It’s clear from every classic Christmas movie that Christmas is a time for romance: a blanket of snow out the window, a fire crackling in the fireplace, cozying up with your special someone. While Australia’s sunny Decembers might be far from a white Christmas, that doesn’t mean Australians have to miss out on the romance of the holidays. Here are eight perfect romantic getaways for the Christmas season:
Secrets on the Lake is a romantic treehouse retreat that has been described as a “magical” getaway. Overlooking the serene Lake Baroon, these luxury cabins are nestled in the treetops of the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Secrets features Romantic Luxury Treehouses specifically for guests who want an added element of romance. Each treehouse is individually and lovingly designed and decorated, so you can choose the getaway that suits you best. To make your romantic getaway extra special, Secrets offers packages and extras like luxury chocolate platters and cheese boards, picnic hampers, and couples massages.
For a more tropical romantic getaway, Fitzroy Island Resort offers a beachfront holiday experience like no other. With the Romance on the Reef special package, you could treat your loved one to a three course dinner, handcrafted chocolates, and champagne. With an entire island out your front door, you can enjoy romantic nature walks, sunbathing on the beach, or an evening sip and paint session.
At Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort, romance is one of their specialties. From private dining to couples spa experiences to curated activities, the staff at Wolgan Valley are sure to create an unquestionably romantic holiday. With a private villa opening out to 2800 hectares of nature, you and your loved one will be able to share intimate moments in complete luxury. The natural setting of the resort makes it ideal for romantic outdoor experiences, like horse riding, star-gazing, and snuggling up by the campfire.
Located in the scenic wine country of Western Australia, Tree Chalets provide secluded romantic accommodation. Featuring outdoor baths, wood fires, a private deck, and a beautiful forest setting, these chalets have every ingredient necessary to create your dream romantic Christmas getaway. Not only are these chalets idyllic, but they’re also eco-friendly, harnessing rainwater and solar power. This would be the perfect romantic escape if your partner is especially nature-focused and environmentally conscious.
Araluen Boutique Accommodation, in the heart of the Yarra Valley, features self-contained villas with full kitchens and outdoor BBQ areas for the perfect Christmas lunch. On the more romantic side of things, the villas have double spa baths, walk-in showers, and heated flooring. A stay at Araluen Lodge also includes a continental breakfast so you can sleep in with no stress. The lodge swimming pool is a perfect place to cool off and celebrate Christmas the Australian way.
Sequoia Lodge in South Australia is an adults-only luxury retreat adjacent to national parks and Adelaide's wine country. Featuring an award-winning day spa and wine list, Sequoia Lodge specialises in top-of-the-line services. The lodge is also home to an infinity pool, food and wine tastings, star gazing, and masterclass experiences. For a short but luxurious romantic retreat, book the Bed & Breakfast package for an a la carte breakfast served in your room, curated minibar, and wine tasting.
Darwin is home to Palms City Resort, a tropical paradise in the heart of the city. Each villa is surrounded by tropical nature which can be enjoyed from the private veranda. If you prefer a romantic getaway with access to city life and nightlife – rather than secluded in nature – Palms City Resort is the place for you. It’s only 10 minutes walking distance from Darwin’s Waterfront Precinct, including restaurants, shopping, and a cinema.
If you’d like to prepare your own romantic Christmas meal, Cedar Cottage Meander features a chef’s kitchen with access to an organic garden so you can use fresh Tasmanian produce in your menu. The cottage is also fully equipped with a smart TV, bluetooth speaker, and unlimited wifi so you can binge Christmas movies all evening. Even more romantic, the cottage has a deck with a cedar hot tub so you can star-gaze in ultimate luxury.