Thursday, 16 March 2017


Main Homestead and pool
at Emirates Wolgan Valley
Resort and Spa
From secluded beach picnics on Sydney Harbour to luxury lodges in Regional NSW and houseboats for two, NSW has an abundance of options for couples looking to spend quality time together this Valentine’s Day.

Destination NSW research shows adult couples make up nearly one third of all domestic short break visits annually. In Summer 2015-16, 33 per cent of domestic and international overnight short break visitors to Sydney were adult couples.

Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said “It’s not surprising that NSW attracts so many romantics. Sydney and Regional NSW offer a broad range of accommodation, tours and experiences designed for couples seeking the perfect short break. Whatever your idea of a romantic getaway might be, there’s a holiday to suit in NSW.”

Below is just a sample of some of the special or luxury getaways for lovers available in NSW:

Murray River

Hire a luxury houseboat and meander down the Murray River, spending your time relaxing, swimming, reading, fishing and bushwalking. Pick up your air-conditioned ‘Houseboat for Two’ from Paradise Gardens, around 10 minutes west of Moama. Moor the boat in town one day and enjoy lunch at one of the local eateries, including Morrisons Riverview Winery Restaurant, Junction and Three Black Sheep.


For a country escape, book a stay at luxury bed and breakfast Lakeview Luxury Cabins. Around three hours’ drive from Sydney, the couples-only rural retreat is ten minute drive from town, where restaurants include Lolli Redini, Eighteen70 and Union Bank Wine Bar. On arrival you will receive a hamper filled with products from local suppliers including Trunkey Creek Bacon, coffee from Fish River Roasters and a bottle of local wine. Enjoy a massage at Anula Healing, a winery tour or off-road adventure with Simmo’s Off Road Tours or splash out on a scenic helicopter flight with Helicruz.

Tanja Lagoon Camp

Lie back in your luxury safari tent listening to the calls of owls, gliders and nightjars at Tanja Lagoon Camp, half an hour south of Bermagui on the NSW South Coast. The property has four tents with spacious decks overlooking a lagoon. Explore the rock pools at Middle Beach, where the lagoon meets the ocean, go canoeing, kayaking or bushwalking in Mimosa Rocks National Park, check out the oyster farms at nearby Wapengo Lake, and discover the open artist studios in the region. For a fine dining experience, head to Drystone Restaurant, overlooking the vines at Mimosa Winery at Murrah, where the menu changes daily to incorporate seasonal ingredients.

Visit the Destination NSW website for more information on luxury mountain retreats, city escapes, world-heritage listed islands and more.

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Image: Another romantic NSW getaway – Main Homestead and pool at Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa, Wolgan Valley NSW. Credit Emirates Airline

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