5 destinations for the perfect romantic break

What does your perfect romantic break look like? Is it all about the food and wine, or is your dream destination a tropical island? Whichever way your heart leans, one of these couple-friendly short breaks is guaranteed to hit the spot.

For early birds: Rise above it all

If you’re the kind of couple who are up at the crack of dawn, this hot-air balloon ride over Victoria’s Yarra Valley will make for one of your most memorable mornings ever. The adventure starts the night before, with an overnight stay in a self-contained cottage. An early start means you will be airborne in the balloon as dawn breaks, giving you a unique perspective on this lovely landscape. The thrill doesn’t end when you come back to earth: a sumptuous breakfast at a local winery brings the morning to a perfect conclusion. 

>> Yarra Valley ballooning cottage break with breakfast, VIC

For luxury lovers: Island escape

Love the idea of escaping to a tropical retreat? Then this Daydream Island getaway will be ideal. From free arrival gifts – think chocolates and a bottle of bubbles – to snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, every moment of this three-night break promises to be special. Treat yourself to a couples’ massage in the spa, go exploring on a kayak made for two, or enjoy a gourmet picnic on a deserted beach. 

>> Luxury Daydream Island getaway with breakfast for 3 nights, QLD

For food lovers: A feast for the senses

If fine food and wine make your heart beat faster, this gourmet getaway in Mt Macedon north of Melbourne will sate your appetite. Your accommodation is located on a working winery, and a series of delicious experiences awaits. Start with a wine tasting that includes expert insights into each drop; follow that with a three-course dinner that may include delicate duck or sesame-crusted salmon. The next morning, enjoy a gourmet breakfast before finally heading home. 

>> Overnight stay at Gisborne Peak Winery and golf, Macedon Ranges VIC

For outdoor-lovers: Luxury camping

Like the idea of camping without forgoing your creature comforts? Then this luxury safari tent accomodation nestled amongst Eucalyptus trees is the perfect getaway. Located in Jervis Bay, 2.5 hours south of Sydney, it's a nature lovers paradise with spectacular coastal scenery, clear blue waters and pristine beaches with walking trails and riding tracks. Enjoy dinner in the tree top dining room and fall asleep to the peaceful sounds of the bush at night. If unwinding and getting back to nature is a priority, this is a great way to do it.

>> Jervis Bay luxury camping with breakfast for 2

For true romantics: Sail away

If you’ve ever dreamed of sailing off into the sunset, this overnight escape on the NSW central coast is for you. Spend the afternoon on a 38-foot yacht sailing past remote bays and beaches. Take the helm if you like, or stop for a dip at a particularly scenic spot. In the evening, your skipper will anchor for the night in a secluded bay and leave the two of you alone. An evening spent sipping champagne and feasting on a seafood platter under a starlit sky, with the water lapping gently around you, will send the romance quotient soaring.

>> Romantic overnight stay on a yacht for 2, Central Coast NSW

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