11 of the most romantic couples escapes in Queensland

11 of the most romantic getaways in Queensland

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Whether you’re celebrating Valentines Day or want to re-ignite the flame of passion, there’s nothing like a cheeky couples’ escape to get the love chemicals brewin’.

Think of us as your cupid; your guides in love to point you in the right direction towards your perfect destination.

And here they are, after scouring the state far and wind from the outback to our tropical islands, 11 of the most romantic getaways guaranteed to set hearts aflutter.

City slickers | Spicers Balfour Hotel

Spicers Balfour Hotel Brisbane | Hip Boutique Hotels in Brisbane

Tucked away in the backstreets of Brisbane’s trendy New Farm, a rendezvous to Spicers Balfour Hotel is the perfect mix of old-school romance and inner-city flair.

Housed in a beautifully restored Queenslander, the svelte velvety interiors totally give off a “come-hither” vibe that’ll make you want to hole up and stay put for your entire stay (that, and the large bathtubs and heated towel racks going down over in the suites of the Silma wing).

Alas, the temptation of the rooftop bar will be too hard to ignore, so grab a cocktail and toast to the setting sun as it dips behind the Story Bridge before retreating to the Balfour Kitchen for some fine dining.

Up the romance factor:

  • Indulge in some retail therapy along the boutique shopping strip of James Street.
  • Catch a live show at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
  • Pick up cheese, olives and crackers from New Farm Deli and picnic under the mighty jacarandas of New Farm Park.
  • Or wait until nightfall to watch a movie under the stars at the outdoor Moonlight Cinema (seasonal).
  • If it’s a full-blown night on the town you’re after, walk 15 minutes to the Sydney Street Ferry Terminal and catch the free CityHopper into the CBD (keeping Eagle Street Pier and South Bank on your radar).

Private island feels | Bedarra Island

Bedarra | 11 of the most romantic getaways in Queensland

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Three words: Private infinity pool. (You’re sold already, aren’t you?)

Sitting off the coast of Mission Beach, Bedarra Island is the epitome of tropical seclusion, with only eight guest villas scattered throughout 45 hectares of rainforest (and a max. of 18 guests at the resort at any time).

It’s very likely you’ll go days without seeing another soul here, even when you finally decide to take a break from snuggling on your outdoor day bed (overlooking the Great Barrier Reef, mind you) to make full use of the all-inclusive perks at your disposal.

Up the romance factor:

  • For active couples, this can take the form of one-on-one kayak, SUP or snorkel adventures along the island’s coastline, or even ticking of a bucket-list worthy goal like scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef.
  • For classic romantics, you can’t beat a candlelit dinner on a secluded beach or a gourmet picnic on one of the nearby deserted islands courtesy of your own private dinghy.

Hinterland retreat | Narrows Escape

Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat

When it comes to romance on the Sunshine Coast, the hinterland pretty much trumps all.

Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat was designed specifically with lurrrveee in mind, crafting six secluded pavilions spread out across two hectares of rainforest in the Blackall Range in Montville.

Each pavilion is your own private pocket of perfection, with a deep double spa bath, saltwater rock pool, warm log fire, soft bathrobes and slippers, a movie library, and a gourmet breakfast hamper supplied on arrival (with fresh croissants delivered each morning).

But the piece de resistance is definitely the Tarzan and Jane package, which consists of three days and two night of pure romantic bliss (aka champagne, chocolates, massages, and fine dining).

Up the romance factor:

  • Pick up a BBQ hamper and pop next door to Kondalilla National Park for a picnic (BBQ facilities onsite), working off your feast with a walk along the Falls Circuit before rounding off with a dip in the rock pool.
  • Stroll hand-in-hand exploring Montville’s village strip and art gallery trail.
  • Eat (and drink) your hearts out sampling the local produce on a wine tasting tour.

Country vistas | Alure Stanthorpe

Big open skies and rolling hills might set the scene for your country tryst, but it’s the attention to detail by Alure Stanthorpe that’ll really get the romance-ball rolling.

We’re talking soaking under the Milky Way in your own heated outdoor spa, cuddling up in front of a crackling fire, and in-villa massages. #holla

While you can’t go wrong with their luxury villas, we suggest going full-country and booking into their lavish glamping tent.

