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Romantic Getaways NSW: Couples Retreats Close to Sydney

Secluded escapes that come steeped in romance, these romantic getaways in NSW are guaranteed to get you in the mood.

Planning a well-earned weekend escape with your partner? You don’t have to look too far. Whether you’re looking for a cute couples retreat, a self-catered stay or adults-only accommodation, Sydney and its surrounds are home to a range of romantic getaways that are bound to tick every box. All you need to do is decide on a setting: beach or bush? Wine country or waterfront? Rolling hills or rainforest? 

Leave the city behind and treat yourself and your loved one to a weekend dripping in romance. These romantic getaways in NSW are everything you've ever dreamed of.


Designed and built by owners Jenny and Peter Guest, Guestlands is a Mediterranean paradise just 40 minutes from Sydney. This immersive experience will throw you into the deep end of an Italian-inspired medieval style village where cobblestoned streets run beneath fairy lights through sunset-hued houses. At the end of the winding path you’ll find a beautifully manicured European garden with a sky blue pool, tree-lined colonnades and benches and quiet corners for romantic moments. Spend some quality time or book the entire estate for an epic double date and enjoy self-serve breakfast, complimentary mini bar treats and a daily happy hour with free vinos and antipasto. Step into the on-site wine bar, enjoy a private dinner at La Trattoria or fire up a wood fire pizza oven. Head here to book.

From $690 per night (minimum two night stay)

Guestlands, 10 Blacks Road, Arcadia

Halcyon House

On the golden shores of Cabarita Beach, Halcyon House is utterly gorgeous – and if you manage to score a room, that’s one way of saying ‘I love you.’ Inspired by the Amalfi Coast, it’s a design-lovers dream, and none of the 21 rooms are the same. Spend the day soaking up the sun by the pool, and then dress up for a date night dinner at the two-hatted Paper Daisy. When it comes to romantic getaways in NSW, Halcyon House hits the mark.

From $1090 per night 

21 Cypress Crescent, Cabarita Beach

The Sunseeker

Concealed behind Byron Bay's iconic beaches, this bungalow-style retreat blends art, music, and culture from a time defined by indulging in all the colours of life. Forget your standard motel amenities, Sunseeker's boutique offering was designed with conscious creatives in mind. Exercise the brain at the library curated by Good Publishings before hitting the mineral pool to soak your way to serenity. What would a holiday be without a tiki bar? Luckily they have that too. 

From $310 per night

100 Bangalow Road, Byron Bay NSW

The Bower Byron Bay

Redefining the concept of a no-frills Aussie motel, The Bower has pushed the boundaries of a beachside boutique, bringing a touch of New York glamour to the laid-back bohemia of Byron Bay. For a romantic option, the Deluxe King Rooms tick every box. Luxuriously dark and sensual, these opulent suites come decked out in draped linens, dark furnishings and soft, cosy textiles, for an indulgent escape that's ready for romance. Outside a lush, green oasis awaits – along with the hotel's famous outdoor swimming pool. But you'd be forgiven for wanting to snuggle up indoors, The Bower will steal you and your special someone's heart at first glance. 

From $255 per night 

28 Bangalow Road, Byron Bay 

Leaves & Fishes
Leaves & Fishes
The Boathouse at Leaves and Fishes

There's no denying the Hunter Valley is the perfect backdrop for a romantic weekend away in NSW. So it's only right that after a day of exploring (aka post-wine tasting), you'll want to cosy up somewhere equally as romantic. The Boathouse at Leaves and Fishes is made up of four lakefront cabins and is the ultimate adults-only retreat. The Balinese-inspired cabins feature king beds and marble bathrooms with a double shower and stone bath. The accommodation is also located in the suburb Lovedale – need we say more? 

From $420 per night 

737 Lovedale Road, Lovedale, Hunter Valley

Spicers Sangoma Retreat

Nestled at the foothills of the Blue Mountains, this luxe eco-retreat is an adults-only, African-inspired escape. Perfect for a quick romantic getaway in NSW, Spicers Sangoma Retreat is only an hour’s drive from Sydney, it boasts eight spacious suites with freestanding tubs, and striking furnishings straight from Cape Town, and wraparound balconies. If you ever leave your pillowy-soft day bed (and free minibar), you’ll find an infinity lap pool and communal lounge.

From $2,199 (minimum stays apply)

70 Grandview Lane, Bowen Mountain, Blue Mountains 

Eden Farm Escape

An equestrian adventure where animals and nature sit harmoniously side by side, Eden Farm Escape ticks every box on the bucket list. Set in the heart of the Blue Mountains, just 90-minutes from Sydney, this romantic retreat is the perfect hideaway for animal and nature lovers. From fruit picking and nature hikes to dog walks and horse riding, city slickers can relax, unwind and get back to nature at this rustic sanctuary. The Blue Mountains are literally on your doorstep for wildlife walks and challenging hikes, but you'd be forgiven for wanting to stay within the confines of Eden's white fenced green paddocks. Their luxurious and cosy cabins are made for romance. Just be sure to bring the cheeseboard.

Animal lovers can get up close and personal with the resident farm folk – you'll find donkeys, alpacas, goats, sheep, cows and pigs roaming the grounds – as well as 12 horses and ponies in their equine centre, so you can book in for a couples horse riding lesson if it takes your fancy. They're dog-friendly too, so you can bring your furry friend along for the ride. 

From $300 per night (plus cleaning fee)

13 Hanlons Road South, Bilpin

Pretty Beach House

To recharge by the ocean, book a stay at this stylish boutique hotel on the Central Coast. Sitting (pretty) in the Bouddi National Park, Pretty Beach House is made up of four glamorous pavilions, each housing two adults only and boasting panoramic views. As a member of the Luxury Lodges of Australia collection, you know you'll be treated to an unforgettable experience. There's no doubt that this is one of the most romantic getaways in NSW.

