If you’re stuck for ideas and looking for some beautiful romantic getaways from Sydney, look no further! We’re here to inspire you that there’s so many fantastic weekend getaways for Sydney couples, you’ll have a romantic weekend booked up for months to come.
When you’re looking for romantic getaways from Sydney it can be a bit overwhelming with knowing where to go. Do you head up North, South or even out West to Blue Mountains? We’ve kept all of our weekend getaways in NSW within a three hour drive of Sydney so you can use this guide for romantic day trips from Sydney too.
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1. Stay At Scotland Island In Sydney
We stayed at Scotland Island Lodge and even though we hadn’t ever heard of Scotland Island before and it is an awesome Sydney getaway for those who don’t want to travel far.
Pick the room with the spa like we did and feel like you’re a million miles away in this little slice of paradise. The airbnb is run by a lovely English couple who make you feel really welcome. In the evening make sure you book dinner at the guesthouse as Rosemary is a fantastic cook. You’ll be able to socialise with the other guests staying there and have a beautifully quiet evening to enjoy dinner.
Make sure you walk around the island and head out for lunch back at Church Point at either The Waterfront Cafe or next door at Pasadena. Both are fab!
It was mind boggling to know we were just a 40 minute drive from Sydney! I would recommend this place whole-heartedly.
If you’ve not been to Jonahs Hotel and Restaurant at Whale Beach, this is an absolute gem of a romantic place to spend the weekend. It’s situated right on the cliffs of the beach with a magnificent view. I’ve only eaten breakfast here but you can book a night or two for the weekend.
3. Stay in a pretty beach house on the Central coast
Pretty Beach House is an incredibly romantic lodge hotel set on a hill above Broken Bay and boasts an infinity pool, restaurant serving modern Australian cuisine and stunning views. You could spend your weekend getaway just on the grounds itself enjoying quality time or explore the stunning Bouddi national park nearby if you are outdoor enthusiasts. It really is one of the best romantic getaway in NSW.
Avoca beach is just over a 20 minute drive away and we absolutely loved our trip there. It is reminiscent of Byron Bay and has a great chilled vibe to it. You could also stay in Terrigal around the corner which is a bit more lively if that’s what you’re looking for.
4. Have an adventure in a Yurt or Shepherds hut in the Southern Highlands
Nothing screams romantic weekend getaway more than cosy cabins you can snuggle up in. Ionaforest Yurt and Shepherds Hut offers an outdoor pizza oven, cosy double beds, TV and endless boardgames and a patio area to enjoy the night sky. You can enjoy the peaceful bushland surrounding and fill your weekend getaway with hiking or mountain biking.
You could spend a whole week here and not run out of things to do in the Southern Highlands. This stunning area reminds us of the beautiful English countryside and you can eat to your hearts content, visit wineries, enjoy the great outdoors and even go horse riding. Read our full guide on the Southern Highlands and you too will understand why it is the perfect romantic getaway.
Discover loads of things to do in Southern Highlands in our guides below!
Anchored Currarong in Jervis bay is a cosy 2 person cottage complete with exposed brick, fireplace, free standing bath and fairy light garden. Not only is it a perfect romantic escape, it is 200 meters from the beach!
Who wouldn’t want to spend the weekend at some of Australia’s best white sandy beaches? Jervis Bay is an awesome gem just a three hour drive South of Sydney. This natural beauty is totally worth it and there’s some brilliant things to do there.
6. Pamper yourself at a luxury hotel on the water in Port Stephens
The Anchorage in Port Stephens is the epitome of laid back luxury. A Hamptons style guesthouse providing guests with a heated outdoor swimming pool, spa and a renowned restaurant, it truly is a romantic retreat.
There’s so much to do in the area of Port Stephens, and Nelson Bay especially is a place that screams holiday destination. With a harbour bigger than Sydney harbour, you’re pretty much guaranteed to spot a pod of dolphins whilst you’re there (book a tour here).
We hired this small boat for a few hours which was dirt cheap at $85 for 2 hours which was plenty of time. It’s great fun!
You can also climb up Mt Tomaree to see the incredible views of the beaches and then pop over to Anna Bay for camel and horse rides along the beach and sand dunes. If you’re really feeling adventurous, go sand boarding too!
Yes thats right, you can spend the night on a Beneteau Oceanis Yacht moored at Palm beach. One of the most romantic getaways you can book, true privacy on the water to enjoy quality time, swim in the water, eat on the deck and enjoy the cosy cabin. You can even request a seafood platter on arrival. Yeah, buoy!
It’s so easy to spend a weekend in Palm Beach because there is a lot to do in this paradise of an area. I recommend spending one day at the beach (Avalon or venture down to Bigola), do the walk up to the lighthouse and stop off at The Boathouse for some food.
We also suggest jumping on the ferry at Palm Beach over to Great Mackerel Beach for a hike to the stunningly beautiful Resolute Beach (click here to read about it). You’ll feel like you are on a deserted island, it’s that gorgeous!
8. Have a Majestic Stay in The Blue Mountains
Thought Blue Mountains is all about hiking? Think again… you can have the most romantic getaways in NSW at the historic Hydro Majestic Hotel. The iconic building has sat in a Unesco world heritage site, just a stone’s throw away from Katoomba, for over one hundred years offering incredible views across the Blue Mountains.
Guests can enjoy a weekend dripping in spa treatments, award winning restaurant dining including a famous high tea, historic tours and the best lookout points for sunrises and sunsets.
10. Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Book a night in a unique shipping container in Newcastle
This Lux shipping container overlooking Throsby Creek is one of the most unique romantic getaways from Sydney. Kitted out with comfortable king beds, cosy decor and a stunning deck to enjoy a drink under the stars, it is the perfect destination for a romantic time.
I always think Newcastle is a bit underrated.
With so many beaches to choose from, Merewether has my pick as you can have a swim in the ocean baths or go for an awesome healthy meal at Blue Door Café, right on the beach.
There’s also more happening in Newcastle NSW than you think. Head over to Darby Street to get all the action of bars, restaurants and cafes that spill onto the street. Think of Melbourne and you could almost be there.
11. Be within walking distance of a cellar door in the Hunter Valley
Want a weekend away from it all? Go up to NSW’s famous wine region of the Hunter Valley. Spicers Retreat is a boutique hotel situated in Pokolbin, the heart of the Hunter Valley vineyards. Spicers can book your full romantic weekend itinerary, experience gourmet dining, hot air balloons, outdoor heated pools, wine tours and picnic hampers.
Italy is well known for being one of the most romantic places in the world, but unfortunately we would have less than 24 hours there if we flew for a weekend getaway from Sydney. Not all is lost! Guestlands is an unbelievable Italian inspired B&B just a stone’s throw away from Berowra National Park, complete with European cobblestones, Juliet style balconies, Tuscan gardens, wine bar, pizza oven and outdoor pool with cabanas. Sì grazie!
13. Stay in an artistic hotel in Canberra
Ovolo Nishi, is an amazing hotel, each room is uniquely designed with art work and vintage furnishings, and facilities include a vegetarian restaurant, bar with fireplace and central location for all Canberra has to offer.
We too thought there wasn’t a lot going on in Canberra but turns out there is. From awesome art galleries, to beautiful wild swimming spots at the top of waterfalls, it doesn’t get more of a romantic getaways from Sydney right here.
The Shacka Shack is a rustic cabin surrounded by lush rainforest complete with balcony, charming little nooks and furnishings. At just over 3 hours drive from the CBD, it should be on your list for of romantic getaways from Sydney!
Annie and Stave have been living up at Pacific Palms and we must say the beaches are back to back and they are some of the best beaches in NSW by a long shot. Honestly, if you’re looking to cut yourself off from the rest of the world, this is the place to come to.
Here’s our tips – make sure you visit Boomerang Beach, Elizabeth Beach and Shelly Beach in Pacific Palms. Kembali Restaurant in Pacific Palms serves up some awesome Balinese food too
When you go to Seal Rocks, you’ll honestly be scratching your head on how you haven’t been here before!
17. Sleep in a historic chemist cottage near Orange
Hockey’s at The Old Chemist in Millthorpe has been converted to offer the most peaceful and romantic getaways from Sydney. The cute couples cottage boasts luxury furnishings, a country kitchen, hot tub bath and even a QR code history tour. At just a stone’s throw away from the beautiful region of Orange, you can enjoy a weekend getaway filled with visiting vineyards cellar door and the area is renowned for many award winning restaurant to try.
18. Escape to the most idyllic cabin in the woods
Loughmore Cottage looks like a set straight from a film (think The Holiday)! It is a historic Irish settlers cottage from circa 1900 and has all the rustic charm you would imagine, exposed brick, wood fire place and stove, four post bed and beams. If you are missing English country charm then this place is an absolute must visit for romantic getaways from Sydney!
19. Have a boutique weekend getaway in Mudgee
Evanslea Luxury Boutique Accommodation offers world class service for all their holiday homes. Guests can enjoy spa baths, shared swimming pool, luxury furnishings and a beautiful continental breakfast. Read our full guide on The Best Things to do in Mudgee; it is a stunning area in New South Wales full of rolling hills, wineries, caves and Aboriginal rock art.
20. Zen out at Buddha’s Bungalow in Byron Bay
Byron Bay is known for being a relaxing weekend getaway and you could not get more tranquil than Buddha’s Bungalow. Situated in a stunning wildlife sanctuary, they offer pet friendly wood cabins, outdoor dining and fire pits. There is more than enough to keep you busy on your romantic weekend getaway, check out our top 50 things to do in Byron Bay.
21. Let your love grow in a Love Cabin in The Blue Mountains
Absolutely nothing screams romantic weekend getaways more than a Love Cabin. Overlooking the stunning Blue Mountains National Park; each Cabin is a luxury escape complete with spa baths, king beds, wood burners and balconies. You can even book their Enchanted Cave, a stunning cabin carved into the mountain side with the best views. Book their romantic getaway package and surprise your love with champagne and rose petals on arrival.
22. Have a Swiss Chalet romance in Thredbo
Riverside 41 in Thredbo is a beautiful Swiss style chalet in the snowy mountains. Imagine being cosy inside by the fireplace, under a thick blanket, watching the snow fall outside; we couldn’t think of a more romantic getaways from Sydney. Not only that, the chalet is right next to the ski shuttle bus to Thredbo resort so you can fill your weekend with skiing and your nights snuggling in the warm cabin.
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This article is written by Londoner In Sydney team member, Amii Freeman.
Hi I’m Amii! I’m from Darlington in the North East of England. I moved from London to Sydney in 2019 for a slower pace and to be by the coast, without having to give up my love of cities. My passion is in film and TV, I screen-write and act as much as I can. In my spare time I love trying new food, exploring new places, kayaking, hiking and cycling.Follow me on Instagram @amiifreeman!