Ideas for a Romantic Australia Vacation in Sydney, QLD, Melbourne & Perth
Over the years, we've spent thousands on airfare, endured more 15-hour flights than we want to remember, and can almost qualify as professional jet-lag consultants. Why? Simple: We love Australia!
Terrific harbor and beaches, great city walks, and an exciting selection of eateries and restaurants make Sydney one of the most appealing Australia romantic vacation destinations.
What's the Best and Most Unique Romantic Sydney Getaway Experience?
5 of Sydney's Most Romantic Places:
Milson's Point at Night - Take the short ferry ride over from Circular Quay, with the Harbor Bridge above and the Opera House and city lights before you,
The Royal Botanic Gardens - Relaxing on the grass here with the city, Opera House, harbor and boats surrounding you is one of the best things about being in Sydney.
The Coastal Walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee - This is an outstandingly scenic and romantic walk along four of Sydney's top city beaches.
The Ferry to Manly - A must-do for romantic Sydney getaways, and it may be your best chance to get on the water in Sydney Harbor. After arrival in Manly, there's shops, a beautiful beach and good eating (both expensive and cheap) waiting for you.
Cafe Sydney - On top of Customs House, romantic restaurants don't get much more romantic than this. You'll get views of the Bridge, Cruise Ships, Harbour, North Shore, ferries, and the Opera House, even if you don't have a window table! (5th Floor, 31 Alfred St, Sydney NSW 02 9251 8683)
Sunny Queensland is the place many couples choose for their Australia romantic holidays, honeymoons and anniversary getaways. QLD is blessed with dependably warm weather year-round, fantastic beaches and swimming, and a choice of attractions ranging from tacky to eco-friendly. The tropical white sand beaches up around the Whitsundays and off-shore from Cairns rates as some of Australia's best.
Gold Coast – If you're looking for action and attractions galore, the Gold Coast is probably your top pick. Maureen and I recently had a fun & relaxing stay at the Windsurfer Resort, just a few minutes up the coast from Surfer's Paradise. These romantic Queensland apartments feature a heated pool, hot tub, internet access, BBQ area and games room.
Sunshine Coast, QLD - We love Mooloolaba as a relatively inexpensive Queensland beach destination (the Esplanade is a great spot). It's easy to get to from either Brisbane or Sunshine Coast Airports, traffic is manageable, and the weather is amazingly good...
Noosa - Easily one of the most popular holiday spots for couples in Queensland. It's probably loved most for what it isn't - overdeveloped and tacky! The restaurants are superb, the surroundings lush and scenic, and the beach is fantastic.
Whitsunday Islands - Unspoiled, quiet and tropical, the white sand beaches of the Whitsundays are certainly one of the most romantic spots in Queensland. The Paradise Bay Eco Lodge is tucked away in a secluded natural wilderness area, and would make a dream honeymoon near the Barrier Reef.
Great Barrier Reef & Far North of Queensland - Townsville, Cairns and Port Douglas are all great spots to get close to the Great Barrier Reef, and the resorts, tours, snorkeling and activities make it one of Australia's best honeymoon destinations.
Mossman Gorge, QLD - We count our trek up to this tropical swimming hole in a rocky cavern as one of our most memorable experiences ever in Queensland.
Romantic Queensland Accommodation & Packages:
Melbourne is the capital of having a GREAT time in Australia! Melbourne has shopping galore, vibrant ethnic neighborhoods, and one of the country's best collections of restaurants & cafes on Lygon Street.
Trams: Take a ride on the Circle City Tram. It's free and has running commentary on history, attractions and famous places of downtown Melbourne. Even more romantic: ride & dine on the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, a scenic dinner tram (Dinner prices start at $77 per person, 2013 rates, departure point: 125 Normanby Rd, South Melbourne).
St. Kilda Pier – One of the best places in Melbourne for a romantic walk. And if you’re up for it, a ride for 2 on the Ferris wheel at Luna Park.
Chocoholic Tours - Melbourne Chocolate Tours have the perfect walk for a romantic weekend in Melbourne! Take their wonderful 2-hour guided tour through some of the best chocolate and desert shops in the city. chocoholictours.com.au
Scenic Lookouts in Melbourne - Both the Eureka Tower Skydeck (7 Riverside Quay, Southbank) and the Rialto Towers & Observation Deck (525 Collins St) have awesome views of the downtown and suburbs.
