10 Top Romantic Places to visit in Australia

Australia is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Its nature, architecture, and cultural heritage offer various destinations you can go to for a romantic break. Whether you want to have an active couple’s getaway, or just dine every night on a private tropical beach, this continent has it all.

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So, here are top romantic places in Australia perfect to spend time with your special someone.

1. Color of love near Esperance

Although Lake Hillier doesn’t offer any accommodations, that doesn’t stop thousands of couples to come and visit this pink attraction. Accessible only by small plane, helicopter, or boat, this saline lake in Western Australia is one of the favorite romantic destinations on the continent. As one of the most famous pink lakes in the world, it’s often used to say ‘I do’ or as a proposal spot.

Since it’s located on Middle Island, you can stop by to see the colony of Little Penguins, the smallest of its species on the planet. Cape Le Grand National Park is just a few miles away from Lake Hillier, and Blue Haven Beach nearby is perfect to take a swim in the ocean. The town of Esperance is a good place to stay while exploring the area and even see some of its attractions, like Stonehenge and Whale Tail.

2. Naturally romantic sights of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Make sure you visit the Great Barrier Reef. It's a spectacle unlike any other. One of the most iconic instagrammed places to visit in Australia is none other than the Great Barrier Reef, and the reef itself is bigger than the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Netherlands combined. Being the largest coral reef system in the world, it is also home to some of the most incredible sea life in the world.

This is a simply stunning place to be and a thrilling place for water sports and activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling. Book a diving tour and explore the ocean depths of this, one of the seven of the Earth's natural wonders. The turquoise waters teem with over 15,000 varieties of tropical fish, from the bright orange Clown Fish (say hello to Nemo) to the once seen and never forgotten Parrotfish.

Pretty boys indeed! If you don't have the courage to scuba dive, you can still take a glass-bottomed boat, and see the beauty of the ocean from a dry distance. Either way, many incredible wonders await you at the bottom of the sea. You should find the time to go diving if you can. Getting up and close to some of the stunning creatures that live there will really put things into perspective.

You will definitely want to protect beautiful natural places such as this once you see it for yourself. All in all, this is definitely one of the most mesmerising destinations that should be in the Australian bucket list.

The Great Barrier Reef is full of romantic sights that many couples simply can't resist to see. One of those is the Heart Reef perfectly visible from the air. Flying over this naturally-formed heart-shaped reef is a favorite way to pop the question and some have even exchanged the vows.

Those wanting to enjoy the ultimate romantic luxury can stay at one of the local resorts, like on Lizard Island.

3. Sunrises in Cairns

The town of Palm Cove is also nearby with its great sunrises and relaxing atmosphere far away from the urban fuss. If you want to have a feel of the Australian rainforest, The Daintree is close to the Great Barrier Reef and you can turn it all into a private adventure. Staying in Cairns will give you access to a lot of activities for couples like snorkeling in the Reef or cruising around its most memorable islands.

4. Urban romance in Sydney

Sydney is one of the most amazing cities in the world and a fine example of a successful fusion of cultures. If you are more a person for an urban romance, you will easily find an ideal place to dine and even propose in the city. With Royal Botanic Gardens in the heart of the city, you won’t have any problem enjoying rich and flourishing nature among the tall buildings.

5. Day trip to Blue Mountains

The best thing about Sydney is that it’s close to many destinations perfect for a day-trip. Rising above Sydney and located within a World Heritage Site, the Blue Mountains of Australia offer a very distinct perspective than busy city life. Apart from the scenic beauty of the place, top attractions you can enjoy here include day spas, shopping markets, golf courses, dining areas, and galleries among several other things.

For trekkers, there are bushwalking trails like the Three Sisters at Echo Point. The massive and spectacular Blue Mountains obtain their name after the stunning blue tinge they display from a distance. Blue Mountains National Park is a lovely hiking spot, and Manly Beach will give you more privacy than popular Bondi. Before you finish you’ll have splashed your way through several creeks, cowered under huge sandstone walls and overhangs, and stared in awe at magnificent waterfalls.

Hawkesbury River Cruise will take you on one of the most beautiful rivers in Australia stopping by small villages full of heritage architecture and farmers’ markets.

6. Low-key romance in Adelaide

The South Australian state library is in North Terrace. It has a lot of history in itself but just as importantly the North Terrace boulevard is considered to be one of the best streetscapes in Australia with the Museum, Art Gallery and University on the same city block. Government House is to the West with 19th century architecture.

Go on a road trip to Adelaide Hills. Adelaide Hills is full of European charm and the old-world architecture accompanied by numerous wineries in the area. As a wonderful spot for couples who want to spend time completely dedicated to one another, this is often a favorite low-key destination for those seeking ultimate privacy. The Adelaide hills have many areas you could visit as a family, Gumeracha, Handorf and Cleland Wildlife Park. Even the Monarto Zoo plains beyond the hills.

Couples come here for anniversaries and Valentine’s Day with flower delivery from Adelaide straight to their rooms and candlelight dinners on the balcony. Thorngrove Manor is one of the most romantic accommodations to stay here with antique settings and baroque architecture. Since the area is also one of the oldest wine-producing regions, you will enjoy some of the finest wines, like Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.

These are some places accessible some hours from the capital city of Adelaide. In the city are also many frequented beaches such as Semaphore and Glenelg being two of the most popular.