Don’t worry, you won’t find any drop toilets or roughing it here, just all the comforts of the aforementioned with the added bonus of a four-poster bed complete with chandelier.

Up the romance factor:

  • Go all out and include one of their Romance and Pamper packages to be greeted by fresh rose petals, scented candles, sparkling wine and Ferrero Rochers on arrival.
  • Take advantage of the prime location and book in for a local winery tour to round off your Stanthorpe getaway.

World Heritage beauty | Silky Oaks Lodge and Healing Waters Spa

Just over an hour’s drive from Cairns you could be hiding out in one of the oldest living rainforests in the world.

Silky Oaks Lodge and Healing Waters Spa sits majestically on the Mossman River, offering a luxe retreat for couples who want to slow down and rejuvenate.

While their tree houses are little slices of heaven themselves, we suggest upgrading to the newly refurbished Billabong Suite to take advantage of the added goodies – most importantly, the spacious double balcony with hammock and four-poster day bed overlooking the river.

When you want even more reason to relax, book in for a romantic ritual for two at the Healing Waters Spa, starting off with a soak in a warm mud bath followed by their signature body massage.

Up the romance factor: 

  • Their Ultimate Silky Indulgence package covers this one, offering a well-balanced mix of adventure and down time from beach hideaway heli tours and Daintree Rainforest safaris, to picnic hampers, French champagne, and three-course a la carte dinner each evening in the Treehouse Restaurant.

Off-kilter | The Feathered Nest

Nature lovers will get a serious hoot out of The Feathered Nest near Mackay because the cherry on top of this five-star luxury eco stay is an actual black-cockatoo aviary inside your room… with a freakin’ pond!

We kid you not, folks. But aside from this epic opportunity to bond with nature, this place still screeches romance.

Nestled in peaceful bush-country, each bedroom retreat is kitted out with a fireplace, heated infinity-edge plunge pool, and a two-person spa with views overlooking the gardens.

Throw in a massage or two on your private deck and gourmet food packs (or ready meals at your doorstep), and that’s your couples escape sorted.

Up the romance (and nature) factor: 

  • Organise a picnic hamper and set yourselves up by one of the rock pools and waterfalls of Finch Hatton Gorge.
  • Wake up just before the crack of dawn to watch the sunrise with the famous ‘roos of Cape Hillsborough Beach.
  • Smells the roses on a stroll of Mackay’s Botanic Gardens, stopping for a long, lazy lunch at the cafe overlooking the lagoons.

Explosive views  | Mt Quincan Crater Retreat

Mt Quincan Crater Retreat

Crater by name, crater by actual location.

Romantic hideaways are taken to nek-level at the Mt Quincan Crater Retreat. Literally.

Not only are they an exclusive couples-only sanctuary (hallelujah!), but their six luxury tree houses have been strategically tucked away in the Atherton Tablelands on the rainforest slopes of (wait for it) an extinct volcano!

Oh yes, and if you want to make the most of this unique positioning, we suggest booking into one of their Canopy Tree Houses to soak up the hinterland vistas from your private outdoor rain shower (or from your double spa, whichever takes your fancy).

Afterwards, chuck on a fluffy robe and lounge about your timber deck – keeping an eye out for the rare Lumholtz tree climbing kangaroos who like to pop in to say hello – or watch a movie by the fireplace.

Up the romance factor: 

  • Surprise your special someone with fresh roses, chilled sparkling, candles, and heart-shaped choccies when you add a romantic package to your stay.
  • Unwind in synchronous harmony with a couple’s body massage.
  • Grab a picnic hamper and wander down to the shady fig trees of Leslie Creek, watching for platypus and water dragons.
  • Watch the sun rise over the rolling hills from a hot air balloon.

World-class luxury | qualia

qualia

They say money can’t buy happiness, but a romantic escape to qualia in the Whitsundays certainly challenges that theory.

From the second you touch down on Hamilton Island your every whim and wish will be catered, meaning more time focusing on each other rather than having to sort out transport and activities (the concierge team and your VIP chauffeur will take care of that).

All you’ve really got decide on is which luxury accommodation you’d like to call (holiday) home.

