Candlelit rainforests, transparent seas and trendy dining characterise the romantic getaways Brisbane is known for. Stay in the heart of the city for twinkling views of the river or take a short drive for serenity and seclusion. No matter where you choose, Queensland’s capital city offers romance with a large dose of sunshine and nature.
Songbirds Rainforest Retreat
Wake up to the sounds of whipbirds, kookaburras and lorikeets ringing sweetly through the forest, at Songbirds Rainforest Retreat. With more than 50 acres of unspoilt land, the award-winning retreat is perfectly located to explore the galleries, cafes and crafts of Mt Tambourine, less than an hour from Brisbane city.
Luxurious villas provide the weekend romantic getaways Brisbane couples search for, with king size beds, spa baths, outdoor decks, bathrobes and slippers. Romance is enhanced with massages, pampering treatments and yoga.
Where: Lot 10, Tamborine Mountain Road
Phone: (07) 55 452 563
Tangalooma Island Resort
Moreton Island is a favourite of Queensland day-trippers, for snorkelling in crystal seas, dolphin spotting and relaxing on secluded stretches of sand. As far as beach-style romantic getaways near Brisbane go – Tangalooma Island Resort is the place to take your loved one.
A 75 minute cruise from Pinkenba will get you to there, where you can check in to a choice of units, villas and apartments. Each afternoon, wild dolphins come into the bay for feeding as the sun sets in a spectacular light show – just in time for cocktail hour.
Where: Tangalooma, Moreton Island
Phone: 1300 652 250
Website: Tangalooma Island Resort
Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Fancy a city break right on the banks of the bustling Brisbane River? From centrally located Stamford Plaza, you can take romantic strolls through the Botanic Gardens, dine at top restaurants, dress up for the theatre or try your luck at Eagle Farm Race Track.
That’s if you want to leave your luxury room, with views of the Story Bridge, Kangaroo Point and sparkling city lights. Indulge in the Romance and Seduction package, featuring rose petals, French champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries! A perfect addition to the list of weekend getaways Brisbane couples can enjoy.
Where: Edward St and Margaret St, Brisbane City
Phone: (07) 3221 1999
Website: Stamford Plaza
Spicers Tamarind Retreat
A couple’s getaway at Spicers Tamarind Retreat starts with a rainforest pavilion and includes hand crafted chocolate, a gourmet picnic hamper, Chef’s tasting menu, a massage for two at Spa Anise, breakfast and a gift candle. Sound good? Head to the peaceful haven of Maleny, near the stunning Glass House Mountains.
Food is the way to the heart, so they say, and here you can take a class at the Tamarind Cooking School or feast on modern Asian cuisine, at the award-winning restaurant. To work off all the food, dance till you drop at Jazz in the Forest, on the first Sunday of every month.
Where: 88 Obi Lane South, Maleny
Phone: 1300 311 429
Website: Tamarind Retreat
Clouds of Montville Eco Resort and Spa
If you love the idea of seclusion in the forest, with your own cottage designed after the much-loved ‘Queenslander’, Clouds of Montville Eco Resort and Spa delivers. King beds, spas, fires and barbeques on quiet decks, mean you can disappear from the world with only yourselves and birdsong for company.
But, if you want to venture out, Montville is a quaint village in the heart of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, where you’ll find antique shops, fudge-making, cheese and chocolate galore, to stock up on goodies for your hideaway.
Where: 166 Balmoral Road, Montville
Phone: 1800 367 262
Website: Clouds of Montville
Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort
Noosa is one of Queensland’s most popular honeymoon destinations, with an impossibly pretty national park, glamorous Hastings Street shopping, day spas, world-class golfing and a fine dining scene. To get in the spirit, stay at the town’s only five-star hotel, the elegant Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort.
Just a stone’s throw from the beach, the hotel offers light, airy rooms with orange accents to make you feel revitalised and welcome. There’s a pool for lazy afternoons in the midst of tropical gardens, a spa for romantic pampering and even a resident sommelier, to help you choose fine wines.
Where: 14-16 Hastings St, Noosa
Phone: (07) 5449 4888
Website: Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
On a backdrop of the western McPherson Ranges, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat is an escape into nature, with couple’s suites and a wet edge infinity lap pool. The area is also a hiker’s paradise, with 500 waterfalls to see along 160 kilometres of trails.
Activities like bird walks, animal shows, a spa and a Tree Top Walk will keep you busy, but perhaps you’d rather indulge in wines from O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards, with a picnic hamper, a rug and love amid the forest.
Where: Lamington National Park Rd, Canungra
Phone: 1800 688 722
Website: O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
Binna Burra Mountain Lodge
Sample an authentic Australian getaway within sub-tropical rainforest, at the heritage listed Binna Burra Mountain Lodge. It’s a little over an hour away from Brisbane by car, where ancient Antarctic Beech forest houses unique birds and wildlife.
Isolation doesn’t mean skimping on luxury though, with a choice of accommodation including eco-friendly Sky Lodges, with spa baths overlooking the mountains, fire places and kitchenettes so you won’t have to leave.
Where: Binna Burra Rd, Beechmont
Phone: (07) 5533 3622
Website: Binna Burra Mountain Lodge
Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat
With only six pavilions privately set among the treetops, seclusion is a given, at Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat in Montville. Everything here is custom-made for couples, including log fires, rainforest views, bathrobes, slippers, chocolates, gourmet breakfast hampers and a salt-water rock pool.
However, truly spoil each other with a Tarzan and Jane package, to enjoy a massage for two in your cottage, champagne and romantic dinners.
Where: 78 Narrows Rd, Montville
Phone: (07) 5478 5000
Website: Narrows Escape
The Mouses House Rainforest Retreat
With chalets named after fairy tale characters, you know you’re in for a romantic treat. Nestled in the forests of Springbrook, The Mouse’s House Rainforest Retreat offers a fantasy escape, where bubbling streams, glow worms and friendly possums add to the ambience of outdoor spas and fire places.
Stay in the hexagonal Prince Charming chalet, with a raised hot tub and barbeque patio, or choose Cinderella, with a jetty leading out to your own private rock pool for one of the best romantic getaways Brisbane can offer.
Where: 2807 Springbrook Rd, Springbrook
Phone: (07) 5533 5192
Website: The Mouses House
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