Whether it’s a symptom of our time-poor culture or simply because we have so many amazing destinations within easy reach of our capital cities, the fact is that Australians love weekends away.
If you have someone special in your life and the mundanity of every day has you feeling like you need to take some time to reconnect, a weekend getaway could be the perfect antidote. Not only do you get a chance to slow down and clear your mind, you’ll also be making time to simply be a couple again, with nothing else demanding your attention.
Thankfully, regardless of which Australian state you live in, there’s plenty of inspiration right here on Holidays for Couples. And, when it comes to accommodation, we’ve got you covered! Whether you’re after an urban escape, a tropical hideaway or a cabin in the mountains, Holidays for Couples features something for every duo seeking a special romantic retreat.
New South Wales
Those that are lucky enough to call New South Wales home have lots of wonderful options for weekends away – many within easy reach of Sydney, and others that are a little further away yet perfect for a long weekend. From its spectacular, world-famous beaches to the rolling hills of country New South Wales, and with diverse wine regions such as the Hunter Valley, Mudgee and Orange to the iconic Blue Mountains, New South Wales is bursting with incredible natural scenery. And, those living in Sydney are lucky enough to have the perfect destination for a stay-cation right at their back door!
If you’re located in Queensland there are myriad tempting weekend getaways. From locations within an hour or two of Brisbane (such as Springbrook, Maleny and Montville), to the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast. There are also regions you may need to drive a tad further to but which are still doable for a weekend away, such as Byron Bay (which is theoretically in New South Wales but close enough to Brisbane), Toowoomba and Stanthorpe. For couples living further north in the Sunshine State, there are countless weekend getaway options with Airlie Beach, Cairns and North Queensland beaches within easy reach.
Melbournites are spoilt for choice as Victoria is a compact state just made for fun weekend getaways, with so many amazing experiences at the doorstep of its capital city. From hot springs and spa retreats to seaside towns, vineyards and mountain getaways, Victoria is packed to the brim with stunning scenery. When looking for your ultimate Victorian weekend escape, you’ll discover there are loads of beautiful accommodation options just perfect for two!
The Hazards Tasmania is unlike any other place on earth, with a thriving food and wine scene to complement its natural attractions. This tiny island-state is a gourmand’s delight, and history-lovers will feel right at home with Tasmania’s rich cultural significance and historical sites.
South Australia has something for everybody. In fact, those living in Adelaide needn’t venture too far from the city for a quick break as the Adelaide Hills, which are only a 20 minute drive from the city, feel like a world away. A weekend away from Adelaide could see you devouring some of Australia’s best wine and food with more than 16 wine regions calling South Australia home.
Couples living in Perth have plenty of weekend getaway options available to them throughout Western Australia. You might need to hit the road early on a Friday afternoon to reach one of Australia’s most famous wine regions – the Margaret River, but it will be well worth it with stunning beaches that complement the divine wines which this region is famous for. For an easier getaway, the hugely underrated Swan Valley – home to a whopping 40 wineries! – is only a half-hour drive from the city.
Take some time to visit our Short Breaks library where you’ll find inspiring travel stories written by leading travel writers. While many of the articles discuss longer itineraries than just a two-day weekend, all offer fantastic tips and ideas for must-visit Australian destinations. Regardless of where you want your next romantic weekend away to take you, there is a beautiful escape perfect for a weekend for two. Be sure to head back to our Where to Stay section under the Australian tab after your research, as we’re sure you’ll find a gem of a hideaway just waiting to be discovered.