19 January 2012

Romantic Holidays

A great romantic escape starts with the destination. Here are some great options for your next dreamy getaway.

Hinterland Retreats
Sunshine Coast Hinterland
The romantic hillsides of hinterland villages of Maleny & Montville on the Sunshine Coast and Mt. Tamborine & Lamington National Park on the Gold Coast offer cute villages full of antique stores, local fudge producers, cheese shops and cafes. Take the chance to interact with nature with a stroll through bushland, trek to a waterfall or picnic at one of the many lookouts. A little further south is Byron Bay Hinterland, well known for its gourmet produce, cheese and coffee. Don’t miss the 19th century town of Bangalow, with veranda clad buildings featuring homeware stores, book shops, art galleries and clothing boutiques.

Mountain Hideaways
The Blue Mountains, just an hour train ride and two hours drive from the heart of Sydney, offers villages and towns perfectly suited to a romantic escape. Take in the Three Sisters and surrounding views from Katoomba, or hold on tight to your loved one while riding the very steep 400 metre Scenic World railway. Bushwalk to Wentworth Falls or enjoy a meal at the township of Leura after a spot of antique shopping. For a cooler climate retreat where you can snuggle by the fire don’t miss Cradle Mountain. Visit in winter and you may be blessed with snow coverage, but don’t worry, this place is picturesque all year round. Short walks through the rainforest will bring you to waterfalls or historic wooden cottages and longer hikes will take you up into the peaks of the mountains.

Vineyard Indulgence
A short drive from many of Australia’s large cities including Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth are world renounced wine regions. Enjoy a local Shiraz, Semillon Sauvigion Blanc, sparkling or fortified wine. Amongst the vines are well known hotel chains, country retreats and quaint bed and breakfasts. The local communities don’t just love their wine; they also love a great meal too. Enjoy fabulous local produce in award winning restaurants or find a great local chocolate factory for a sweet treat.
Don’t miss: A balloon ride over the hills of the Hunter Valley, Healesville Sanctuary’s zoo and hospital at Yarra Valley, Mammoth Cave at Margaret River and a cycling tour through the Barossa Valley

Coastal Paradise

Australia offers some of the best variety of beaches in the world. From the busy Surfers Paradise, to the pristine, quiet beaches of Tasmania’s East Coast and reef fringed Coral Bay and thousands in between, we have it all. Enjoy the sheltered Main Beach at Noosa, enjoy the calm waters off Port Douglas and Palm Cove or enjoy the rough beauty of cragged coastline in Southern Western WA. The sea air soothes the soul and the sight of waves swelling in rhythm relaxes the mind. Step off the beaten track and you may find a beach all to your own to enjoy in peace and quiet.

Tropical Island Escapes
From the Whitsundays to the coral cays of Heron and Lady Elliot and the tropical paradises of the South Pacific, an island getaway is unforgettable. Friendly, adventurous in a ship wreck sort of way, private and pure escapism you can spend days sunbaking, kayaking, snorkelling with the ocean life or lying in a hammock with a good book. From tropical fruit for breakfast, a dip in the ocean after lunch and a beachside evening stroll where the only sounds around are of the palm trees swaying and the ocean lapping on the shore, nothing compares to an island holiday.

City Celebration
Sydney Harbour
Indulge in boutique shopping, take in a theatre show, eat at the country’s top restaurants or hunt for bargains antiques at inner city markets. For those who love a night out, enjoy the trendy laneways bars and dance into the night at a rooftop club. Many of Australia’s cities also offer coastal or riverside activities, from rock climbing at Brisbane’s Kangaroo Point, trekking up Sydney Harbour bridge, dining along Melbourne’s Southbank and coffee cruises along Perth’s Swan River.

For the perfect couple’s holiday don’t miss our Romantic Escapes packages. From spectacular islands, casual coastal beach resorts, gourmet food and wine regions and the secluded luxury of majestic mountains and rainforests, all our packages are ready for you to explore here.

1 comment:

  1. I love your post. You have provided some beautiful holiday destinations. I love Tambourine Mountains the most for its romantic destinations. They have great restaurants and amazing rain forests.