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by Liesel Rennie
Cards and flowers are a “nice” attempt at romance, but nothing says “I love spending time with you” like a romantic getaway. Thanks to australiantraveller.com these potential hideaways will most certainly impress, will definitely leave you in the mood, and might just give you that romantic inspiration you were searching for. Enjoy!
Mission Beach, Queensland

A Life Size Postcard

If your idea of a romantic retreat is palm-lined paradise, Queensland's Mission Beach, about 90min south of Cairns, is the ticket. In this colourdrenched world of glorious, uncrowded beaches, limpid waters and hazy green islands, the days are long and languid and the dress code...minimal.

Although exclusive resorts laze just offshore, Mother Nature is the real stunner here. Mission Beach is where the reef comes closest to the mainland, and where rainforest and reef almost meet. A water taxi chugs about ten times a day to Dunk Island, just 5km offshore and an irresistible day trip. Swim a different beach every day, trek around the island or why not tour inland. If you are heading north to Cairns, make a romantic rendezvous at Paronella Park, about 25km from Innisfail, through the cane fields. A tropical Taj Mahal!

Mt Warning, New South Wales

Kissed By The Sun

Mt Warning is so romantic that it is being marketed as Australia's most romantic place, a Mecca for adventurous men about to pop the big question, for couples who want a wedding with a difference, or for couples who simply want to celebrate their couple-dom. So what makes Mt Warning so special? The summit is the first place on mainland Australia to be kissed by the

morning sun. And if you kiss your true love while the sun is kissing you…well, does it get more romantic than that.

Climbing Mt Warning is a buzz. In the dark, with torches, you're surrounded by beautiful rainforest night smells. During the day the walk is spectacular because of the visible rainforest. And at the peak the view is breathtaking, one of the best in Australia, a 360-degree vista taking in the Gold Coast, the Tweed Valley, and Byron Bay.

Dandenong Ranges, Victoria

Romancing the Dandenongs

A backdrop of sun dappled roads winding through towering rainforests past wooden taverns and cosy tea houses sounds like an artist's romantic merging of the Daintree and English countryside, but it is actually a slice of heaven 90km southeast of Melbourne called the Dandenong Ranges.

After passing through the city's dry outer suburban sprawl, it's a magical treat to enter lush rainforests where townships nestle in the dips and slopes of garden-filled hills, and romance can be practically smelt in the air. In the ranges, there are countless sign postings for retreats and B&Bs for the romantic traveler to be pampered rotten or just relax and soak up the scenery. If that doesn't quite sound indulgent enough, on Sundays embark on a wine tour of the famous Yarra Valley, the gateway to which lies only a short drive away.

Clare Wine Valley, South Australia

Wining and Dining

Clare Valley is the home of the Australian Riesling, it accounts for around 2.5% of the nations crush but its boutique wines are taking the world by storm. The combination of superb wines,

fresh local produce, and passionate cooks and chefs make dining in this South Australia wine region a culinary delight.

James Halliday (wine critic) compares Clare to Tuscany for its rustic flavour and Mediterranean climate where you may see Vignerons at work in 150-year-old cellars.

Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

Do Not Disturb

If you don't associate romantic getaways with sunburn and umbrellas in your drink and you think romance is all about giving in to nature's desires, then this is the most natural setting imaginable. Freycinet National Park is on Tasmania's yet-to-be-corrupted east coast. But before you think this means guy ropes, beanies and sensible shoes, fear not. There is luxury accommodation and five-star dining to be found right in the heart of a national park, without disturbing the teeming, sumptuous beauty of its surrounds.

Freycinet National Park offers the romantic traveller a range of choices like guided walks through the national park, four-wheel-driving, dolphin-watching, or just the not-so-plain delights of enjoying your partner's company, strolling handin-hand along the sand at Wineglass Bay, which, could be comfortably described as the most beautiful bay in Australia.

The Outback, Northern Territory

Exploring Australia's Top End

Exchange traffic jams and sand-filled bathers for a less hectic itinerary through the country's Top End. The plethora of experiences on offer in the Northern Territory are a romanticists heaven. A bird's eye view of the country's most malleable scenery is best explored during a balloon flight over the landscape or up close on a billabong or river cruise or in your time meandering through the many national parks.

Exploring the Kakadu National Park has to be one of the most romantic experiences on earth with the scenery changing dramatically with the seasons…so one visit just won't be enough. Other romantic escapades include canoeing down the Katherine River, a swim in waterfalls at Litchfield and of course a trip to the Big Red One.

Margaret River , Western Australia

A Soulful Retreat

It has been said there is no better destination in Australia to kick back and unwind surrounded by nature, beautiful vineyards and glorious coastlines. Romantics can lose themselves in the ultimate get-away, completely refreshing the body and soul.

Visitors soon fall under the spell! Fresh air, clean seas, unspoiled country, fruitful earth and friendly people. And not to forget the stunning beaches, majestic forests, spectacular caves and a cosmopolitan lifestyle, the Margaret River is sure to impress

It is a place for all seasons: autumn dawn walks in wooded valleys veiled in mist; cosy winter nights spent around a roaring fire; spring picnics amid towering karri forest; or summer days lazing on your very own beach by a sparkling sea or a boat trip down the majestic Margaret River.

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Posted by Liesel Rennie
15 Feb 2008

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