7. A romantic wine getaway to New South Wales

Usually visited for being one of the best wine regions in the world, Hunter Valley is also a favorite couple destination as a getaway, but also as a wedding venue. The lush greenery of the vineyards, lavender fields, and exquisite cuisine turned this area into one of the most wanted Australian couple’s retreats. Many estates, like Spicers Vineyards, offer wine and dine experience with nestling around a fire for stargazing.

During the day, Hunter Valley has a lot of places you can have a romantic picnic, like the banks of Paterson River. Hot air balloon rides are the most beautiful in the afternoon when the sun is slowly setting behind the horizon, leaving shades of orange and pink over the landscapes. Hunter Valley Gardens will dazzle you with its many waterfalls, murals, and artistry so it's no wonder many couples get engaged in this 14-hectare space.

Pass through Beechworth and pick up some Beechworth honey. You can get this in the main cities but it comes from here and they have much more varieties. Next stop, is Jindabyne. To get there you’ll pass Thredbo, a ski village in winter. Outside winter you can take the chairlift up and walk to the top of Australia, Mt Kosciuszko.

Besides skiing, Thredbo also doubles as a downhill mountain bike course in the warmer months. Next stop is Canberra, the nations capital. See the national institutions if that’s of interest. Once you’ve crossed from Victoria to NSW there’s no shortage of idyllic beach side towns. Eden, Merimbula, Moruya, Batemans Bay, Ulladulla, take your pick.

Continue on to Cooma. Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre is worth a visit if you’re into feats of engineering. You can also visit and tour hydroelectric generators and dams in the region if you’re a full nerd like me.

8. Heaven for couples in Byron Bay

Byron Bay is the ultimate destination for couples who want to enjoy luxury and privacy together. This coastal town is full of beaches, resorts, spas, and diving sites — perfect to relax and hide from the world for a while. Byron Bay is known for its bohemian and relaxed lifestyle and its beaches. Next on the route to Cape Byron enjoy beautiful views of the ocean and if you go between June and November you can spot humpback whales.

If you intend to come here between June and November you are in for quite a sight. That’s when humpback whales migrate and you can watch them splash in the ocean from the Captain Cook Lookout. When you get tired of spending time in the five-star resorts, you can catch some sun and swim on the Clarkes Beach or a more secluded Tallow Beach.

Those looking for a more active holiday can go hiking in the surrounding rainforests and to the Cape Byron Lighthouse, located a few miles outside of town.

9. Sand boarding at the Lancelin Sand Dunes

The Bunda Cliffs are a line of sea cliffs up to 100 metres high that extend westward from the head of the Great Australian Bight to Eucla, near the border of South Australia and Western Australia. Their total length is about 210 km, of which about 180 km is unbroken cliff line. They form part of a much longer escarpment at the southern edge of the Bunda Plateau.

Once a continuous sea cliff, local uplift has isolated two sections from the ocean. The greater escarpment comprises the Bunda Cliffs, Hampton Range (inland; total length 300 km), Baxter Cliffs (160 km of coastal cliff) and Wylie Scarp (inland; total length 160 km).

There are five lookouts off the Eyre Highway with views of the cliffs and the Southern Ocean. The cliffs can be seen from the highway at several places, where they curl away from the road, so you don’t even have to stop the car if you don’t want to.

Looking for things to add on your list of interesting day trips from Perth? Then pump up the fun and go sand boarding at the Lancelin Sand Dunes. Here you'll get the biggest dunes in Australia - up to 45-degree angle. Enjoy a four-wheel drive and a dirt bike ride within the two-kilometre sand dune system while being surrounded by coastline, farmland and sand hills.

There are many reasons to visit Toodyay, whether for a daytrip or short stay, this quintessential country town is somewhat of a hidden country gem. Want to experience a waterfall moment in Perth? Then go ahead to Noble Falls, and you'll get to see marri, jarrah and blackbutt bushland. You can enjoy a nice picnic or dip your feet into the cold, fresh water. When visiting Noble Falls in spring, you can capture a variety of wildflowers you won't get to see in other places on Earth.

One of the most astonishing sites to visit in Perth is the Wave Rock or Hyden Rock. Who wouldn't want to walk under the bright blue sky while you go on marveling the impressive prehistoric rock formations that look straight out of a movie? Climb to the top, and you'll find salt plains and paddocks and get to learn about the legend of Mulka. Get up close and personal with white kangaroos, koalas, wombats and more at the Wildlife Park.

Love vintage cars? Then you'll want to visit the oldest private motor museum in all of Australia. The restored heritage building stood magnificently in the busy main street. In York Motor Museum you can find the world's oldest VW beetle as well as photographs and memorabilia that are worth the trip.

10. Lake Bumbunga, SA

Do you love to snap? If yes, then this is going to be one of your favorite places. Depending on the time of year, the hues of South Australia’s Bumbunga Lake switches from white to blue to pink, thanks to its salinity. This extraordinary lake is just 2 hours’ drive from Adelaide. All in all

It’s hard to choose one destination when Australia is full of romantic places. Maybe the best strategy is to stay in one place and then go on day-trips from there to see it all. Or, you can pick one spot and have your romantic holiday just there. Whatever you decide, Australia promises a great romance for those looking to celebrate love and strengthen their bond.
Kalyan Panja