Our advice? The one-bedroom Windward Pavillion with private sundeck, infinity-edge plunge pool, and ocean-facing bathroom (because the bathtub game in here is seriously ridic). 

Up the romance factor:

  • Book a scenic flight over Heart Reef (declarations of love are encouraged).
  • Indulge in a couples sweet chocolate spice massage or vinothérapie body scrub.
  • Take advantage of the two 16-foot Hobie catamarans at your disposal and explore the nearby islands.
  • Organise a personal beach drop off with a picnic lunch at North and West Henning Island.
  • Explore the white silica sand and piercing blue waters of the best beach in Australia.
  • Board qualia’s luxury charter cruiser Atomic for a sunset cruise complete with champers and canapés.

Outback seclusion | Gilberton Outback Retreat

Gilberton Outback Retreat

Think the Aussie outback is all tin sheds and swags? Guess again.

Because sitting on an 88,000 acre cattle station in the gold fields of north Queensland is one of the most luxurious 5-star retreats in the sunshine state.

The Gilberton Outback Retreat is ideal for couples itching to leave the hustle of reality in their dust tracks.

With no WiFi, phone or television reception to disrupt your rustic escape, you’ll begin to focus on the more important things in life: each other, the freestanding semi-outdoor bathtub with panoramic views over the Gilbert River, and the never-ending supply of bubbles waiting to be enjoyed (did we mention this place is all-inclusive?).

 Up the romance factor:

  • Surprise your lover with a nugget of your affections panning for gold in the Gilberton creeks.
  • Organise a picnic hamper from the shop-sized pantry and visit the granite cathedral and natural springs.
  • Do absolutely nothing but curl up in your four-poster bed and stare out at the open landscape in front of you.

Lakeside lovin’ | Eumarella Shores Noosa Lake Retreat

Eumarella Shores Noosa Lake Retreat

Let’s be honest: Noosa can do no wrong when it comes to a relaxing getaway.

While most couples are quick to set themselves up beachside, we’ve decided to turn the attention away from the salty seas to a spot less-travelled and known (aka utter romance = guaranteed).

Eumraella Shores Noosa Lake Retreat feels like a complete one 180 from the bustle of Hastings Street. Set in unspoilt native bushland on the banks of Lake Webya, it’s like a scene straight outta The Notebook (seriously, take advantage of the complimentary two-person canoe and put Noah and Allie to shame).

But back to the most important part, the accomodation, and we recommend setting your sights on a Deluxe Cottage, especially designed to stir the love feels with a double spa bath on your glass-enclosed veranda, private lakeside timber deck, and a cosy log fire.

Up the romance factor:

  • Pop down to the Noosa Farmers Markets on Sunday morning and pick up some local treats before exploring the beach pockets of Noosa National Park (or hit up Getaway Pantry to organise a surprise picnic hamper to take with you).
  • Spoil your better half with a unique or hand-crafted gift made by local artisans at the Eumundi Markets.
  • Stroll the boutique shopping and dining scene on Hastings Street, stopping for gelato at Massimo’s.
  • Hire a two-person kayak from Kanu Kapers and spend the day gliding through the tranquil Noosa Everglades.

Rainforest escape | The Mouses House

The Mouses House Rainforest Retreat

The Mouses House is visual proof that fairytales do exist.

Although you’re only one hour from the Gold Coast, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into another world as you cross the boardwalk into your private rainforest chalet, nestled between cascading mountain streams and towering brush box trees (and named after a Disney character no less).

All chalets have their own two-person triangle spa bath and wood fire, but if you really want to impress, we suggest the luxurious ‘Belle’ chalet for some hot tub time three stories high in the rainforest canopy.

Up the romance factor:

  • It’s all about the add-ons, baby, and these guys have got you sorted with in-chalet Swedish massages, fresh flowers, food hampers, and of course, Lindt chocolate and wine.
  • Order a picnic basket and play eenie-meenie-miney-mo with the trails through Springbrook National Park.
  • Then when the sun goes down watch the rainforest come alive with glow worms and luminescent funghi at the Natural Bridge circuit.
  • Spend a night star-gazing at the Springbrook Research Observatory.

Where’s your favourite couples escape in Queensland? Tell us why in the comments below!