From $4,500 for two night stay (minimums apply)

Bouddi National Park, Pretty Beach, Central Coast

The Dairy Cottage at Tinonee Vineyard Estate

Set in the charming village of Broke in the Hunter Valley, this quaint two-bedroom cottage beckons with a sense of charm and tranquillity. A romantic escape for couples in NSW – walk amongst the vines, cuddle up on the sofa next to the roaring fire, then sink into the beautiful period bath with a chilled glass of their Tinonee signature Verdelho. Pure bliss.  

From $500 per night (two-night minimum)

1273 Milbrodale Road, Broke

Raes on Wategos

A tropical oasis tucked away in a quiet pocket of Byron Bay, this beautiful boutique comes with all the trimmings. From its idyllic beachfront setting overlooking the glistening turquoise waters of Wategos Beach, to the wistful Moroccan-Mediterranean-style interiors – think monochrome muted palettes, obscure artworks, pops of greenery and rustic Sisal rugs – Raes on Wategos possesses a sense of earthly beauty that will instantly transport you to exotic faraway lands.  

Sprawl out by the pool on pink Lucy Folk beach towels, enjoy a massage at the spa, stroll down to the private beach, or book in a long lunch at Raes’ renowned restaurant. With an open-window framed view of the nearby beach, surrounding headland and famous lighthouse walk, it's one of Byron's biggest draws. 

POA (minimum night stays apply)

6/8 Marine Parade, Byron Bay 

Little Black Shack

Torn between a cosy cabin or a quaint seaside shack? The Little Black Shack may just be the perfect combination of both. And what’s more, it’s only an hour’s drive from Sydney, near famous Palm Beach. You’ll need to catch an old timber ferry to reach this whimsical retreat. This place scores bonus points for those with a penchant for water sports – you have your pick of swimming, kayaking and snorkelling in the pristine waters of Mackerel Beach, just metres from the shack itself. 

From $985 per night (two-night minimum)

29 Ross Smith Parade, Great Mackerel Beach 

One&Only Wolgan Valley

One of Australia's most luxurious (and romantic) getaways, One&Only Wolgan Valley's secluded retreat is the definition of romance. Nestled on 2800 private hectares of rugged and peaceful bushland, with the trickling waters of the Wolgan River rushing through, this beautiful bolthole will transport you and your other half into complete serenity. There are 40 sumptuous suites, each with a private pool, stone fireplace, four-poster bed, spa bathroom and scenic terrace. When you’re not blissing out in your villa, you can explore the property with guided nature walks and horse rides, or book an indulgent spa treatment for added relaxation. This is one romantic getaway in NSW you do not want to miss. 

From $3,100 per night (two-night minimum on weekends)

2600 Wolgan Road, Wolgan Valley 

THE COTTAGE kangaroo valley

Owned and curated by artist and stylist Lisa Madigan, The Cottage flaunts interiors just as breathtaking as its idyllic surrounds. A carpet of lush greenery awaits outdoors, whilst indoors, Lisa's stylish sanctuary beckons in all its white washed serenity. An uplifting space of calm and rejuvenation where exposed brickwork, raw woods and scatterings of greenery effortlessly combine to create a sense of rustic, laid-back luxury. With just one bedroom, this charming retreat is built for two, so get ready to bask in tranquillity and soak up the romance. Explore the majestic landscapes of Kangaroo Valley then settle down with a glass of wine and let the sofa do the talking. 

From $599 per night (minimum stays apply)

118 Moss Vale Road, Kangaroo Valley

Paperbark Camp

Paperbark Camp is a safari-style getaway in the heart of the bush featuring tents with roll-up walls, so you can decide the extent to which you and your lover want to bond with Mother Nature. To make this a truly romantic getaway in NSW, be sure to book the Deluxe or King Deluxe tent which comes with a free-standing bath and candles. Ooh la la!

From $705 per night (minimum stays apply for some dates)

571 Woollamia Road, Woollamia

Cottage Point Inn

Nestled on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, Cottage Point Inn is famed for its scenic waterside views and impressive Modern Australian cuisine. Dining aside, this boutique getaway has been designed with couples in mind. There’s a studio (the Riverview Suite) and a larger apartment (the Cowan Waters Suite), both of which are self-contained with balconies, a lounge area, ensuite and quaint kitchenette.

From $500 per night 

2 Anderson Place, Cottage Point

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat

A gorgeous romantic getaway in NSW (Tweed Valley to be exact), this couples-only resort has creeks, waterfalls, caves and lush rainforest just waiting to be explored. The retreat itself has 13 luxurious lodges, all architect-designed and placed apart for privacy. If you’re celebrating something special, we recommend the swish Mountain View Lodge or the Terrace Bungalow, which features wall-to-ceiling glass windows.

From $480 per night (minimum stays apply for some dates)

201 Booka Road, Upper Crystal Creek

Turon Gates

Set on 6000 acres of bushland in the Blue Mountains, Turon Gates is the perfect place to escape the city and relax amongst nature. With an array of accommodation options, our pick are the charming cottages, which have been carefully positioned to afford privacy and beautiful vistas. For the explorer there's horseriding, and for the relaxer there are tranquil surrounds.


Turon Gates, 942 Upper Turon Road, Capertee 

Any of these romantic getaways in NSW take your fancy? Or maybe you want even more to impress your other half. Fret not, we've got plenty to keep you and your loved one entertained. If you're thinking of a date night with a difference, take your pick from these quirky date ideas in Sydney. But if you want to go traditional, these romantic restaurants have got you covered.