7 couples-only Australian getaways this Easter.
All the places to escape to this Easter long weekend.
Easter is approaching and there’s no better way to take full advantage of an extended weekend than to spend it on a couples-only getaway. Whether you’re looking to spend some one-on-one time indulging in romantic activities, or prefer to spend a weekend exploring the great outdoors, you won’t have to look (or drive) too far to find your perfect escape.
All you need to do is decide on the setting and your Hyundai can take you on the journey. To make your life a little easier, we’ve pulled together our top picks for all the best Australian couple getaways this long weekend.
1. MARGARET RIVER – WESTERN AUSTRALIA
The only wine region in Australia where you can hop from award-winning wineries and restaurants to breathtaking beaches, the Margaret River has something to offer every type of traveller. An easy three hour and 20-minute drive from Perth, take the opportunity to discover the hidden sights and scenery tucked away in Australia’s south-west corner. As well as its wines, the region is known for its surf beaches on the Indian Ocean, with over 40 top spots along the coast. But not all the sites are above ground. A must-see is the “suspended table” at Lake Cave — a limestone crystal decoration that hangs from the ceiling and hovers just above the surface of the cave’s permanent lake.
2. MORNINGTON PENINSULA – VICTORIA
Boasting soft, silky sands and lush rolling hills, the Mornington Peninsula oozes charm and is an ideal setting for your couples-only retreat. Only an hour’s drive from Melbourne, breathe in the fresh sea air, sample innovative local cuisine, and soak up the relaxed alfresco lifestyle as you escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Go strawberry picking at the Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, or pop your walking shoes on and enjoy a stroll along the cliff tops at Portsea. But before you leave, be sure to pencil in a trip to the famous Peninsula Hot Springs, Victoria’s first geothermal mineral springs and day spa. A blissful indulgence of R&R with your loved one.
3. THE BAROSSA VALLEY – SOUTH AUSTRALIA
There’s more than meets the eye when visiting the quaint Barossa Valley. Known internationally as a wine-producing region, it’s the perfect location for a romantic weekend in South Australia. Book your stay at The Louise hotel, where the generous suites invite you to slow down, relax in the spa tub, or start your day nestled in front of the fireplace. In a bonding experience like no other, catch the sunrise from above in a hot-air balloon ride. If you’d rather keep your feet planted firmly on the ground, spend an afternoon strolling hand-in-hand through Lyndoch Hill in the Barossa Chateau estate, said to have the largest collection of roses in the southern hemisphere.
4. SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS – NEW SOUTH WALES
If your Easter getaway is well overdue, a trip to New South Wales’s Southern Highlands will leave you and your partner feeling refreshed and well-rested. The beauty of this destination is that you can do absolutely nothing, or do it all. Just a short hour-and-a-half drive from the city, this cluster of country towns is an easy and elegant choice, offering everything from fine dining and high tea, to antique book and jewellery stores and memorable bushwalks.
5. SUNSHINE COAST HINTERLAND – QUEENSLAND
Experience the Sunshine Coast from a new perspective this long weekend with a trip to the hinterlands, where ancient volcanic peaks, lush rainforests and breathtaking scenery are just one part of the natural beauty and serenity. Relax in secluded and intimate accommodation, in a region known for its boutique hotels and cosy cottages. If you’re looking to explore, jump in your Hyundai for a leisurely drive through the Glass House Mountains National Park. Stop at picturesque lookouts along the way and take in the awe-inspiring landscape of one of the iconic landmarks on the Sunshine Coast.
6. FREYCINET – TASMANIA
Head to Tasmania’s east coast for a getaway filled with unforgettable coastal views, secluded bays, fresh seafood, local wines and pure luxury during your trip to Freycinet. Roughly a two-and-a-half hour drive north from Hobart, detach from reality this long weekend and explore a peninsula of pink granite mountains. Sleep in luxury with a stay at Saffire Freycinet, a premium luxury lodge encased in nature overlooking the Hazards Mountains and Great Oyster Bay. An absolute must is the 90-minute walk to Wineglass Bay lookout, which offers impressive views across the bay.
7. EYRE PENINSULA – SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Set your heart aflutter on the Eyre Peninsula, a South Australian region blessed with natural beauty, rugged landscapes and a remarkable coastline. Embark on the ultimate seafood safari as you hop from town to town exploring the freshest and tastiest seafood in Australia. Make friends with some of South Australia’s most incredible sea life off the shores of the popular town, Port Lincoln. Or spend the day learning about the harvesting of world-famous oysters in the small town of Coffin Bay.