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11 of the most romantic getaways in Queensland

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, creating unforgettable memories, or re-igniting the flames of passion, there’s nothing like a dreamy couples’ escape to deepen a love connection. Well, think of us as your getaway cupid. After scouring the state far and wide, from the outback to our tropical islands, here’s 11 of the most romantic getaways in Queensland guaranteed to get you feeling loved up.

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City slickers | Spicers Balfour Hotel

Spicers Balfour | Romantic Getaways Queensland

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

Housed in a beautifully restored Queenslander, the plush, velvety interiors create a sultry vibe that’ll make you want to hole up and stay put. That, and the large bathtubs and heated towel racks over in the suites of the Silma wing.

But the temptation of the rooftop bar will be difficult to ignore. Succumb to a cocktail and toast to the setting sun as it dips behind the Story Bridge. Next, retreat to The Balfour Kitchen for a playful Vietnamese fusion menu created from sustainably sourced seafood, ethically farmed meats and local vegetables.

More ways to feel the love:

  • Wander along the glamorous boutique shopping strip of James Street.
  • Bond over belly laughs at a live comedy 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 snuggle into a movie under the stars at the outdoor Moonlight Cinema (season dependent).
  • Channel the sparkle of the city. Stroll just minutes down the Riverwalk to Howard Smith Wharves, or down 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 perfection | 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? But that’s only scratching the surface.

Sitting off the coast of Mission Beach, Bedarra Island is the epitome of tropical seclusion. There’s only ten guest villas scattered throughout 45 hectares of rainforest (and a maximum of 18 guests at the resort at any time). Solar-powered generators, filtered springwater fresh off the land, and other nature-friendly initiatives make for a luxury experience with minimal impact on the earth and Great Barrier Reef, but a guaranteed impact on you.

It’s likely you’ll go days without seeing another soul here. Even when you finally decide to take a break from nestling into your outdoor day bed overlooking the turquoise waters of the reef to make full use of the all-inclusive perks at your disposal.

More ways to feel the love:

  • For active couples, this can take the form of one-on-one kayak, SUP or snorkel adventures along the island’s coastline, or even sharing a daydream-worthy experience like scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef.
  • For traditional romantics, connect over 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 hideaway | Narrows Escape

Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat | Romantic Getaways Queensland

When it comes to romance on the Sunshine Coast, the hinterland has it in spades.

Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat was designed specifically with intimacy in mind. Six secluded pavilions are dotted across two hectares of rainforest in the Blackall Range in Montville.

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

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

More ways to feel the love:

  • Pick up a BBQ hamper and pop next door to Kondalilla National Park for a picnic (BBQ facilities are onsite). Work 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, prehistoric granite boulders and rolling hills might set the scene for your country tryst, here. 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.

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

Alure provides an authentic, ecologically sustainable bush experience, but 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.

More ways to feel the love:

  • 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 Rocher chocolates on arrival.
  • Take advantage of the prime location and book in for a local winery or cycling tour to round off your Stanthorpe getaway.

World Heritage beauty | Silky Oaks Lodge and Healing Waters Spa

Silky Oaks Lodge

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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 Billabong Suite. Among the added goodies is its extra-large double balcony with hammock and four-poster day bed overlooking the river. As well as lulling you to sleep, you’ll get to know this river even more intimately with the guided rainforest walk that’s included in the Billabong Suite package.

Need 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.

More ways to feel the love:

  • Their Ultimate Silky Indulgence package offers 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

If your idea of romance is becoming one with nature, you don’t get much closer than at The Feathered Nest near Mackay. Not only does wildlife surround this five-star luxury eco stay, each room actually features its very own black cockatoo aviary. 

Conserving this handsome species for future generations to experience is something the owners are passionate about sharing with their guests. But aside from this unique opportunity to bond with nature, this place still sparkles with romance.

Nestled in peaceful bush-country, each bedroom retreat is also kitted out with an eco-smart fireplace and heated infinity-edge plunge pool. From your two-person spa with views overlooking the gardens, you’re likely to spot more furry and feathered fauna grazing around their natural habitat.

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.

More ways to feel the love (and nature):

  • Organise a picnic hamper of fresh local produce and set yourselves up by the rock pools and waterfalls of Finch Hatton Gorge.
  • Wake up just before the crack of dawn to catch the sunrise with the famous ‘roos of Cape Hillsborough Beach.
  • Smell 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

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Crater by name, crater by actual location.

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

Not only is it an exclusive couples-only sanctuary, but its six luxury tree houses have been strategically tucked away in the Atherton Tablelands on the rainforest slopes of an extinct volcano.

To really make the most of this unique positioning, book into one of their Canopy Tree Houses. Fuse with the hinterland mist from your private outdoor rain shower (or from your double spa, whichever takes your fancy).

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

More ways to feel the love:

  • Surprise your special someone with fresh roses, chilled sparkling, candles, and heart-shaped chocolates 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

When dreaming of quintessential romantic getaways in Queensland, it’s hard not to immediately picture qualia in the Whitsundays.

From the second you touch down on Hamilton Island your every whim and wish will be catered to. That’s 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 to do is decide is which luxury accommodation you’d like to call (holiday) home.

Our advice? The one-bedroom Windward Pavillion with private sundeck, and infinity-edge plunge pool. It’s ocean-facing bathroom’s views will make you feel as thought you’re melting into the Coral Sea. 

More ways to feel the love:

  • Be forever moved by a scenic flight over Heart Reef.
  • 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 tropical picnic lunch at North and West Henning Island.
  • Marvel at 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 champagne and canapés.

Outback seclusion | Gilberton Outback Retreat

Gilberton Outback Retreat

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

Sitting on an 88,000-acre working 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 yearning to leave the hustle of reality in their dust tracks.

With no WiFi, phone or television reception to disrupt your rustic escape, bliss out on a true technology detox. 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?).

More ways to feel the love:

  • 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 wilderness in front of you.

Lakeside loving | Eumarella Shores Noosa Lake Retreat

Eumarella Shores Noosa Lake Retreat

It’s undeniable: Noosa can do no wrong when it comes to a relaxing getaway.

While most couples are quick to set themselves up beachside, turn your attention away from the salty seas to a spot less-travelled.

Eumraella Shores Noosa Lake Retreat feels like a complete one one-eighty from the bustle of Hastings Street. Set in 50 acres of unspoilt native conservation reserve on the banks of Lake Webya, it’s like a scene straight out of The Notebook (right down to the complimentary two-person canoe).

Set your sights on a Deluxe Cottage, specially designed to imbue feelings of love with a double spa bath on your glass-enclosed veranda, private lakeside timber deck, and a cosy log fire.

More ways to feel the love:

  • Visit the Noosa Farmers Markets on Sunday morning and pick up some local treats before exploring the beach pockets of Noosa National Park (or stop by Getaway Pantry to put together 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, crossing the boardwalk into your private rainforest chalet feels otherworldly. Nestled between cascading mountain streams and towering brush box trees, they’re even each named after a Disney character.

All chalets have their own two-person triangle spa bath and wood fire. But have you ever enjoyed a hot tub three storeys high in the rainforest canopy? If not, book yourself and your lover into the luxurious ‘Belle’ chalet.

More ways to feel the love:

  • Thought it couldn’t get any more romantic? Thing again, and add on 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.
  • 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.

 

Feature image: East Bedarra Island Retreat / This post was published in February 2017 and updated October 2019.