, has long been a favourite summer holiday destination. And now that a dual-lane highway has made it an easy four-hour drive from Sydney (or you can take a daily direct flight from Sydney or Brisbane), it’s also a perfect destination for a short break.


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