Follow your heart across New South Wales with our unique handpicked holidays for two …
Step back in time
Immerse yourself in nostalgia with a short break to the historic Blue Mountains. Stay in one of the most famous hotels in the area, The Hydro Majestic, with stunning valley views and old-world charm. At Katoomba, sip an elegant apéritif at Champagne Charlies inside the heritage Carrington Hotel, dine at charming and good-value French bistro, The Rooster, and don't miss the sunset from famous vantage point and wedding-photo fave, Lincoln Rock in Wentworth Falls.
Wellness for two
For a wellness escape steeped in luxury, stay at the remote and heavenly Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley. With an established reputation as one of Australia's top retreats, it boasts 40 heritage-style villas with private plunge pools and extraordinary views. The two-night Romantic Retreat includes a 90-minute couple's spa treatment in the wellness sanctuary; gourmet picnic on a private deck, in-villa breakfast with Champagne, gourmet lunch and more.
Where rainforest meets the ocean
A dramatic setting on Illawarra Escarpment make Tumbling Waters Retreat a spectacular couple's escape blending natural beauty and relaxed luxury. There are seven room types to choose from with handcrafted furniture, breezy styling and stunning ocean views. You can swim in the infinity pool, tuck into seasonal produce at Dining on the Edge or unwind with a massage in your room. Our pick is the new oceanside suite Amanzi with a tropical ambience and freestanding tub overlooking the beach. tumblingwatersretreat.com
Blair Athol Estate Wollombi
With just two private and romantic cottages, Blair Athol Estate Wollombi specialises in intimate holidays for couples in a remote natural setting. Nestled in the Hunter region in the town of Wollombi on a 800 acres of wildlife sanctuary and farmland, the luxury retreat has log fires, hot tubs, and a golf cart for each couple to explore the surroundings. Choose from the Athol one-bedroom cottage with heated spa and fireplace, or The Dairy, a stylish retreat available for two couples. blairatholestatewollombionline.com
Rural wedding destination
Situated on a working 7000 acre farm, Kimo Estate is designed to give guests a memorable rural experience with an edgy, modern aesthetic. The romantic option is the eco hut JR's, perched high on the hill with 360-degree views of Murrumbidgee River Flats and Kimo Valley. Kimo has firmly established itself as a go-to wedding destination too, offering a restored barn reception venue as well as authentic Shearer's quarters with six bedrooms to accommodate larger groups.
Known for its acclaimed cool-climate wines, fresh produce and fine restaurants, Orange is a gem of a region to explore with your fellow foodie. Base yourselves at centrally located Cottage 79, a self-contained cottage circa 1880 on the Orange Heritage Walk. The romantic home away from home fuses heritage charm with modern styling and has a private garden and outdoor patio, fireplace, light-filled living spaces and plenty of mod-cons (think under-floor heating, air-conditioning and double-glazed windows).
Glamping under the stars
New South Wales is dotted with unique glamping options from dome dwellings to safari-style permanent tents. In Capertee Valley, ever-popular Bubbletent has three snug spheres named after zodiac constellations. The clear inflatable tents reveal a dazzling vista of stars come nightfall while you nestle into plush bedding or linger outside in your wood-fired bathtub. On the Sapphire Coast of NSW is renowned Paperbark Camp, which offers luxurious but sustainable camping experiences in a bushland setting. There's an on-site restaurant Gunyah and the elevated, safari-style tents have hotel-quality linen and amenities, hot showers, a wrap-around deck, full insect screening, as well as a bathtub in the Deluxe tents.
Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island has reopened after a four-million dollar refurbishment. With just nine contemporary suites and only 400 humans allowed on the island at any one time, this is a secluded and sophisticated stay. The updated suites have a range of luxe additions such as heated plunge pools and daybeds, and are a stylish base to explore the fauna and flora on the island and take in the views over the turquoise water of aptly named Lovers Bay.
Far from the madding crowd
Milton Park has that grand manor charm synonymous with the English countryside, and indeed the conversion of the homestead into a boutique hotel by two doctors in 1984, was inspired by their love of the great country hotels of Europe. The elegant hotel is now a popular wedding destination and stands serenely in grounds of Cypress-lined drives, wisteria archways and bluebell fields, and boasts an oft-photographed ivy-covered pool house, high-end spa and fine dining at Horderns.
Perched high on a hill in Hunter Valley wine country is Bistro Molines – the long-time passion project of renowned restauranteurs Robert and Sally Molines. Linger over a decadent lunch in the restaurant savouring chef Robert's dishes from his native Provence and sampling wines sourced locally. You can stay overnight in the delightful Little Orchard Cottage, within strolling distance of the bistro and styled artfully by Sally. Come morning, enjoy a generous breakfast of bacon, eggs (from Sally's chickens) fresh local breads and fruit from the nearby orchard.