Love is in the air and whether you’re attempting to impress your latest app match or do something special for your longtime other half, there are plenty of unique stays around NSW that should do the trick. Our lovely state is awash with romantic getaways that serve every need and budget. Here are some of the best places around NSW to go with someone special from seaside escapes to stargazing tents, glamping experiences and even a wildlife adventure.
P.S. If you can’t get out of Sydney, there’s plenty on in the Harbour City on Valentine’s Day for all your date night needs too.
Ditch the sweats and pour yourself a glass of wine at this luxe Italian escape just a 45-minute drive from Sydney. This carefully thought-out bed and breakfast looks uncannily like an Italian village complete with cobblestone streets, outdoor dining, Tuscan-style gardens and even a red Vespa for all your Instagram needs. Cosy up in one of their private balconies or enjoy a romantic gelato and wine night at the Trattoria. Read all about this lovely getaway here. And if you’re already convinced, go ahead and book a villa on their website.
In my opinion, whenever you get the opportunity to gaze at the night sky, you should always take it. But it’s worth making it a priority if it’s a stargazing experience that casually happens to overlook the majestic Capertee Valley — the second-largest canyon in the world. Bubbletent Australia is the genius behind the idea and their dreamy, transparent bubble tents promise not just R&R but also a third, important R: romance. Read all about this unforgettable stargazing experience here.
3. Hyams Beach Seaside Cottages
These sweet cottages located by the sea are enticing enough already but the fact that they are a stone’s throw from the beach with some of the whitest sand in the world makes them extra special. Home to 7 cottages, which were originally built as fishermen’s cabins in the 1920’s the Hyams Beach Seaside Cottages are the perfect retreat for those seeking out a romantic getaway away from the city. Continue your romantic stay with an equally romantic coastal walk that connects some of NSW’s most gorgeous white-sand beaches. Book a cottage here.
The Blue Mountains have plenty to offer nature lovers from incredible lookouts to glow-in-the-dark waterfalls, the world’s oldest caves, lush canyons and much more. If you’re looking for a romantic escape just for two, there’s an enchanted hidden cave nestled deep in the Blue Mountains that you should have on your radar. This getaway overlooks the Blue Mountains National Park with concrete arches, a spa bath, an expansive deck and a fireplace to cuddle up by the fire. Read all about this intimate spot here.
5. Arajila Resort, Lord Howe Island
It’s impossible not to be swept up by the allure of Lord Howe Island. Pristine beaches, dense subtropical forests and towering landscapes are just part of the charm of one of Australia’s most exclusive destinations. Arajila Resort, the island’s premier retreat promises a luxury escape among palm trees, crystal clear waters and excellent views in a rainforest setting. Bear in mind, if you’re hoping to book one of its twelve beautifully appointed luxury suites, you’ll have to get in fast because only 400 people are allowed on the island at any given point. For another exclusive adventure, don’t forget to check out Ball’s Pyramid, the world’s tallest sea stack that you could see up close on a boat tour only from Lord Howe Island.
6. Cicada Luxury Camping, Kiama
A 90-minute drive from Sydney will bring you to Cicada Luxury Camping, a no-frills romantic getaway, in the middle of the countryside. This glamping experience offers two kinds of accommodations for adults only: 2 safari-style tents with a king bed, ensuite, kitchenette and a cosy outdoor bath and 2 large bell tents which come with a queen bed, shared bathroom and a kitchen. All tents come with their own firepits for cosy evenings. The glamping experience lies a stone’s throw from Kiama’s famous beaches, town centre and the largest ocean blowhole in the world. Book a tent here.
7. Thou Walla Sunset Retreat, Port Stephens
Thou Walla Sunset Retreat is an excellent choice if sunset views over the water, charming strolls along the bay and coastal vibes are what you’re after. This glamping experience features a king-size bed, an ensuite, a flat-screen TV, and a daybed on the veranda. And if you’re someone who enjoys outdoor adventures, head to Stockton Beach a short walk away and witness the Southern Hemisphere’s largest coastal sand dunes, go on a camel or horse ride and go sandboarding and quad biking. Make a booking here.
8. Pier One, Sydney Harbour
There’s something undeniably romantic about being near the water and Pier One offers just that with beautiful views of Sydney Harbour and beyond. It’s a place best reserved for special occasions but promises an unforgettable experience in the heart of Sydney. Enjoy unobstructed views of the city skyline, go on a stroll along The Rocks and Circular Quay or simply enjoy all the wine and dine options at the premiere hotel. Pier One ensures an exhilarating staycaytion with your better half. Head here to book a suite.
9. Sierra Escape, Mudgee
If you’re the kind of couple that loves the rugged outdoors, Sierra Escape in Mudgee combines glamourous camping in the heart of the wilderness with some luxury elements so you get the best of both worlds in this heavenly combination. This glamping spot is perfect for those who love being out in nature but don’t particularly enjoy roughing it out. The fact that it’s located in Mudgee is a bonus for wine lovers. Make a booking here.
10. Roar and Snore, Taronga Zoo
What’s more wholesome than interacting with animals together? Taronga Zoo’s overnight experience is nestled in the heart of the zoo and overlooks the Sydney Harbour. The unique accommodation doesn’t slouch on the romance factor with intimate safari-like tents, lovely city views, breakfast in bed and even a night safari experience that is bound to bring you closer. We reckon this could be one of NSW’s most underrated romantic getaways. Head to Taronga Zoo’s website to grab a spot.