Melbourne's Beaches: Brighton Beach has nice clean sand, good swimming, and a nice view of the city skyline (It’s also where you see those colourful bathing boxes!) But our favorite remains St. Kilda Beach, a great place for people watching, restaurants and pubs.
Venice on the Yarra: Set off on a romantic gondola ride, ideal for that special anniversary or honeymoon getaway in Melbourne. If you haven't reached that point in your relationship yet, talk to them about the Melbourne proposal package they can put together for you. veniceontheyarra.com.au
Romantic Day Trips from Melbourne:
Yarra Valley Wine Tours: There's captivating landscapes, villages and wine tasting in this attractive mountain range. For romantic nights and weekends in the Yarra Valley, the 3 Kings Bed and Breakfast luxury honeymoon B&B offers fireplace and spa baths.
Great Ocean Road, Victoria - In a country with almost 23,000 miles of coastline, this could very well be the best slice of it. In between sweeping coastlines and dramatic hair-pin turns, you'll discover memorable seaside towns like Apollo Bay and Lorne, VIC.
Mornington Peninsula: Only an hour from Melbourne, you’ll find excellent beaches, coastal walks and interesting seaside towns.
Melbourne Romantic Travel Packages:
Air & Hotel Packages to Melbourne - Including deals on luxury downtown hotels like the Langham, Sofitel and Quay West Suites.
Couples who make it over to Perth and WA are rewarded with an easy-going, sun-baked city with gorgeous beaches, fine restaurants and excellent accommodation. Here's our Top 5 Romantic Things to Do in Perth:
1. Fremantle, WA - Spend an afternoon wandering the shops and having a Swan Lager at one of the breezy oceanside pubs in "Freo", and you'll instantly fall in love with this most attractive of Perth suburbs. Oh, and a great day in the sun on Rottnest Island is just a few minutes away...
2. Rottnest Island - Maureen Says: Our daytrip to Rottnest Island was a great getaway! We got to see the Quokkas, these cute little furry marsupials similar to a tiny kangaroo. And the beaches were perfect for swimming. Good thing, because it reached 38 C that day!
3. Romance on the Swan River - You can book a romantic boat ride on the Swan River, with a choice of champagne, dinner and dancing cruises. Or, Gondolas on the Swan offers romantic Wine Cruises for Two! Call (61)08 9450 6500.
4. Kings Park - The best (and most romantic) place to view the city skyline of Perth, especially at night.
5. Relax at the Beach - Perth has some of the best city beaches in all of Australia, so check out Scarborough, Cottesloe and City Beach for good swimming and sunning.
Romantic Places to Stay in Perth WA:
The Richardson Hotel - Absolutely rave reviews is what couples give the Richardson Hotel for romantic getaways in Perth. This could very well be Perth's most romantic resort.
Beach Manor B&B - Imagine a very romantic bed and breakfast in Perth with a beachfront location! Theme rooms, thatched pool-side day beds, and just a short walk to restaurants and Scarborough Beach.
Best Western Premier the Terrace Hotel - Couples looking for a romantic place to stay in the Perth CBD will be very happy with this upscale Best Western hotel. There's a cocktail lounge and dining on-site, and rooms are decked out with iPads and Apple TV!
Romantic Excursions from Perth
Dolphin and Canal Cruise in Mandurah, WA - Just 75 km's south of Perth. You can grab some lunch on a cafe by the boardwalk, or take it to go on the lawn by the scenic bay.
Margaret River Wineries – One of the most romantic spots in Western Australia! Enjoy a lunch and sample some of the vine in one of the areas many wineries, then relax at one of the beautiful beaches nearby.
Uluru, Northern Territory (Ayers Rock) – You can visit this huge rock either by flying in from Sydney or Melbourne, or by car/bus from Alice Springs or Darwin. A fascinating area, with many interesting hikes, tours and opportunities to learn more about Aboriginal Australians and their culture.
Barossa Valley, SA - A wonderful day trip from Adelaide, exploring the arid hills and tasting some of the wines that make Australia famous around the world. Slightly closer to the city to the south is the McLaren Vale wine region, a good option if you're heading out to Victor Harbor or Kangaroo Island.